Little Cayman residents recall 1950s killing

Residents of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac told the Caymanian Compass this week that there had, in fact, been a killing on the island prior to Perry McLaughlin’s death on Saturday. The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service had said over the weekend that Mr. McLaughlin’s death appeared to be the first killing in the tiny island’s history.

Claudette Bodden said Monday that her grandfather’s sister, Adina Bodden, was slain on Little Cayman in the 1950s. Claudette Bodden hadn’t been born at the time, but she remembers her father, Alden Joseph Bodden, telling her the story.

She said two men were sentenced to the Bellevue Asylum in Jamaica for killing Ms Bodden by the courts of Grand Cayman.

The slaying occurred prior to Cayman parting ways with Jamaica when the larger island became independent of the U.K.

Anson Autry Foster recalled the Little Cayman crime scene in 1957, and he described the killing as “gruesome.”

“I am not ashamed to relate the history,” Claudette Bodden said. “But the thought does make me shudder. My grand-aunt Adina Cash Bodden … is not forgotten, and Perry’s death is only another horrible act.”

As of press time Monday, no charges had been filed in relation to Mr. McLaughlin’s death, although RCIPS officers reported an arrest in connection with the case.

It appeared Mr. McLaughlin, a prominent businessman in Little Cayman, had been stabbed to death, but police would say only that he was “fatally wounded.”

Mr. McLaughlin, 54, was believed to have been stabbed sometime Friday night or early Saturday morning. Officers responded to Mr. McLaughlin’s home, where they found his body, after receiving a call from one of his employees around 7 a.m. Saturday.

Regarding a court appearance, if and when charges were filed in the case, police officials said that an initial Summary Court appearance for the matter could be heard in either Cayman Brac or Grand Cayman. The Grand Court hearings would be conducted on Grand Cayman, police said.