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 years old, welcomed their first daughter, Jody Lynn, into the world. The couple got married and moved into Kim’s parents home.

Two years later, in February 1989, Kim gave birth to their second daughter, Amanda Cheri, and in March 1991, Kim gave birth to their only son, Shane Johnny Darrick.

Rhonda and Coy had also started a family having two boys, Cory (born 1985) and Cody (born 1991).

Kim and Johnny eventually relocated from their parents’ home to an apartment across town. However, they allowed their children to return to the old neighborhood to play with their cousins. The kids all grew up together, spending significant time at Uncle Coy’s and Aunt Rhonda’s home.

In August 2003, Kim faced challenges with her then-14-year-old daughter, Amanda. Despite being a straight-A student, Amanda became withdrawn, quiet, and avoided socializing. Her grades plummeted, leading to bitter fights…

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Fraulein Motte

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