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Deep in the cobblestone heart of Charleston, South Carolina, past the T-shirt tourist quarter, down among the courtly antebellum mansions that stand in memory of a more mannered time, lived a quintessential Southern belle, a Charleston jewel. I mean she was inwardly beautiful. Somebody who I never heard use a word of profanity in her entire life. Charleston was Mary Lynn Withersppon's world. The old South was carefully preserved along exclusive Tradd Street, whose ancient shutters and lace curtains, deed to deflect the Southern sun, now serve also as a shield against the prying eyes of tourists as they wonder in this far.
How strange, how dark, you are surely going to find it hard to believe—though Mary Lynn herself had begun to imagine something dreadful What was in the twisted mind of that strange presence? After all, gushed an old friend, half the town seemed in love with Mary Lynn Witherspoon. Stanley Feldman, family friend: If somebody asked you to list all the good qualities you could think of — brains, beauty, nature, fairness. I would bet they would all apply to Mary Lynn Witherspoon. Olsen: She was always so good and kind to me. We were not only sisters, we were best friends.
Jackie watched her sister win beauty ants, score straight As on report cards, graduate as high school valedictorian, become a popular French teacher, marry a doctor But of course, nothing in this world is perfect. Keith Morrison, Dateline correspondent: Was it a painful breakup? Olsen: There were many unpleasantries involved in the break-up. Whelchel: My mom just loved Charleston… loved walking the streets and loved the French Huguenot Church where she attended every Sunday. When he started dating Mary Lynn it was Olsen: He was so good to her, it was incredible.
And Charleston city lonely woman gave Mary Lynn a lot of support as a single parent in helping her to raise Jane.
Whelchel: Edmonds was a wonderful man to me. He would come over in the morning and my mom would scoot out of the door. And he would come in and fix my breakfast and take me to school. And he proposed—again and again.
For eight years. He never quite fit. Olsen: He wanted to be sweet. He wanted to be kind. He wanted people to love him. Whelchel: Just kind of a social misfit. Even from a very young age. Still, he was lonely, too. And he seemed to love Mary Lynn.
And if she did not love him in return, she at least tried to befriend the troubled boy. Olsen: You know honestly, she was probably the only person that was ever kind to him. She would speak to him. But she was a teacher, and knew something was off. And thus, whenever Edmonds proposed, the answer remained no. Olsen: I think, deep in her heart she realized it was not a situation that was going to be the best for her and Jane. Olsen: He would pop up like on her porch, or ride his bicycle by her house, or appear near her driveway. Morrison: How would she talk to him? Whelchel: Never mean.
But standoffish. You know she would have never invited him into the house. Whelchel: When my mother and I moved to Mt. Pleasant, Tennet just popped up there at that house. And I have no idea how he knew that we had moved, and where we lived. Morrison: You probably would have called the Charleston city lonely woman or something. Whelchel: Well maybe, it was almost as if, what would you call the cops for? It was more like a weird feeling of discomfort. Tennant was in his late teens by then, yet she still saw in him the sometimes pathetic little boy. Of course, it was not the first time Mary Lynn had come across a youngster captivated by her good looks and charm.
Whelchel: Anywhere she went if she was driving in a car or just simply walking down the street. Even some of her students just thought she was the most beautiful thing in the world and wrote love letters and things like that, so Morrison: Crushes on her? Then ina year after she broke it off with Edmonds, a strange thing happened. Mary Lynn was visiting her mother a few hours from Charleston when they came back to the house after a walk.
The incident seemed to portend something disturbing. Now bring them back. Olsen: He did. Morrison: When you heard that. What was your gut reaction to that? Olsen: Remember Mary Lynn had known him and his quirky ways since he was a tot. And she just always regarded him as that was irritating. And then, suddenly, inhe simply disappeared. He was gone for first a year, then two years, five, then eight.
Olsen: She would take a group of students to France. She just wanted those children who otherwise would not have had a chance, to be exposed to that kind of culture. But she also did volunteer work with terminally ill children. So she just had a love for children. See me. Those who loved Mary Lynn Witherspoon were concerned.
Morrison: Did he have much to do with his son at this time? Olsen: No. After all, she would say, there was nothing criminal about standing in front of her house Olsen: She went out one day to go get some clothes out of the dryer and all of her underwear was missing out of the dryer.
Morrison: Underwear? Olsen: Underwear. She could have called She could likely have had him arrested. Mary Lynn decided instead to try to protect herself. Jane Whelchel: Had some kind of sophisticated alarm system put in the house.
With a panic button on her keychain. And she carried mace on her keychain as well. Olsen: She even went to a gun shop and asked advice on what she needed to do. So, they advised her to carry pepper spray which she did. Eventually, she talked to some local police officers she knew and asked them to keep an eye on her house. Whelchel: They were driving and kind of watching the house and things like that.
She had a stack of probably 20 cards from policemen. Morrison: Sitting there ready to call in case something happened?Charleston city lonely woman
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