Re: [Videolib] Films on library safety

Steve Fesenmaier (
Mon, 30 Apr 2007 12:52:50 -0400

The video was made in response to this tragedy -

Paper: Charleston Gazette (WV)
Title: Boone man pleads guilty to murdering librarian
Date: April 8, 1999

MADISON - At the urging of the family of a murdered Boone County librarian,
prosecutors accepted a plea offer from the defendant Wednesday.

Danny Burnside, a local man with a history of exposing himself to women,
admitted that he stomped and stabbed 60-year-old Nancy Williamson to death
in April 1997. After asking his mother to leave the courtroom, Burnside, 23,
pleaded guilty to first-degree murder with mercy, meaning he could seek
parole in 15 years.

"They came to me this morning after hearing of the defendant's wish to enter
a plea. I personally would have made a different decision, but we give great
deference to the families of victims," said Boone County prosecutor Sam

Williamson had opened at 11 a.m. that day the small public library in
Racine, where she had worked for about five years. Burnside entered at 11:35
a.m. While another librarian had complained about his strange behavior -
Burnside followed her around and peered out at her from the stacks -
Williamson had not worried about it.

"She was a good godly woman, and she didn't see bad in anybody," one witness
said in a police statement.

Nonetheless, something made her call 911 at 11:40 a.m. that morning. The
phone was disconnected before dispatchers could talk to the caller. They
contacted police, who arrived at 11:56 a.m. to find Williamson dead.

"I went in there. After everyone had left, she asked me politely to leave.
When she picked up the phone, I became scared," Burnside told Boone Circuit
Judge E. Lee Schlaegel on Wednesday.

"I kicked Miss Williamson repeatedly and stabbed her in the neck and then
left," Burnside said.

Burnside stayed in several psychiatric hospitals during his youth, and was
sent to an institution in Florida for three months when he was about 18,
according to a report in the court file prepared by forensic psychologist
David Clayman of Process Strategies. The report states that Burnside
allegedly grabbed a teacher and struck a girl at school, causing his
expulsion, and allegedly assaulted his mother in 1996.

After Williamson's death, a few women told police that he had exposed
himself to them. Several of the incidents occurred at small post offices in
the county.

To contact staff writer Maryclaire Dale, call 348-1255.
Copyright, 1999, Charleston Newspapers

Author: Maryclaire Dale
Page: P6A
Copyright, 1999, Charleston Newspapers

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