Elwyn Crocker works as an in-store Santa Claus for Walmart – but he’s certainly not the character he plays for Christmas. It’s December 20, 2018, and police stand on his property, ready to dig after their dogs have signaled where they should do so. And, as they rip up the earth, they uncover the stand-in Saint Nick’s grim secret.
Before the police showed up at Crocker’s home, he had once played the part of Santa Claus at a Rincon, Georgia, Walmart. At home in Guyton – a quiet farming community – he and his wife, Candice, spent time raising his children, Mary and Elwyn Jr. Candice’s mother, Kim, and her boyfriend, Roy, also lived with them.