Last night while the Buccos were up by six runs and it seemed safe to turn away for a bit, I accidentally stumbled upon a show on Investigation Discovery, which is an actual network that I didn’t just make up right now, called Disappeared, which obviously chronicles the stories of people who have disappeared and the efforts that went into finding them and/or their remains, or the efforts that continue to this day for those that still haven’t been found. That sentence was so long, but I have no desire to go back and edit it. You can, however, buy a period and put it anywhere you want.
It was the season finale and it was the story of the disappearance of Arizona millionaire Billy McGrath.
I decided to stick around to see what ever happened to Billy because the first thing we learned was that Billy was born and raised in Pittsburgh.
He eventually moved out west were he found his fortune in interior design.
Then one day in 2009, when he was to go and meet his financial advisor, he didn’t show up, but instead his advisor found a voice mail left earlier in the day supposedly from Billy saying that he wouldn’t be coming in. The advisor immediately knew the voice wasn’t Billy McGrath’s and when Billy didn’t show up, his advisor called the police and from there, Billy McGrath, Pittsburgh boy, was officially missing.
But someone continued to use his bank cards, make withdrawals from his many banking accounts and fund accounts, and someone claiming to be Billy was sending emails to all of Billy’s friends saying that Billy was leaving town for a while. Heading to Palm Springs. Don’t worry about me.
I have a point, Internet; don’t stop reading. It’s about to get awesome. Sad, but awesome.
Where were we? Right. So Billy’s friends are all getting emails from Billy and they tell the cops that no way in hell would Billy ever leave without calling them because he was a notorious phone talker. Would talk for hours on the phone until his friends were all, “OMG. I have to go. I just missed two birthdays, Billy!”
Another thing that was suspicious? In one of the emails, Billy spelled his hometown “Pittsburg.”
And his friends knew. They said, “We grew up in Pittsburgh. We love Pittsburgh. We are lifelong Steelers fans. And everyone of us, and Billy too, knows that PITTSBURGH IS SPELLED WITH AN H!”
So from then on, his friends and the detectives kind of knew that something had happened to Billy and that someone Billy trusted had taken his bank cards and PINS and passwords and was pretending to be Billy in order to keep up the ruse long enough to get more and more money.
Finally, the investigation led to Billy’s trusted good friend and contractor Brad Tocker, who helped Billy redesign his house.
They had questioned him earlier because he was the last person to see Billy alive and he didn’t raise any red flags with them, but now they were really leaning on him after they Luminol-ed Billy’s house that Brad had a key to and found it had been full of blood and now wiped clean. They also found that Brad was deep in debt and failing at life in general. Motive.
So, they bring Brad in for further questioning. And guess what they do? THEY ASK HIM TO WRITE PITTSBURGH ON A PIECE OF PAPER!
I’m not making this up!
So Brad goes to write Pittsburgh and what does he write? “Pittsburg.”
Kiss. of. Death. They even have a video of him writing it.
The investigators then get a warrant for the suspect’s home computer and find hilarious Google searches of “How to kill someone and get away with it.” “Quick kill.” “Bodies in cement.” Like, is there a site called, “Killing for Dummies?” Brad wanted to know.
Brad Tocker was eventually found guilty in a no-body trial and on the day he was sentenced to life in prison without parole, he revealed he had buried Billy’s body under the floor in his mother’s kitchen, eight feet down.
The moral of this story is three-fold. 1. Don’t kill because you’ll NEVER get away with it. 2. Rest in peace, Billy McGrath of Pittsburgh. 3. PITTSBURGH IS SPELLED WITH AN H! If you don’t know that, you could spend your life in prison.
You can catch the episode again on May 5. Here’s the sneak preview:
P.S. The female detective on this case is everything I want to be when I grow up to solve crimes. Mmmrowr.