Beverly Moore, the victim of a brutal beating for which her roommate has been charged, spoke of her harrowing ordeal, Wednesday, for the first time since she was rescued by a neighbor in April.
Around 8:30 a.m. on April 30, the Roswell Police Department responded to a call made by the neighbor after she broke into the apartment, in the 200 block of West Matthews Street, and found her friend savagely beaten. RPD spokesman Sgt. Jim Preston said at the time it was the worst case he had ever seen.
Her roommate, Patricia Kanmore, is charged with holding Moorecaptive and restrained for four days without food or water.
“I had known her for years and I had heard about her temper, but it just came out of the blue. I asked her if she could go to the bank for me … she had done it in the past, and all hell broke loose,” Moore said.
During the time she was held captive, Moore said it was like her brain fragmented into four parts. “It’s hard to explain, really.”
Moore stood while detailing her story to exhibit the scars around her eyes, on her forehead and her scalp. She suffered several skull fractures, two black eyes and five fractures to the jaw. Her left wrist was wrapped in gauze because she had been tied so tightly that she lost most of the use of her hand due to the restriction in blood flow. She will soon have to undergo surgery.
“The day my neighbor came to rescue me I rolled into the living room. I could hear the bones crunch,” said Moore as she indicated her hand. “I had duct tape wrapped around my head and a washcloth in my mouth. I tried to spit it out. When my neighbor came over, I didn’t know if she (Kanmore) was in the room, but I realized this was my last chance and I started to yell for help.”
The door was locked, but the neighbor was able to get into the apartment through a window. “She gave me some water,” Moore said. “The ambulance driver told me I was suffering from acidosis, (a chemical imbalance where too much acid builds up in the body).”
As a result of her hospital stay, Moore lost her home. Even though she is on the road to recovery, she faces new challenges. Disabled, her options for a job are restricted, although she says she would take a job if one were offered within the limitations of her disability.
“I’ve developed systems to help myself with the memory loss and the hand. I’ve had to learn how to dress myself with one hand. I don’t have a vehicle. I have to walk everywhere. There is a general discontent that I couldn’t keep some of my appointments.”
Moore may soon find herself among the homeless. “My family has helped. My daughter has helped me out financially; too much really. They’ve done what they can, but there’s a limit. They have their own lives and they need their privacy.”
Moore attempted to get assistance in finding a home through the District Attorney’s Office, but said each organization approached by the Victim’s Advocate program has turned her away since she was not a victim of domestic violence.
“I wonder if this is what happens when asking for help as an attempted murder victim, what would happen if I needed more help?” she asked.
Moore says she isn’t angry; rather she is disappointed in the system and then “only part of it, the part about shelter. I don’t know what I’m going to do when I have surgery and I’m living on the streets.”
Once Moore finds a home and has settled all her legal and medical issues, she wants to return to writing. “I’ve written four books that haven’t been published, and I’m working on another one.”