Far South Side woman charged with using ax to kill two church members
BY TINA SFONDELES Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org September 13, 2011 7:50PM
Updated: November 10, 2011 9:38AM
A woman being held in a mental institution for stabbing a woman with a butcher knife four years ago has also been charged with the 2006 ax murders of two women from her former Southeast Side church.
Pamela Myles, 43, is charged with the murders of 59-year-old Annie Mae Davis and 74-year-old Everleana Brame, according to prosecutors.
Myles, who is locked up at the Elgin Mental Health Center, was ordered held on a mandatory no bond for the murders Tuesday, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.
Myles, who lived on the Far South Side, attended prayer services at New Triedstone Church, as did the victims. Davis was found murdered in her home on April 3, 2006, by a family member. The cause of death was multiple wounds to the head, court records indicate.
Similarly, Brame was found murdered on April 27, 2006, with multiple wounds to her head. The medical examiner’s office ruled both suffered blunt trauma and wounds inflicted by an ax.
Detectives learned Brame had told a neighbor two days before she was killed that Myles came to her door holding a large hammer and demanded money. Brame told neighbors she was scared and was told to lock her doors, court records show.
Witnesses in the week prior to the murder said Myles had a falling out with members of the church and was asked not to come back. Detectives also learned she had been seen walking around the neighborhood with an ax or large hammer.
In late April 2006, Chicago Police searched Myles’ home with the consent of a family member and recovered an ax and hammer from a suspended ceiling. They also found a document titled, “Mothers who won’t make it to Mother’s Day.” The list contained various womens’ names. A second list also had various initials, including “ANN” and “BRA.” Those had “dead” written next to them. The list also stated “Congratulations to me.”
Myles was interviewed after recovery of the evidence and denied being involved or even knowing the victims. She remained a person-of-interest in the case for years.
The break came after June 17, when she was interviewed about the murders and the murder of another man, also a member of the church. Myles said nothing during that interview and refused to speak.
But a later review of her medical records revealed a handwritten note signed and dated June 20, 2011. In that, Myles stated she had killed both Brame and Davis, but not the man, prosecutors allege.
The confession came through a worker at the Elgin Mental Health Center who interviewed her after she asked to talk to him. He agreed and told her to write down the statement. She also dated it. In the statement, she wrote that she had killed both women with an ax, authorities said.
Myles will appear for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 3. She remains at the mental institution after pleading guilty but mentally ill to a March 18, 2007, aggravated battery.
In that case, she allegedly approached a 66-year-old woman who was waiting at a bus stop in the 2300 block of East 79th Street, and stabbed her with a large butcher knife, court records indicate.