BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A 45-year-old woman told investigators that she killed her mother Monday after ghosts had told her to do so.
"My mother is dead. The ghosts told me I had to kill her," Paula Lynn Anderson of North Charleston said tearfully in a 911 call released Wednesday, most of which was unintelligible.
"I'm in a very fragile state of mind," she said. "I did not want to kill my mother."
"She could have lived today and they made me believe that I had to kill her. They even fed me words to say," she added.
Anderson said ghosts told her she had to kill her mother, and that they would kill her next.
"I can't believe they would do this to me. Got me all tripped out and… my sweet, sweet mother. I deserve the death penalty. I want to do die."
On Monday at 6:50 a.m., a responding officer reported that he had received information that a caller, later identified as Paula Anderson, said she was having a mental breakdown at a home on Beverly Drive and there were people under the house who told her to kill her mother, and "she had done so."
The Hanahan Police Department arrested Anderson Monday and charged her with the murder of 68-year-old Frances Anderson of Hanahan.
Frances Anderson died of asphyxiation from manual strangulation, according to the Berkeley County Coroner's Office.
Responding officers discovered the victim in the back bedroom, lying on the floor.
Police reports state the victim had a brown extension cord wrapped around her neck which was placed there by the suspect.
Authorities say they also observed scratch marks on the victim's neck, consistent with marks left by someone's fingernails.
Police say Anderson was arrested at the scene.
According to investigators, the suspect had scratch marks on her face consistent with a struggle. An affidavit states the suspect admitted to receiving the scratch marks when her mother "came to" and tried to fight her off.
When a corporal spoke to Anderson she told him that she had killed her mother and not to tell her aunt because "she would be mad" at her.
Court records state Anderson confessed multiple times during "excited utterances" after given her Miranda rights that she had murdered her mother and deserved to "be in hell or receive the death penalty."
She was denied bond Tuesday night.
"Her and her mother argued several times. It really shocked me," said George Zinser who lives next door to the victim. "My wife was up. She didn't sleep good so she was up. She heard a noise about 4:30 and then when I got up at 6:30, a million cops out there."
"I was in shock because Ms. Frances was one of the best people I've ever met in my life. She was so kind and so wonderful," said neighbor Myrtle Johnson.
The coroner's office, the Hanahan Police Department and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are investigating the incident.
"If she did this, she's going to have to pay one way or the other, I'm not gonna judge her," said Johnson.