|Name Mary Witherspoon|
Years active 1975-2003
|Occupation School Teacher|
Children Jane Whelchel
|Full Name Mary Lynn Witherspoon|
Died 14 November 2003, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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Mary Lynn Witherspoon (1950–2003) was a school teacher in Charleston, South Carolina, and died in 2003 when her ex-boyfriend's son, Edmonds Tennent Brown IV, who had stalked and obsessed over her for 22 years, broke into her home after being released from prison, and raped and killed her.
Transgender inmate Katheryn Brown (left in 2003 mugshot)
In 1981, Mary Lynn met Edmonds Tennent Brown, III, who was an attorney. After a while, his son, Edmonds Tennent Brown IV, began growing obsessive and jealous of Mary Lynn.
On November 14, 2003, early morning, after 23 years of stalking Mary Lynn, Edmonds Tennent Brown, IV, broke into Mary Lynn's home, and when she was leaving, he rushed into her room, raped her, and strangled her, ultimately leading to her death. She was found in the bathtub, dead.
The Arrest of Edmonds Tennent Brown, IV
In 2005, South Carolina introduced a law that was named after her, calling it "Mary Lynn's Law." and the V.I.N.E was said to have failed her, and companies such as those immediately updated their systems, including immediate notification to the victims when prisoners are released.
On April 12, 2016, Discovery ID's Obsession: Dark Desires made an episode based on the tragic story of Mary Lynn. Mary Lynn was "interviewed" but later revealed to be an actress as the interviewee. It ended with a short monologue (speech) given by her sister of the days, weeks, months, after Mary Lynn's death.