Thursday, September 25, 2014 was an exceptionally beautiful, fall-like day. For Beverly, it started as a great day. Not only was it a busy day in the office, but Beverly had even won $50 in an office competition.
Around 5:15 that evening, her day began to wind down. Beverly called Carl, her husband of almost 35 years, to let him know that she had one last 6:00 appointment. She told him she was going to end her day by showing a house to a couple and then pick up dinner on her way home.
What Beverly didn’t know was that her clients – a man and a woman who had identified themselves as a relocating, married couple – weren’t looking to buy a home. They had a sinister plot in mind to use Beverly to get quick cash. What started as a great day ended tragically. Beverly was kidnapped; her captors intended to obtain ransom money from her family. When the ransom didn’t go as planned, Beverly’s kidnappers became her murderers. She was killed in an attempt to cover up their initial crimes. “I wanted her gone”… words spoken by one of the murderers in the January 2016 trial. When asked “Why Beverly?” her killer explained that she was “a woman that worked alone — a rich broker.”
Beverly’s death was a devastating tragedy to her husband, children, grandchildren, extended family, and her many friends. Although Beverly had followed many industry-standard safety protocols, it wasn’t enough. Within the industry she loved, Beverly’s murder catapulted a national conversation about safety to the forefront of real estate organizations.