Just eight days after tying the knot, newlywed Jordan Linn Graham, 22, pushed her husband, Cody Lee Johnson, 25, off of a cliff in Glacier National Park where he fell to his death. After initially lying about the incident, Graham finally came clean to FBI agents and is now facing a second-degree murder charge.
On July 7, the couple went for a hike around the national park in Montana when an argument they were having boiled over and Johnson grabbed Graham’s arm. According to court documents, "due to her anger, she pushed Johnson with both hands in the back, and as a result, he fell face first off the cliff."
After Johnson was reported missing on July 8, Graham was brought in for questioning and told authorities that her husband had gone out of town with friends. Two days later, Graham informed a Glacier park ranger that she had located her husband’s body near a popular destination known as the Loop Trail. A week after telling investigators that her husband was out of town with friends, Graham admitted to pushing him off of the steep drop-off.
Upon further investigation, officials discovered a text message from Graham to a friend that read, “Having second thoughts about having been married.” A second text sent at around 9 p.m. on the night of her husband’s death carried an eerie message: “But dead serious if u don’t hear from me at all again tonight, something happened.”
Family friend Tracey Maness noticed problems in the relationship that stemmed from Graham not wanting to spend time with Johnson’s family. Maness, who called Johnson a “big goofball,” said the couple would often take trips to Glacier National Park.
"Nobody ever could have thought something like this could happen," Maness told the Associated Press. "Two months probably isn't very long for an FBI investigation, but when you're waiting for answers, that's a lifetime."