Man Confesses To 1997 Murder After Getting Paranoid Because of Texts He Received From Walmart
A North Carolina man says texts from Walmart caused him to become paranoid about a murder he says he committed 17 years ago in Arizona and so he turned himself in.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Matthew Gibson, 55, was living near Boone when he felt he needed to divulge his secret which he kept hidden since 1997.
[su_center_ad]Gibson drove to Arizona and met with Detective Alicia Marquez of Winslow Police Department and told her that he wanted to talk about a crime he committed.
According to WGHP, Gibson told the detective that he met a woman in Bullhead City, Ariz. in 1997. He went on to explain that they went back to his trailer and she became loud and obnoxious, so he told her to leave. When she didn’t leave, he said that’s when he bludgeoned her to death with a Maglite flashlight then dumped her body by the Colorado River.
Gibson said he decided to break his silence in the case after getting text messages from Walmart which caused him to be paranoid.
The texts messages and voicemails from Walmart informed him that a prescription for Anita Townshed was ready, Gibson said.
In addition, he said he later received an envelope with a Walmart advertisement in it but no return name or address. The former cocaine and methamphetamine addict thought someone knew about the murder because he believed that Townshed must have been the woman he killed. He began to think that someone might have put “a contract on his head.”
Gibson was so rattled that he sped across the country. His paranoia did not stop during his journey. He checked into a motel in a Oklahoma but wouldn’t spend the night because he thought he was being followed.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Gibson felt the same all the way to Arizona, where he stopped for protection at the police department in Winslow, about 250 miles from Bullhead City. That’s where the visibly shaken man confessed to Marquez.
According to the suspect, he didn’t know the name of the 38-year-old woman he killed in 1997.
Detectives determined that the story checked out, but the woman murdered wa not Anita Townshed.
Her name was Barbara Brown Agnew.
Gibson wanted to plead guilty to manslaughter and begin his 10-year sentence without delay, according to WGHP.