The story over the weekend that shocked me the most at least to me has become a little less muddy and I am going to play cop here…
The state police in Delaware are continuing to investigate the death of a developmentally disabled man and his caretaker.
The bodies of Joseph L. Taylor, 48, who was developmentally disabled, and Mary F. Dale, 52, were found Saturday afternoon, according to the Associated Press. The story added that the medical examiner’s office determined that two died from blunt force trauma to the head. Investigators said a hammer is believed to be the weapon.
At first I was stunned that for no apparent reason someone would kill someone who obviously posed no threat to them. And the person’s caretaker to boot.
But after the announcement of an arrest in the case, a motive is starting to make sense to me. But a motive is still no excuse for such a crime.
According to the AP, investigators arrested Mactavish M. Alexander, 50, of New Castle on Sunday and charged him with two counts of first-degree murder, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony and possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited. He is being held without bond pending a preliminary hearing on Sept. 4.
Police have not released a motive for the killings, but Sgt. Paul Shavack, a spokesman for Delaware State Police, said Monday that Alexander was an acquaintance of Dale who frequently visited the house and occasionally stayed there, the article states.
According to the AP, court records show that Dale, who police said served as Taylor’s caretaker, had a history of arrests on charges including prostitution and loitering. Alexander, who police said was seen at the house Friday evening, has previous convictions for carjacking and offensive touching, according to court records.
So my amateur conclusion is that Alexander started something with Dale she wanted no part of and then things just got worse, and then really, really bad. And unfortunately for Joseph Taylor, he became collateral damage.
But I guess I have a lot of questions here. Not to doubt the sincerity of Taylor’s family but who hires someone with a history of prostitution and loitering arrests to be a caregiver for someone who has a mental disability? Does that make any sense at all? I realize there may have been limited funding to hire someone to take care of him but wouldn’t you think having someone with that sort of background and record take care of the guy could pose some sort of risk?
There are indications that Dale was having men in and out of the house so the odds that something was going to happen, well, seems like it was just a matter of time. And that’s a damn shame.
No one thinks Dale should have also been a victim here but she seems to have placed herself and Joseph Taylor in harm’s way given the apparent circumstances.
We’ll never know what went down inside that house unless Alexander tells all but the real shame of it all is that a person who depended on the rest of the world to keep him safe was let down by everyone.
We can only hope that the suspect in this case goes to jail for a long, long time.
— Andy Hachadorian