Authorities Investigate A Cold-Case Homicide By Exhuming The Wife Of The Tennessee Sheriff Who Served As The Inspiration For “Walking Tall”

More than fifty years after she was shot dead in an unsolved murder, the body of the famous former Tennessee sheriff’s wife has been excavated by the authorities.

Authorities Investigate A Cold-Case Homicide By Exhuming The Wife Of The Tennessee Sheriff Who Served As The Inspiration For

The body of Pauline Pusser was exhumed at Adamsville Cemetery on Thursday, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation acknowledged that it was in charge of the process. When she was in a car being driven by her husband, McNairy County Sheriff Buford Pusser, who was immortalised in the 1974 film “Walking Tall,” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and the 1973 film “Walking Tall,” starring Joe Don Baker, she was murderously shot by oncoming gunfire.

Travellers intrigued by the history of the sheriff in West Tennessee continue to flock to several locations in Adamsville.

According to a TBI statement, agents discovered that Pauline Pusser’s remains had never undergone an autopsy after receiving a fresh tip.

“With the support of Pauline’s family and in consultation with 25th Judicial District Attorney General Mark Davidson, TBI requested the exhumation in an attempt to answer critical questions and provide crucial information that may assist in identifying the person or persons responsible for Pauline Pusser’s death,” TBI spokesperson Keli McAlister said.

When Pauline Pusser was murdered in McNairy County on August 12, 1967, the Tennessee Bureau of Criminal Identification, a former branch of the TBI, was tasked with conducting an investigation. According to McAlister, there is still an ongoing investigation into her death.

According to a newspaper article on August 13, 1967, which The Tennessean referenced, Pauline Pusser died and her husband was “seriously wounded in the jaw when Pusser’s prowl car was fired on at dawn on a lonely country road.”

Sheriff Pusser called the Selmer police chief over the radio, and the couple was located driving on U.S. 45 just north of the Tennessee-Mississippi state line. The sheriff was seated behind the wheel, while his wife was reclining on the seat with her head resting on his lap. According to The Tennessean. The Pussers were en route to look into a grievance.

On the road where Pusser claimed the shooting happened, approximately three miles from the state border, investigators discovered fourteen expended 30-caliber rounds, according to The Tennessean. There were eleven hits on the Pusser automobile.

An investigator was cited by The Tennessean in an archival news piece as saying they thought the pair had driven into a trap.

Beginning in 1964, Buford Pusser served as sheriff for six years, trying to purge organised crime in McNairy County, including gamblers and moonshiners. He allegedly killed two people in self-defence after being shot eight times and stabbed seven times.

The 2004 film adaptation is situated in the state of Washington and doesn’t specifically mention Pusser.

The day Buford Pusser decided to play himself in the “Walking Tall” sequel, he passed away in an automobile accident in August 1974.

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