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On Saturday mornings, after I’ve completed my workout, I enjoy piddling around the house…picking up papers in my office, making myself something to eat, planning the rest of my day. As I’m multi-tasking, I often have one of my favorite shows, “Snapped,” playing in the background. Usually on Saturday morning, several reruns of the show air back to back on Oxygen. It’s my guilty pleasure you could say…From the country preacher’s wife who murdered her husband to the deaf lesbian that killed her ex-girlfriend’s friend, I find it all fascinating. Sometimes I am so mesmerized, I stop what I’m doing and plop my behind down on my living room floor to watch…

I guess part of my fascination is the show’s premise. According to the “Snapped” Web site, each year approximately16,000 murders take place around the country. Only 7 percent of the killers, however, are female.  According to what I have seen on the show, women kill for different reasons than men. Women kill their husbands who have abused them. Women kill their boyfriends, husbands or partners in the heat of a fight. (Shout out to Adrienne Emily Hickson, the promising law student! I found this one particularly disturbing as she could have been a friend of mine…but maybe not.) Women kill because they want out of a boring marriage and the insurance money. A woman may kill her ex-husband if the two are embroiled in a bitter custody battle. It seems that in each case, the woman knew her victim, and the murder had to do with some sort of romantic relationship. That is one of the reasons why the story of Melissa Huckaby, the California Sunday School teacher who was recently accused of killing her daughter’s friend, is sooo disturbing. This story caught my attention for two reasons: the fact that this woman is a Sunday School teacher and the granddaughter of a pastor in other words she is supposed to be a Christian and the gruesomeness of the crime.

Huckaby apparently kidnapped the eight-year-old girl, raped her, stuffed the body in her suitcase and threw it in a pond just miles away from their homes. The child lived a few doors away from Huckaby. What made that woman commit that terrible crime – particularly when it would be safe to assume this woman knew Jesus Christ?  My guess is that she is mentally ill and possibly under the influence of demonic forces….what do you think?

According to Scripture, demons can inhabit human bodies.

24When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.  25And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.  26Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Luke 11:24-26

Demons can masquerade as various ailments according to Scripture.

14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”  17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.  Matthew 17: 14-18

11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, [a] you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.  Luke 13:11-13

I think demons often attempt to make Christians look like fools to the rest of the world. I think that is one of the reasons why so many relish joking about pastors and other Christian leaders who have fallen from grace. This story is no joking matter to me – a former Sunday School teacher. I’ve never been a regular classroom teacher, but I think I understand some of the joy and frustration that regular classroom teachers experience. When I first graduated from college, I began teaching Sunday School at my church for fifth and sixth graders. One of my first students was this young boy named Alex…Goodness gracious, this boy could talk. Any time I opened my mouth to say something, he was already talking – sometimes he made sense and sometimes he didn’t…He was in my class for a while, and I grew to love his incessant chattering…I haven’t seen Alex in a few years now, but his grandmother still attends my church…He recently said to me through her, “Tell Miss Jackie I said, ‘Hello’ and that I am graduating from high school.”  In fact, many of the children I taught are now in high school and college, and I have been blessed to get to know them and watch them grow up.

How could this woman kill a precious child especially when she has a daughter of her own? I’m inclined to believe the adversary and his agents had a hand in this horrific crime…

Any thoughts?

P.S. I don’t plan to post on this, but have y’all heard of Mel Gibson’s divorce from his wife of 28 years. She could get half of his billion. Wowee!!! I imagine that he made lot of money from Christians who saw, “The Passion Of  The Christ,” an excellent film that was co-written, co-produced and directed by Gibson. Any thoughts on that?




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11 thoughts on “Snapped!

  1. You are so right, and as we move into the future there will be an increase in demonic activity. This is why it’s so important to keep yourself filled with the Word of God.

    The thing that ticks me off is the way the media equates “being a Sunday School teacher” with being a Christian. As the old saying goes, “Sitting inside a church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than sitting inside a garage makes you a car!”

  2. I read every word of this post, especially the part from the Bible about demons. It made me think on one constant prayer. I have a step-daughter my husband adopted just before she turned 2. She was not to have lived to see 2 yrs of age but will soon turn 43 or maybe it’s 44. After working 10hrs, calculating is not something I relish doing. Any who, my constant prayer is that GOD will intervene and give her and everybody else around her some relief and free her of what I refer to as spirits. This woman, wanted to say child for she has the statue of one…, can go from 0 to 10,000 on the behavior-attitude out of control scale in not a few seconds but a mere one; and she can de-escalate just as rapidly; but by then, the damage has been done. I ponder often how tormenting it must be to be so possessed for 44 long years. Please all who take the time to read this, pray for her and for me too as it does get trying. My husband is deceased and for now, I am all the family she has, excluding her “ain’t got time to be bothered sisters”. I have had since I refuse to call them friends, I’ll just say I have had some to ask me why I just don’t “walk away”….To myself, I wonder, “How do you do THAT??”

    There are times I kinda have it out with GOD and remind HIM that HE could release her from the torment if HE so chose to. It’s almost as if I hear HIM saying, “GURL, p-l-e-a-s-e, just get yo hind part somewhere and be quiet and stop trying to tell me how to do my job…”

    Now for what happened, I pray for the little girl’s family. No need to pray for the little girl for she’s “hooked” for eternity; I pray for the accused, her family, and for her church family, and for all the church families everywhere, as this will have ramifications too great for me to think on at this time. That is quite heavy duty to think the accused has to “come to” and face all that went down, especially, if she is actually the one to have done this.

  3. @Harriette,

    Wow! First of all, I applaud you for sticking it out with your step daughter, particularly after your husband’s death…many people would have done otherwise…she definitely needs to be lifted up in prayer…I know that demons are still being cast out today, and I trust that as you seek an answer, you will find one…A friend of mine said she saw a demon leave a person’s body once…I would like to know more about this topic as well…thank you for sharing your story…I will pray for you and her and ask others to pray too.

  4. Ok.. So I have spent the last hour catching up on the blog when I should be working. LOL!!!.

    I love it!!!!! Keep it coming

  5. Hey Jackie,

    Please don’t think I’m a hater, but can we please stop calling anyone who commits a heinous crime “mentally ill”? What that woman did was pure evil. It’s as simple as that.

    People living with mental illness include nurses, teachers, doctors, lawyers, police officers, social workers, and firefighters. They work hard. They spend their lives helping others. And most of them keep their struggles secret–because of the ignorance and prejudice they face from society.

  6. Why not do a post on getting paid after divorce because the man or woman let the word love get in the way of a prenuptial? Then throw in getting paid for having kids to really get things going.

    As for the post at hand, I believe the world will get worse not better. Obama’s the man and he’ll do some good things, but sorry, it shall come to past.

  7. @Tess, you’re right I shouldn’t lump people into one category…evil is evil, and I believe that evil forces contributed to what she did…There are people who suffer from mental illnesses who do not commit such evil acts…I apologize…

  8. Synchronicity???

    “Melissa Huckaby, the Tracy woman accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering a neighbor girl, has been described as a 28-year-old Sunday school teacher and single mother of a 5-year-old.

    A woman with the same name who lives 14 miles away is also a 28-year-old Sunday school teacher and single mother of a 5-year-old.

    The improbable similarities have created inevitable confusion.”