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    MOBILE, Ala. -- Police believe a body found in a small-time evangelist's home freezer is his wife and a mother of eight, and arrested him on a murder charge as he preached at a south Alabama church.

    Anthony Hopkins, 37, was being held in the Mobile County jail Wednesday awaiting a bond hearing and appointment of an attorney.

    Police said no one reported 36-year-old Arletha Hopkins missing, even though she hadn't been heard from in three years. The body was discovered covered in a freezer in a utility room during a police search of the home in Mobile after a relative of the preacher contacted police.

    Mobile Police Chief Phillip Garrett said Hopkins was arrested Monday night at at a revival in Jackson, a town in rural Clarke County where he has roots. The pastor of Inspirational Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, Beverly Jackson, told reporters that Hopkins told her he was a single parent because his wife had died in childbirth.

    Police awaited results of forensic tests to determine the cause of death, but Garrett said authorities believe it is Hopkins' wife. The freezer was moved to a forensics lab.

    Garrett said Anthony Hopkins, the father of six of the eight children, has been charged with rape and sodomy in a separate case involving the female relative and could face more charges related to another relative.

    Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson Jr. said the children who lived with Hopkins -- who ranged in age from 3 to 19 -- have been taken into protective custody by the Department of Human Resources.

    Garrett said the Hopkins children were home-schooled. 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.

    At the church in Jackson, Hopkins was delivering a message about forgiveness that drew encouraging "amens" from the congregation.

    Clarke County Sheriff's Chief Investigator Sgt. Ron Baggett said he listened through the church door before assisting in the arrest about 10 p.m. Monday.


    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5916069.html
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  • #2
    Anthony Hopkins.......something funny about that name.

    I am guessing that he is a prison preacher and has a rap sheet a foot long.
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    • #3
      Just another God-Fearing-Conservative home schooling his children....

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      • #4
        Originally posted by cmr164 View Post
        Just another God-Fearing-Conservative home schooling his children....
        As opposed to the Godless-Liberals letting someone in the public schools kill them?
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        • #5
          I guess this is an additional reason to take a pistol to church...

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          • #6
            Hmmmm, the idea of him being a preacher doesn't shock me whatsoever; many evil individuals hide behind the cross & bible.

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            • #7
              Ohhh,someone forgot about the 6th commandment...
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              • #8
                Originally posted by texaschickeee View Post
                Anthony Hopkins.......something funny about that name.

                I am guessing that he is a prison preacher and has a rap sheet a foot long.

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                Last edited by David Hineline; 08-01-2008, 09:47 AM.

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                • #9
                  I bet she wore some pants, wore make up, or cut her and he had to cleanse her soul, for her own salvation of course.

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                  • #10
                    Has anyone noticed that the article says he has been charged with murder, even though they have not determined the victim's cause of death?

                    I mean granted, it's a tad suspicious to keep your dead wife's body in a freezer for a few years and tell everyone she died in childbirth. No doubt doing that violated some state law on the handling of dead bodies. But the news story is kind of sketchy. Usually the police offier a few tidbits of information, but all we have here is: She was found dead. stuffed in a freezer; they don't know what killed her; but they arrested him for murder anyway.

                    Anyone?
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                    • #11
                      I mean granted, it's a tad suspicious to keep your dead wife's body in a freezer for a few years and tell everyone she died in childbirth.
                      Ya think? Yeah, I'd call it a bit more than a "tad suspicious"....

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JMTX View Post
                        Ya think? Yeah, I'd call it a bit more than a "tad suspicious"....
                        Seriously, just because someone keeps a dead body doesn't mean they killed them. Over the years I have read several articles about people who have had spouses die and refused to part with them, so they did everything from storing them in the freezer to preserving them with a home brew embalming fluid and kept them in their bed.

                        In this case the article made no mention of how or why the police believe he killed his wife - only that they arrested him for murder before they even determined what killed her. It just struck me as odd.
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                        • #13
                          what does an Omaha job listing post for a Director, Internal Audit have to do with thread what so ever?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by cmr164 View Post
                            Just another God-Fearing-Conservative home schooling his children....
                            hey come on now...
                            "Friendly Fire, isn't"

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                            • #15
                              Anthony Hopkins....hmmmmmmmmmmm Hannibal lecter anyone?
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