Thursday, July 31, 2008
Arletha Hopkins caught her husband sexually abusing their daughter so Anthony Hopkins apparently killed her. The day after the killing, he asked the daughter to help hide the mom’s body in the freezer.
The body stayed in the home for the past 4 years – a home occupied by eight children and Hopkins.
Hopkins has been abusing the girl since the age of 11 and he is under investigation for possibly abusing a second child.
Hopkins is charged with murder and several sexual abuse charges, including rape and sodomy. Additional charges may be filed.
The children, aged 3 to 19, have been removed from the home and authorities say they are quiet and withdrawn.
According to the search warrant document, the daughter who finally alerted authorities to her father's alleged behavior didn't leave home until about two weeks ago. Her testimony was the primary evidence cited in the affidavit that allowed police to search Hopkins' home.
As police were making their entry into the house, an anonymous one-story structure of brick and wood, Hopkins, a roving evangelist, was conducting a revival at a small church on the outskirts of Jackson, Ala.
He was arrested after delivering a sermon on forgiveness, much of which was directed toward his seven other children who sat dutifully in the front pew, according to the pastor of the church.