July 30, 2008
Anthony Hopkins - Arrested On Charges Of Murder, Rape, Sodomy And Incest After Police Find Wife’s Body Frozen In A Freezer
Mobile, Alabama (The Weekly Vice) -- Anthony Hopkins, a 37 year old pastor and self proclaimed evangelist has been arrested and charged with murder, rape, sodomy and incest after police discovered his house of horrors.
While Hopkins preached about forgiveness on Monday - as a visiting evangelist during a revival service at Inspirational Tabernacle Church, police were in the process of making a gruesome discovery in his home.
On Monday, Hopkin's oldest daughter presented to them the shocking horror of the life she had been living. One filled with years of rape, sodomy and incest she had allegedly endured at the hands of her father - the evangelist everyone revered as a prophet. But police had another surprise waiting - because the second horror was about to unfold.
Investigators were then lead to the girl's home where she and her other 7 siblings lived. Once inside, investigators found what would sicken the stomach of even the most seasoned detective. The frozen body of a woman, wrapped in a sheet and stuffed into a deep freezer in the home's utility room.
While forensic tests are not yet complete, police believe that frozen body is Hopkin's wife Arletha Hopkins, who has not been seen or heard from for three years.
According to police, this church-going mother of eight children was never reported missing. Witnesses say Hopkins told them his wife had died years ago during child birth, however there were no such records of her death.
Other witnesses asked Hopkins point blank if something had happened to his wife - only to be rebuffed. Even so, many suspected something was wrong since Arletha seemed to disappear suddenly and never accompanied her children to church as she normally did before.
Authorities say the family issues didn't surface earlier because the children were home schooled, minimizing the opportunity for the children to talk. Hopkins also allegedly kept them moving from place to place.
Little has been revealed about the alleged sexual abuse thus far except that police believe the teen endured many years of rape and sodomy and are investigating possible incest with at least one other sibling as well. Hopkins fathered 6 of the 8 children he shared with Arletha.
Upon the allegations of sexual abuse and the discovery of the frozen dead body found in Hopkin's home, investigators decided an arrest could wait no longer.
Hopkins was delivering a message about forgiveness when the Clarke County Sheriff's department arrived at the church to arrest him. At about 10:00 p.m. police executed an arrest, stunning the congregation.
In the meanwhile, police have been sifting through Hopkin's home, trying to make sense of the madness that seemingly flourished inside Hopkin's home.
One thing is for certain. For the children, there can be no turning back the clock on what they have endured. Mourning their mother's death in silence while allegedly enduring regular sessions of rape at the hands of a pastor, everyone regarded as a prophet.
For the children, hell was not just a punishment for the afterlife. It was a daily reality.
The Weekly Vice