Saturday, August 2, 2008

More Christian Child Abuse... and Murder!

Anthony Hopkins, 37, was arrested Monday night at the Inspirational Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Jackson, Alabama, just after he had delivered a sermon to a congregation that included his seven other children, officials said.

He faces charges including murder, rape, sodomy, sexual abuse and incest.

Hopkins was denied bail Thursday when he appeared before Mobile County District Judge George Hardesty. The case is set for arraignment next week, Hardesty's clerk said.

The case began Monday, when the daughter, now 19, went to the Mobile Police Department's Child Advocacy Center and reported that she had been sexually abused by Hopkins since she was 11 years old, according to an affidavit filed in support of a search warrant of the preacher's home in Mobile.

The affidavit related the daughter's story as follows:

Her mother, Arletha Hopkins, 36, caught her father abusing her in a bathroom in November 2004. Afterward, her parents argued, and her mother locked her father out of the house. The father came to the daughter's window and asked her to let him in, and she did so.

The next morning, her father asked her to help him hide her mother's body in the freezer in the laundry room of the home.

The girl said she moved out of the home about two weeks ago and was living with a neighbor. She told police that her mother's body was still in the freezer.

When authorities went to the home, no one was there, as Hopkins and the other children were at the church. A body was found in the freezer, the affidavit says.

You just hafta admire those good Christian values, don't ya?


Ceroill said...

First, and you guys have seen how seldom I use this kind of language...damn. As in being in awe of the monumental evil chutzpah of this guy.

Now, however, I also feel I should mention that his religion is probably just one contributing factor. I suspect this man is unbalanced and twisted enough that it wouldn't matter what religion he subscribes to, if any. He's just warped, evil and...and...damn...

coreydbarbarian said...

ever since i saw silence of the lambs, i just knew that guy was no good!


I am with Bob on this one. I suspect religion had less to do with this than the psychological make-up of this pervert. Kinda makes you shake your head when someone wants to tell atheists they have no moral compass; at least not the compass true blue Christians have, eh? There are bad in any bunch and there always will be.

csm said...

Keep in mind, ya'll, that this guy is not just a christian, but a pastor... in a leadership position... and there are hundreds upon hundreds of similar cases of pastors/priests/etc. committing atrocities under the protection of a religious cloak - and sometimes under the direction of said religion.