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Prom Sweetheart & Mom Victims in Unsolved Murder Spree

Samantha and Kathy Netherland were well-liked residents of America’s ‘Prettiest Small Town.’ Then they became the next to die in a string of mysterious killings.

Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast

Welcome to the third installment of 'Murder U.S.A.,' about five unsolved killings in one otherwise friendly little town—a Beast Files series for Beast Inside members only.

Everyone could hear when Kathy Netherland scurried across the hall. The short, bespectacled teacher would zip past Bardstown Elementary School’s classrooms wearing her lanyard, the keys jangling like the bell on a cat collar.

She was known as a whisperer for troubled students, ones with serious behavioral issues. As a special-ed teacher, Kathy never saw them as bad kids. The Kentucky mom had a knack for helping her young charges succeed when their classrooms couldn’t.

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