In the most recent of our nations most horrific unsolved mysteries, a Little Rock, Arkansas television news anchor was savagely beaten and stabbed earlier this week. The 26-year-old woman, Anne Pressley, succumb to her injuries and passed away Saturday in a local hospital.
Pressley’s mother, visiting from South Carolina, found her in her room a half-hour before she was to appear on her station’s morning program. She was found lying on her bed bleeding profusely from her wounds. The attacker primarily focused on Pressley’s upper body and facial area. Almost every bone in her face was broken and she also sustained massive brain swelling. Pressley with her family at her side.
Motive of the attack is not known, but it could have been a robbery as her purse is missing, but police have not found any signs of forced entry to her home. Police are also questioning friends, neighbors and co-workers.
Pressley was a reporter and morning anchor at KATV in Little Rock. She has a brief resume as an actress as well, appearing as a sorority girl in soap opera As The World Turns. Her latest on-screen feature was in Oliver Stone’s political film, W. Pressley played republican commentator Ann Coulter. The film’s release came just two days before she was attacked.
Not for nothin’, but all deaths are usually senseless and tragic, but this one stands out if for anything the celebrity status attained by Pressley. It’s hard to rely on the intent of robbery being the motive, because robbery normally implies the threat of violence and victims are robberies do not usually become murder victims. We can only hope that an investigation reveals unusual activity in her daily routine. If there’s evidence to suggest that she was stalked, then there’s a good chance that she knew the perpetrator.