58.8 F
Bellingham
Friday, August 7, 2020

Huxley undergraduate advisor visited by CBS News in connection with 1988 murder

Kathryn Patrick (left) is visited in her office by the CBS News program 48 Hours in mid-January as part of a three-year investigation. // Photo courtesy of CBS News 48 Hours

By Western Front staff

In mid-January, a Huxley College undergraduate advisor was visited on Western’s campus by the CBS News program 48 Hours in connection with a 1988 murder in Seoul, South Korea.

Kathryn Patrick, an undergraduate advisor for Huxley College of the Environment, was originally sought by police in 1989 under the name Ellen Patrick Casey, according to a 1989 story by the Associated Press

According to the Associated Press, South Korean police found Carolyn Abel, who was teaching English in Seoul, South Korea with Patrick, stabbed to death in her apartment in 1988.

Patrick worked as an English teacher at a private tutoring school alongside Abel and another woman, Sandra Ames, in South Korea, according to the Associated Press.

Patrick left the country the month after the murder, and could not be forced to return to South Korea in 1989 for questioning because the U.S. and South Korea did not have extradition agreements at the time, according to CBS news.

Investigators of the case told CBS News they suspect Patrick of committing the crime, according to The Bellingham Herald.

Western’s Communications Director Paul Cocke sent out a statement in response to the coverage from CBS News on Friday, March 8, saying that Patrick has been determined to pose no threat to the campus community.  

“Kathryn Patrick is a program coordinator at Western Washington University, and has worked at Western since 2000. During her 18 years of service at Western, the University has had no concerns. The University asks that her privacy as a Western employee be respected. An assessment by University officials shows no evidence of a current threat to Western students, faculty or staff. University officials will continue to monitor the situation.”

4 COMMENTS

  1. She has been confirmed as a murderer in S. Korea. She was able to sneak out of law back then only because of the crime in foreign country. Very lucky murderer, but she should not be as lucky in our community and society.

  2. What message does wwu think it’s sending? We grant tenure & amnesty for murder? Am I the only one hoping she murders a member of university staff who made the call? I mean, yeah – she murdered, but it’s been awhile…

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

3,942FansLike
1,241FollowersFollow
5,457FollowersFollow
0SubscribersSubscribe

Must Read

Resident advisers hold open forum with university officials to discuss concerns

Written by: Bram Briskorn and Questen Inghram Over 300 people packed into Arntzen Hall, room 100 as if it were...

Sports: Pros and cons of Seahawks’ NFL draft pick Malik McDowell

Why did the Seahawks go after a defensive tackle with their first selection in the 2017 NFL draft? Coming off...

Two Bellingham residents receive Outstanding Graduate title

Ina LaGrandeur and Julie McElroy stood out in their studies at WWU

Latest News

Bellingham, Western’s historical response to health crises

A comprehensive overview from the 1918 Spanish flu to now Drummers, sailors...

Seeking workforce diversity, Bellingham School District creates new position

A new director role in the school district gives hope for equitable change.   Illustration of a teacher...

Two Bellingham residents receive Outstanding Graduate title

Ina LaGrandeur and Julie McElroy stood out in their studies at WWU By Shannon Steffens

Post-apocalyptic movies: morbid fascination or healthy coping mechanism?

With the pandemic taking a toll on the country, people are resorting to more virtual ways of entertainment

Local roller derby league leaves the bruises at home and rolls with the pandemic.

The local roller derby league has started a weekly event that follows current mask and distancing guidelines.

More Articles Like This