‘I was a monster’: Raymond Moody sentenced to life in prison for the rape and murder of New York teen Brittanee Drexel whose body was found 13 years after she disappeared over spring break in Myrtle Beach
- Raymond Moody, 62, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the murder of Brittanee Drexel
- Brittanee Drexel, 17, disappeared during spring break in Myrtle Beach in 2009
- Her remains were found in May 2022 – 13 years later after she went missing
- Moody to serve life sentence on murder, rape and kidnapping charges
A South Carolina sex offender will spend the rest of his life in prison for the kidnapping, rape and murder of New York teen Brittanee Drexel who disappeared 13 years ago while on spring break in Myrtle Beach.
Raymond Moody, 62, stood before a judge and Drexel’s devastated family in the Georgetown County courtroom on Wednesday, where he pleaded guilty and called himself “a monster.”
“I was a monster and I killed Brittanee Drexel,” he said. “I have no words to express how awful I feel and have felt since that day.”
It marks the first time Moody has appeared in court since his arrest in May following the discovery of Drexel’s remains 13 years after she went missing in April 2009.
Brittanee Drexel’s remains were found in May this year, about 13 years after she disappeared while visiting South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach during spring break in April 2009.
Raymond Moody, 62, appeared in a South Carolina courtroom on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to the murder before the judge who handed down the sentence
Drexel’s father, mother, brother and grandmother appeared in court on Wednesday and spoke during the hearing.
“13 years later I discovered the horrible, disgusting, senseless way she was murdered,” said Chad Drexel, Brittanee’s adoptive father.
“Every part of my being wants to say and do something about it. But my heart knows I won’t, and Brittanee wouldn’t want me to go to jail for that.”
Drexel’s mother, Dawn Pleckan, spoke to Moody:
“I’m so glad my daughter was feisty, she fought back,” Pleckan said. “She was fighting for her life. We now know that she has scratched your head, face and neck. You will forever bear the scars of what my daughter did to you, and I hope you are haunted by what you did to her.”
Drexel was last seen in April 2009 walking between hotels in Myrtle Beach. Her boyfriend, who stayed at home in Rochester, New York, became concerned when she stopped responding to text messages.
Officials say the teen was abducted that night by Raymond Douglas Moody, who raped and murdered her before burying her body in the woods the next day, Georgetown County Sheriff Carter Weaver said.
Drexel’s body was found in May 2022 in Georgetown County, about 55 miles up the coast from where she disappeared. The discovery came after a deluge of tips and investigation, including Moody’s arrest on May 4 for obstruction of justice.
Moody, 62, who has an “extensive history of sex offenders,” was charged and arrested in the case.
According to State Law Enforcement Division Records, he is also on the South Carolina Sex Offenders Registry for 1983 California convictions for sodomy by assault on anyone under 14 and kidnapping.