Wife who led double life online found dead outside home
By Associated Press
January 20, 2018 | 1:05am | Updated
The home of homicide victim Kathleen Dawn West in Calera, Ala.AP
CALERA, Ala. — Kathleen Dawn West described herself as a full-time wife and mom on Facebook but lived another life on other social media platforms, calling herself an exhibitionist and posting risque photos with a chance for subscribers to see sexier images for $15.99 a month.
West, 42, was found dead outside her home near Birmingham, and authorities are now faced with a question: Did West’s online activities play a role in her death?
Police have classified West’s death as a homicide, but they haven’t said how she died. 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.
No charges had been filed by Friday, six days after she died. But the mysterious nature of West’s death — she was found dead early Saturday in the quiet bedroom community of Calera, a town of 14,000 people about 35 miles south of Birmingham — has people buzzing.
At least two Facebook groups with more than 2,200 members total have been created to discuss the case, and neighbors are concerned in West’s subdivision, where homes are still under construction.
“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,” Xavier Lee, who lives two door down, told WIAT-TV.
Word of West’s death was met with sadness at the gym where she worked out until dropping her membership a few months ago.
On Facebook, West posted lots of selfies and commenters often mentioned her attractiveness. But there were also photos of her wedding to longtime husband William Jeffrey West and images of West and her daughter playing in the snow last month.“She’d come in, do her thing and leave. She kind of kept to herself,” said Austin Lockhart, owner of Fit 24 Calera. “She’d wave and smile. She was a nice lady.”