MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — The pastor in Michigan who admitted to beating and strangling his 24-year-old neighbor on Halloween told police he had fantasized for weeks about killing her and having sex with her dead body.

John Douglas White, the 55-year-old pastor at Christ Community Fellowship in Mount Pleasant, told police that after getting drunk and watching violent pornography, he broke into Rebekah Gay‘s trailer next door. He says Gay woke up and walked into the kitchen where he hit her over the head with a rubber mallet multiple times. When he realized she was still breathing, he strangled her with a zip tie.

At some point during the attack, Gay reportedly said, “I know you.” She should, as White was dating Gay’s mother and often helped Gay with her 3-year-old son. The boy was actually in the trailer while White murdered his mother, although police do not know if he heard or witnessed anything.

After she was dead, White stripped Gay naked, but told authorities he did not remember if he acted out his necrophantasy and had sex with her corpse. He then placed Gay’s body, clothes, the mallet and bloody towels, into a large plastic trash bag that he placed in the back of his pickup truck. The bag would end up breaking and spewing its contents all over the bed of the truck.

He dumped the towels and rubber mallet along the road and dumped Gay’s body in a wooded area before parking her vehicle in the parking lot pf a nearby bar in an effort to fake an abduction. White also dressed Gay’s son in his Halloween costume so that when the boy’s biological father came to the trailer to get his son, he didn’t notice anything wrong.

Gay was reported missing later that same day after she failed to show up to work or pick her son up from school. After speaking to her neighbors, police brought White in for questioning. He initially denied having anything to do with Gay’s disappearance, but eventually admitted to murdering her and told police where her body could be found. It is then that he also told police he had been fantasizing for weeks about killing Gay and having sex with her dead body.

He was arrested and charged with open murder and first-degree premeditated murder. He is in currently in jail without bond. This isn’t White’s first trip to jail, nor is it the first time he’s been accused of murdering a woman. In fact, he was convicted of murdering 26-year-old Vicky Sue Wall in 1994 and sentenced to 8 to 15 years in prison.

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