Pink Floyd also enraged stabbing suspect, says victim’s half-brother


A woman accused of stabbing her roommate because he wouldn’t stop playing Eagles music had previously become enraged by his forays to The Dark Side of the Moon as well, the victim’s half-brother told The Post and Courier.

“She got real upset when he played that Pink Floyd,” James Sharpe said of suspect Vernett Bader, 54.

Sharpe said he and his half-brother, 64-year-old Henry Lee Fitzpatrick, have known Bader as a friend for 30 years and invited her to come live with them when they moved into a new mobile home recently on North Charleston’s Brossy Circle.

There was no indication at the time that Bader harbored any resentment toward the familiar strains of classic rock, Sharpe said.

But that music apparently struck a wrong chord with Bader, Sharpe said, and he recently had to intervene when she blew her stack at his half-brother’s taste for Pink Floyd, each song grating on her like another brick in the wall.

Things turned violent Monday, police said, when Fitzpatrick cued up the Eagles.

Bader told her roommate she didn’t want to listen to the band, police said. He responded by telling her to shut up, a police report stated.

Bader grabbed a serrated knife from a kitchen drawer and swung it at Fitzpatrick, police said. When Sharpe wrestled the knife away from Bader, she went back into the kitchen and found another, the report states.

Sharpe said his half-brother tried to fend off the attacks with a piece of wood at one point, but still ended up nursing wounds to his arm, hand and elbow. Sharpe said they were finally able to call police and help arrived quickly.

Sharpe said his half-brother remains in “a lot of pain.” Fitzpatrick could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Sharpe could not recall the exact Eagles tune that took her to the limit, only that it was part of the group’s ubiquitous Greatest Hits album.

“We don’t even have a stereo,” he said. “We were listening to it on the TV. It wasn’t even loud or anything like that.”

The Eagles have been known to inspire great passion among fans and critics alike. Just consider the oft-quoted scene from “The Big Lebowski” when Jeff Bridges’ character, The Dude, tosses an angry F-bomb at a cab driver who refuses to turn off an offending tune by the laid back, country-tinged band.

A.V. Club music editor Steven Hyden opined in 2011 that hating the Eagles has become a countercultural movement unto itself. “No band from the glory years of ’60s and ’70s classic rock inspires as much knee-jerk dislike and ridicule, while simultaneously maintaining such a big presence on the radio and concert circuit, as the Eagles,” he said.

For now, Bader won’t have to worry about hearing the dueling guitars on Hotel California for the 15 gajillionth time. She remains locked up in the Charleston County jail on a charge of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.