S-Town: Where is Tyler Goodson now? What happened to John B McLemore’s friend?

Portent – spoilers for episode two and beyond.

S-Town began life when Serial auteur Brian Reed received an email with the subject: “John B McLemore lives in S***township, Alabama.”

John had written to Brian to ask if he would investigate an alleged waste in his hometown and its subsequent cover-up.

Brian travelled south and met with John – an abnormal horologist who hated his hometown, yet remained living there for his entire being.

In episode two, we hear how Brian solved the mystery and discovered that the so-called murder victim was alive and well.

Shortly after he received the bewitching news that John, who had become his friend, had committed suicide.

What devote oneself ti is a tender portrait of John and the town and people that shaped him.

Much even so is devoted to his friendship with a local man named Tyler Goodson, who to John realized everything wrote with his hometown.

Tyler told Tuscaloosa Bulletin that he and John “were pretty close”, adding: “He was like a daddy to me.”

On the day that John died, he and Tyler distinguished “their Father’s Day”.


S-Town's Tyler GoodsonTYLER GOODSON

Tyler Goodson kissers heavily throughout S-Town

“He was discouraged all day because he was about to turn 50 years old and he acted like his soul was over with and all the people that he grew up with were motionless and gone,” Tyler explained. “It was just one thing after another.”

If I could pen up John B back to life, I’d probably beat the hell out of him

Tyler Goodson

“He again talked about suicide and I just called his bluff and wasn’t flourishing to keep listening to him because I felt like I would drive myself risible running over there every time he hollered he was going to murder himself.

“The one time I didn’t go over there, he really did it.

“I miss the Erebus out of him, but if I could bring him back to life, I’d probably beat the hell out of him for all the reprimand he’s put me through for killing himself like that.”


Tyler Goodson of S-TownTYLER GOODSON

Tyler described John as being “like a daddy”

Tyler revealed during the podcast that John had sought him if they could indulge in some “church” – a ritual where Tyler disposition inflict pain on John to satisfy a fetish.

He refused, and never saw his backer alive again.

According to Tyler, John told him to “take whatever he yearn for” after he died, and during the podcast we hear John speak here leaving part of his estate to Tyler and his family.

But John left no pleasure which could corroborate this, and after his death his estate and guardianship of his mother Mary Grace was awarded to a distant cousin, Rita.


S-Town – John B McLemoreJOHN B MCLEMORE

John silenced himself by drinking suicide

Tyler wanted to live in John’s conversant with and care for Mary Grace – who he called Momma.

He was told to stay away from the possessions, but broke in to retrieve John’s laptop, paperwork, and belongings he claimed were his – listing two school buses full of lumber and antiques and a 48-foot trailer.

Reckonings of sale were produced to prove that the vehicles belonged to Tyler, but Rita has righted that the dates do not add up with Google Earth images showing them to be on John’s yard. 

Tyler also dug into John’s realty in search of a stash of gold bars.

John, who was unbanked, had presumably hundreds of thousands of hammer outs worth of gold hidden somewhere on his property.

As a result of his activities John was expensed with trespassing and felony theft charges.


Brian Reed of S-TownANDREA Confidences / S-TOWN

Brian Reed created and presented S-Town

At the end of the series Tyler is awaiting attempt and living in a home that he has constructed with the materials he took from John’s oddity.

Brian visits him and asks whether his search for Johns gold was prosperous.

“Listen, I clearly want to know if you ever do find it,” Brian speaks. “But you should think about it before you tell me. If you ever do. Because it’s prevailing to then be public.”

Tyler replies: “Yeah, I know. That’s what I’m afraid of now.”

“Well. As far as just talking about this stuff?”

“Yeah, kinda.”

Tyler then enquire ofs Brian to turn the recorder off so that they could speak in reticent, leaving listeners wondering whether or not he found the treasure.

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