According to KFOR, Kathleen Dawn West [photo], was found slain outside her Calera, Ala., home that she shared with her husband and 12-year-old daughter.
Police are investigating the incident as a homicide.
West, 42, was discovered by a neighbor in the morning on Jan. 13. She was wearing only a sports bra and was bleeding from the head, Fox 13 reported.
Neighbors and friends told multiple outlets they were shocked by the incident.
“It’s shocking that it happened so close to home, so all you can do is worry and think about your family, and that’s all I’ve been doing,” neighbor Xavier Lee told WIAT-TV.
Kathleen Dawn West was found nearly nude and bleeding outside her Alabama home on Jan. 13.
While West described herself as a full-time wife and mother on Facebook, she reportedly lived another life on other private social media accounts. Going by the name Kitty Kat West, she referred to herself as an “exhibitionist” and posting very sexualized photos with a chance for subscribers to see even more revealing images for $15.99 a month, The Associated Press reports.
Her Facebook account features lots of selfies along with photos of her wedding to longtime husband William Jeffrey West and images of West and her daughter playing in the snow last month.
By all accounts, the Florida native with blonde hair and more than a passing resemblance to Marilyn Monroe, seemed like a different person on other online accounts.
A private Instagram account linked to West, which included the “exhibitionist” description, had over 52,000 followers and was linked to a paid site that featured adult content and “naughty fun,” according to AP.
Some of the images were included on a site for “mature hotties,” the outlet reports.
Similar content was posted on Twitter, where West’s presence began March 2016.
AP reports that initially, West just tweeted links to a site where she sold clothing items, including dresses, coats, shoes and kid’s clothing.
Kathleen West, the suburban housewife had shots of her wedding day on her Facebook page
Her twitter account however, took a sharp turn toward the risqué Aug. 11, when she tweeted: “Happy Frisky Friday – Let’s get this party started,” with a link to the pay-per-view site. The description included a link to a “wish list” page where viewers could purchase lingerie for her.
Police have classified West’s death as a homicide, but they haven’t said how she died. Although police have given no indication at this time that West’s affinity for being sexy online is linked to her death, it hasn’t stopped speculation.
A neighbor discovered the lifeless body of Kathleen Dawn West outside, on her own drivewayin suburban Calera, Ala, on Saturday, Jan 13, by a neighbor headed out for work
West as her exhibitionist alta ego ‘Kit Kat West’
Neighbors pointing out what appears to be the remainder of a blood stain darkens the asphalt across the street from the two-story brick home she shared with her husband and middle school-age daughter, said they didn’t hear any commotion Friday night or Saturday morning at the West home.
A young neighbor made the gruesome discovery Saturday morning when she was heading to work.
She saw the woman in the roadway and went back home to get her father. He said
West was face down, partially in the street and partially in the grass of the across-the-street neighbor’s yard. He touched her back to see if she was breathing, and she was not, the young woman’s dad said.
The witness said West was wearing only a sports bra, and that she was bleeding from the head. A cell phone was nearby and a green liquor bottle was on top of it, as if it had been placed there, he said. West’s husband was briefly on the scene, and then neighbors called 911. Police have not confirmed that account.
her twitter stream continued until the morning before her death, when she tweeted a link to sell a women’s wool jacket. A few days earlier, she had posted a lingerie photo showing her bare buttocks that linked to her adult site.
The neighbors said West and her husband, an unsworn Birmingham Southern College campus police officer, kept to themselves. They lived at the home, which they built in 2015, with their 12-year-old daughter.
West and her husband, an unsworn Birmingham Southern College campus police officer, Jeff West[left], pretty much kept to themselves, neighbors said. within months. They lived at the home in Calera, with their 12-year-old daughter.
Federal court records show Kathleen and Jeff West filed for bankruptcy in 2007 while living in Cartersville, Georgia, but the case appeared to be handled routinely and closed within months. Tax records indicate they lived at the home in Calera, which they built in 2015, with their 12-year-old daughter. It was valued at $169,000 last year.
West and her husband, an unsworn Birmingham Southern College campus police officer, kept to themselves, neighbors said.
Per Gizmodo’s reporting, two private Facebook groups have been created to allow online investigators to stay up-to-date on West’s case and theorize about what role West’s online life as a “sometimes exhibitionist” may have played in her murder.
The groups have a collective following of about 3,000 people.
Whether there is any merit to the amateur detective work being done on these pages remains to be seen.
Gizmodo was provided with a public information form from the Calera Police Department related to the case, which made no mention of West’s online presence as a factor in her death.