Meet Isaiah Kalebu. He’s a True Beliver™ of the truest kind. When his God tells him to do something, by golly you can bet he’ll get it done. Even when what his God tells him to do is to brutally rape and kill a lesbian couple:
“I was there and I was told by my God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to attack my enemies, and I did so,” Isaiah Kalebu said under questioning by one of his lawyers.
[...] Kalebu is accused of slipping in an open window of the couple’s home in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood and repeatedly raping and stabbing them during a two-hour attack. One woman, Teresa Butz, died naked and blood-soaked in the street in front of her home as neighbors tried to help. Her partner survived and told the jury that Kalebu was the man who did it.
Of course you’ll say that the man’s obviously mentally ill. Perhaps he is, but he’s not using mental illness as a defense. He freely makes the claim that God told him to carry out this attack, which is odd when you consider his defense team is claiming he had nothing to do with the crime despite DNA evidence and eyewitness testimony. Still, it’s not like God has issued similar edicts in the past to the people he’s spoken directly to. What if he’s telling the truth?
In the end is doesn’t really matter as the jury found him guilty of the crimes he was charged with. Crazy or not, he’s going to prison.