55-year-old John Douglas White, a pastor in Broomfield Township, Michigan is currently being held in the Isabella County jail after the brutal Halloween murder of a 24-year-old mother. White confessed to having beaten and strangled the woman in a sexual fantasy but said that he couldn’t remember if he had sex with her dead boy.
White, who was engaged to be married to Rebekah Jane Gay’s mother, struck Gay over the head with a mallet until she lost consciousness and then strangled her with a zip tie at her mobile home. He stuffed her body along with bloody towels and the mallet into a large trashbag, dumped the body in a ditch and then went back to help her son get dressed in his Halloween costume and dropped him off with the little boy’s father. White claims his necrophiliac fantasies were fueled by porn movies. I’ve got to tell you, I’ve enjoyed a bit of porn here and there but damn, it never fueled anything like that or anything else violent for that matter.
Up until he confessed to the heinous crime White arranged prayer chains for the “missing” Gay and acted the concerned pastor. He even let the other trailer park residents know that she was missing and that her car had been found at a bar.
Unfortunately this might have been avoided. It seems even more possible to me that White may have been a serial killer or at least had the makings of one somewhere inside him. Sadly the congregation of Christ Community Fellowship knew about his violent past when they hired him three years ago. One report I read said that he told them he had walked away from a woman who had overdosed. Now they are claiming to be “floored” by the accusations. One church member said White was “doing a lot of good and Satan did not want him doing good and Satan got to him.” Yeah.
Back in 1981 John D. White was convicted for choking and stabbing 17-year-old Theresa Etherton of Battle Creek, Michigan girl. At that time he was found guilty of Felony Assault with Intent to Murder. White was 22-years-old at that time. He stabbed the girl 15 times in the back and chest. The girl was his neighbor who he had invited over to see his slot-car racing setup in his basement. He served two years of his 5-10 year sentence. After appealing the conviction her was sentenced to two years of probation. According to an interview with Morris, White told her “This isn’t my first time. Just shut up. You’re making this more difficult than it has to be.” At one point, rocking her on the floor he asked “Well, are you dead yet?”
In 1995 he was sentenced to prison again, this time in the death of a 26-year-old Kalamazoo woman he was involved in. In 1994 26-year-old Vicky Sue Wall was involved with White, who was married and had children with his wife at that time. Her body was found six weeks after she went missing, decomposed so badly that they couldn’t determine the cause of death. He also never offered to explain how she had died…just pleading guilty. According to the trial documentation he told the court that Vicky had liked to be choked during sex and that he didn’t realize she was dead. He was sentenced to 18 years but ended up serving 12 and was released in 2007.
Right around the time he was release is when he must have started posting dating profiles on the Internet as well. I wonder if he met any women on them? The photo below are from here.
According to his profile at Livedating “I am a 50 year old man, in great shape, and I am alone and I do not want to be anymore,….I have done that too long. I am a great romantic and I know how to treat a lady. I love camping, the outdoors, playing tennis, racquet ball and golf. I have a big heart,….and it has been broken too many times”