Linda Buckner Killed the Cat Lady

If this ain't a case for ID Channel's Nightmare Next Door or Fear Thy Neighbor, I don't know what is. There is also a connection to my home state of Tennessee which is what caught my eye in the first place.

Walter Renz    Linda Buckner
Walter Renz and Linda Buckner lived in Mansfield, Ohio in a pleasant, quiet neighborhood. Next door was Patsy Hudson. Patsy was the stereotypical cat lady. She was quiet. She kept to herself without a lot of company. Those who knew her called her kind hearted and easy going. She cared for several stray cats that roamed the neighborhood as well as any other animal that found its mangy way to her doorstep.

 Walter Renz and Linda Buckner, her neighbors, did not find this quite so charming a fact as everyone else might. They would confront patsy on a regular basis with complaints about the strays and went so far as to kill one of them by poison and seriously injure another.

All this came to a head on the 4th of July 2015. Patsy filed a police report that day stating her neighbors had killed and viciously attacked her cats, constituting animal abuse. The three neighbors got into a shouting match in the yard later that day. Afterward, Patsy was never seen again. While their Mansfield, Ohio neighborhood was quiet, it wasn't without witness. Neighbors reported the argument to police but they also reported that Walter Renz and Linda Buckner moved out that night. By the time Patsy was reported missing in December and an investigation was underway, they were long gone.

Gone, as it turns out, to Tennessee, the state I live in. The pair was a rolling mess anyway. Linda has a plethora of alias's and Walter is a grade-A asshole from way back according to interviews with people who know him. The pair slithered into Tennessee in a stolen car to a a roadside campground southwest of Nashville in Lewis County, where they were apprehended by  a U.S. Marshals Task Force in February of 2016.

Patsy's bones have been found scattered throughout the county where she lived. Walter was in possession of her credit card, which had remained active since her death, when he was arrested. Linda was already wanted for bail jumping in Kentucky.

It will be interesting to see how this case progresses.

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