A Mother’s Revenge: Kimberly E. Cunningham

Fraulein Motte
6 min readNov 24, 2023

Kimberly E. Cunningham’s world unraveled when she discovered that her long-time friend and her sister’s boyfriend, Coy Hundley, had allegedly molested two of her children. Fueled by a mix of anger, grief, and a mother’s protective instinct, Kim confronted Coy in a deadly encounter that would change her life forever.

What happened and why?

Kimberly ‘Kim’ Cunningham | Photo: Unknown

Kimberly ‘Kim’ Eugenia Cunningham was born on February 10, 1972, in Knoxville, Tennessee, to parents Judy Gail Moore and Ricki Eugene Harris. Kim was one of four sisters growing up in a challenging neighborhood marked by drugs and crime.

Tragedy struck on April 1, 1986, when Kim’s older sister Brenda Lynn, known as ‘Sissy,’ died in a car accident at the age of 15. This event caused the family to unravel, with Kim’s mother, Judy, experiencing a nervous breakdown, and her father, Ricki, feeling lost.

Amidst the turmoil, Kim’s oldest sister, Rhonda, moved out to live with her boyfriend, Coy Hundley. Coy, described as a kind and loving person with a passion for older cars, had a penchant for getting into trouble. Concurrently, Kim found a new home with her best friend Sarah’s family, where she crossed paths with Johnny Ray Cunningham Jr., Sarah’s older brother.

The two fell in love and in September 1987, Kim and Johnny, only 15 and 19…



Fraulein Motte

I'm an independent journalist and writer based in Tennessee, USA. I specialize in covering true crime and other related topics.