Well, if this isn’t an interesting turn of events…
The son of a sheriff deputy is accused of setting three historically black churches in Lousiana on fire.
21-year-old Holden Matthews was arrested in St. Landry Parrish after he was identified as the suspect in allegedly setting the fires over a span of 10 days.
Via ABC News:
Matthews is being held in St. Landry Parrish jail on three counts of simple arson of a religious building.
Browning said that “we’re still vetting several motives,” but added that they have found that Matthews had ties to “black metal and its association and history with church burnings in other parts of the world.”
Black metal, a distant genre of devil-worshipping death metal music, has roots in the Norwegian heavy metal scene that reportedly was the inspiration for several church burnings in the country in the early 1990s.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said that while there were four fires in Louisiana in a 10-day span, only three were in St. Landry Parrish; the other fire was more than 220 miles away and was not connected, authorities said.
“I don’t know what this young man’s motive was … it cannot be justified or rationalized. These are evil acts,” Edwards said.
Sheriff Bobby Guidroz of St. Landry Parrish said Matthews’ father is a deputy in his department, but he did not identify or turn in his son for the fires.