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Tennessee Man Accused of Fatally Striking Wife with Hammer, Burying Body on Their Property: Police

Tennessee Man Accused of Killing Wife With Hammer, Burying Body
Source: Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

Joseph Glynn is accused of hitting his wife with a hammer and then burying her body on one of their properties the next day.

Jan. 14 2024, Published 1:01 p.m. ET

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A 70-year-old Tennessee man has been arrested after he allegedly fatally struck his 76-year-old wife in the head with a hammer and then buried her body on one of their properties in another county, according to authorities.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, a Silver Alert was issued for Jackie Glynn, who was last seen on Jan. 1 in Nashville. Officials said she suffered from a medical condition that impaired her “ability to return safely without assistance.”

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On Jan. 5, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced that Glynn was found dead in Smithville.

The victim’s husband, Joseph Glynn, allegedly killed his wife on Jan. 1, and then drove her body to DeKalb County on Jan. 2, where he buried her remains, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department claimed.

Authorities said the victim’s body was buried in a hole on the couple's property in Smithville, and the victim's car was located nearby, WSMV-TV reported.

According to law enforcement officials, the victim’s body was “deep down” inside a plastic cargo box with roofing shingles and dirt layered on top.

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Police said they interviewed Joseph Glynn, who allegedly admitted to the fatal attack, WSMV-TV reported.

The husband hired a contractor on Dec. 16 to dig the burial hole, which he claimed was intended for a burn pit., according to officials.


The suspect allegedly tossed the murder weapon into the Keltonburg Community Center, officials said.

Glynn also reportedly sold some of the victim’s possessions and attempted to sell their Smithville property, but the real estate agent he tried to contact was out of town at the time.

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According to WSMV-TV, the suspect allegedly told his wife’s children that their mother was terminally ill and she planned on leaving him. The victim’s medical provider, however, denied Jackie Glynn was sick.

Glynn was arrested and charged with criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence.

He was being held in the Downtown Detention Center in Davidson County on a $1,030,000 bond.


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