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He Left His Best Friend’s Headless Body in the Car

He was so intoxicated he didn't realize his best friend had been decapitated

By True Crime WriterPublished 3 months ago 3 min read

Drunk driving is illegal for good reason. It is dangerous, most importantly. Alcohol has a way of telling us that we’re okay and perfectly fine handling tasks we’re far too inebriated to attempt, much less perform effectively. Such as driving a vehicle, or any motorized equipment as far as that is concerned.

Driving drunk is a crime in all 50 states. In most states, a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.3% or greater constitutes drunk driving and is grounds for an arrest. Convictions of drunk driving can lead to suspension of driving privileges, fines, probation, and time in jail, especially for subsequent convictions.

The following story is one of tragedy. A fatal decision to drive drunk left a young man dead and his best friend behind bars for his murder. The young man who killed his best friend had no idea his friend's head had been decapitated. He drove home far too drunk to drive and climbed into bed wearing blood-soaked clothing, leaving his best friend's headless body sitting in the car.

He Decapitated His Best Friend

John Hutcherson, 21, knew he was intoxicated when he drove drunk from a bar to his Marietta, GA, home with his best friend, 23-year-old Francis Daniel Brohm, sitting in the passenger seat on the evening of September 2, 2004. Like most intoxicated people, Hutcherson didn't think he was too drunk to drive.

The men left the bar after Brohm began feeling unwell. Inside the car, he immediately rolled down the window and stuck his head out, vomiting several times along the highway.

The two young men -best friends since high school- traveled the same Marietta road they had so many times before when suddenly, a car popped into their path. Hutcherson swerved to the side of the road to miss the vehicle, nearly striking a telephone pole. The support wire from the telephone pole sliced off the vehicle’s side mirror -and Brohm’s neck.

Blood spattered from the headless body now sitting in the passenger seat onto Hutcherson and throughout the car. Hutcherson was far too drunk to realize what was literally going on before him. He quietly continued the drive home.

Police Arrest Hutcherson as He Slept

Hutcherson parked his car in the driveway and went inside his home, climbing into bed without changing out of his blood-soaked clothes. A few hours later, police woke the still-intoxicated Hutcherson from his sleep and placed him in handcuffs, to his shock.

He couldn’t initially remember the events that had transpired earlier in the night, although his memory began to return as officers asked questions. He told them he nearly struck a light pole to miss hitting an oncoming car. He still had no idea he’d decapitated his best friend.

The look of sheer devastation filled Hutcherson’s face as police officers explained the totality of the near-accident. Although he avoided a head-on collision, he’d killed his best friend.

Police had been called to the home by a woman from the neighborhood out walking her dog who spotted the headless body sitting in the parked car in the driveway.

Hutcherson Taken Into Custody

Police charged Hutcherson with failure to stop, DUI, and first-degree vehicular homicide. He was taken into custody.

At Hutcherson's 2005 trial, the Brohm family made an impactful statement requesting leniency for the young man. The family cared about Hutcherson and knew their son considered him to be his brother. They also knew that Hutcherson didn't intentionally hurt Frankie; it was a tragic accident; no one was to blame.

Their testimony persuaded the judge to sentence Hutcherson to five years in prison.

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  • Naveed 3 months ago

    . Well done!

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