South Carolina Man Dies Of Heart Attack While Burying Girlfriend He Had Strangled To Death

A man from South Carolina is believed to have strangled his girlfriend to death and then died of a heart attack while trying to bury her body in their yard in Trenton.


60-year-old Joseph McKinnon died of a heart attack while attempting to bury his girlfriend who he had strangled
60-year-old Joseph McKinnon died of a heart attack while attempting to bury his girlfriend who he had murdered

What would you class as poetic justice? A South Carolina man who apparentely murdered his girlfriend died of a heart attack while burying her corpse in their yard.


The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office said that 60-year-old Joseph McKinnon, murdered his girlfriend, 65-year-old Patricia Dent, at their home in Trenton on Saturday.



Police attended the property after responding to reports of "an unresponsive male lying in his yard", Sheriff Jody Rowland said in a statement.


When authorities arrived at the home they discovered the body of Joseph McKinnon, paramedics attempted to revive him, however, he was pronounced dead at the scene.


Officers investigating the incident soon discovered another body that was lying in a freshly dug grave, the body was quickly identified as Patricia Dent, who shared the home with McKinnon.


The home that Joseph McKinnon and Patricia Dent lived in
The home that Joseph McKinnon and Patricia Dent lived in

Authorities said that McKinnon had a "cardiac event" while attempted to cover the grave he had dug. Police believe that McKinnon killed Dent in the property, with an autopsy confirming that she had died from strangulation.


The sheriff's office said: "Mr McKinnon then bound her and wrapped her in trash bags before putting her in the previously dug pit."


WRDW spoke to the twin sister of the victim, Pamela Briggs who said: "I'm shocked. I didn't see any of that coming", she added that there were no signs of anything like this happening.


"I would say its a nightmare, and I want to wake up, and it's a dream. I know it's not. "This is reality and life, and a big part of me is gone, and now I'm going to have to live with that."


On the day Patricia Dent was murdered she was supposed to be working at the Mount Vintage golf course, but failed to show up. Her colleagues attempted to call her and got concerned when she didn't answer or respond to messages.


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