The bodies of Terri A. Jackson, 61, and her daughter, Danielle M. Smith, 27, and were discovered in the remains of their burned-out trailer home just south of Camdenton on the morning of Aug. 29. According to autopsy results, the women were murdered - stabbed multiple times - prior to the mobile home being set on fire. In addition to both women being stabbed, Jackson also had injuries consistent with strangulation.

While trying to make sense of the tragic death of a mother and her daughter, a GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay for funeral expenses for the two women killed at their home in Camden County last week.
The bodies of Terri A. Jackson, 61, and her daughter, Danielle M. Smith, 27, and were discovered in the remains of their burned-out trailer home just south of Camdenton on the morning of Aug. 29. According to autopsy results, the women were murdered - stabbed multiple times - prior to the mobile home being set on fire. In addition to both women being stabbed, Jackson also had injuries consistent with strangulation.
What information has been released by the Camden County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI, who is assisting with the investigation, indicates the murders and subsequent fire are being handled as a hate crime stemming from an ongoing disagreement with a neighbor over sexual orientation.
The neighbor, 54-year-old Steven R. Endsley, is charged with two counts of the Class A Felony of 1st Degree Murder, two counts of Felony Armed Criminal Action, one count of the Class B Felony of 1st Degree Burglary and one count of the Class C Felony of 2nd Degree Arson. Endsley is being held without bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 4. He was arrested after other members of his family were questioned by investigators.
Heather Smith, Danielle’s sister, says there were numerous incidents involving Endsley with Danielle going so far as to talk to law enforcement about the harassment though nothing came of it. According to several Facebook posts Heather shared, Danielle was considering trying to get a protection order and was going to video the harassment. In one of the posts Danielle talks about the neighbor keeping her mom’s dog upset and throwing fireworks at their home.
As the harassment continued, Danielle Smith had posted on her Facebook page a callout for anyone who might know of any places for rent. Friends had also witnessed incidents, according to Heather.
Heather Smith, who lives in Nebraska, questions why law enforcement didn’t do more. She believes the murders of her half-sister and Jackson could have been prevented.  
“I believe if the police would have done more than just making a harassment report, over the 9 months, they would still be alive,” she said. “I will never get to hug my sister again. I will never get to tell her I love and miss her. He stole my sister from me.”
In court documents, it appears the threats escalated over time. Statements given by friends to investigators said Danielle “lived a bisexual lifestyle.” That seemed to be the catalyst for the harassment.
In one incident, Endsley allegedly brandished a firearm while on Jackson’s property. The Camden County Sheriff’s Department had also responded to Jackson’s residence and Endsley’s on numerous occasions. The court documents do not indicate any arrests were made but on Missouri’s online court lists there is a misdemeanor weapons charge against Endsley from April of this year. It is unknown if the charge is related to Jackson and Smith.
On Aug. 28, the evening before the Jackson and Danielle Smith were murdered and the fire was set, Endsley was allegedly shining a green light through the window of Jackson’s home while banging on her door, yelling for her to come outside.
Jackson called a friend who later reported the conversation to  investigators,  describing Jackson as very upset. That same evening, Endsley had allegedly been drinking and made threats during a conversation to another person that he would burn the trailer down “if I could get away with it,” referring to Jackson and Danielle’s home. He was also heard making derogatory statements about Danielle.
On Aug. 29, shortly after midnight Endsley allegedly started texting Danielle, sending her a total of five text messages in a matter of minutes. All derogatory, even one that seemed to taunt Danielle that said, “move” and “Haha popo is on my side…record all you want.”
Endsley allegedly texted his son shortly before the fire broke out and told him to “bring shine.” According to investigators moonshine can be used as an accelerant. The court documents did not identify what was used as an accelerant in the fire. The probable cause statement indicates two different areas of the mobile home showed signs of accelerant, one near each of the victims’ locations.
Mid-County Fire Protection District personnel responded to the fire around 5 a.m. Aug. 29 at the mobile home on Floyds Drive across from the VFW Post off South Business Route 5.
That same morning, Endsley had left town during the early morning hours. He was found later that day at his sister’s house. Court records did not identify where the sister’s house was located but there was a reference to Endsley calling his sister around 4:30 that morning to tell her he was coming to her house. She told investigators she had not seen Endsley in two years and had not spoken to him since early spring of 2016.
Video surveillance tape pulled from several locations near the mobile home showed two vehicles leaving the area around the time of the fire. One of the vehicles matches the description of Danielle Smith’s car that was taken from the home, later found abandoned in Laclede County. Another vehicle in the video matches that of Endsley’s tan van.
Originally from Texas, Danielle had moved to Missouri with her mother a number of years ago.
Heather describes Danielle and Terri as good people.
“They were the most kind people anybody could meet. They would go out of their way to try to help somebody out, they were huge animal lovers,” says Heather. “The only thing I know is what my sister had told me. Endsley had been harassing her for quite some time, calling her a faggot. She had purchased and installed surveillance cameras to record the harassment but, was having trouble getting audio. She did this because she had called the police a number of times but they were doing nothing. She was going to get an attorney and use the footage to do something about the harassment. Unfortunately, it was too late.”
To help Heather and family pay for the funeral expenses of Danielle and Terri, visit https://www.gofundme.com/2mdrqx73
“Our hearts are broken by the loss of Danielle and Terri. I am only asking people to help with what you can. I want to make sure they have a proper service. As her sister, this is the last thing I thought I would have to do. As her sister, I want to make sure that she and Terri are taken care of properly,” Heather Smith said in her post.