New information uncovered in deaths of mother, daughter in Nelson Co.


by WHAS11

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 25 at 11:46 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Two months after a Nelson County mother and daughter were murdered, we’re learning all new details about the crime.

Since Kathy and Samantha Netherlands’ murder, neighbors on Springfield Road haven’t been able to rest easily, and  now hearing the two were killed every bit as brutally as rumored, they’re again on edge.

Forty-eight–year-old Kathy was shot multiple times in different parts of her body - 16-year-old was Samantha beaten in the head - both had their throats cut.

“It does at least seem there was some type of rage,” Kentucky State Police Lt. Jeremy Thompson.

But how do a special education teacher and 16-year-old girl attract that type of rage?

Investigators said if they knew, then this case would probably be solved.

“Motive will lead you to a suspect in most instances. So, without that motive it doesn’t at least initially put you on the track of the suspect or suspects," Thompson said.

Investigators said they do believe they’re dealing in the plural.

“We can’t say whether it was two or whether it was four, but we’re looking for more than one,” he said.

The list of suspects has narrowed, but it is still not specific.  

Netherland family members have been cleared of any involvement. But as far as whether the killers had a relationship with the Netherlands, Thompson said you can make a case either way.

“If it was random why them? Why this house? If they knew them, then who  was it?” Thompson said.

Whoever it was, police said they think the suspects likely planned the crime.  

Dozens of investigators scoured the Netherlands’ Botland home the morning they didn’t turn up for work and school.  Thompson said they actually collected a lot of evidence in this case, but so far it hasn’t led anywhere.

Results on the DNA evidence could take six months to a year, and they’ve had no luck finding the black Impala with tinted windows. Surveillance video shows the car in the Netherlands driveway and passing their home.

“That’s the car and the people in that car are responsible for those murders,” Thompson said.

KSP investigators ask anyone with information about the crime to contact them.

According to The Kentucky Standard, a scholarship was set up in honor of Samantha Netherland who had a love for music. The $500 scholarship will only be given to graduating Bardstown High School seniors. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 31, 2015.

Scholarship applications and monetary donations can be mailed to the following address:
Samantha Netherland Memorial Music Scholarship Fund
ATTN: Stephanie Thompson
c/o Bardstown Elementary School
420 North Fifth St.
Bardstown, Ky 40004