Inside a Murder Suspect's Home


August 7, 2008

Mobile, AL (WPMI) - An Alabama minister remains behind bars, unable to come up with the nearly $800,000 needed to secure his release. Anthony Hopkins faces murder and sex abuse charges. Investigators believe he killed his wife and stored her body in a freezer for almost four years.

Hopkins is also accused of sexually abusing at least two of his eight children.

Authorities confiscated several pieces of evidence from his home this week. WSFA 12 News affiliate, WPMI-TV in Mobile, obtained the associated court documents.

The documents show authorities took dozens of items from Hopkins' house, including things like family pictures, greeting cards and a journal. But they also seized a dozen pornographic DVDs, male enhancement products, sex gels, swabs of possible DNA, and a generator.

The court documents state Hopkins' 19-year-old step-daughter, who he is accused of impregnating, told police Hopkins bought a freezer to store her mother's body and the generator to keep the freezer running after a hurricane.

In a travel trailer sitting outside the family's home, court papers state the 19-year-old claimed Hopkins would have sex with her and her younger sister. Investigators seized cloth seat covers with what's described as "apparent body fluids".

Police believe the woman in the freezer was Hopkins' wife, but they have not confirmed her identity or the exact cause of death. They say the autopsy is taking longer than usual because the woman's body was frozen.

Hopkins is a self-proclaimed Christian minister and has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.


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