Husband of Alabama mom, 42, who led a double life on an adult website, is arrested over her murder
Army veteran, William Jeffery ‘Jeff’ West was arrested on Thursday morning in the murder of his wife, Kathleen Dawn West, on Jan 12
The 44-year-old college campus cop says his wife’s death was a ‘boozy accident’ following a night of drinking absinthe
A neighbor found Kathleen West in just a sports bra and bleeding from the head in the street outside their Alabama home on January 13
Kathleen had been killed, discovered lying face down and next to her was a cell phone and an absinthe bottle, she had suffered blunt force trauma to the head and pronounced dead at the scene
Kathleen, 42, shared the home house in suburban Calera, Alabama with her husband and 12-year-old daughter
Kat West who described herself as a full-time wife and mother on Facebook, on other private social media accounts, referred to herself as an “exhibitionist”
The mother-of-one ran a subscription website and posted ‘very sexualized’ photos with a chance for subscribers to see even more revealing images for $15.99 a month
Her private “exhibitionist” Instagram account, with 52,000 followers, is linked to paid site featuring adult content and “naughty fun”
On Facebook, West appeared like an ordinary mother with a happy marriage
Surveillance video showed West with her husband the last night she was seen alive, Kathleen and William West shopping and laughing inside a liquor store, hours before her body was found
Police immediately classified her death as a homicide
The arrest warrant charging William “Jeff” West with his wife’s murder said Kathleen Dawn “Kat” West was killed with a bottle of Lucid Absinthe, he remains in the Shelby County Jail with bond set at $500,000.
William Jeffery West a former US military policeman and campus security guard, was arrested at his home on Thursday on a murder charge in connection with the death of his wife on Jan 13
‘Jeff’ West [left] was arrested on Thursday morning, five weeks after his wife, Marilyn Monroe lookalike Kathleen West [right] was found dead on the front lawn of their suburban Alabama home
The Alabama housewife was found dead after leading a second life online. She was last seen alive, laughing in a liquor store hours before her body was found. Hours earlier, Kathleen “Kitty Kat” West was seen purchasing a bottle of absinthe at R&R Wine and Liquor in Calera, according to surveillance video obtained by Inside Edition.
Less than eight hours later she was found outside her home by a neighbor’s daughter in Calera on Jan. 13. She was wearing only a sports bra, despite temperatures being in the low 30s, with blood dripping out of her head, AL.com reported, citing a witness.
Police found a cell phone next to her body and also a bottle of alcohol known as Lucid, a type of absinthe.
She had suffered blunt force trauma to the head and pronounced dead at the scene.
The arrest warrant charging William “Jeff” West with his wife’s murder said Kathleen Dawn “Kat” West was killed with a bottle of Lucid Absinthe, [photo left].
William Jeffery West, was arrested Thursday after the warrant was issued on Wednesday. He remains in the Shelby County Jail with bond set at $500,000.
Military police veteran Jeff West [left], was arrested on Thursday morning, five weeks after his wife, Marilyn Monroe lookalike Kathleen West, [right] was found dead outside the couple’s Calera, Alabama, home
The warrant states Jeff West did, “with the intent to cause the death of another person…caused the death of Kathleen Dawn West.” who subsequently died from blunt force trauma to the head, police said.
The warrant however, did not say whether the deadly assault happened inside of the home, or outside on the street where her body was found.
According to the charging documents, Kat West was killed Friday, Jan. 12. Her body was discovered about 5 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, by a 19-year-old neighbor who was on her way to work at a fast-food restaurant. The victim was wearing only a sports bra. A cell phone was nearby with a green bottle on top of it, which witnesses said appeared staged.
Kathleen West smiled with her 12-year-old daughter in photos on social media in the months before her death
Kathleen was found dead lying face down across the street from her home on the morning of January 13 when a neighbor left for work. She was partially clothed with her cell phone placed beside her lifeless body and an empty bottle of absinthe balanced on top of it, the same brand she was seen purchasing from a liquor store with her husband Jeff, six hours earlier. Police had ruled her death a homicide at the time.
Five weeks on, police arrived at the property Thursday morning to take her 44-year-old husband, a former US military policeman and campus security guard, into custody on a murder charge.
Mike Waters’ now deleted Facebook post on the killing of his friend’s wife, Kathleen
Jeff West who has never commented publicly on his wife’s murder and invited only a tiny group of relations to her funeral last month before she was buried in an unmarked grave. In conversations with friends, however, he insisted the death was purely an accident and he never had a problem with his wife’s online activities.
One close confidante, Mike Waters, wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post: ‘I was able to talk to my friend Jeff last night in length. In the upcoming days true facts will be coming out. And everybody will find out that this was a terrible accident, that involved excessive alcohol consumption …. Absinthe!’
Victim: Kitty Kat West was discovered lying face down across the street from her home in Calera, Ala., on the morning of January 13 when a young neighbor left early for work. She was partially clothed, blood dripping from her head with her cell phone placed beside her lifeless body and an empty bottle of absinthe balanced on top of it
Jeff and Kathleen West, at least from her Facebook postings appeared like an ordinary couple with a happy marriage
Some people close to the couple insisted jeff West knew his wife was an online seductress and even ‘got off’ on the notion she was desired by countless men.
‘She was a sweet lady who was fun, playful and loved to tease either sex,’ dished the source. ‘I know Jeff was well aware of whatever it was she or they were doing.’
Kat and her husband were last seen together the night before her death buying the absinthe at a local liquor store.
The video from their last pit stop at the A&R liqour store, posted by Inside Edition showed the two looking relaxed and ‘normal’ inside the business. They were shopping and laughing inside a liquor store at 8:40 p.m., eight hours before the discovery of her body. As they leave the liquor store, Jeff is seen giving Kat a playful pat on her behind.
Police Chief Sean Lemley said that the couple seemed happy in the video, but “unfortunately domestic [cases] turn bad very quickly. Anything can trigger them. You get into an argument, it can turn bad quickly,” but did not say what caused the couple to fight.
Jeff West, has told friends Kathleen’s death was purely an accident. He invited only a tiny smattering of relations to Kathleen’s funeral last month before she was buried in an unmarked grave
Kathleen and Jeff West on their wedding day. Jeff who has a teenage son from his first marriage, also told friends that never had a problem with his wife’s online activities
William Jeffery West was arrested Thursday at the alleged crime scene, his home in Calera, Alabama, for the murder of his online sex kitten wife. He was taken to the Shelby County Jail
By 5am the next day, the stay-at-home mom, also a member of a subscription site for desirable over-35-year-old women called ‘The Cougar Club,’ was found dead in the street in just a sports bra.
She was face down in a pool of blood and the cause of her death was thought to be a suspected blunt trauma head wound.
Locals told the AL.com website that West emerged from his home, asked what was going on and showed little emotion when informed his wife was dead – before stubbing out his cigarette and going inside.
With police not releasing any immediate details of a potential suspect or indicating that Kat may have been hit by a car, suspicion soon centered on her husband who declined repeated requests for comment.
The couple’s 12-year-old daughter was not at home when the killing took place, police said.
The killing spawned several online Facebook groups and local ‘web sleuths’ took to posting photos of West’s every movements online, feverishly speculating that he butchered his wife after discovering her raunchy online antics.
But in truth the housewife had done little to hide her activities, posting links to her paid-for material on Twitter and saying on Instagram just six days before her death: ‘Happy sinful Sunday. New pics up on site. Please check out my subscription.’
Kat and her husband were last seen together the night before, approx. eight hours, before her death buying the absinthe at a local liquor store
A video retrieved by Inside Edition showed the two looking relaxed and ‘normal’ inside the business, with West even giving his wife a playful pat on the rear
In a city with an average of one homicide a year, locals thirsty for details or an arrest accused the Calera Police Department of ineptitude or staging a cover up.
Stay-at-home mom, Kathleen West as her exhibitionist alta ego ‘Kit Kat West’
AL.com reported that the former military police man was arrested in the blunt-force killing of his online exhibitionist wife, Kathleen.
After more than a month-long investigation, authorities charged 44-year-old William Jeffery “Jeff” West with murder.
Calera Police Chief Sean Lemley said Thursday morning:”He was a suspect in the very beginning,” Lemley said of Jeff West at a press conference. He was taken to the Shelby County Jail on suspicion of murder where he remains on a $500,000 bond.