Edwardyne Williams’ murder by Robert Ellison features on ID’s Mom’s Last Thanksgiving, a true-crime show. The dramatization retraces police’s steps into the strangulation death of formerly missing Hope Mills, North Carolina mother Edwardyne Ann Williams, also known as, Dynee. For the murder, jurors set a life of imprisonment for Robert Ellison (Robert Terry Ellison).
Mom’s Last Thanksgiving on Investigation Discovery
After a few bad relationships, a mother packs her bags and makes a new start with her new husband, Mike. But after her husband dies, she becomes the target of a dangerous family member and disappears into thin air.
Hope Mills, North Carolina 2011: The Murder of Edwardyne Williams
This all relates to a tragic true crime case that happened after Thanksgiving of 2011. That’s when Cumberland County detectives say 50-year-old Edwardyne Williams, a former trucking student, disappeared. Family members reported her missing after losing communication with her. In the months leading up to the tragic homicide, Edwardyne spoke of fears surrounding her mentally ill son, Robert Ellison, and once stated, “I’m afraid if I allow him into my house, he’ll hurt me,” according to court records.
Documents show a history of mental and physical abuse perpetrated by Robert Ellison upon his mother, such as pushing, choking, and hurling insults on several occasions and trying to break her finger on another. In recent months, the mostly-out-of-work carnival worker was homeless and returned to his mother’s house because he needed a place to stay.
He repaid his fearful mother by strangling her to death and hiding the body in the woods off Canady Pond Road, a mile or so from her home. Police later located the missing woman’s cell phone and her car. Edwardyne’s purse was found hanging from a tree. From what officers in charge of the investigation gathered, Robert Ellison had built up years of resentment toward his mother, whom he blamed for the misery in his life.
Here’s Edwardyne Williams’ Facebook page.
She was also a vendor at Spring Lake Flea Market.