Designer found murdered in Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas, November 19, 2007 – Hand bag designer Hal Taylor is reportedly the Bahamas’ 70th murder victim for 2007.

Taylor’s body was discovered yesterday morning at Mountbatton House in his bedroom. Reports indicate the bloody crime scene included foot tracks that are believed to be the perpetrator. But no sign of forced entry was found.

Former Prime Minister Perry Christie and wife Bernadette Christie were at the crime scene and arrived with the victim’s Mother Ms. Beverly Taylor, along with Rev, T. G. Morrison and Fr. I. Ranferly Brown who are said to be friends of the victim’s family.

The latest high profile killing comes on the heels of Friday’s slaying of Dr. Thaddeus McDonald, the dean of Social and Educational Studies at the College of The Bahamas. Dr. McDonald was found dead in his bedroom in his home on Queen Street in New Providence around 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Dr. McDonald was found by his brother after they became concerned that he had not returned any of his phone calls yesterday morning and did not show up for work at the college campus. His body was found still in bed with his computer on with his face smashed in with a clothing iron and his body severely beaten.

President of the College of The Bahamas, Janyne Hodder, called the death a sad day for the College of the Bahamas as Dr. McDonald played an integral part in bringing the law program to the college.

Dr. McDonald had just this week he celebrated his 59th birthday. His death brings to 68 the number of people murdered so far this year in the Bahamas.

Since November 15th, six murders have rocked the tourist-dependent islands.

Police are not saying whether the murder at the Queen’s Street resident and this latest one on West Hill Street are connected in any way.

Some 200 people have been expelled from the United States for violent crimes and over 114 persons are now on bail for murder. The Bahamas is home to over 300, 000. (