UPDATE 5:08 p.m.: Kathryn Hudson’s neighbors expressed empathy for both her and stabbing victim Donald Craighead, but they say they saw this coming, citing odd behavior they noticed Hudson display in recent months.
“We’ve caught her crawling across the ground like a dog,” said Brandon Hale, who says he has lived next door to Hudson since she moved in about eight months ago. “We caught her outside catching a book on fire on her porch. Fire department everything had to come out here that night.”
Amanda Booth moved into the same trailer park in December and was similarly alarmed.
“One afternoon, all of the kids were playing, hers included, and she got it in her head that our children were trying to harm hers, and she came out here with a stick and chased all the kids down.”
It got to the point where some of the neighbors considered moving away.
“We’re in a pandemic and everyone’s kind of crazy,” said Reva Harper, who also moved into the trailer park in December. “The world’s stressed out, and we’re all confined into our homes unfortunately, so I want the place where I’m living to be safe.”
When Booth heard about the stabbing over a police scanner Wednesday night, neighbors locked themselves in their homes until they learned she was taken into custody.
“We felt relieved,” said Hale, who said he and another neighbor grabbed their guns while they locked down. “I mean, huge sigh of relief. My wife, she finally sat down. I mean, she had the kids in both arms, like I’m not letting go of my kids until I know she’s contained.”
He said Wednesday was the first night he slept peacefully in a while.
Neighbors say the victim, Donald Craighead, lived with Hudson. They gathered and prayed for him last night.
“Don would speak to the children,” said Booth. “He would give my son multiple clothing items, shoes, and he would get out here and ride bikes. He seemed like a good guy.”
“I was really upset personally,” said Harper. “I didn’t understand why. I didn’t know what happened of course. For him to be a sweet guy like I know him to be, it just didn’t make any sense to me.”
UPDATE 1:21 p.m.: WFXR News spoke with the neighbors of the woman taken into custody after deputies responded to a reported stabbing in Bedford County on Wednesday.
Kathryn Hudson’s neighbors told WFXR News they live in a relatively quiet and family-friendly community. However, according to the neighbors, Hudson has a history of strange and sometimes violent behavior, such as chasing children with a stick and lighting her porch on fire.
In fact, one neighbor said after Hudson was taken into custody Wednesday night, he was able to sleep soundly for the first time in months.
BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Authorities say a man is in critical condition and a woman faces charges after Bedford County deputies responded to a call about a stabbing Wednesday.
According to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call came in on Wednesday, May 27 about a woman who stabbed a man multiple times in the woods near Shingle Block Road in Bedford. Deputies were dispatched to the scene and noticed a woman matching the caller’s description at the intersection of Shingle Block Road and Rock Cliff Road, the sheriff’s office says.
Authorities say they took the woman — identified as 29-year-old Kathryn Hudson of 1094 Musser Court — into custody without incident.
Investigators determined Hudson had assaulted Donald Craighead, who was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital and is reportedly in critical condition after sustaining injuries to his face, neck, and back.
The sheriff’s office says Hudson was transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center, charged with malicious wounding, and held without bond.
This is part of an ongoing investigation, authorities say.
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