Hello, Clarice.

I realized some years back that the reason we have heroes in movies is really that there are so few of them. We truly do want unbending honesty, and heroic defenders, and powerful people who fight for truth and justice.

But they’re next to impossible to get in real life. Instead we get … George W. Bush. Jesse Jackson. Britney Spears. People who can’t even aspire to be flawed heroes, because though they possess flaws in abundance, they don’t have the required heroism. They’re just people — famous ones, but not very good ones.

The other side of the thing holds true, though, too. Some of the bad people we see in movies are there because there are so few of them.

For instance, when’s the last time you heard of a real Mad Scientist? I’m guessing pretty close to never. They make it into the movies because they almost don’t exist in real life, and so filmmakers feel free to use them as convenient boogeymen.

But listen to this, from USA Today, just about 3 years back: “Police: Evangelist’s Wife’s Body Found in Freezer

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 small south Alabama church.

The 37-year-old evangelist is being held in the Mobile (Alabama) 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.

He was arrested at a Christian “revival.”

He was also charged with rape and sodomy in a separate case. Eight kids, six of them his, and reportedly home-schooled (what else?) were taken into protective custody.

This just might be an actual, bona fide case of a Mad Religionist.

And the guy’s name is Anthony Hopkins.

  • Aliasalpha

    Her body was in the freezer for 3 years?


    You’re supposed to defrost freezers every few months, its not good for them run continuously for that long

    Also yeah… sick creepy possibly-murdery weirdo. If there were 8 kids taken into protective custody but only 6 were his, where did the other 2 come from?

  • mikefisher

    Note that I’ve bolded part of the quote below ~ it’s the irony of the assistant DAs remark

    Report dated 21st May 2010: MOBILE, Ala. (AP)

    An Alabama evangelist who authorities say terrorized his family while preaching at revivals has been sentenced to life plus 51 years in prison after being convicted of killing his wife and storing her body in a home freezer.

    Circuit Judge John Lockett imposed the sentence Thursday on Anthony Hopkins, 39, who showed no remorse during the proceeding. He got the maximum sentence of life for murder and additional time for convictions including sodomy and sexual abuse.

    Assistant District Attorney Ashley Rich called Hopkins “evil of the worst kind.”

    She said he taught the eight children in his home things about the Bible that were not true and that helped him get away with his crimes for years.

    During Hopkins’ trial in April, prosecutors said he killed his 36-year-old wife, Arletha Hopkins, in 2004 after she caught him molesting a girl, then stuffed her body in a freezer at their home in north Mobile. Investigators discovered the body in 2008 after a young woman abused by Hopkins told child advocates about it, authorities said. Police arrested Hopkins while he was preaching at a revival in the south Alabama town of Jackson.

    Defense attorney Jeff Deen said his client admits putting his wife’s body in the freezer, but he doesn’t know how she died.

    “There’s evidence in the trial that it could’ve been by natural causes, and it needs to be explored on appeal,” Deen said.

    The two oldest children in the Hopkins home are now grown. The six youngest are living with relatives in Georgia

  • davidct

    Of course this must all be part of god’s plan. Naturally the lord works in mysterious ways. This is just one of the more mysterious ones.

    It all goes to show that when it comes to creative perversion, theists win the imagination award hands down.

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