Re: [Videolib] Films on library safety

Barbara Rhodes, Media Consultant, Northeast Texas (medialibrarybird@earthlink.net)
Tue, 1 May 2007 09:05:43 -0500 (GMT-05:00)

Thank you for that background information, Steve. Placed into the context you presented, I rescind my comment about the program being slightly paranoid. It does address some safety-in-the-library- building issues that are very thought provoking.

-----Original Message-----
>From: Steve Fesenmaier <fesenms@wvlc.lib.wv.us>
>Sent: Apr 30, 2007 11:52 AM
>To: videolib@lists.berkeley.edu
>Subject: Re: [Videolib] Films on library safety
>
>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
>STAFF WRITER
>
>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
>Hall.
>
>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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Barbara Rhodes
Media Consultant
Northeast Texas Library System
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