An Arkansas farmer disguised himself as a woman to sneak into a cemetery and deface the grave of his longtime nemesis with animal carcasses, police say

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A farmer in Arkansas was arrested earlier this month, accused of defacing the grave of his former neighbor and longtime nemesis with animal carcasses.

Joseph Stroud, 78, disguised himself as a woman when he visited the grave of Fred McKinney in Benton County, Arkansas, just north of Fayetteville, a probable-cause report reviewed by Insider and first reported by KNWA said.

McKinney's granddaughter, Shannon Nobles, told the police she started finding the dead animals at the grave in late May. By July, when the family reported the incidents, they had found 16 dead animals.

"At first, they thought it was just a coincidence and thought maybe the animals were consuming the fake floral and dying," the probable-cause report said.

"When they began finding more dead animals, they realized it wasn't just a coincidence, someone was placing the dead animals there purposefully."

The family put cameras up near McKinney's grave with the cemetery's permission and eventually recorded someone walking to the grave wearing a teal windbreaker, a wig, and sunglasses.

When officers from the Pea Ridge Police Department visited Stroud's home on August 6, they found a blood-stained towel in his 2018 Dodge Journey, the probable-cause report said.

Stroud was arrested and charged with defacing objects of public respect, a Class B felony, and was later released.

Nobles told the police that Stroud and her grandfather shared a land boundary for several years.

"Shannon said Joseph and Fred never got along with each other and there was even a lawsuit between them where she thought Joseph had lost," the probable-cause report said.