Holden Matthews, 22, pleaded guilty to three counts of violating the federal Church Arson Prevention Act and one count of using a fire to commit a felony.
“Matthews admitted to setting the fires because of the religious character of these buildings, in an effort to raise his profile as a ‘black metal’ musician by copying similar crimes committed in Norway in the 1990s,” the U.S. Department of Justice outlined in a press release.
“Matthews further admitted that, after setting the third fire, he posted photographs and videos on Facebook that showed the first two churches burning,” it advised. “Matthews admitted that he had taken these photographs and videos in real-time on his cell phone, as he watched those churches burn, and that he had posted them to Facebook in an effort to promote himself in the black metal community.”
The fires all occurred within St. Landry Parish, with the first being at St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre on March 26. Last Tuesday, April 2, the Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas went up in flames. On April 4, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church was similarly destroyed by fire […]