A handicapped Jefferson city woman who was the subject of a suspicious death investigation suffered from a history of domestic violence, according to her neighbors on McKinley street.
Amanda Glisson died Saturday due to unknown causes, and her body was found by rescuers after her husband dialed 9-1-1. Her husband admitted to punching her in the head the night before she died. The medical examiner's office autopsied Glisson's body and determined Glisson did not die from those blows, but instead passed away due to another cause.
Police say Glisson was wheelchairbound and suffered from medical ailments that may have contributed to the cause of death.
Neighbors say Amanda Glisson was isolated by her husband, forbidden to interact with people outside. "He didn't let her meet the neighborhood," said neighbor Patty Powell. "The kids weren't allowed to meet the neighborhood... the kids would play and get past the boundaries that Amanda couldn't get to, and he would come home and be completely mad and go off on all of them."
Glisson's husband Albert is currently facing a charge of second-degree domestic assault and is incarcerated at the Cole County Jail pending the outcome of his case. His charge was not upgraded to murder because his wife's actual cause of death was not the physical abuse she endured.
"She looked like she suffered from some sort of fall, or some sort of abuse," said police Captain Doug Shoemaker. "In fact, (her husband) had admitted to physically striking her the night before. That was clearly a sign that something was not at all right."
Powell said she has lived on the block for 13 years, and that she would regularly hear Glisson shouting at his wife. The fighting was so loud neighbors could hear it three houses away. "Well, finally I got fed up with the arguing and the fighting, knowing she couldn't do anything about it, and I went down and told him it wasn't working the way he was doing it, that he needed to change his ways," Powell said.
Police say when they found Amanda Glisson's body, thewre was evidence she had been hit with a beer bottle and punched in the face several times.
Jim Clardy of the Rape and Abuse Crisis Service says having someone to talk to can put a stop to domestic violence. "If you're a friend, the thing to do at an appropriate time, when there isn't anyone else around, is to listen," Clardy said.
Knowing when to listen or to ask for help could save a life, maybe even your own.