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Body found tied to sign (Goldsboro NC)
News and Observer (Raleigh NC) ^ | 06/26/02 | Martha Quillin

Posted on 06/26/2002 5:51:45 AM PDT by Phantom Lord

Body found tied to sign
Man had been at party; official speaks of prank gone awry

GOLDSBORO - Out in the country, where they were from, folks might say that Tony Wayne Smith's friends and family were old enough to know better than to tie him to a signpost after a night of partying.

Smith died over the weekend after a prank that went bad, investigators say. They are awaiting results of an autopsy to determine whether charges will be filed.

Lt. George L. Raecher of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said Smith's body was found by a motorist driving north along N.C. 111 about 9 a.m. Sunday. He was strapped to the post of a stop sign with household plastic wrap. His face was not covered.

Raecher would release few details about the incident, except to say that Smith had been partying with friends and relatives Saturday night or early Sunday and that someone at the gathering -- he would not say how many people were thought to be involved --decided to play a joke.

Raecher would not say how long Smith had been bound to the sign, located where sandy Mince Hill Road meets N.C. 111, when he was spotted by the passing motorist.

Investigators are awaiting the medical examiner's ruling on a cause of death, Raecher said.

Smith had not been shot, stabbed, beaten or otherwise injured, Raecher said. He said those who were party to the prank indicated they did not mean to hurt him.

When he was found, Smith was "partially laid over," still bound to the signpost, Raecher said. He would not say whether Smith was clothed.

Raecher would not say where the gathering was that Smith had been attending. He said Smith had been staying for about four weeks with relatives at a trailer on Mince Hill Road, about halfway between Goldsboro and the town of Seven Springs.

Onnie R. Herring, who has lived just down Mince Hill Road for more than 60 years, said that Smith's cousins lived in the trailer and that, ever since he was young, Smith had come to visit the area from his home in Gates, a small town near the Virginia border. Smith had other relatives in the area, including two of his three children, his father, a sister, three brothers and both of his grandmothers.

Family members did not want to discuss the incident Tuesday.

Herring said the cousins, some of whom grew up with her own five children, often gathered at the trailer, set between wide, green fields of corn and cotton in eastern Wayne County just south of the Neuse River.

"Wasn't a thing in the world wrong with that boy that I know of, or any of those kids, except they liked to drink," but they weren't alone in that, said Herring, who, at 87, considers everyone young.

"I could call on any one of them, any time, if I needed them, and they would have come right down here," she said. "They were all raised good."

Herring said that if the crowd ever caused any disturbance, she never heard it. Like many of her neighbors, Herring keeps her windows closed against the frequent roar of low-flying military jets on their way to and from nearby Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

"When people are drinking, honey," Herring said, "you don't know what kind of foolish pranks they'll do."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: death; drinking; pranks; trailers
Where to start...

My prediction on the 'cause of death' is that he overheated from his bodies inability to dissapate heat due to being wraped in saran wrap.

1 posted on 06/26/2002 5:51:45 AM PDT by Phantom Lord
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To: Phantom Lord
Sounds like a bachelor party... Strip him naked, tie him to a stop sign in the country, and give the bride to be directions.
2 posted on 06/26/2002 5:54:47 AM PDT by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: Phantom Lord; Orual; aculeus; Thinkin' Gal; general_re; Poohbah
That ill-omened middle name again. Tony Wayne Smith, Wayne County.
3 posted on 06/26/2002 5:55:53 AM PDT by dighton
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To: Phantom Lord
If Saran Wrap is outlawed, only outlaws will have Saran Wrap.
4 posted on 06/26/2002 5:56:23 AM PDT by southernnorthcarolina
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To: Phantom Lord
As long as it doesn't turn out that he was gay; this story will die a quiet death, and live on only at the Darwin site.
5 posted on 06/26/2002 6:02:52 AM PDT by Snake65
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Listening to Bob and Madison this morning Bob said he bets the guy passed out at a party, then someone got the bright idea to strip him naked and tie him to a sign post to freak him out when he woke up.

We did a lot of stupid shit when we were hammered in college. We also had a rule in our house that the first one to pass out got drawn on with sharpie markers. My then girlfriend now wife drew a giant penis on my roommates stomach one night. He was pissed. I have pictures too. Should scan and post sometime.

I got lots of good stories on pranks that worked and ones that went wrong while all smashed up.

6 posted on 06/26/2002 6:03:43 AM PDT by Phantom Lord
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To: Phantom Lord
One weekend when I was gone my roomate got trashed and passed out naked on the bathroom floor. My other roomates saw an immediate opportunity. They opened the door to the first floor dorm room and invited every passerby, boy or girl, to come in the room to check him out. One guy down the hall was shaved naked, head to foot, and painted camoflauge.
7 posted on 06/26/2002 6:08:11 AM PDT by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: dighton; aculeus
He would not say how many people were thought to be involved .
Raecher would not say how long Smith had been bound to the sign.
He would not say whether Smith was clothed.
Raecher would not say where the gathering was that Smith had been attending.
Family members did not want to discuss the incident Tuesday.

You don't say!

8 posted on 06/26/2002 6:11:18 AM PDT by Orual
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To: Phantom Lord
The only girl I ever knew in college who passed out drunk, ended up naked and gang raped. In today's climate, I would assume the same could happen to a man in that condition. It's the ultimate in foolishness.
9 posted on 06/26/2002 6:16:25 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
One of my roommates joined the "Fat Guys" club in Buffalo. One of the initiation rituals is that on the night of initiation you must consume an entire bottle of Crown Royal. Well, he did.

About 4 AM while partying across the street at a friends house we heard a lot of noise coming from outside. Sounded like it was coming from my yard. We opened the blinds to discover my 6' 5" 350 lb roommate dancing naked on the front porch.

We got him inside and into his bedroom. Thats when the fun started. Lets just say a camera was involved and he would do whatever we told him to do.

10 posted on 06/26/2002 6:18:16 AM PDT by Phantom Lord
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To: Darth Reagan
Drunken Redneck Bump
11 posted on 06/26/2002 6:24:32 AM PDT by Phantom Lord
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To: Phantom Lord
You might be a redneck if....
12 posted on 06/26/2002 6:30:21 AM PDT by drjimmy
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To: Phantom Lord
We got him inside and into his bedroom. Thats when the fun started.

Must...resist...can't...post....

13 posted on 06/26/2002 6:32:11 AM PDT by general_re
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To: southernnorthcarolina
LOL - good comment.
14 posted on 06/26/2002 6:42:04 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Phantom Lord
"My prediction on the 'cause of death' is that he overheated from his bodies inability to dissapate heat due to being wraped in saran wrap."

Maybe. My first thought was he couldn't breathe because they wrapped the stuff too tightly. Think 'Vaughn Bode'.

15 posted on 06/26/2002 7:39:54 AM PDT by boris
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To: Constitution Day
Another proud moment in NC history.
16 posted on 06/26/2002 8:11:28 AM PDT by Phantom Lord
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To: mykdsmom; ncweaver; ncpastor; Howlin; Pamlico; Congressman Billybob; a4drvr; blackbag; jamz; ...
I'm speechless.
17 posted on 06/26/2002 8:23:32 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day
Anything good concerning our state?
18 posted on 06/26/2002 8:26:13 AM PDT by Carolina
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To: Constitution Day
Speechless?

I bet life long residents of NC can come up with some reports on pranks gone wrong that make this one seem tame.

19 posted on 06/26/2002 8:26:51 AM PDT by Phantom Lord
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To: Constitution Day
Thanks < /sarcasm > I've been avoiding the details for two whole days.
20 posted on 06/26/2002 8:32:15 AM PDT by Overtaxed
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To: Phantom Lord
We shaved a guys eyebrows once. Turns out that he had a family picture the next day and have to have a make-up lady draw eyebrows on his head.
21 posted on 06/26/2002 8:34:34 AM PDT by Rodney King
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To: Constitution Day
I was going to post this earlier, somebody here at work told me about it. I think the operative words here are "trailer, set between wide, green fields of corn". That and I imagine a large amount of beer. 'Hey, y'all, TW's passed out. Let's go wrap him up to that stop sign up on the main road'

And for the record, I can say I was not involved and knew nothing beforehand. However I have knocked down a stop sign or 12 in the past

22 posted on 06/26/2002 8:35:53 AM PDT by billbears
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To: Phantom Lord
My prediction on the 'cause of death' is that he overheated from his bodies inability to dissapate heat due to being wraped in saran wrap.

My thought too. Probably never woke up. I'd think he could have clawed his way out unless his hands were bound.

23 posted on 06/26/2002 8:41:42 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: Corin Stormhands
Don't you live in NC?
24 posted on 06/26/2002 8:47:19 AM PDT by ShadowAce
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To: Phantom Lord
Oh, boy. There is not enough time in the day (not to mention that I am busy as h@ll). We did more things to people that had passed out: markers, shaving cream, tape, bodily relocations, etc.

One dude got ink poisoning.

A good buddy of mine used to pass out in the middle of a party just like clockwork. We'd basically see him begin to sway and start cooking up a plan.

Another good friend if mine passed out on his own coach and woke up on it ... outside on his deck surrounded by the entire contents of his living room.

Fortunately, nothing went as bad as the article. On the other hand, I been both in the presence of and party to enough near misses (literally) with guns and alcohol that I promised myself not to get a handgun until I "grew up".

25 posted on 06/26/2002 8:55:32 AM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee
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To: billbears
However I have knocked down a stop sign or 12 in the past .

Quite a few mailboxes have been the victim of a good "yarding"

26 posted on 06/26/2002 8:57:00 AM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee
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To: billbears
As a young teenager I lived in Western North Carolina. We did stupid stuff like that. When I was fourteen, my then-girlfriend and I woke up handcuffed together in the front yard of her house.

Obviously, we had a lot of ’splaining to do.

27 posted on 06/26/2002 8:57:49 AM PDT by lavrenti
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To: Phantom Lord
Or that he suffocated. That plastic wrap is called shrink wrap for a reason. When it heats up it shrinks
28 posted on 06/26/2002 8:59:46 AM PDT by tom paine 2
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
Not that I would do that, since messing with someone's mailbox is, uh, like, a federal offense.
29 posted on 06/26/2002 8:59:47 AM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee
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To: ShadowAce
No, I'm in Virginia.
30 posted on 06/26/2002 9:07:09 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands
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To: Corin Stormhands
Well, I was close.. :)
31 posted on 06/26/2002 9:15:42 AM PDT by ShadowAce
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To: Phantom Lord
I bet life long residents of NC can come up with some reports on pranks gone wrong that make this one seem tame.

PL, that comment seems awfully pointed!!

One memorable thing that happened to me was when I got really drunk the weekend after high school graduation.

We all went to Atlantic Beach and rented a block of hotel rooms.

My mistake was mixing tequila, beer, vodka and bourbon in the same night (I was 17, what can I say).
My friends laid me out in the hotel parking lot and drew a chalk line around me.
Then they put me in the fighting chair of a fishing boat parked in the lot and let me sleep there.

Reportedly pictures exist, but my friends say they are holding them until our 20 year class reunion. I still haven't seen 'em.

That's the only drunken prank story I have suitable for a family forum!

32 posted on 06/26/2002 10:04:48 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
Oh, no not that I've ever done that or knew friends that drove around in the back of a pickup bashing mailboxes. No, I've never done that either. It would be against the law you know
33 posted on 06/26/2002 10:16:20 AM PDT by billbears
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To: Constitution Day
I know pictures exist of me during a very very very drunken episode. I remember them being taken. I will not describe the incident in this forum. But my friend who took them and has them will not let me see them nor give them to me.

He likes to use them as a 'weapon' against me. Don't make me brake out those pictures of you!

While I don't have pictures of him for weapons, I have information on him. So we both try to keep each other in line with the 'weapons' we have against each other.

Both of us would be 'dead' if the stuff got into the wrong peoples hands so we like to have a little friendly back and forth with the stuff.

34 posted on 06/26/2002 10:16:20 AM PDT by Phantom Lord
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Thank goodness the FReepers use tin foil...WHHHEEEWWW!!!!!!
35 posted on 06/26/2002 10:19:10 AM PDT by antivenom
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To: antivenom
Thank goodness the FReepers use tin foil...WHHHEEEWWW!!!!!!

Darn right we do!
Here's a picture from our last party:


36 posted on 06/26/2002 10:21:58 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day
Tin Foil attire and accents may be required at the meetings of the NC Freep Chapter.
37 posted on 06/26/2002 10:44:16 AM PDT by Phantom Lord
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To: tom paine 2
Or that he suffocated.

Yeah, my thought too. Or, given that he was "partly laid over" when found, may well have aspirated his own vomit. Not that it matters much - he was dumb, and his friends were dumber, and now he's dead.

38 posted on 06/26/2002 10:51:53 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Phantom Lord
Life is scary. What allows us to believe that this is ok. When do we become animals with others emotions and physical aspects. I hope no charges are brought cause you cant punish stupid people for stupid things.

Some are destined to have such fame if you allow you beliefs and ethics to be not by Gods Word. Treat yourself and others as a temple of God. Soo much saddness that I will never understand WHY this happens. I will pray for those involved and hope they come out of this better.

39 posted on 06/26/2002 10:52:43 AM PDT by Baseballguy
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To: Phantom Lord; goosie; callisto; Howlin; Carolina; Lee'sGhost
Tin Foil attire and accents may be required at the meetings of the NC Freep Chapter.

As the de facto interim President, I was hoping for a cool hat like Hamid Karzai:

However, I may have to settle for a Tin Foil version:


40 posted on 06/26/2002 10:58:10 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Baseballguy
Soo much saddness that I will never understand WHY this happens.

Why it happens is simple. The world is full of idiots.

41 posted on 06/26/2002 10:58:18 AM PDT by Phantom Lord
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To: Phantom Lord
Darwin Awards come to mind....
42 posted on 06/26/2002 2:10:33 PM PDT by antivenom
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To: antivenom
"gathered at the trailer"......that's all ya gotta know....LOL
43 posted on 06/28/2002 8:06:19 AM PDT by Smartaleck
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