Death Of Blues Musician Raises Questions Of Foul Play

Apr 22, 2011 Full story: WUSA9.com Washington, DC 65

A week after his death at 51, the family of Washington blues guitarist and singer Ben Andrews wants an investigation to determine whether he was the victim of foul play.

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Mike

Rockville, MD

#25 Aug 22, 2012
Nick wrote:
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He was beaten to death by someone very angry. did he pay his child support because that would make someone very angry.
Not paying child support is NOT a reason to beat someone to death.
Nick, are you very angry?
Nick

Washington, DC

#26 Aug 22, 2012
Mike wrote:
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Not paying child support is NOT a reason to beat someone to death.
Nick, are you very angry?
Ask the mother of 4 if not getting her child support would make her angry.
Brenda in Gainesville too

Champaign, IL

#27 Sep 6, 2012
Paul W wrote:
I was a friend of Bens back in Gainesville FL 1979-1984. We were roomates for a while and jammed together for a bit. He introed me to Bo Diddely. He had been a partier back in those days and a drummer friend of both of ours told me that his usage had increased to a problem stage. I would guess that had something to do with his death. I always dug Ben and hope they get to the bottom of this. He had his issues but never was a violent person. Peace Ben!! Paulie
Paul,I think I remember you, he was my friend too.He used to follow me around the pool singing and playing crazy things until I noticed and laughed. I'd seen him since then whenever he played in the Midwest. My goodness does this hurt. My heart to you and our drummer, too
Nick

Washington, DC

#28 Oct 4, 2012
any new info from anyone?
Adam

Washington, DC

#29 Nov 7, 2012
Sad that nothing is learned of ben's murder.
he was beat up.
he went to a friends house to have pictures taken of his injuries which probably happened when child support was due.
and no one has been charged.
one of her victims took karen to court in 95/96 in rockville maryland, Dwight collins vs. Karen bell andrews. more info on her.
Nick

Annandale, VA

#30 Jan 30, 2013
Anyone have any new info?
adam

Annandale, VA

#31 Feb 24, 2013
is this case still unresolved?
adam

Annandale, VA

#32 May 5, 2013
seems her picture no longer is listed as a art teacher in moco.
seems she can't keep a job for too long.
her longest job was stripping.
nick

Annandale, VA

#33 Jun 19, 2013
seems these cases will never be resolved, how sad, no justice for ben andrews.
adam

Annandale, VA

#34 Jul 5, 2013
any news anyone?
carol

Martinsburg, WV

#35 Aug 19, 2013
hughie wrote:
someone needs to go to west vinginia and copy the police reports...corroners reports and any pictures that were taken. I was told he died during the day...there was a bum living at his house with liz and he was drinking vodca. Ben had been getting into fights because of his drinking and Ben told me he was tired of it and couldnt keep on like this. BEN was definetly having mental problems...not just because of the alcohol and other things....his Dad passed....he couldnt see his children...he had gained weight which i thought looked great...but he didnt like it....and the reality of getting older With out any friends that could get through to him left him very isolated. He had stopped listening to me years before, but we made up a coupla weeks before he died. Ben said he stopped crack but truthfully the damage of crack and crackheads is the hidden story...where the answers are to Bens death....West Virginia....is not where Ben should have been living...what the fuck was ben living in West Virginia for..he was a rich kid from chevy chase md.....he had no friends there...drugs.
Ben looked good but was confused when i played with him 2 weeks before he died. Im afraid to say his friends were druggies and dealers and alcoholics so good luck getting any facts. I love you benny even though you stoped playing the blues and became a casulty. I miss playing blues with you.I miss that i couldnt save you...your death damaged me...that said Ben will always be my friend.
Ben used to live right next to me, it was a split house in Harper's ferry wv... he invited my then bf and I over one night and I sat there while he did more coke than I had ever seen anyone do in one sitting... he asked for us to get him more everyday he would drive us around just begging for us to find it... my bf actually got arrested one night while with Ben because Ben they were driving bens car around after drinking. Ben.would rip up hundred dollar bills and put them in the toilet saying if we couldn't find drugs he was just going to throw money away... he would hand us hundreds saying here go buy something for your mom or something else like that... he was a good person but he had a lot of issues and he was far too trusting... he would let anyone stay over night at his.house and hung out with some shady people... I know how wv is and how the.people are who are involved with drugs. No doubt in my mind there was foul play. Wv just doesn't do their.job.well enough to care... its sad. He could've been helped... he was proud of his music though, showing off pictures and.other things and always talking about it. I feel terrible this happened to him, even.worse that I'm.just now finding out... nobody.deserves to be.killed. Rest In Piece Ben..
Adam

Annandale, VA

#36 Aug 19, 2013
carol wrote:
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Ben used to live right next to me, it was a split house in Harper's ferry wv... he invited my then bf and I over one night and I sat there while he did more coke than I had ever seen anyone do in one sitting... he asked for us to get him more everyday he would drive us around just begging for us to find it... my bf actually got arrested one night while with Ben because Ben they were driving bens car around after drinking. Ben.would rip up hundred dollar bills and put them in the toilet saying if we couldn't find drugs he was just going to throw money away... he would hand us hundreds saying here go buy something for your mom or something else like that... he was a good person but he had a lot of issues and he was far too trusting... he would let anyone stay over night at his.house and hung out with some shady people... I know how wv is and how the.people are who are involved with drugs. No doubt in my mind there was foul play. Wv just doesn't do their.job.well enough to care... its sad. He could've been helped... he was proud of his music though, showing off pictures and.other things and always talking about it. I feel terrible this happened to him, even.worse that I'm.just now finding out... nobody.deserves to be.killed. Rest In Piece Ben..
was he paying his child support, after all with 4 kids, he either paid up or his ex wife would get pretty pissed.
Anonymous

Washington, DC

#37 Aug 30, 2013
I have a close friend that dated Karen Bell this year. I had a bad feeling about her from the beginning and warned him about her and said she would be the death of him. Ever since, she has only caused him grief and now I think she has given him two flat tires. Now I have read this blog and realize I was right about her. Does anyone know if there was a result from the investigation of the death of Ben? We have caught Karen in many lies and I feel she probably did have something to do with his death and maybe even the death of her father since they both owed her money. If anyone knows anything, please write it on here.
Adam

Annandale, VA

#38 Aug 30, 2013
keep in mind that karen keeps a goon or two from her stripper/call girl days around to do her dirty work. she believes that love is a sickness and she only wants stuff, money things, position and power and she is ruthless at it. be carefull.
Adam

Annandale, VA

#39 Aug 31, 2013
Anonymous wrote:
I have a close friend that dated Karen Bell this year. I had a bad feeling about her from the beginning and warned him about her and said she would be the death of him. Ever since, she has only caused him grief and now I think she has given him two flat tires. Now I have read this blog and realize I was right about her. Does anyone know if there was a result from the investigation of the death of Ben? We have caught Karen in many lies and I feel she probably did have something to do with his death and maybe even the death of her father since they both owed her money. If anyone knows anything, please write it on here.
karen bell worked under the name Stephanie at joannas bar and grill om m street in d.c. around 1995.
as for the flat tires, there are guys that are obsessed with her, she might just think of them as friends or as sex partners but they want to be more and think scaring your friend off gives them a chance.

your friend must be a nice guy with money, but no matter how good looking she is, she is over 50 with 4 needy teenage kids, is that what he wants?
Adam

Annandale, VA

#40 Aug 31, 2013
Adam wrote:
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karen bell worked under the name Stephanie at joannas bar and grill om m street in d.c. around 1995.
as for the flat tires, there are guys that are obsessed with her, she might just think of them as friends or as sex partners but they want to be more and think scaring your friend off gives them a chance.
your friend must be a nice guy with money, but no matter how good looking she is, she is over 50 with 4 needy teenage kids, is that what he wants?
Karen bell considers men a renewable source of income.
anon

Gaithersburg, MD

#41 Sep 3, 2013
Adam/Dwight Collins,

I know who you are and you are clearly stuck on Karen. Stop spreading awful rumors as it hurts Ben's family and also the Bell family having to read this. You are incredibly disrespectful. She is an amazing woman and you should find better things to do with your time than attempting to put her down and accuse her of murder due to your selfish needs regarding your past with her.

Anon
Adam

Annandale, VA

#42 Sep 4, 2013
anon wrote:
Adam/Dwight Collins,
I know who you are and you are clearly stuck on Karen. Stop spreading awful rumors as it hurts Ben's family and also the Bell family having to read this. You are incredibly disrespectful. She is an amazing woman and you should find better things to do with your time than attempting to put her down and accuse her of murder due to your selfish needs regarding your past with her.
Anon
Lady, you are sick. first off, I'm not dwight Collins, second, her reputation still stinks up washington. also, it's only conjecture based on rumours heard from different people.
everyone is entitled to their opinion, right?
Anonymous

Washington, DC

#43 Sep 6, 2013
Karen Bell does have serious issues and she has taken out a restraining order on my friend listing a bunch of lies about him. He has now taken a restraining order out on her. She is very fake and has had a lot of work done like a face lift, liposuction, nose job, and breast enlargment. Her sister who is younger than her looks 20 years older than her because of all the work she has had done. I don't really care about all that but it's her personality that people need to watch out for. She is very quick to call the police on anyone. Be warned!!!!
Anonymous

Halethorpe, MD

#44 Sep 6, 2013
I found out that she thought my friend had money but he doesn't.

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