Naturally, the post went viral, prompting speculation that the tenant was probably Tupac Shakur or an axe-wielding maniac. After gaining a flurry of attention, though, local news outlets dug into the story, revealing the actual identity of the mystery neighbor. According to The State, the upstairs tenant is 70-year-old grandfather Randall McKissick -- a man with a calm demeanor who stands no taller than 5’5”. In a grave letdown to our sneaking suspicions, McKissick lives in tranquility with three cats and his white, flowing beard. He’s actually had quite a career, reports the paper, as his paintings and illustrations have been exhibited throughout the world.
McKissick has reportedly fallen on hard times financially, and so is staying in the house rent-free (he’s friends with the owner). Speaking on the pretty calamitous state of upkeep on the property, he notes that he’s “not a housekeeper or yard keeper."
The internet owes McKissick an apology, but there’s good news for the man: He’s seen a huge amount of help from the local community in Cayce, South Carolina, since the post went viral, as offers to commission his old paintings and help clean up the house have flooded in.
People can truly do wonderful things when they learn you’re not an axe-murderer.