Carla Springer-Jordan had a premonition last night that something had gone terribly wrong with her mother, Laura Springer, but she ignored her intuition.
As it turned out, her gut feeling became a tragic reality this morning, as she discovered her 56-year-old mum’s bloody body at Laura’s own home.
What’s more, Carla might have come face-to-face with the person believed to be the killer.
After failing in her attempts to contact her mum late yesterday, Carla decided to pay her a visit at her St Lawrence, Christ Church home around 6 a.m. today, where her worst fears were realized.
While attempting to enter the house, someone suspected to be the assailant was fleeing from what is now a murder scene, where she discovered her mother’s lifeless body in the aisle with multiple stab wounds.
“I don’t know what it was but all last night I couldn’t sleep, something was on my mind. I don’t know why but I decided to come down here at 3 a.m. and when I finally came at 6 a.m. my husband tried to see if he could’ve gotten into the house but he said someone was in there. I was like, ‘how you mean someone in the house?’ So I called the police,” the grieving daughter said.
Springer-Jordan fought back tears as she explained that while she was contacting the police her mum’s apparent killer calmly walked away from the scene.
“The same time I was on the phone with the police the man jumped over the guard wall and walk straight down the road like nothing didn’t happen. When I went into the house with my husband it was then that I found my mother,” she said.
Laura’s sister, Sandra Brathwaite, was in shock as she recalled a telephone conversation she had with her niece after the shocking discovery.
“Her daughter called me this morning and said to ‘come quick, somebody killed mummy’. She say when she come on the scene with her husband how she saw a man running away from the house but she couldn’t pinpoint the man’s face because it was still early and the sun was not fully up as yet,” Brathwaite said, repeating a lot of what Springer-Jordan had already revealed.
“She daughter call she at seven. This is last night, you know, and she didn’t get her. She came at three and when morning broke she come again. She told her husband, ‘wait, it look very strange, mummy don’t go to sleep and leave the front windows open,’” Braithwaite added.
While Barbados TODAY was on the scene a number onlookers, including friends and Minister of Health John Boyce, who is the incumbent representative for Christ Church South, were present, trying to come to grips with Laura’s killing.
Laura’s former husband, Carson Springer, who described her as a nice person, wondered aloud what Barbados had come to when people could no longer feel safe in their own homes.
“We had some times when things were going good, but for right now I can’t say anything other than she was a very nice person,” Springer said.
“I think crime in Barbados is getting out of hand. I don’t understand how you could be in you own house and still not be safe. It is puzzling. It is not good for Barbados, and right now I don’t know how I feel about this,” he added.