|"Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast"
|"The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth, shall be watered also himself."
-- Proverbs 11:25
Authorities are investigating the homicide of a woman at the home of a longtime a community activist who frequently spoke out at Teaneck council meetings and unsuccessfully ran for office three times.
Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced late this afternoon that an autopsy coupled with analysis of the scene indicated the death was the result of a homicide. He stressed that the female body, which was badly damaged by the fire, has not been identified yet and dental records are being sought.
The home belongs to Joan Davis, who lived alone at the house, though authorities would not confirm whether she is the victim.
Molinelli offered no detail on the homicide itself, including whether any weapon was used.
When firefighters arrived around 11 p.m. last night, they found the victim dead in the smoke-filled bedroom but the rest of the house intact.
Davis, 74, ran for council in 1995, 1996 and 1998. She told reporters in the 1990s that she was a former foreign services officer and freelance writer who saw herself as a community activist.
She bickered with members of the Teaneck council repeatedly over the years and told officials how she thought the town should be run. She also wrote long rambling letters to local political leaders and occasionally showed up at their homes unannounced to deliver them. She attended a council meeting as recently as last week, and spoke from the podium at length during the public hearing, as was her usual ritual
Councilwoman Lizette Parker said Davis was passionate about the Fire Department and had signed up for the program that checks up every day with senior citizens to make sure that they are safe.