Anthony Pardon’s murder arrest shocks neighborhood where he lived
Rachael Anderson’s murder has people asking a lot of questions about the past of the man taken into custody and charged with killing her.
53-year-old Anthony Pardon was arrested Thursday in the Linden area near the home where he lived with his mother and sister. Debbie Pardon said her family was grieving the loss of her daughter when SWAT descended on the neighborhood. “My daughter passed Tuesday in a car crash on 11th Avenue. I got two kids and I can’t even view her body because her face is so messed up.”
We asked, what can you tell us about your brother? "Nothing. Did you know he was in trouble? Please don’t do this. I got a funeral to plan and two grandbabies, 3 and 6.”
Neighbor Andre Kelley called the news of the arrest “horrific.”
Kelley said he had spent time with the family and with Pardon but couldn’t imagine him killing a woman. Kelley said he recently had been looking clean cut and well dressed. “I seen him. He was so well groomed. Watch. Hair. It’s like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
Neighbors said the place where Pardon was living was a little house with big secrets. Bernadine Price said, “you still don’t know what is going on behind closed doors.”
Court records show in 1980 when Anthony Pardon was 15-years-old he was convicted of raping a nine-month-old baby. Then in 1981, court records show Pardon raped the mother of a friend at knifepoint, tied her hands and feet, put her in the trunk of a car, and drove her to Valley Dale, where he tried to drown her in the river behind the entertainment venue. Records said Pardon put the victim’s head under the water, but a Good Samaritan intervened and she lived. Pardon went to prison for 25 years.
In 1999, court records said that Pardon was categorized as a sexual predator. Pardon was released from prison in Ohio. But in 2007, records show he was charged with forgery and failure to register as a sex offender in Georgia.
Neighbor Richard Dean said he recalls getting a notice in the mail about a predator in the neighborhood. “I am glad he is gone. I don’t want him to mess with none of these ladies on the street or anywhere else if he is guilty of the crime I am glad he is gone. I will commend the police and everyone else responsible for getting him off the street because that is where he needs to be,” said Dean.