DAILYKENN.com -- While the mainstream Marxist media continue to hide black-on-white violent crime, stories continue to crop up.
A black male was indicted last week for the murder of a North Carolina woman in 2008.
Michael Ryan Brown is accused of killing Angela Lechlitner in 2008.
If convicted the African in America could be sentenced to death.
An article published in 2009 explains the circumstances around the murder.
Angela Lechlitner seems a most unlikely murder victim.
She was a shy, 28-year-old single gardener, transplanted here from a small Indiana town. Her social life revolved around her church, and leaned heavily toward Bible studies, popcorn-fueled game nights and parties to watch the TV series "Lost."
She worked at the Norfolk Botanical Garden and used her expertise with plants to help others.
All that just adds to the puzzle that remains almost a year after her lifeless body was discovered Jan. 19 in her small home in the 2400 block of Shafer St., in the Fox Hall neighborhood.
Police have charged no one. They've released little information other than to say they're still investigating.
Her next-door neighbor, Edwin Dickman, used to look after her like a daughter, mowing her grass and fixing her toilet. He said, "It's like it never happened, and it really bugs me."
Police and the medical examiner's office haven't revealed how Lechlitner died. Dickman said police told him she was strangled.
Friends and neighbors initially speculated that the trusting Angie, as she was known, perhaps invited the wrong person home, but even such guessing has faded away.
Residents in her quiet neighborhood remain a little more careful, but otherwise things have returned to normal, Dickman said. He still occasionally sees a detective drive by, he said. Detectives declined interview requests. A department spokesman called the case unusual in the lack of readily apparent connections.
"In pretty short order, you can connect the dots" in most home-homicide cases, Officer Chris Amos said. "But it's been a year, and we've made no arrest, so that pretty much speaks to where we're at. We do have leads."
It remains one of a number of perplexing cases for city police in a year that saw homicides drop to 28 from 49 in 2007. Amos called it "very much an open case, and a priority."
Lechlitner's parents, who live in Goshen, Ind., declined to talk about their daughter or the investigation, referring questions to police. Goshen, population not quite 32,000, is nicknamed "The Maple City" because of its trees. Amish horse-and-buggy rigs still tread the streets, reflecting the Amish and Mennonite heritage of its 19th-century settlers.
Lechlitner brought Goshen's sensibility to Norfolk. Dickman once asked her if she was Mennonite, because of her simple, conservative ways.
"She had the smallest TV I had ever seen," said John Close of Chesapeake, leader of her weekly Bible class organized by the Tabernacle Church of Norfolk. "She was content with the simple things in life."
Lechlitner began working at the Botanical Garden in February 2004. A nursery technician, she raised greenhouse seedlings until they were large enough to add to the public viewing areas.
She gave gardening tips to friends and church members, and led a flower-arranging project for a retirement home. She also volunteered in other ways, such as shelving books in the church library and as secretary of her civic league.
"They always say 20 percent of the people do 80 percent of the work," said Kenny Bryant, Tabernacle Church's pastor. "And she was that 20 percent."
Friends describe her as gentle.
"When we found out, as you can imagine, we were in shock," Close said. "She was the sweetest person. We couldn't imagine anyone could hurt her."
Once they got past her shyness, her friends found an unexpected wit and depth.
"She was the type of person if she talked, you wanted to hear," said Phillip Clark of Norfolk, a friend from Tabernacle Church with whose family Lechlitner often socialized. "It was profound. Or it was something you didn't think of."
She attended additional classes at a messianic synagogue with Jews who believe Jesus was the Messiah foretold by Old Testament prophets, bringing those lessons into her church's study groups.
She could also be a joker, church and work friends said. They were amazed that she could eat so much - she was especially a fan of Cogan's Pizza - but stay slim. She shared her family's favorite card game "Dutch Blitz," and attended summer outdoor big-band concerts in Ocean View.
One Saturday, about a year before she died, friends put up a chain-link fence around her back yard while she was at work and left a beagle puppy. It wasn't for safety, they said.
"We just thought it would be nice for her to come home to something other than a dark house," Clark said.
Ever the gardener, she named the dog "Rose."
"She loved that dog to death," Close said. "It was her closest companion."
The dog aroused neighbors' suspicions a few days before Lechlitner's body was found. Dickman and his wife noticed Rose outside in a cold rain. Lechlitner never left the dog out.
They called, and got her answering machine. Her car was in her garage, so they knocked on her door and windows. No answer. They called her workplace, where similarly concerned co-workers said Lechlitner had called in sick for the next couple of days - unheard of in the several years they had known her.
The Dickmans said they called the police, who checked but found nothing amiss about the locked-up house. One of Lechlitner's bosses arrived, got in through a back door, and found her in the rear kitchen-utility room area, said Dickman, who said he stayed at the front door.
Lechlitner's parents looked after her affairs.
Rose went to a couple from the Bible study group, and the parents surprised the Clarks, who needed transportation, with her tan Toyota Corolla. They cleaned out the house and sold it over the summer.
Tabernacle Church planted a tree in Lechlitner's memory. Bryant, the pastor, said someone asks about the case almost every Sunday.
"It's kind of frustrating - we just haven't heard anything," Clark said. "Even the family can't tell us anything.... It's kind of like, we want closure. But it can never come. We know she's in a better place."
Botanical Garden employees declined to talk about Lechlitner, referring questions to Amy Dagnall, a spokeswoman.
Lechlitner's death hit people there hard, Dagnall said. Other gardeners began designing a memorial garden.
It will be in an inconspicuous spot, viewable by visitors but not listed on the facility's tour maps, Dagnall said. It will include rhododendrons, one of the first flowers Lechlitner worked with there.
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