78-Year-Old Texan Survives 40 Foot Drop After Allegedly Being Pushed Off Cliff By Son

Gerald McCants, 49, has been charged in Texas with a particularly heinous crime. He is accused of luring his 78-year-old father to a cliff and then pushing him off. His father amazingly survived and told police that he could hear his son laughing as he fell.

According to police, McCants told his father that he wanted to show him a rattlesnake he found. He drove him to the cliff and allegedly got him to look over the edge before pushing him over. The father survived the fall with cuts and abrasions.

What is most remarkable about this case is that McCants was not initially charged with attempted murder but third-degree felony injury to an elderly person. I would have thought that he would face both of those charges at a minimum. After all, Austin’s Fox 7 reported that the father gave a full and incriminating statement against his son. I cannot imagine how pushing a 78-year-old man off a cliff would be anything other than attempted murder.

What is also clear is that Texas makes some pretty tough 78-year-olds.

25 thoughts on “78-Year-Old Texan Survives 40 Foot Drop After Allegedly Being Pushed Off Cliff By Son”

  1. Attempted patricide. Should be charged to the full extent of the law. Cannot imagine the pain that the elderly man must suffer, in the waning years of his life, to know he raised a child who would try to murder him.

    There have been so many stories in the news of parents harming their children, children harming their parents. Godless.

  2. Of course his mugshot looks like Will Farrell. And the Dad, I want to show you a rattlesnake, I just happened to find, over a cliff, that we need to drive to bit, would be just like him.

    1. He really does look like Will Farrell! I guess he doesn’t think that smiling is his favorite anymore.

  3. The elder Mr. McCants has three sons. One’s a physician (married to a physician), one’s a software engineer (https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-mccants-b80b36), and one is this character. As of 2010 (when he was 67 and his wife 62), he had no grandchildren and only his youngest son was married.

    It indicates in the news story that Gerald McCants was living with his father. A 49 year old bachelor living with his ambulatory 78 year old father I’m going to wager has a considerable history as a dysfunctional head case. The contrast between his life and his brothers’ I’m guessing was the source of a substrate of resentment in father and son alike.

    1. Well now there will be even more resentment, because this screw-up can’t do ANYTHING right, including murdering his elderly father!

      1. Don’t worry about his skill set. I’m sure the brothers in prison will teach him some survival skills, most of which require him to kneel….. But first, they’ll probably teach him how to take a beat-down and NOT tell the guards who it was.

        1. PaainesGhost
          Your general sentiments I agree with. Prison is not a pleasant place to be and surly this gentleman will face problems. That being said it is difficult to ignore overt racism in your comment.
          “the “brothers” in prison will teach him some survival skills, most of which require him to kneel…..”
          The implications are clear but inaccurate.
          in 2013 blacks accounted for 37% of the total male prison population, Whites and Hispanics, also white, were 54%
          Blacks are not the majority prison population, Nor are most Black’s homosexual predators.

    2. There is no excuse for the sons behavior to try to kill his father, but TIA is right, there was probably some serious competition problems going on.

      Not saying for sure, but probably a Narcissistic Family Cult, considering the striking difference in siblings and lack of grandchildren. Or at least some Cluster B -Wilds – going on…

      This character was probably his family’s dumpster can.

      I have a brother who is the family dumpster can leading to erratic behavior, self-fulfilling prophecy and an eventual permanent mental disorder bc the abuse started very early, and he finally cracked.

      And my father loathes that he has to support his “weak” son (his words, not mine) and he takes zero responsibility for the abuse and says it’s All genetics.

      Hahaha, I don’t think so. But you can’t say anything bc my father gets So Offended, he will target you for years, and never let go.

      I won’t put the stories here, but I can say, I witnessed it during my entire childhood to it. My father is lucky he didn’t kill my brother. BUT of course, its all genetic, no environmental causes, and he never laid a finger on him, ever. 😂.

      Oh, and, it’s not a mental disorder, it’s a mental anomaly and my brother is special (his words, not mine).

      1. Hey, Hunter Biden, was probably his family’s trash can, and Beau, the favorite, and again, can’t excuse the behavior, but you see where it comes from, from the dysfunctional family unit, and little to no therapy, and excuses from the parents down.

        And they get very defenses about their trash can, almost like the narc needs the trash can to feel superior at all times. And ego boost.

        I’m also guessing with Ivanka, as the favorite, probably Eric? is the dumpster can? Or Tiffany?

      2. Oh wait, almost forgot, it’s not His genetics, it’s my moms genetics, bc Narcs are perfect superior beings.

        Make sure to look directly into the sunlight again Mr. Trump 😜. Your superior genetics/super human powers will save you. That goes for you too, Mr. Biden, Mr. about to open a can of whoop *ss, don’t test. 🙄

      3. Anonymous, if the abuse reached dangerous levels that could have turned deadly, best to avoid contact, even if you were not the target. I often wonder why relatives maintain close association with someone they know to be severely abusive towards another sibling or family member.

        We don’t get to choose who our relatives are, but we can always forge a new, healthy family and friendship bonds as adults. Abuse, neglect, or rejections by a parent leaves a severe wound. But if that leads to a ruined, sad life, it’s giving the abuser total control. Happiness and peace are the best revenge, because they failed to ruin your life.

        1. Hi Karen, I appreciate the response and advice, and I cannot agree with you more. Without going into too much detail, I was VLC, Very Low Contact, contact by email only, for 1.5 years, in the last 2.5 years, and very much so needed to heal myself. I was coerced into contact again with “your brother is in the hospital and might die.” Of course, he wasn’t dying but was hurt enough to be admitted for a few nights.

          I think they call it the F.O.G., Fear, Obligation, Guilt, as well as the Trauma Bond. You get the “blood is thicker than water” line, a lot.

          That is why ppl stick around, they either don’t know any better, don’t recognize it, refuse to see it, or get something out of it. A lot of times, if the person has money, they will use their money, as a tool for control. Any and every tool can and will be used for control. That includes having the police called on you, for missing persons “wellness checks.” It happened to me. Finally, police get fed up and tell them to stop.

          Personally, I broke the Trauma Bond, and will not drink the Kool-Aid, but have some contact now, with distance, boundaries, and unfortunately, a constant misinformation campaign, which is sad, but necessary.

          Now, the tough part is, forming healthy relationships, and new bonds, and being trusting enough of others to form those bonds. If you’re always “on guard” shield up, it’s tough. And sometimes, you do get suckered by another Narc, bc it’s so familiar to you, and is a place of comfort. It’s a battle. Working on it.

  4. I think the important question here is “How steep was the cliff???”

    I mean, was it a straight drop down 40 feet, or a gentle roll? Plus, why would a 78 year old want to go see a rattlesnake??? That should have been his first clue that something was up..

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

      1. Paul……it’s really fun to be hiking snd climbing around in west Austin and putting your hand down right next to a coral snake !
        Fun times….lol! But I do miss it.

  5. The fact this was litigated in Austin says it all. In Dallas it would definitely have been attempted murder. I’m not surprised at the resilience of this elderly Texan especially if he’s a native Texan.

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