This is 37-year-old Anthony Hopkins.
On the 28th of July, 2008, Anthony Hopkins was doing what he did best – preaching.
That Monday night, with seven of his eight children in the front row of the church, Anthony Hopkins started his sermon. A popular speaker – who had been wandering the southeast for several years before finally settling his family into a home in Mobile, Alabama in 2004 – Anthony Hopkins was crafting a message.
The message was one of forgiveness. It appeared to be directed towards his older daughters – at least the ones who were present. The oldest daughter, a 19-year-old, wasn’t there. She was talking to police about a few things.
While Anthony Hopkins was reportedly a good preacher, he might as well have just sung Nick Cave’s 1988 classic “The Mercy Seat,” for all the good it did.
But Anthony Hopkins didn’t go with the Nick Cave tie-in. Instead, “Rev,” as he likes to be called, told the gathered audience that his oldest daughter had left his home – that she had to do what she had to do.
Going on with the sermon, Anthony Hopkins looked at his children and asked each of them to forgive him for his sins. He was very vague about exactly what he’d done that he needed forgiveness for, but seemed to be trying to cover all his bases – asking for forgiveness for all the sins he’d done in the past, the sins that he was committing right now, and all the sins that he’d do in the future.
Because he was…you know. Efficient that way. Might as well cover all your bases at once.
With the forgiveness out of the way, Anthony Hopkins’ brood broke out the instruments and started to play while their father walked around the congregation and started to minister to people individually. Anthony Hopkins had seen just a few people before police and sheriff’s deputies entered the church.
Approaching the preacher with their guns drawn, law enforcement officers handcuffed Anthony Hopkins and led him outside to a waiting car. The oldest daughter present escorted the youngest children – who didn’t understand what was happening – from the church. The older children didn’t seem surprised at what was going on. They didn’t say much at all.
Perhaps they knew about their mother’s body in the freezer. Perhaps that was why they weren’t surprised when they saw their father in handcuffs. People who keep dead relatives in freezers usually aren’t surprised by much, although they’re annoyed by power outages.
This could be why police, who searched the home of Anthony Hopkins after being told an interesting story by his eldest daughter, found a portable generator hooked up to the freezer – the freezer which contained the body of what used to be Anthony Hopkins’ wife – 36-year-old Arletha Hopkins.
Investigators discovered that Arletha Hopkins hadn’t been seen or heard from in four years. She had never been reported missing, possibly due to the isolation that Anthony Hopkins insisted on from his children, never allowing them to play with other neighborhood children.
Authorities also found out that the oldest daughter of Anthony Hopkins was pregnant with her father’s baby. Apparently, being pregnant with her father’s child upset the girl enough for her to get the police involved.
Police detectives believe that Anthony Hopkins killed Arletha Hopkins when she came across him and his daughter having sex. This would have been shortly after Arletha gave birth to her youngest child. Most of the children knew about it, but it took four years for any of them to do anything about it.
Anthony Hopkins has been charged with murder, rape, sodomy, sexual abuse and incest and faces life in prison.
He has pled not guilty.
Does Anthony Hopkins deserve Hell?
- Yes (99%, 456 Votes)
- No (1%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 462
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