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Preacher Convicted of Killing Wife, Freezing Body
NY Times ^ | April 9, 2010

Posted on 04/09/2010 8:18:45 PM PDT by Steelfish

Edited on 04/09/2010 8:29:33 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama evangelist who terrorized his family while impressing audiences at revivals was convicted Friday of murdering his wife and storing her body in a freezer for years.


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1 posted on 04/09/2010 8:18:45 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish
Man i loved him in Silence of the lambs..
2 posted on 04/09/2010 8:23:09 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: Steelfish
Yep...sick bullies of all kinds roaming around....aren't there. Militant politicians, preachers, news article columnists. People can't be too careful.
3 posted on 04/09/2010 8:23:36 PM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......?)
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To: GSP.FAN

Wow you’re fast. First thing I thought of!


4 posted on 04/09/2010 8:24:30 PM PDT by BuckyKat
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To: Steelfish

Nice job preserving the evidence.


5 posted on 04/09/2010 8:24:54 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 11 days away from outliving Jack Kerouac)
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To: Steelfish
Took awhile to find his pic, but here he is...

Anthony Hopkins sits on the stand as he testifies during his trial in Circuit Judge John Lockett's courtroom at Mobile Government Plaza in Mobile, Ala., on Friday, April 9, 2010. The part-time south Alabama evangelist faces a murder charge in the death of his wife, a mother of 8 whose body had been stored in a freezer inside his home.

6 posted on 04/09/2010 8:25:41 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: Steelfish

If only he had been allowed to be married he wouldn’t have killed his wife.


7 posted on 04/09/2010 8:25:54 PM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: Steelfish

Mobile home or mobile home


8 posted on 04/09/2010 8:26:10 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: Steelfish

bookmark


9 posted on 04/09/2010 8:26:33 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Any dissent means you are a troll.)
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To: Steelfish
Yet a prosecutor told jurors that Anthony Hopkins terrorized his wife and young children, isolated them and used the Bible to manipulate them.

I always question statements like this.

Sorry, but there is always responsibility for those being manipulated unless they are as dumb as dirt.
10 posted on 04/09/2010 8:26:37 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: onyx

Good heavens!


12 posted on 04/09/2010 8:28:03 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish
Preacher says seeing stepdaughter in 'chocolate negligee' was too much temptation


13 posted on 04/09/2010 8:28:34 PM PDT by csvset
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To: Steelfish
Ok...here is a violent maniac and no one ever had any suspicion of anything? I don't buy that. Somebody outside had a clue through the years but chose to ignore it. Nobody is that good. There are always clues but people choose to ignore them. I'm surprised the rotten b*st*rd didn't get struck by lightening. But I would bet 1mil that what this maniac was preaching was not the true Word of God. The article conveniently leaves out any denominational references.
14 posted on 04/09/2010 8:29:15 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Control the American people? Herding cats would be easier.)
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To: GSP.FAN

So he killed his wife in 2004 and wasn’t arrested until 2008?

How the hell does that happen? No one noticed she was missing???


15 posted on 04/09/2010 8:30:45 PM PDT by elli1
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To: csvset

Last couple of paragraphs are a hoot!


16 posted on 04/09/2010 8:32:10 PM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: onyx

17 posted on 04/09/2010 8:32:58 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: DCPatriot

OMG..that is disgusting.


18 posted on 04/09/2010 8:35:15 PM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......?)
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To: Steelfish

He actually looks evil to me.


19 posted on 04/09/2010 8:36:19 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: Earthdweller

You can’t make it up. Daughter knew all about it.


20 posted on 04/09/2010 8:37:20 PM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: Steelfish

If he really wanted to impress ‘em, he could just pop the wifesicle out at his next revival meeting.


21 posted on 04/09/2010 8:37:55 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: elli1

They moved around a lot had no roots..I presume she had no family or no family that cared.


22 posted on 04/09/2010 8:38:28 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: Steelfish

I heard that he wanted pasta for dinner but all she gave him was a cold shoulder. HAHAHA!


23 posted on 04/09/2010 8:41:58 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: onyx

isn’t that one of the Wayan brothers?


24 posted on 04/09/2010 8:42:29 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: bigbob; Steelfish; Earthdweller
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Hopkins has denied killing her, saying he does not know how she died, but that he tried to keep her body preserved because he could not stand the thought of her decomposing. He said his family continued to live their life together, preaching and going to work, after his wife's death.

While the stepdaughter told jurors that Hopkins jumped up and down on the body to make it fit in the freezer, Hopkins denied doing that.

!!!!!!

He said his wife's body "fit snuggly," though "I did press the freezer down."

25 posted on 04/09/2010 8:43:10 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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27 posted on 04/09/2010 8:46:59 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: csvset
What the heck is a chocolate negligee?

I am guessing something like this.


28 posted on 04/09/2010 8:59:00 PM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one... Luke 22:36)
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To: Outlaw Woman

The article conveniently leaves out any denominational references.


I noticed that too ... so I searched and searched and then found this article
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,394925,00.html
Where I found this interesting tidbit

“He said Hopkins “kept to himself,” and apparently moved from place to place. Neighbors called him “Rev.” because he attended church so often, loading the children into a van.

Police said he preached at various churches and did not appear to be affiliated with a particular denomination.”

So this guy is not a Reverend/Pastor and isn’t tied to any denomination.
He is however a drifter

Wow! Lamestream media really goes out of their way to smear Evangelical Pastors by claiming this drifter who isn’t a Rev./Pastor is one.


29 posted on 04/09/2010 9:14:33 PM PDT by Lera
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To: onyx

30 posted on 04/09/2010 9:15:38 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: tiki

Your denomination has enough problems of its own. Why do you feel the need to trash other denominations?

Yes, there are sinners among Evangelical denominations, even terrible ones. Just like your particular denomination.

Let’s exalt Christ, and not demean denominations of which we’re not a part, yeah? You don’t “win” by trashing Evangelicals. You “win” by being in Christ.


31 posted on 04/09/2010 9:20:55 PM PDT by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: Theo

See post #29
He isn’t a Pastor/Rev , he has no church that he is affiliated with .


32 posted on 04/09/2010 9:23:53 PM PDT by Lera
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To: Theo

He didn’t belong to a denomination.


33 posted on 04/09/2010 9:24:49 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife
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To: Pan_Yans Wife; Lera; tiki

“tiki” is Roman Catholic. S/he was just getting a dig in on those who don’t belong to his/her denomination. I was challenging him/her not relish the sins of others, but to strive to exalt Christ instead.


34 posted on 04/09/2010 9:28:54 PM PDT by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: martin_fierro

LOL. Close enough!
Guilty!


35 posted on 04/09/2010 9:30:25 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: Theo

Your denomination has enough problems of its own. Why do you feel the need to trash other denominations?

did I miss the mention of any denomination????


36 posted on 04/09/2010 9:34:20 PM PDT by terycarl (4)
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To: GSP.FAN

There is no reason to bring James Carvile into this discussion...


37 posted on 04/09/2010 9:46:53 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Obie Wan Nairobi from the 1/2 dark side. The farce strong with this one, it is...)
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To: Steelfish
he tried to keep her body preserved because he could not stand the thought of her decomposing...so, he.... jumped up and down on the body to make it fit in the freezer

Yeah, I can see the compassion there.

38 posted on 04/09/2010 9:56:14 PM PDT by LouAvul
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To: bigbob

Wifesicle...LOL!


39 posted on 04/09/2010 10:04:45 PM PDT by wyokostur
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To: Morgana
I guess his defense will be that she was frigid, that's why he went for the stepdaughter.

Has anyone approached Woody Allen for comment on the stepdaughter angle yet?

40 posted on 04/09/2010 10:13:40 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.http://www.free)
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To: Steelfish

They were both cold hearted in the end!


41 posted on 04/09/2010 10:32:31 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: GSP.FAN

“You’re right. This thing really does stop snoring!”


42 posted on 04/09/2010 10:35:56 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Steelfish

A TV Movie for sure


43 posted on 04/09/2010 10:58:43 PM PDT by Waverunner ( "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too." Voltaire)
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To: SoConPubbie; All

Yet a prosecutor told jurors that Anthony Hopkins terrorized his wife and young children, isolated them and used the Bible to manipulate them.


“I always question statements like this.

Sorry, but there is always responsibility for those being manipulated unless they are as dumb as dirt.”

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<MY Apologies if I got your statement wrong. Maybe you got YOUR nose in the dirt.
Don’t you realize there are millions of DEAD people around the world because of SCUMBAGS that HIDE behind the skirts of the church????
It seems Like every SINNER goes to church and it does not help the church when THOSE sinners act against THE Church for their personal gain.

Every Minute there is a person who will violate his/HER family or friends just to get ahead no matter what. I guess that is the kind of person this Anthony Hopkins is.
Unless you can prove otherwise. We’d like to know here on FR.
Sorry Nothing Personal.
I am not for or against the church.


44 posted on 04/09/2010 11:09:35 PM PDT by 1FASTGLOCK45 (FreeRepublic: More fun than watching Dem'Rats drown like Turkeys in the rain! ! !)
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Every Minute there is a person who will violate his/HER family or friends just to get ahead no matter what. I guess that is the kind of person this Anthony Hopkins is. Unless you can prove otherwise. We’d like to know here on FR.
Sorry Nothing Personal.
I am not for or against the church.


Sure, nothing personal at all, Ha!

Let me explain...

It goes to personal responsibility and the press with a sensational story.

It's not that this guy is not a monster, he is, and should be put to death as far as I am concerned.

My point is a finer one.

Too often in our permissive society, it is way to easy to take away our own responsibility for doing the right thing.

And the press likes to do that in spades.

I don't know the details of the wife, and she sure didn't deserve to die, but the writer of this article seems to think that he/she can pass of the ability to manipulate using the Bible as all powerful and that this was the cause (highly exaggerated) of his power over his family.

As I posted before, unless they were very ignorant, and quite frankly, of a very low IQ or suffering from some other type of emotional problem(s), this could not be the case. The bible was written in a simple manner for all men to read and understand, so I, or anyone else, cannot be manipulated if I have a modicum of intelligence, unless I give up some of my own personal responsibility to read the bible and understand it.

I hope that helps you understand my position.

It was more of a general post against bad-journalism, then any comment on the facts of the deplorable situation.
45 posted on 04/09/2010 11:26:26 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; 1FASTGLOCK45; All

Since you seemed to want to make this an issue with everyone, I will oblige in kind.


46 posted on 04/09/2010 11:27:06 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; All

My apologies to you,
I did not want this to be an issue with “ALL”.
Maybe his wife was a scumbag, who knows.
But This Reverend was wrong in how he killed her and makes the church look bad, although people make the church look bad on it’s own.
I guess We will have to see how it goes in court. I guess there’s going to be plenty of time for that.
I apologize for copying “All”. I guess i shouldn’t have, I didn’t know you were going to be offended.
But I don’t agree with you calling people that “fell” in this Reverend Hopkins situation of “Low IQ”.
Calling People “low IQ” without knowing the situation is now quite right.
Thanks for writing back
Sincerey
1FSG45


47 posted on 04/09/2010 11:42:08 PM PDT by 1FASTGLOCK45 (FreeRepublic: More fun than watching Dem'Rats drown like Turkeys in the rain! ! !)
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I'm not calling them low IQ, my whole point was that in normal situations, the Bible can't be used that way unless there are extenuating circumstances, Ignorance, Low IQ, or emotional issues.

The Bible was written in such a manner, that if an individual actually reads it thoroughly and completely(which is their responsibility) it is nearly impossible to manipulated in such a fashion to allow others to control your life.
48 posted on 04/09/2010 11:47:08 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

Hey I apologize for giving you a hard time.
What are you doing up so late anyways?
Are you still awake?
I’m just up cruising through FR.
:-)
Sorry for the typos it’s half dark in here.


49 posted on 04/09/2010 11:47:41 PM PDT by 1FASTGLOCK45 (FreeRepublic: More fun than watching Dem'Rats drown like Turkeys in the rain! ! !)
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To: onyx

That eyebrows-raised look of either nonchalance or bemusement appears on your typical druggie/socio/psycopath’s mugshot.


50 posted on 04/09/2010 11:48:09 PM PDT by Erasmus (The Last of the Bohicans)
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