Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A South Carolina couple noticed that the water from their family well had begun to smell bad, so they decided to approach their property manager to find out what was wrong. They never expected it to be this…

Homeowner Tom Johnson approached Perry Pruitt asking him why the well-water smelled foul, and Pruitt immediately became defensive. He claimed that the water was stagnant, but Johnson wasn’t buying it and asked for a water test. When Pruitt responded aggressively, Johnson went to the police.

“Once the officer saw how he (Pruitt) was acting, he called detectives,” Johnson later said. When detectives arrived on the scene, they made a gruesome discovery.

Police found the body of Patricia Freeman, 57, inside the well. She had gone missing weeks earlier, and an autopsy found that she had died of a broken neck. Freeman had been dating Pruitt on and off. Though her brother had suspected Pruitt when his sister went missing, he was still stunned at what he had done.


“I was flabbergasted.. I said how could he,” the brother said. “I felt angry, disappointed, sad.”

Pruitt has since been charged with unlawful removal of a dead body.

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