Charity Worley killed with pipe

I have a hard time deciding which is scarier.

Is it the possibility that someone unknown to Charity Worley stalked her, laid in wait, and then beat her to death with a pipe outside her home? Is it the possibility that this random attacker is still walking around western North Carolina? Or is it it that somebody Worley knew beat her to death and the deputies can’t figure out who it is?

At this point, we don’t know which of the scenarios is correct, but thanks to an interesting autopsy report, we now know how Worley was beaten to death.

The report came that out this week did what few investigations of this nature do and released the information about the heretofore unknown murder weapon. In many cases, if this information had not been released initially, the investigators will hold back the weapon for a variety of reasons. This time, the autopsy report leaked the details of the homicide.

Apparently investigators found the bloody pipe in a field next to Worley’s home on the morning of her death.

Worley and son Jayden

Investigators have been proactive in this case to the degree that they have established a web site ( and are still actively seeking information. I know they read here and are keeping up with the online chatter about the case. Still, precious little information is leaking out other than what was released in the autopsy report this week.

A pipe.

Tell me it’s not scary, no matter who was holding it.

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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7 Responses

  1. Da Goddess says:

    it’s frightening no matter how you look at it.

    I pray the rat who did this to her is caught and prosecuted. At the very least, that would make the world a little safer, and hopefully bring some peace to her family.

  2. Jim The Knife says:

    I’m surprised Brad. Is this all you have to write about?
    First of all, the details of an investigation are absolutely “none of our business”.

    Second, some “leaks” can be harmful to the investigation’s progress.

    Third, if you had knowledge of every single detail surrounding the case, what would you do with it? Put double locks on all your doors?
    Avoid all stores that carry pipes and be on the lookout for folks carrying a pipe of any kind?

  3. otis says:

    Jim, I think you misread. I don’t give a damn one way or the other whether they release information about the case. I was actually surprised this leaked.

  4. Jim The Knife says:

    Yes I did misunderstand. I thought it odd.
    I mean, I don’t know you that well.. but well enough
    to be surprised. I enjoy your writing in general.
    I also enjoy Falstaff and Blood’s styles.

    I’m going to take a class in creative writing.

  5. Linda Casey says:

    No it wasn’t odd that it was withheld, it was actually a wise decision. it was an ace up the sleeve. Stress the word WAS. it is amazing to me that this is the focal point of the release. Charity was a 28 year old mother who, had all these people who seemed so curious as to look at an autopsy report, would have noticed, fought long and hard for her life. Noone seemed to notice she could be deemed a hero. Noone remembered given her MP training she probably fought. Noone rememberd all the interviews stating she was a devoted mother so those instincts probably kicked in as well. Noone remembered the interview that said she had taken her mother straight in from a nursing home, or her unwed pregnant sister. Noone figured all those instincts kicked in and she probably fought off whomever attacked her and beat her with instincts of oh my God my family is inside. All this while her husband is Iraq!!
    She fought sustaining multiple broken ribs, skull crushed in several places, many other broken bones,and injuries, bruises everywhere. Her beautiful countenance battered. She was in full code meaning SHE SURVIVED!! and was pronounced and the hospital.
    Now did anyone ever think perhaps her legacy should be one as a hero!!
    WEll her family does. I was one of those inside!
    and yes scary thing is, that monster is still out there somewhere!!

  6. Linda Casey says:

    As I look back at this I am surprised at the gentleman who is surprised that you have continued on this. All I can say is thank you Brad. As time goes by and there is no closure and no healing and I waffle from semi acceptance to seeing red anger to on my knees heart break. I would like to take this forum to call out this person. YOu know who you are. Believe it or not, I thing I am narrowing you down. Can’t put you in a court of law. But I wasn’t raised the daughter of a member of the KKK (not someting I am proud of, not something I ever thought I would call upon the ugly things I learned or friends of Daddy’s) let me tell you you have destroyed our family. We have survived death, health problems, even the shame of Daddy and the things he did but you broke a bond not meant to be broken. YOu coward, being it back here. I will narrow this small list down. and come after you. Cover of night or not. Your back is not safe, One thing I have on my side.. HATE YOu took my baby. My grandson’s mother. You have no where to hide.
    I am not just a distraught mother I am on a mission. I will see you in hell. Just you before me.!! YOu may have seen me on TV say I was praying for you that was before I read the autopsy report you deserve a long slow hard death. blow for blow broken bone for broken bone, bruise for bruise,
    I curse you to never have a good nights sleep until you and I meet face to face/

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