commentary by Patrick H. Moore

Ultimate Disney mom Tammy Moorer shouldn’t be in the Georgetown County Jail. She should be home in Socastee operating her part-time travel agency, planning cruises and excursions, home-schooling her three children and keeping husband Sidney on a very short leash. In fact, according to senior prosecutor Donna Elder, at some point during this sordid affair, Tammy Moorer had Slammin’ Sidney on such tight lockdown that she actually handcuffed him to their bed at night while she slept so he could not sneak out (this sounds apocryphal), while password protecting his phone so only she could use it, and accompanying him to work and on personal outings. According to Elder, Sidney Moorer agreed to the restrictions to save his marriage.

dis5If Sidney agreed to even half of these demands, I am sorely disillusioned – it’s not slammin’ for a man to be rigidly controlled by an insanely jealous woman like Tammy. And furthermore, by kowtowing to Tammy to whatever degree Sidney did, he encouraged her in her supremely unhealthy obsession by acting as if her lock-and-key tactics were justified.

Jealousy is not a pleasurable emotion; most of us have experienced it, and we’re well aware of how wretched it makes us feel. In extreme cases, it can lead to murder which arguably is what happened here.

But it didn’t start out this way. In the beginning, in 1997, when blonde, blue-eyed 21-year-old Sidney Moorer came to Myrtle Beach from Summerville and got a job at highly touted Broadway at the Beach’s Hard Rock Café, he had no idea that his co-worker, 25-year-old music lover Tammy Caison, an Horry County native whose family had been in the area for generations, would one day experience a jealousy so profound that allegedly nothing short of murder would satisfy it and that he would be required to participate in her bloodlust.

From her standpoint, the outgoing and self-confident Tammy undoubtedly had no inkling that this young man whom she found so attractive would one day drive her into paroxysms of jealous rage.

dis4Sidney and Tammy married at Ocean View Baptist Church in 1998, and the following year their first son was born. Tammy had two more children, a daughter born in 2001 and another son born in 2005.

Sidney started Palmetto Maintenance LLC, which served local area restaurants. He was competent and his company enjoyed a good reputation. He and Tammy raised their children in a Socastee home owned by her father.

Things were so good that Sidney apparently even got along with William Caison, his father-in-law.

Somewhere in the course of their marriage, the notion that they were “swingers” arose, which seems mordantly comical considering Tammy’s enraged response to Sidney’s foray into “swinging”. (In Tammy’s defense, a “swinger” is certainly not supposed to get hung up on whoever he or she is swinging with, and you get the impression that Tammy feared that Heather was stealing her husband way from her.)

dis10Tammy might still be impersonating a swinger had Sidney’s path not crossed with that of a young waitress, Heather Elvis, during one of his visits to her Broadway at the Beach workplace, the Tilted Kilt.

In an odd twist, at the court hearing on Monday, prosecutor Elder, citing witness statements and records, made a point of demonstrating that 20-year-old Heather Elvis and 38-year-old Sidney Moorer, 38, really cared for each other. But once Tammy Moorer, 42, learned of their trysts, the older woman invaded Elvis’ life, barraging her with threatening messages.

According to Elder, Nov. 5 was the last time Heather Elvis saw Sidney Moorer until the fateful night of Dec. 18.

In a truly creepy interlude, the Moorer family left South Carolina on Nov. 19 and drove cross country to the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California. They returned home three weeks later, six days before Sidney Moorer kicked the scheme into high gear by phoning Heather and telling her that he and Tammy were breaking up and that now they could be together.

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dis6Kirk Truslow, Sidney Moorer’s attorney, is not buying it.  “This thing has snowballed into an outrageous witch hunt where there is no evidence. This case is extremely circumstantial at best. Lots of incredible speculation and rumors with this case. . . . There’s nothing you can point to in his life that shows a propensity to violence.”

In order to verify that the vehicle seen first approaching and then leaving the Peachtree Boat Landing belonged to the Moorers, the video surveillance of the vehicle was sent to the FBI in Quantico, Va., and to the S.C. Highway Patrol’s Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team with a request to identify the vehicle. According to the reports generated by the agencies, the truck was a dark 2013 or 2014 Ford F-150, with a silver toolbox in the bed, a moon roof, silver rims and high-end bulbs in the headlights.

dis11The MAIT Team investigators ran the records and discovered that there were 82 such trucks registered to owners living in Horry County. They then went and visually inspected 81 of the trucks before getting a search warrant and searching the 82nd truck which just happened to be owned by the Moorers.

The defense attorneys dispute the notion that the video of the truck connects Sidney and Tammy to the case. And they’re right to a certain degree; just because a Ford-150 matching the agency description was seen approaching and leaving the boat landing DOES NOT does not in and of itself prove that it was the Moorer’s vehicle.

The problem, of course, arises when the phone records come into the picture. Here’s Heather frenziedly phoning Sidney over and over again AFTER he tells her he’s breaking up with Tammy and that they can be together. Here’s Heather driving to the boat landing in the middle of the night. Such a curious journey can hardly be coincidental, not when combined with the series of phone calls.

dis12What I don’t understand is why the police believe Heather was killed on the spot at the boat landing, unless they have evidence that they’re not divulging. Several rescue diving crews, as well as a Coastal Carolina University team with a scanner, did an “ultrasound like scan of the riverbed to Winyah Bay” but have not found Heather’s body.

It makes more sense to me that Sidney or Sidney and Tammy either lured or forced Heather into the F-150 at the landing and then headed back in the direction their house. Wouldn’t Tammy want to prolong Heather’s agony, at least to some degree? Merely shooting her in cold blood at the boat  landing would have been decidedly anti-climactic.

dis9A week or two ago, one of Sidney’s relatives said it’s up to him to “come clean” because Tammy’s certainly not going to. Somehow, though, Sidney does not strike me as a man with sufficient courage to BETRAY TAMMY by confessing to the whole bloody affair. At least not yet. But I’ve been wrong before. Perhaps Sidney’s just biding his time.

Because of the “lying in wait” nature of the alleged crime, if convicted both Sidney and Tammy could face the death penalty. Either one of them, however, could probably avoid that grim finale by making like the proverbial canary and telling the prosecutors who did what and why. Of course, we don’t know if either of them is going to take that drastic but eminently practical step.


Please click here to read our previous posts on the Moorer-Elvis saga:

How Tammy and Sidney Moorer May Have Lured Heather Elvis to Her Death

Heather Elvis’s Father and Sister Receive Death Threats

Swingers Sidney and Tammy Moorer Charged with Murder in Death of Heather Elvis!

Myrtle Beach Couple Arrested in Heather Elvis Missing Persons Case

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14 Responses to The Sound and the Fury of Tammy Moorer!

  1. Darcia Helle says:

    Sex, love, jealousy, and obsession – the perfect mix for madness.

    I can’t imagine that kind of intense jealousy. If you’ve resorted to handcuffing your husband to keep him home, is he even worth keeping? And, as you pointed out, what kind of man indulges and acquiesces to that level of insanity? If I read this as a fiction plot, I’d probably say it’s too far-fetched to be true.

    • PatrickHMoore says:

      The handcuffs catapult it “over the top”. It’s hard to separate fact from speculation in this case… I keep coming back to the image of Tammy gnashing her teeth as she envisions Hubby with Young Woman in the back of a car.

  2. T101 says:

    What is with these pathetic women? And they’re always into Disney characters. So.goddamn.creepy

  3. Rick says:

    Very interesting post, Patrick. Based on what little we know of Tammy, I’m not at all surprised that she handcuffed Sidney to the bed so that he couldn’t “cat around” at night. So much for the idea of the Moorers’ open marriage. Tammy must have “allowed” Sidney to swing only if: (a) she was with him; and (b) she participated in group sex with him. Yuk! [Delete visual image of Tammy having group sex].

    I suspect that Tammy was the mastermind of the murder and that wimpy Sidney went along with the scheme. The only question is whether Sidney has the guts to turn state’s evidence against Tammy and thereby avoid the needle. My guess is that he doesn’t and that he won’t. It is more likely that Tammy will rat on him in order to obtain leniency, claiming that the kidnapping and killing of Heather was actually ALL his idea. This case would appear to be one of those cases where the first person who turns state’s evidence will spare his/her life.

    • PatrickHMoore says:

      I agree, Rick. I don’t know why but I’m rooting for Sideny to be the first to “come in from the cold”, though I fear, like you say, it will be the other way around and Tammy will beat him to the sucker punch.

  4. Rick says:

    I nominate Tammy Moorer as the next Karla Homulka.

  5. Sandy says:

    I have got to figure out a way to work “mordantly comical” into some conversations.

    Loved it.

  6. shelly edward says:

    I don’t believe the police are thinking she was killed at the boat landing. If they did they would not have charged them with kidnapping.

    • PatrickHMoore says:

      You make a good point but they could be technically guilty of kidnapping merely by taking control of Heather at the boat landing prior to killing her. That being said, as you know, I think they took Heather with, or Sidney took Heather with him if it was only he and Heather there at the landing.

  7. wlpedigo says:

    If I have to force you,just go on. I couldn’t be with someone I knew didn’t want to be. Just sad. And the two idiots are the ones still alive,even sadder.

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