A Missouri family is in mourning after the murder of a beloved family member and mother. MeShon Cooper, 43, was a mother, who suffered from lupus and other major health issues. She worked for a Subway in Kansas City, Missouri, despite being eligible for disability. Earlier this month, she met a new friend by the name of Ronald Lee Kidwell, 47. Little did she know, her new found “friend” would prove to be the devil in disguise.
Kidwell and Cooper had been seeing each other for weeks, and a neighbor stated she last saw Cooper at Kidwell’s home when he left to get beer and the two started talking. Later that day after Cooper left, Kidwell referred to her as a “Black bitch” to his neighbor.
On July 7, Cooper’s car was found near Lykins Square Park in Kansas City and her family filed a missing person report. Two days later, Kidwell’s neighbor stated that Kidwell asked her for a handsaw and trash bags. On July 14, investigators eventually went to Kidwell’s house with a search warrant and according to a police report were meet with an overwhelming smell of bleach. Inside, they found the decomposing body of MeShon Cooper stuffed in a trash can. Kidwell gave police several different versions of what happened to Cooper before finally telling them that he had killed her in a rage after she threatened to tell people he was HIV positive. According to Police, Cooper was badly beaten and her carotid artery had been severed and she had suffered multiple cuts and stab wounds to the neck and face. Kidwell was charged with second-degree murder and has a bail of $1M.
This was not his first attack on a Black woman. In 2011, Kidwell was convicted of sexual assault for hitting a sleeping Black woman, forcing her to take off her clothes and raping her. He did not use a condom and told police that he was HIV positive. Despite the horrendous nature of this crime, he only served five years in prison. In court documents, he is referred to by the name of “One eye,” a moniker he uses since he lost his eye when he was attacked by pit bulls at age 7.