Bride Charged with Pushing Groom off Cliff

Accelerating the "till death do us part" clause in her marriage vow, the newlywed allegedly shoved her husband off a cliff a week after they tied the knot

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David Gould

A Montana woman, apparently unsure that marriage was the right step, decided to skip counseling to solve her marital tension and opted to push her husband of eight days off a cliff, prosecutors say.

Jordan Linn Graham, 22, appeared in federal court for a hearing on Monday to face second degree murder charges stemming from the July 7 incident. According to a criminal complaint, Graham and her husband Cody Lee Johnson, 25, had a fight, but decided afterward to go hiking in Glacier National Park in Flathead County, Montana. Their spat continued and when Johnson grabbed her arm, she allegedly responded by removing his hand, then pushing him in the back, causing him to fall of the precipice to his death.

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An FBI affidavit shows that Graham was having second thoughts about having married Johnson, and had told a friend that she wanted to talk to him about it. Just before the couple’s argument took place, she sent a text message to a friend to say she was going to have that talk.

“But dead serious if u don’t hear from me at all again tonight, something happened,” the affidavit said Graham wrote.

Johnson failed to show up for work the following day and was reported missing. Graham was questioned by authorities. She told investigators that her husband was simply going for a drive with a friend, and added that she saw him get into a car that had pulled up to their home.

Two days after police questioned Graham, she told a park ranger that she found her husband’s body near the park’s Loop Trail, a popular path for hikers and one that Johnson favored. Five days later, she reportedly admitted to investigators that the two had an argument that resulted in her pushing Johnson to his death.

Her attorney, public defender, Andrew Nelson, declined comment in the case, the Associated Press reported.

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12 comments
MikeCollins
MikeCollins

I GUESS YOU COULD SAY HE REALLY FELL FOR HER.

lucidon
lucidon

Music played at weddings always reminds me of the music played for soldiers before they go into battle.

Apostate
Apostate

Tragic, but also, darkly amusing. A sub-plot in a Woody Allen film, perhaps.

branchltd
branchltd

It's a new version of 'the brush off'.

LeslieParsley
LeslieParsley

Already, it's the woman's fault. She has to be a "typical liberal dumbacrap"??? WOW. Just WOW.

pa2llo
pa2llo

Don't so much appreciate the snarky opening sentences to this article. Someone's son/brother/friend died.

richard.draucker
richard.draucker

I don't see any reference to children in any of the stories on this event, but Google images has several pictures of them with a small child.  They were seeing each other a couple years, but the child seems older.  Was she a single mother who finally found someone dumb enough to marry her?  He's probably better off dead than married to her.  


JoseFrade
JoseFrade

He clearly had a long history of being an abusive husband. First forcing her to marry him and grabbing her arm. That was the last straw. Serves him right. She'll be out by the end of the week.

SarahRoseAllard
SarahRoseAllard

@JoseFrade That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Whether he was an abuser or not. She had no right to push him off the cliff.

MarkBlakey
MarkBlakey

@JoseFrade 

That's quite the conclusion to jump to, Jose. Unless you know some details not mentioned in this article?