Preacher John David Terry Murdered and Beheaded Friend to Fake Own Death (1987) – Equally Yoked Is Pointless
Some Christians insist that single Christian women can and should marry only Christian men.
But why on earth should any Christian woman bother dating or marrying Christian men, when some of them do things like murder other people? See the news coverage below.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ A minister went on trial Monday on charges of beheading a handyman and burning down his church in an alleged attempt to assume a new identity and disappear with $50,000 in church money.
Jury selection is expected to take most of the week in the first-degree murder and arson trial of the Rev. John David Terry, who faces the death penalty if convicted.
Terry may take the witness stand to break his yearlong silence in the decapitation of James C. Matheny.
The slaying and fire on June 15, 1987, at Emmanuel Church of Christ Pentecostal Oneness stunned Terry’s parishioners. Some have stuck by him since Matheny’s body was found rolled up in a scorched carpet.
This week “Grave Secrets” examines the case of Rev. John David Terry, a pastor who took a very dark path indeed.
Nashville, June 16, 1987, and the 44-year-old pastor is found dead after a fire at the church where he preached but the investigation soon reveals something is amiss.
Terry’s path to crime partly stemmed from his feeling of having failed in life, a feeling he claimed became stronger after his mother died in 1983.
He then hatched a plan to fake his own death and befriended 32-year-old down on his luck father of one James C. Matheny.
He wanted to fake a robbery that would result in his heroic death and claimed that his plan was to include Matheny in the plot.
However, the detectives believe that he lured Matheny to the church and then shot him in the back of the head.