October 5, 2005
Chances are this all seemed pretty rational at the time:
A couple accused with two others of overturning the altar at a Roman Catholic church during Sunday worship acted on a vision from God and the belief the new pope is the antichrist, according to interviews published Tuesday in The Decatur Daily.
In a jailhouse interview with the paper, Adam Joseph Turgeon, 27, also admitted his actions at the Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church were in poor judgment.
Decatur police charged Turgeon; his common-law wife, Lisa Marie Wagner, 26; and their roommates, Val Eugene Loughman, 20, and Loughman’s wife, Emily Beth Loughman, 21; with felony criminal mischief, following the outburst at the 11 a.m. service.
“I had a vision. Lisa and me were tearing a church apart,” Turgeon said in the jailhouse interview. “That’s not what I did. I just tore up a table that people saw as an idol, kneeling before it and bowing before an idol.”
… “We are in end times,” Wagner said. “This is Armageddon, the end of all things. Basically, what we’re in right now is the appearance of the antichrist, who we believe to be Pope Benedict (XVI). ... That’s the main reason we chose the Catholic church. It didn’t have anything to do with the people in it.”
… “We’re not doing anything like this again,” Wagner [added]. “We’re all very peaceful people.”
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