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Hiller, who didn't have a criminal record and lived by herself in a two-story brick rowhouse with a tidy lawn and porch on Carver Street near Tabor Avenue, is being held without bail on murder and related charges. Neighbors said she has a son in his 20s.
Some neighbors described her as a hypochondriac who worried about a smell in her house and often called 9-1-1. She had a security camera mounted outside.
Hiller, a 15-year Kraft employee, who had worked in the mixing room for six years, allegedly also complained to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration about her work. An OSHA form, dated Nov. 23, 2009, said a Kraft Foods employee complained about "being harassed by various other employees working in the same area" and alleged "being sprayed with chemicals and even deer urine" at work.
Kraft, in a Dec. 3, 2009, letter to OSHA, said it had received complaints by a mixing-room employee alleging "exposure to a variety of chemicals." The company said it had offered to test the employee's clothing and offered "additional medical review," but she refused. It said it did not find evidence of the employee's claims.
A Kraft spokeswoman said by e-mail last night that Hiller later claimed she made the anonymous complaint.
Next-door neighbors of Hiller yesterday described a time when she threatened violence. Dierr Rowland, 12, recalled playing his radio loudly one afternoon last year. Hiller came to his home "screaming at us," the boy said.
Tonine Rowland, 35, Dierr's mother, said after she and a friend argued with Hiller, Hiller tried to get into her home, and Rowland's friend kicked open the screen door, hitting Hiller. Hiller returned with a metal bat and banged on the screen door.
"pregnant dog, come out," Hiller yelled to Rowland's friend, Rowland said. Hiller returned home and called 9-1-1, but the police who responded didn't issue any citations, Rowland said.
"I think they were really tired of her. She would just call the police randomly, same as the Fire Department," Rowland said. "She would say she just smelled smoke."
Rowland said Hiller "was always angry" and "would always seem stressed" and was a "hypochondriac." Referring to Hiller's security camera, Rowland said Hiller "swore the neighbors let their dogs pee" on her front lawn.
Another neighbor, 45, recalled how Hiller was always worried about a smell in her house. The woman, who did not want to give her name, said she went to Hiller's "so clean, so immaculate" house three years ago and smelled something, but didn't know what it was. Hiller said she thought the smell was in her wall, this woman said.
Hiller complained that she was afraid some neighbors were "trying to hurt her," the woman said. "It got to the point where it started to scare me. Like something was wrong with her mentally."
George Harris, 45, said Hiller was a friendly person and he was "shocked" to hear of the shooting. Hiller expressed interest in purchasing a pup from his pregnant Presa Canario dog, he said. "I was telling her the dog's good protection for her home," he said.
Clark, the homicide captain, said Hiller legally owned her gun and had a permit to carry. When she went to get the gun Thursday night, she called a male friend to complain she'd had enough of the harassment and would shoot her tormentors. Her friend called 9-1-1, Clark said.
Meanwhile, Wilson's and Brown's families yesterday mourned their loved ones. "It was Kraft's fault LaTonya is dead," said Jenine Harris, Brown's best friend. "There was a history of problems with this lady." Hiller Had a Troubled Past
Hiller, who had worked for Kraft Foods for 15 years, had increasingly become more bizarre according to reports from her neighbours and co-workers. She had become involved in several altercations with her co-workers during the past two years and some of those were physical. She had had previous run-ins with the two women who she is alleged to have killed.
Hiller complained that toxic chemicals were being sprayed on and in her home and made frequent calls to police and fire services about it. She had also filed reports with Kraft Foods indicating that she had been sprayed with chemicals at work by co-workers. Not surprisingly, an investigation by the company turned up no evidence of toxic substances.
Neighbours were also quoted in the Philadelphia media as saying that Hiller constantly complained about the smell in and around her home and she sometimes became involved in altercations with neighbours. The Philadelphia Daily News reported that she threatened a neighbouring family because a 12-year-old was playing the radio too loudly.
OSHA was responsible for issuing a mental health alert on this woman without any critical investigation to her claims about people that would spray chemicals to her. They never verified that she had a serious mental illness, only concluded that she had a "troubled past". OSHA's responsibility was to protect her considering a-lot of these attacks occurred in the workplace (in this case, KRAFT foods). Instead, she was villified by the very agency that is supposed to guard her from this.
The Few assume to be the deputies, but they are often only the despoilers of the Many.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel