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Man Confesses to Murder From 1997 After Getting a Bunch of Texts From Walmart

A 55-year-old North Carolina man who was clearly suffering from a guilty conscience finally gave in and confessed to a murder he committed back in 1997. But what made him turn himself in after 17 years? Walmart, obviously.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Matthew Gibson took a woman back to his Arizona trailer in 1997 and, when she refused to leave, he beat her to death and threw her body in the Colorado River.

Gibson stayed silent for 17 years, but when he began receiving texts from Walmart that a prescription for a woman named Anita Townshed was ready, he became convinced that Townshed was the name of the woman he killed and that somebody was onto his deadly secret. He also received a mailer from Walmart with no address or name marked on it.

As it turns out, Gibson’s story checked out, but Townshed wasn’t the name of the woman he killed. Sometimes spammy texts from Walmart are just spammy texts from Walmart.

Man Confesses to Murder After Walmart Texts