"The personal assistant to a multimillionaire real estate agent and punk rock pioneer was arrested Friday after confessing that she fatally beat her boss with a yoga stick when a barrage of insults threw her into a homicidal rage, police said.
Natavia Lowery, 26, was charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Linda Stein (above) a former co-manager of the Ramones who was found face-down in blood inside her $3 million Fifth Avenue apartment, said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Stein, 62, was smashed a half-dozen times in the head and neck with a weighted yoga stick typically used for stretching exercises. Lowery was captured on a surveillance tape leaving Stein's building shortly after the Oct. 30 assault, Kelly said.
Lowery told police that she was subjected to profane and derogatory comments from Stein as they worked in the real estate agent's apartment that morning. Lowery said she finally snapped while retrieving an e-mail from Stein's computer, with the boss blowing marijuana smoke in her face and telling her to hurry, Kelly recounted.
Lowery then snatched the stick from Stein's hands and battered the businesswoman until she collapsed, according to police. The murder weapon was not recovered, but the videotape showed the suspect carrying something with her as she exited Stein's Upper East Side building, Kelly said."
- From the Associated Press
I couldn't make this shit up if I wanted to: There's just too much cultish symbolism in this for me to process clearly.
For some reason, this story immediately reminded me of Henry Rollins's recent endorsement - in The Onion - of the hippy-dippy, U.F.O.-loving, Dennis Kusinich (What's "Punk" come to? It was supposed to be a reaction against stuff like this, remember?) as well as that Buddhist chef who treats cutting carrots better than the people he's paid to train in cooking and meditation. And the fact that a black girl did it - with a "weighted Yoga stick", whatever that is - is just too much. (I've already had one black friend (female type) say, "Black people don't go for that crazy shit." though I didn't ask what "crazy shit" she was referring to - was it Cultish-thinking? Yoga? Ex-Punks acting like they still 'got it' while doing Yoga to sell Real Estate? It certainly wasn't marijuana,...)
I don't know what else to say about this, except, I'm glad I'm black, and still a punk; I still swear a lot, and will never do crazy-making shit like Yoga. ("All aboard the Express Kundalini!") No, The Crack Emcee is staying on the American straight-and-narrow:
This "new paradigm" stuff can get you killed.