Who was Dr. Frank Buddy McCutcheon and what happened to him? NBC Dateline to explore the murder of a cosmetic surgeon


The murder of cosmetic surgeon Dr. Frank Buddy McCutcheon of Asheville, which resulted in his wife Brenda’s life sentence in 2016, is the subject of the latest Deadline episode.

The true crime episode, titled The day the music died will premiere on NBC this Friday, May 13, 2022 at 9/8c. Interestingly, the series claims to feature never-before-seen footage from the investigation.

The episode will tell the story of McCutcheon’s murder, as narrated by Keith Morrison, incorporating footage and interviews with family members, officers and prosecutors. According to an official NBC press release:

“After prominent plastic surgeon and local musician Dr. Frank ‘Buddy’ McCutcheon (Jr.) was murdered in his home in Asheville, North Carolina, investigators uncover a trail of clues pointing to an unlikely killer .- seen police footage and exclusive TV interviews with insiders familiar with the case.”

“I started to think this was going to be one of those cases that they’d never get an answer for…” Oh, but they did… And we’ll tell you about it Friday at 9/8c on a whole new #Dateline. https://t.co/L5RDCOseRL

Was Dr. Frank Buddy McCutcheon and how was he killed?

Dr. Frank McCutcheon was a well-known plastic and cosmetic surgeon from Asheville. Being from Arkansas, he was affectionately called Buddy by those close to him.

He graduated from the University of Arkansas Medical School in 1978 and then completed residencies in Arkansas before establishing his own practice in North Carolina. According to his obituary, he was a Civil War and American history lover who also enjoyed music outside of work.

According to the North Carolina Medical Board, Dr. McCutcheon’s primary area of ​​practice was plastic and reconstructive surgery. On his own website, he claimed to have been in the business for more than 30 years, with the couple’s marriage lasting 36 years.

Frank was found shot dead in their Arden home on Tree Top Drive on July 16, 2016, just after 3:30 a.m. Brenda Kay Parker McCutcheon, Frank’s wife, was charged with his murder in November 2018.

Brenda called 911 after hearing what she thought was thunder at 3:30 a.m. She discovered her husband in their first-floor TV room, where he frequently slept on the couch after watching TV all night.

Brenda McCutcheon was convicted and jailed for shooting her husband in February 2020. Her appeal against a life sentence for her husband’s murder was dismissed in 2016.

The family business, Asheville Cosmetic Surgery, was under inspection by the North Carolina Department of Revenue at the time of the homicide due to suspicion of fraud. Brenda McCutcheon was in charge of the company’s finances. Police say she began burning critical business documents, sold their house and moved to Tennessee shortly after killing Frank.

Brenda McCutcheon, who was 69 at the time of her conviction, recently appealed her conviction, but was dismissed by a three-judge panel in December 2021. Details of the murder and the events leading up to it have been reshuffled in the appeal judgment.

Don’t forget to watch The day the music died on NBC this Friday, May 13, 2022 at 9/8c.

Edited by Sijo Samuel Paul

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