Man blames demonic possession for molesting his step-daughters.

Cameron Upshaw says it’s not really his fault he repeatedly molested his two step-daughters, aged 8 and 10 years old, and he has a perfectly reasonable explanation: He was possessed by demons!

3/24 Man blames demons for molestation

Demonic possession, Upshaw said in his confession to investigators, was the reason the 33-year-old man repeatedly molested his 8- and 10-year old stepdaughters last year.

The possession had occurred after Upshaw had prayed over and laid hands on a sexual deviant who was possessed, he said. Because he was not “prayed up” at the time, the demons transferred into his body, causing him to lust after his wife’s elementary- and middle school-aged daughters.

Oh, well, that explains everything then. Fortunately the judge didn’t buy it and sentenced him to 25 years and a swift kick in the ass.

No, wait, it was only 25 years. At least he accepted responsibility for his actions.

No, wait, he didn’t. He blamed demons. Man, there’s just not really a good thing to say about this one.

40 thoughts on “Man blames demonic possession for molesting his step-daughters.

  1. The possession had occurred after Upshaw had prayed over and laid hands on a sexual deviant who was possessed, he said. Because he was not “prayed up” at the time, the demons transferred into his body, causing him to lust after his wife’s elementary- and middle school-aged daughters.

    Eligigle for parole after 12.5 years.

    What I know of the treatment of child molesters by other inmates sometimes brings a smile to my face.

  2. Hey, and just to play … well, you know … how do we know he WASN’T really possessed by demons?  Come on, let’s see some proof that they don’t exist!  I mean, we read about ‘em in books all the time, right?  And the fact that there’s evil in the world MUST prove their existence, right?  There are lots of things we don’t understand, right?  Science can’t prove everything, right?

    Sorry, I woke up on the silly side of bed this morning.

  3. Oh, many do.  There’s Satan, demons, witchcraft, all sorts of things.  So I’m curious:  how does the modern-day Christian decide what to believe?  Or, more to the point, how do you decide where to STOP believing?  Can you really believe in angels, for example, and not in demons?  If so, how do you explain your acceptance of one and denial of the other?

  4. Uh… I really want to hear a good answer to that last question. I often ask religious friends how they pick and choose what words in the bible to believe and which ones to ignore and they always give me a blank stare. Shrimp or sodomy, or both?

  5. Shrimp or sodomy, or both??……………………………………………?……………………..?……..Could I have some of both, please!

    (kiddin)

  6. Brock, that sounds like a buffet franchise that could really take off!  To hell with Hooters—Shrimp’n'Sodomy- Yesterday’s Abominations, Today’s Shellfish Pleasures!

    Investors welcome!

  7. Hey Geekmom!  If I weren’t already hitched, I’d marry you on principle.  (Marrying you DESPITE my being hitched would only give weight to the slippery slope argument.  And, of course, marrying you and several of your/my housepets would prove beyond a doubt that the President’s marriage amendment is the single most important piece of legislature in the history of our species.)

  8. OK David, that’s a great answer. You believe the Bible is 100% true. Now do you follow all of it? Do you always do what it tells you to do? If you don’t, then how do you decide which stuff to follow and which stuff just aint for you. It’s gotta be kinda hard what with all of the contradictions. Dot you just interpret it to work for your lifestyle? Which version of the bible are you using? I mean, the first testament says the earth is flat (can’t for the life of me figure out why God didn’t let the guys writing his words down in on that little bit of info). I don’t claim to be a theological scholar, but I seem to run into too many people who let a book dictate their whole lives when they don’t have a clue to it’s political history. I’m not referring to you. I’m just sayin’.

  9. David, when you say you believe in all of the bible, are you including the OT? And do you mean you believe it literally, as a guide to punitive action?  I guess I’m asking because there seems to be a swell in Biblical Law proponents, and that movement strikes me as extremely troubling.

    BTW, I think the floor shows at Shrimp’n'Sodomy(c) would be a boffo super-smash!  Maybe not wholesome fun for the whole family, but grandma & grandpa might get a chance to shake off some of those long-cherished inhibitions..
    (Investors welcome.)

  10. maryh, I loves me some slippery slopes.  I mean, aren’t waterslides and snow-covered hills just the MOST FUN??  We can get our hubbies together and if they get along, we can still get hitched.  We don’t have any pets, but if you like kids, we could sure use some extra parental hands around here (especially if you promise NOT to make them learn the Pledge).  My hubby bakes amazing bread.  I think that’s reason enough to get married, don’t you?

  11. Ok, Hillary was wrong. It doesn’t take a village.

    It takes the Stupid Evil Bastard site to raise a child right.

    Hey, that should be a slogan!

  12. Do I follow everything in the Bible?
    I use the Bible as my guide to right and wrong. Sometimes I do things that are wrong. Sometimes, even premeditatedly. I have a goal that is hard, even impossible, to reach, but I don

  13. (Isa 11:12 NRSV) … , and gather the dispersed of Judah from the four _corners_ of the earth.
    (Isa 11:12 NIV) …of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four _quarters_ of the earth.
    (Isa 11:12 KJV) … and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four _corners_ of the earth.

    The Hebrew word for corners or quarters:
    kanaph, kaw-nawf’; an edge or extremity; spec. (of a bird or army) a wing, (of a garment or bed-clothing) a flap, _(of the earth) a quarter_, (of a building) a pinnacle:—+ bird, border, _corner_, _end_, feather [-ed], X flying, + (one an-) other, overspreading, X quarters, skirt, X sort, uttermost part, wing ([-ed]).

    Use in the New Tesatament:

    (Rev 20:8 NRSV) and will come out to deceive the nations at the four _corners_ of the earth, Gog and Magog, in order to gather them for battle; …

    The Greek word for corners:
    gonia, go-nee’-ah; an angle:—corner, quarter

    Here are other scriptures of the Bible that indicate a flat earth with ends, edges, 2 verses that say the earth is a flat 2-dimensional circle (like a coin), that the earth is immovable, set on pillars or foundations.

    Dan 4:10-11, Isa 40:22, Prov 8:26-28, Mat 4:8, Job 38:13, Job 11:9, Deu 13:7, Deu 28:49, Deu 28:64, Deu 33:17, 1 Sam 2:10, Job 1:7, Job 28:24, Job 37:3, Psa 2:8, Psa 19:4, Psa 22:27, Psa 33:13, Psa 33:14, Psa 48:10, Psa 59:13, Psa 61:2, Psa 65:5, Psa 72:8, Acts 1:8, Acts 13:47

    http://www.2think.org/hii/flat.shtml

    “Wherever you find people with a great reservoir of common sense,” he says, “they don’t believe idiotic things such as the earth spinning around the sun. Reasonable, intelligent people have always recognized that the earth is flat.”

    (Charles K. Johnson, president of the International Flat Earth Research Society.)

    http://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/fe-scidi.htm

    1. Job 37:33 He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven and sends it to the ends of the earth.

    Riaz : Lighting doesn’t travel around the earth the biblical god thought his earth was a small, flat one.

    2. Job 38:44 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?

    Riaz : If the author of the bible thought of a globe earth then the last question in job 38: 44 should of read “Who stretched a measuring line around it?”

    Job 38:13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?

    Riaz : Does a sphere have ends, and how can you grab the ends of a sphere? Only a flat disc or square could be grabbed and shaken in this way.

    http://www.answering-christianity.com/earth_flat.htm

    The earth as an immovable structure:
    1 Chronicles 16:30:

  14. David, you say on the one hand that some parts of the Bible you believe are parable (i.e. not meant to be taken as literally true), and some that might be.  So you obviously don’t believe that every word of the Bible is literally true.

    And at the same time you contrast yourself with atheists, “who [have] no absolutes that they can be held accountable to.”

    If you’ve stepped on a bug recently, I don’t think you’re following absolutes either.  We have very, very, VERY few absolutes in our life.  Atheists have the convictions they have not because they were handed to them by somebody else, but because they reasoned them out.  They follow them because they believe they’re the right thing to do, not because they’re going to be held accountable to some mythical super-parent. 

    I could write down my personal “specific set of rules” for you, so you could hold me to them, but I somehow don’t think that would reassure you at all.  I think you feel better when someone still has a parent lording it (ha) over them.

  15. David said: - Again, this is an area I am most curious about in anyone that does not have a codified set of ethics. In general, I am much more comfortable around a Muslim or a Platonist, who I know follows some specific set of rules, than an atheist, who has no absolutes they can be held accountable to.

    You really have your head up your ass, dude. How can you actually believe that rules decide the actions of the believer? I have a personal set of ethics I live by and I’ll bet they are every bit as valid and benign as yours; perhaps more so. Main difference between us is that I learned to be accountable on my own. I don’t need a hazy and contradictory rulebook to teach me what I’ve learn from living instead.

    And how the hell do you know for a fact that a Muslim or a Platonist “always follows some specific set of rules”? 

    Reading the whole book, getting a more complete view of the context of the entire work and the specific context of the individual writers (scribes would be a better word), researching the original Greek and Hebrew definitions,all help to give a better understanding of what the writer was communicating, and leave me less

  16. Hey David, I don’t think someone who has the brain power to actually tell the difference between right and wrong needs a Bible to show them the distance. The Bible is no more a guide of what’s right and what’s wrong than a Lord of the Rings novel. I don’t read the fucking bible, and I don’t go to church. I know the difference between right and wrong nonetheless and I don’t need a crutch like a bible. All a bible does is back people up when they fuck children or kill their wives. If you’re ever looking for a loop hole, check out the bible my friends.

  17. Holy Crap! Thanks Broc! You did a much better job at the Flat Earth argument than I ever could have. What’s funny is that many stuck to it even after astronomers proved the earth was round. Just goes to show you how some people believe the first thing they read and can never be convinced otherwise.

    Christian scholar Saint Augustine [354-430 A.D.] and Father Lactantius, etc., continued the traditional denial of the earth’s roundness, claiming rain would “fall upward” in places and that even if upside-down people could live on a globe’s bottom, then they couldn’t see the Savior’s return in glory.

    Wha?? Isn’t it “scholars” like these that wrote the book? Doesn’t that bother you?

  18. Oh… I love this quote from one of our Founding Fathers.

    Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the bible is filled, it would seem more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.
    Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809), “The Age of Reason”

  19. Isa 11:12 NRSV, NIV, KJV {plus a Hebrew translation of the word corner}

    Even if we take this literally, as in when I say today (knowing full well the earth is round)

  20. David. That was brilliant! You are a scholar and I am a mere photographer that has never studied the bible. Not that I’m prejudiced against it as I’ve never studied astrology or Greek mythology either. You have stomped upon my arguments and questions as you should. Oh, and I meant Brock did it better than I could have because I don’t have time to research it not because I don’t know how to use a search engine as you suggest.

    What I got from most of your rebuttal was a scary feeling that the bible was written for entertainment not as the direct word of God. The fun thing is that it’s much like a Radiohead song because it can be interpreted to mean anything you want. A non believer can interpret it to be full of contradiction and politics, but you can turn the same words to mean the exact opposite. I have always thought that people of that time could not be as smart as the scholars of today, but as creative writers they kicked ass. I guess the best part is that you can base your whole life on a book. Do we know who wrote the bible and when? Do we know their names and their history? Do we know all the people who got their hands on it and what they changed throughout history. These are the things that I really want to know. I’m guessing that the parts of the bible that talk of Jesus are not what anyone would base their whole belief system on because they were written down hundreds of years after he lived. I mean come on, have you ever played telephone? There must be other stuff that was written down while God talked to the author right?

  21. You’re welcome Brooks, and good responses, but I think we should just ignore David for a while and get back to the subject of the thread above where two chicks are about to get it on.

    With any luck I can get them to mud wrestle.

  22. Most of the quotes were from books normally referred to as the poetic books, the rest were from prophetic books. Psalms is literally a collection of songs, so the radiohead analogy may not be too far off. Your statement

  23. Outstanding thread!

    St Augustine existed far before the Reformation (actually only a couple of centuries after Christ) so it really isn’t meaningful to write him off as a Catholic. He was as Christian as they came. David I think you’ve illustrated that bible study is an attempt to “eschew obfuscation”. What separates your take on the bible from someone else is ultimately your own inner bias. If the bible is a source of such an absolute code of ethics, then why the need for all the different denominations?

    As for athiests, I work with several. What I admire about them is that they don’t need a “carrot on a stick” to do what’s good. There is no selfish motive of “This will curry me favor with the big guy up-stairs”. My best friend is not only an athiest, he is also a commanding officer in the Marine Corp. The Marines may not be known for their brains, but they are known for their fidelity. If they trust him with command then his ethics must be rock solid.

  24. The man was not possesed!  HELLO.  I find it funny that most of the time it is a man who claims to be possesed when it comes to crimes such as this.  I never knew demons were so selective when it comes to choosing a body of flesh.  I personally think all child molesters should be locked away for good or better yet they should all be lined up and shot dead execution style. Shit, if I had it my way I would start an underground ring devoted to killing All of those sick fucks!!! Watch out because if anyone touches my kids I WILL NOT CALL THE COPS!!!!!!  It is a natural response of a mother to want to protect her children and I feel that you know, if you don’t want to die use your brains.  You know whats right and whats wrong.    7 for the kids/allways

  25. The man was not possesed!  HELLO.  I find it funny that most of the time it is a man who claims to be possesed when it comes to crimes such as this.  I never knew demons were so selective when it comes to choosing a body of flesh.  I personally think all child molesters should be locked away for good or better yet they should all be lined up and shot dead execution style. Shit, if I had it my way I would start an underground ring devoted to killing All of those sick fucks!!! Watch out because if anyone touches my kids I WILL NOT CALL THE COPS!!!!!!  It is a natural response of a mother to want to protect her children and I feel that you know, if you don’t want to die use your brains.  You know whats right and whats wrong.  7 for the kids/allways

    This kind of rant makes me happy that we have courts of law instead of vigilantism. Sevon, you do realize that like with any crime, child molestation accusations can be false (intentionally or accidentially)?

    Here in Germany, we had several cases during the 90s were whole kindergarden staffs were accused of molestation. Other families were dragged into the accusations as well, simply because they happened to be good friends to those first accused. Child protection groups, which had no interest in actually acknowledging the *innocence* of anyone added more wood to the fire with crackpot psychological expertises…

    Years later, with all the accused having been freed and proclaimed innocent, some parents are still fighting to get their kids back from the social services. Lucky them - if people like you had their sway, they’d have been shot.

  26. I guess you are right about the false accusations and I’m sorry if I offended you.  I just get soooo mad when I see a proven child molester get probation or a sentence of one year; then they set them free to go right out and do it again.  That is why I said I would not call the cops because here in the U.S. it seems that they don’t care too much about our childrens welfare.  It’s just a slap on the wrist and ” Don’t do that again “.  Bunch of bullshit if you ask me.  The kids are supposed to be our future right? Well, Who is protecting them?

  27. Nah, christians fall for this shit on a daily basis, they just havent grown up yet and cant comprehend this thing known as responsibility.  So they cry and bitch and blame something else entirely, just like any goverment agency or christian mythologist would.

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