John D. White

Hellbeast John D. White
Crimes: Murder, Attempted Murder, Necrophilia

Where to start? With the long, sordid, horrific tale of ex-convict, pastor, and murderer John D. White, I guess it’s best to start at the beginning.

In 1980, Theresa Etherton, 17, was a student at Battle Creek Central High School in Battle Creek, Michigan. She lived on the same street as John D. White who was then 22 and married.

John D. White invited the teenager over to his place to check out his new slot-car racetrack. He had it set up in his basement.

Considering the guy was polite, quiet and married, Theresa Etherton had no qualms about going with him into his home. She had no qualms at all until she felt the first stab under her right shoulder blade.

“It’s just a really weird feeling that you get when you’re stabbed,” Theresa Etherton (now Morris) said in a recent interview with 24 Hour News 8. “I couldn’t breathe. I guess he’d punctured my lung.” 



The teenager fought with her assailant, and then he cut open her gut.

“I remember watching him, and it was just, the look on his face was just like pure pleasure, like putting a knife into butter,” she recalled. 


The murderous bastard said quite a few things to his victim during the attack. Things like, “This isn’t my first time. Just shut up. You’re making this more difficult than it has to be.”

Sure as hell sounds like Theresa Etherton wasn’t his first victim at all. Unfortunately, if he had attacked or murdered before, those victims either weren’t found or John D. White was never fingered for the attacks.

During this attack, John D. White called his victim by his wife’s name. Apparently he was pissed off that his wife had put on some weight.

In all, the teenager was stabbed 15 times.

“He held me while he did it, just kept rocking me. Shhhhh. Go to sleep,” she recalled.

As she lay on the floor, bleeding profusely, John D. White stood over her and asked, “Well, are you dead yet?” He also told his victim, “You’re going to be a really nice piece of meat.”

Theresa EthertonTheresa Etherton had the gumption to ask him WTH he was talking about, to which the hellbeast answered, “If I can’t have you, I’m sure as hell not going to let anybody else have you.”

And then he kissed her. That’s right, the poor girl was stabbed and bleeding on the floor and he kissed her. The sick, twisted bastard!

“He wiped my mouth off and he kissed me and he held my hand and he said, ‘You’re going to go now.’ He says, ‘I’m really sorry you had to go like this.’ He said, ‘But what the fuck, you’re just a woman.'” 



Anyone wonder why I consider this bastard to be a hellbeast now? And it gets worse, believe me, much worse.

Theresa Etherton had the sense to play dead. John D. White thought he’d cut her throat. He couldn’t tell, what with all the blood, that he’d cut her chin instead.

Here’s where it gets really fucked up — at some point Mrs. John D. White walked in on the scene with a sheet. She covered the bleeding girl with it and said, “Shut up, just shut up.” And then the woman walked away as Theresa Etherton begged for help.

What the hell kind of person can do that?!?!

It was a visitor to the home who heard the screams and summoned help. The police and paramedics arrived and Theresa Etherton’s life was saved.

In 1981 John D. White was found guilty of assault with intent to murder. Yay for the jury! The monster then apologized in court and asked for help instead of prison time.

Gee whillickers, the beast didn’t wanna go to jail!

“I wouldn’t listen to people that tried to tell me that I did have a problem, and I realize that now,” the bastard told Calhoun County Circuit Judge Paul Nicolich. 



“It is by the sheer grace of God, or whatever, that the victim in this case is still alive,” the judge said at sentencing and then he sentenced John D. White to 5 to 10 years in prison.

He also recommended mental health counseling in prison. 



The hellbeast did not serve 5 to 10 years. Incredibly, he was released after only 2 years.

Now what the hell happened? Well, the sadistic bastard actually won an appeal of his conviction. He claimed that his attorney was wrong not to raise an insanity defense, and poor John D. White had “partial amnesia” doncha know.

Instead of getting a new trial, John D. White got one helluva deal — 2 years probation, no more jail time, just so long as he got mental health treatment.

Nobody in the judicial system thought to tell his victim. Theresa Etherton didn’t find out until 2 years later, at a Secretary of State office.

“I was standing in line, and I heard his voice,” she recounted. “And, I’d been hearing that voice in my head almost every day. 
I turned around, and he’s just smiling.” 



Shocked to find him right there, she grabbed a stanchion and launched herself at him, yelling to a security guard what the bastard had done to her. Instead of helping her, the guard intervened to protect the hellbeast.

“The security guard just told me, ‘Run, baby girl, just go,” Theresa Etherton Morris recalled.

It’s too bad that she hadn’t been allowed to crush the hellbeast’s skull in. It would’ve saved lives.

Life carried on tickety-boo for John D. White. He stayed married to the same woman and had 3 children with her. But he hadn’t changed, not really.

Vicky Sue WallIn 1994 John D. White was having an affair with 26-year-old Vicky Sue Wall. He had quit his job as a long-haul truck driver and began working at Textile Systems Inc. in Oshtemo Township. That’s where he met Vicky Sue Wall and struck up a relationship.

In July 1994 Vicky Sue Wall was caught on surveillance video getting into a black pickup at 3 a.m. This was in the Meijer parking lot on Gull Road. This was also the last time Vicky Sue Wall was seen alive.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Dunithan investigated the woman’s disappearance. He questioned John D. White, and found him to be evasive.

“He at first said he didn’t know what I was talking about,” Deputy Dunithan said. “He hadn’t seen her, and when I confronted him with the video of him up there, he said he did see her up there, did meet her up there.” 



But, he told Deputy Dunithan, she was alive when he left her. 



“I knew that he had killed her,” Deputy Dunithan said.

Just a few days later John D. White tried to commit suicide with pills and alcohol. Didn’t work, damnit!

Shortly after, John D. White suggested to detectives that he may have hurt Vicky Sue Wall during one of his blackouts.

“John advised that he has blackout spells and that he thinks he does violent things when he has blackouts,” a detective wrote after an interview with the hellbeast. “I asked him if it was possible that he had done something to Vicky or hurt her. He indicated that was possible.” 



And so the investigators checked out his pickup truck for evidence.

“He’d done a pretty good job of cleaning it,” Deputy Dunithan said. But his cleaning efforts were no match for luminol. His truck glowed in several spots, indicating somebody had been bleeding.

DNA testing was relatively new, and detectives couldn’t confirm absolutely that it was Vicky Sue Wall’s blood.

The poor woman was missing for 6 weeks when a Kalamazoo County resident walked down a two-track on land next to his parents’ home just 2 miles from the Meijer parking lot. The man spotted a white tennis shoe, and then a pair of underwear.

“Right then, when the odor hit me, and I noticed the skull was showing, that’s when I turned around and high-tailed it out of here,” the man said. 



Vicky Sue Wall’s body was naked, except for a shirt and bra wrapped around her neck. Tragically, she was so badly decomposed that an autopsy couldn’t determine a cause of death.

The pathologist ruled that the “manner of death was suggestive of homicide.” 



Prosecutors charged John D. White with murder. In 1995 the bastard pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

At sentencing, John D. White apologized to Vicky Sue Wall’s family, calling the death a “tragic accident.” Riiight, an accident. That’s why she was tossed away like garbage, naked, exposed, left to rot.

John D. White disgustingly added, “I love Vicky very much.” I’m sure that made her family feel oh so much better. Sick bastard!

Kalamazoo County Circuit Judge John F. Foley sentenced John D. White to the maximum — 8 to 15 years in prison. 



“It appears from your previous violent acts against a woman and this unexplained violent action, that you have a dangerous level of self-control,” the judge said at sentencing.

In 1996 John D. White and his wife finally got divorced. I have a hard time believing the woman stood by him, KNOWING what kind of beast he was, for all those years. She SAW him almost kill that girl in their basement, for gawd’s sake! And she still had 3 children by him knowing he was capable of stabbing somebody repeatedly without hesitation.

All I can think of to explain the Whites’ marriage is fear — a raw fear that he would kill her too, or kill her kids. She probably had to wait until he was locked up before she could safely leave him.

Life in the White household must have been hell. I’m just speculating, of course, but I’d hate to think she stuck by her man for any other reason than sheer terror.

Tragically, the tale of John D. White isn’t over yet. He was released in 2007 after serving his maximum sentence. He wound up living periodically with his youngest son Gabriel.

Incredibly, John D. White became a pastor of a small church in Mount Pleasant. Now I know all about the “turn the other cheek” stuff that Christians spout, but seriously, what the hell were those people thinking? This man was obviously a serious risk to women in his life! Just because he CLAIMED he’d been converted and seen the light while in prison doesn’t mean he should be trusted with anything more precious than a houseplant!

Ignoring all common sense or a more basic survival instinct, the 14 people of the Christ Community Fellowship church in Deerfield Township chose to allow John D. White to become their pastor, heaven help them.

One member of the congregation actually became enamored enough of the convicted killer to become engaged to him! That’s right, the twisted bastard had a fiancée. Her name was Sally Gay. And this fiancée had a daughter, a beautiful young woman named Rebekah Gay.

Rebekah Gay was a gorgeous 24-year-old woman who lived a few doors down from John D. White in Broomfield Township. She had a 3-year-old boy, and John D. White often looked after the little guy while Rebekah Gay was at work.

She was much, much too trusting, poor woman. Tragically, Rebekah Gay did not even know of her mother’s boyfriend’s violent past.

John D. White’s son Gabriel had some inkling all was not well with his father, but he hoped his dad had changed. “I was hoping. There were signs, but being a son, you try to ignore it,” he said.

Church members have said they knew full well about John D. White’s criminal past from the beginning. Why didn’t anyone tell Rebekah?!? Why didn’t her own mother tell her? The secret cost Rebekah her life.

Deborah Gay even said her sister might be alive if she had known about John D. White’s violent history. And well she might be.

What nobody but John D. White knew was he had violent fantasies about women. That’s not quite true — I’m sure his first victim, Theresa Etherton, knew that. All those sick things the hellbeast said to her as he cut her up must have made that clear.

“You never know what’s in their mind, but once they’ve done something like that, it’s a taste — that he obviously enjoyed,” Theresa Etherton Morris said in her TV interview. 



And what was John D. White’s fantasy about Rebekah Gay? Well, the sadistic, sick freak wanted to murder her and then have sex with her dead body.

It was Hallowe’en 2012 when John D. White decided to make his wish come true. He had been fixated by this particular fantasy for 2 weeks.

Before 2 a.m. on October 31, John D. White downed 4 or 5 beers to build up the nerve. He then gained access to Rebekah Gay’s home. Her little boy was asleep in bed.

Rebekah Gay homeI don’t know if Rebekah Gay was awake when she was attacked but it was brutal.

Using a mallet, John D. White struck Rebekah Gay on her head several times. He then strangled the poor woman with a zip tie. When he was done doing everything he was going to do to her body, he put it into his pickup truck along with the mallet and bloody towels. The monster dumped the naked corpse a half-mile from her home in some woods.

John D. White then returned to the Gay home, got her little boy up and dressed in his Hallowe’en costume, and took him to a Meijer store to be picked up by his father.

As police searched for the missing woman, John D. White asked his congregation to pray for Rebekah Gay. He of course did not mention that he’d bludgeoned her to death and dumped her body like so much garbage.

Police arrested John D. White the next day. Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said, “He kept saying he’s a bad person, he’s a pastor, he felt bad for the people in his church. … I don’t recall him being real remorseful at all with regard to the victim or anything else.”

Hellbeast John D. White
Sheriff Mioduszewski went on to say, “He just basically said he was attracted to her, thought she was a very cute girl. It’s a crazy, tragic situation.”

John D. White helpfully led investigators to his victim’s body. He confessed to murdering her, to undressing her body, but claimed he couldn’t remember if he had had sex with the corpse.

Gee, the one thing he really wanted to do and he couldn’t remember if he did it!

On March 28, 2013, John D. White, 55, pled guilty to 2nd-degree murder and being a 3rd offense habitual offender. He was sentenced to 56 to 85 years in prison.

Isabella County Chief Circuit Judge Paul Chamberlain said during sentencing he saw no reason why John D. White should ever leave prison. That’s my thinking precisely.

John D. White has caused so much pain, such much heartache, so much death that he shouldn’t be allowed to breathe the same air as the rest of us. I wish he could be made to suffer each and every day for the rest of his life.

I hope that Rebekah Gay’s little boy has a safe, successful and satisfying life despite losing his lovely, loving mom. I hope Theresa Etherton Morris can feel safe now knowing the monster is never getting out again. I hope Vicky Sue Wall’s family can rest easily now knowing her killer is locked up forever.

RIP Rebekah and Vicky. And may John D. White rot in hell.

24 Responses to John D. White

  1. moodymagic says:

    What was wrong with these stupid church people. Burn in hell White

    • Lillith says:

      This type of blatant hipocrisy is exactly why I’m a Pagan. I love my family, Love my God & Goddess, and treat everyone equally- until I’m given a reason to not trust a particular person. C*ckbites like this give all Christians- good & bad- a bad name.

  2. MSM says:

    While my exhusband certainly never killed anybody the fact that he was an abusive bastard and a minister kept me in place for far too long. It’s an apt description – a marriage of fear. Two out of five ministers’ wives within the mainstream denominations in the United States are victims of domestic violence. There are more guys like this evil asshole floating around out there, wearing suits, standing up behind pulpits and pretending to speak for God every Sunday. My ex is still a minister to this day – but only because I blackmailed him. His position meant far more than his family so I told him that if he came after me or the kids I’d let the powers that be know what a freaking maniac he was. Thankfully he kept his distance – and when I remarried, well, that was the icing on the cake. The late hubby was Army Special Forces who made it very clear to him that he needed to stay far, far away.

    I’m kind of shocked she treated the victim with such insensitivity. Most of the other minister’s wives I knew in the same position were incredibly sensitive to others’ needs just because they knew what it was like to be beaten, raped and abused by a ‘man of God’ themselves. Makes me wonder about Mrs. White’s sanity on top of her husband’s!

    This guy needs to the death penalty. Honestly, some days I think we need to bring back medieval justice – just hand the killers and child molesters over to the public and let them tear them to shreds. Or give ’em to Bengal and let her hold them all hostage in her basement.

  3. Lynda says:

    I cannot believe this man. More importantly I can’t believe the so called “experts” who deemed this man pefectly fit to stoll out into society again and again.

  4. Danny says:

    Unbelievable. How was the wife not arrested as an accessory to attempted murder? This is awful and I really feel for the little boy and his mom.

  5. 2cute says:

    I have to wonder how many victims he really has. I cannot believe he went years between the first – who probably wasnt his first – to the second.

  6. bulldoggy says:

    This festering meatstick needs executing instead of being fed and watered for the rest of his useless, worthless life. I am trying to figure out the ex-wife and raise the possibility that since she knew if she called the cops when he was attacking the teenager that she would be killed too, so maybe she invited the visitor over, the one who did call the cops. And covering the girl with asheet and telling her to shut up was possibly her way of indicating the girl should play dead until help arrived. I hope that is true.

    • MsM says:

      I hope you’re right Bulldoggy, I have a hard time having any sympathy for the woman if not. What you’re saying DOES make sense, though.

    • 2cute says:

      Bulldoggy, it does make sense what you say. I’m sure the bastard wasn’t expecting company when he attacked the girl, and it was really fortuitous somebody showed up when they did so the girl could be rescued and the beast arrested. What I am surprised at is the son lived with his dad after his release. His mom mustn’t have said too much about her ex otherwise the son would’ve been repulsed at the thought of having anything to do with the monster at all.

  7. bulldoggy says:

    BTW where is Bengalpuss? I am addicted to her comments.

    • MsM says:

      Good point Bulldoggy…I hope the beasts in her basement dungeon didn’t overpower her…

      • 2cute says:

        I’m hoping Bengalpuss’ absence is because she’s on holiday rather than she’s oversaturated with reading about evil. We need her back soon.

    • Bengalpuss says:

      Im back after four shit days in hospital to sort my blood sugar out, but nothing can keep the puss down. Anyway what the fuck was the catch with the wife? Covering her with a sheet and telling the poor girl to be quiet.. Its a shame 2 women had to be murdered, for the courts to eventually get their heads out of their arse’s and sentenced this fucker properly. And how did they come to the 2nd degree murder charge? This cunt planned his last Murder, so that should of been a 1st degree murder charge. Lets hope that this turds existence is a misery from now on.

  8. pj says:

    Those church people must have been brain dead or close to it to allow a killer through their doors and into their pulpit. OK give a felon a second chance but not near anybody he has shown a history of hurting, like women.

    • MsM says:

      Eh, PJ, most of them are clueless. They’re so caught up in their own issues they never notice that there might be something wrong with the minister – and if they do they’ve been programmed to never say anything so they just sit there.

  9. Trace says:

    There’s no freaking way this asshole got that old without more victims. He probably disposed of their bodies and they’ve never been found.

  10. Bengalpuss says:

    Yes msm, i am alive lol. Im diabetic and have an infiniti for coca cola, subsequently i drank a bottle(Stupid i know) But diet coke is shite, so my blood sugar went upto 40 when it should be between 4 and 7, needless to say i collapsed. Serves me right, and coca cola is off the bengalpuss menu from now on, as i hate hospital’s and had to stay from friday till tues so only came home yesterday, and boy did i miss going on Line. Im suprised im not bald, cos i Felt like tearing my hair out with hellbeast withdrawals. But what a cunt this murdering bastard is to come back to, hope he fucking dies of a horrible death, should get his ex wife to cover him with a sheet and say be quiet. Don.t know why her arse wasn.t hauled into jail.

  11. Tammy says:

    He probably IS roasting in HELL! He died not long after he was imprisoned. :)

  12. Tammy says:

    John D. White committed suicide four months after being incarcerated.
    Rot John, ROT!

  13. KXG says:

    one bad thing about religious zealots of any stripe is that they’ll believe ANYTHING. look at how many “men of god” from so many religions (and religions of “peace” especially), turn out to be horrible monsters. thieves, embezzlers, adulterers, rapists, molesters, murderers, spewers of horrible, vitriolic bile and hatred whilst lying through their teeth about preaching peace, love abstinence and poverty. so as i say, not as i do, obviously. rabid wolves in sheep’s clothing fleecing their flocks, if you’ll forgive the pun, of anything or anyone they can lay their greasy, perverted palms on. it’s disgusting how many men of god can and HAVE turned out to be nothing but hellbeasts in disguise.

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