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    Cobb driver charged after decapitated body found in truck

    By SAEED AHMED, BRENDEN SAGER
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Published on: 08/30/04


    A Marietta man left a bar early Sunday morning, got into an accident that decapitated the passenger in his pickup truck, then drove several miles home and went to sleep leaving his pickup truck parked overnight in his driveway with the body of his friend hanging out the passenger side window, Cobb County police said.

    Police said John Kemper Hutcherson, 21, of Marietta drove off a road soon after leaving a bar about midnight and hit a support wire to a telephone pole. The guide wire severed the head of his friend, Francis Daniel Brohm, 23, of Marietta.

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    Hutcherson then drove 12 miles to his home on Fox Hound Chase, where police found him Sunday morning in blood-splattered clothes.

    "It's hard for one to imagine that you would drive [several] miles from a crash site to your home, turning in various directions, and yet not know what has happened to a passenger sitting next to you in your vehicle," said Cobb police Cpl. Dana Pierce.

    A neighbor out on a stroll with his 1-year-old daughter called authorities after discovering the headless body in the parked truck about 8 a.m.

    Hutcherson was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, failure to stop at an accident with death or injury and failure to maintain lanes. He remained in the Cobb County Jail on Sunday night, held on $10,000 bond.

    Police said that before the two friends got to Runaround Sue's in Marietta late Saturday night, they had been at a house where they had gathered to watch a televised NASCAR event. Brohm's father, Dan Brohm, said that Brohm was a mechanic who worked late on Saturdays and then met up with friends sometimes.

    Police don't know how long the friends were at the bar but said the two left after Brohm felt sick.

    Less than a mile and half from the bar, the pickup truck ran off Canton Road, traveled about 10 feet and hit the guide wire.

    Investigators have not yet determined how fast the truck was going. Police would not say why Brohm was hanging out the passenger-side window when he was struck.

    After the accident, police said, Hutcherson's route home took him through a commercial and industrial district that changed to dark, narrow winding roads before reaching the two-story Colonial house where he lives with his mother and sister. He parked the 1992 Chevrolet Z-71 in the driveway to the house's two-car garage.

    Except for the body in the passenger seat, the only thing amiss was the passenger-side mirror, which had been sheared off in the accident.

    Later that morning, police found the severed head at the crash site on Canton Road.

    Pierce would not say how Hutcherson explained the headless body in his truck.

    Robert Gladstone, 61, who lives a few doors down from Hutcherson's house and describes him as "a fine fellow," said residents were shocked when they saw the police and the white sheet over the body in the truck.

    "But as the day progressed and we found out more and more, my wife and I were in utter disbelief," he said. "It was beyond our imagination."

    The owner of Runaround Sue's said Sunday that the bar offers a courtesy van to take home intoxicated patrons. Before customers are allowed to enter, bar personnel check to see if they are inebriated, and the staff continues to monitor patrons' alcohol intake throughout the night, said owner David Ulmer.

    "To my knowledge, these people weren't served alcohol at Runaround Sue's," Ulmer said. "It's unfortunate that we may have been the last stop they made before this horrendous incident."

    Brohm's father described Francis Frankie to the family as a fun-loving person who had been friends with Hutcherson since high school.

    "He was a very outgoing person who was very close with his friends and very close with his [two] sisters," Dan Brohm said.

    Next-door neighbor James Q. Collier, a retired engineer from Lockheed, said he has known Hutcherson for almost 20 years. When Collier was laid up because of an ulcer a few years ago, Hutcherson would come by to help with household chores, he said.

    "It sounds awful, I'm sorry for both families," Collier said. "That kid has never been any problem."
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  • #2
    Wow. Not that I condone D&D but there isn't even any proof in the story they were drinking. It's just a misleading title.
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    • #3
      That reminds me of an episode of CSI season 2 I beleive, mimics that story almost exactly.

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      • #5
        Originally posted by Enforcer
        more like another reason not do get in a vehicle with someone who is drunk.


        seems like the guy had his head out of the window to vomit when he was decapitated.
        Yeah that's what I was thinking. One life lost, one ruined.
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        • #6
          Im sorry but any friend that will give me a ride home after I've been drinking is a good friend. Whether he gets me home with my head or not.
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          • #7
            Uhhh this comming from a snowman/ghost
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            • #8
              I wouldnt believe it if it wasnt on ly local news station - I live right near where all this happened - Just goes to show you what a drunk redneck can do.
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              • #9
                I could see this guy getting ready to barf in his truck and the dude hurrys to pull over, but clips the guide wire, and his friend's head. Not many people (good friends or not) want the smell of barf in their car - could explain him swerving off the road.

                Sad story though.
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                • #11
                  Originally posted by Enforcer
                  Guess the passenger is now more of a redneck than before
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                  • #12
                    Originally posted by falconey
                    Cold
                    But funny. lol.
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                    • #13
                      this happened in MA a few years ago.

                      I was listening to the radio talking about this guy who was **** drunk and picked up this drifter/hooker woman.

                      She stuck her head out the window, and I dont remember what but something lopped her head off and it flew into the bed of his pickup truck. So **** SHES DEAD, dump the body. And he did.

                      I dont know the rest of the story anymore but I dont think it involved any running from the police or **** like that but I know the guy was married and she was a prostitute. And his wife found out only cuz HER HEAD WAS STILL IN THE BACK OF THE TRUCK.
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                      • #14
                        Originally posted by sdashiki
                        this happened in MA a few years ago.

                        I was listening to the radio talking about this guy who was **** drunk and picked up this drifter/hooker woman.

                        She stuck her head out the window, and I dont remember what but something lopped her head off and it flew into the bed of his pickup truck. So **** SHES DEAD, dump the body. And he did.

                        I dont know the rest of the story anymore but I dont think it involved any running from the police or **** like that but I know the guy was married and she was a prostitute. And his wife found out only cuz HER HEAD WAS STILL IN THE BACK OF THE TRUCK.

                        so he picked up a prostitute, and ended up with head?

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                        • #15
                          Originally posted by Enforcer
                          so he picked up a prostitute, and ended up with head?

                          thats ******* hilarious man.

                          thanks for brightening my day!
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