Minister Gets 56 Years: Michigan's John D. White A Necrophiliac?
A former Michigan minister got 56 years in prison on Thursday for killing his fiancée's 24-year-old daughter, allegedly in order to fulfill a necrophilic urge, according to reports.
Isabella County Chief Circuit Judge Paul Chamberlain ordered 55-year-old John D. White, a former minister of the Christ Community Fellowship church in Deerfield Township, 60 miles north of Detroit, to serve anywhere from 56 to 85 years in prison for killing Rebekah Gay last Halloween.
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White, who had two prior convictions for attacking women, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder as a habitual third offender in the slaying, confessing to killing Gay in her Broomfield Township home because he wanted to have sex with a dead body.
White, according to The Associated Press, was engaged to Gay's mother, Sally, and regularly looked after Gay's young son while she was working.
Prosecutors said that on the day of the killing, White drank a few beers before going to Rebekah Gay's mobile home, where he repeatedly hit her in the head with a mallet and then strangled her with a zip tie. Her son, who was then 3, was home at the time.
White then proceeded to use his pickup truck to move the mallet, bloody towels and Gay's body to the woods and dump the body there CBS Detroit reported. Finally, he returned to her trailer where he dressed Gay's 3-year-old son in his Halloween costume and seemingly casually took him to an area Meijer store to be picked up by his father, a Midland resident.
Police said that White had undressed Gay's body, but he couldn't remember if he had had sex with it to fulfill his necrophilic fantasy.
Ironically, as authorities searched for Gay's body in a rural area in Isabella County, about 85 miles northwest of Lansing, White asked his small, 14-member congregation to pray for her.
"For 20 excruciating hours we prayed that Rebekah [would come home], said Sally Gay to White in court on Thursday. "She was not yours to take. How dare you."
Sally Gay also asked the court to show the minister, whom she was once engaged to marry, the same lack of mercy he showed her daughter.
Members of the Christ Community Fellowship have said that they were aware of White's criminal history when he joined them. He was released from prison in 2007 after serving nearly 12 years for manslaughter in the death of a 26-year-old woman in Kalamazoo County. He had previously been sentenced to probation for choking and stabbing a 17-year-old girl in Battle Creek in 1981.
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