"He was trusted as a Cub Scout leader, respected as a churchgoing family man and accepted as a regular guy with a secure marriage, a steady job and all the other trappings of middle-class success.
He was also, according to police, an insatiable murderer who tortured and killed strangers over 17 years, boasting about his crimes in taunting, gruesome letters and poems that he mailed to police and the news media."
I read this yesterday:
"He recently became president of his Lutheran church council....'When we found out, all we could say was that it's impossible, it couldn't be,' said Freyja Carlsted who attends church with Rader and has known him for 30 years. She said Rader's wife, Paula, is 'wonderful.'
Clark, the pastor, said Rader has always seemed like a 'family man.' Clark said he has seen nothing 'that would even tend to lead to these accusations.' He said he is in touch with the family, which is in seclusion. Rader became president of Christ Lutheran Church in Park City in January, and under the church's rules he will remain president, Clark said."
I think that last sentence is the most shocking. I guess they are complying with 'innocent until proven guilty.' But still.
What is the 'president' of a church anyway? Betcha don't have a scripture for that one...