LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) - The church pastor accused in the sadistic killing of 24-year-old Rebekah Gay in Mount Pleasant told a prison psychiatrist he was 11 years old when he started fantasizing about having sex with dead women, prison officials told Target 8.
John Douglas White, 55, now faces a count of open murder and a count of first-degree murder in the death of young mother Rebekah Gay. Her body was found Thursday having been beaten, strangled and then dumped in a wooded ditch a half-mile from her home.
White told a prison psychiatrist in 1995 that he was unpopular in school when he was 11. He said he had an imaginary friend who told him about having sex with dead women, prison spokesman Russ Marlan told Target 8.
"He's not taking any serious responsibility for his crime, choosing rather to put the blame on an imaginary companion," the prison psychiatrist wrote. "He seems to be very comfortable with his deviant, psycho-sexual fantasies. There seems to be little depression, guilt or remorse."
It appears he had tried acting out on that fantasy in 1980 -- 15 years before that meeting with the prison psychiatrist. He stabbed a 17-year-old girl repeatedly in the basement of his Battle Creek home. She survived.
White originally was sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison for assault with intent to murder, but prison records show that after two years, he won an appeal. He was re-sentenced to 2 years probation on a lesser offense.
From 1983 to 1994, prison records show, he worked as a long-haul truck driver.
Then in 1995, he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of 26-year-old Vicky Sue Wall, of Comstock Township. She and White had been having an affair.
Her badly decomposed body had been found six weeks after she disappeared, making it impossible to determine a cause of death.
He was sentenced to eight to 15 years in prison, leading to that meeting with the prison psychiatrist.
"When he came to prison, he was a 37-year-old male," Marlan said. "He had those disturbing fantasies since he was a young man."
Under state law at the time, White automatically got time taken off his sentence for "disciplinary credits." That was before truth-in-sentencing, which requires convicts to serve at least their entire minimum sentence before parole consideration.
However, the parole board three times denied his requests for parole in 2001, 2003 and 2005, Marlan said.
In 2001, he told the parole board he hoped to get a job at an ice cream parlor in Augusta, where a relative was living. In 2005, he hoped to get a job with the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Lansing, prison officials said.
"There are some offenders that the parole board just will not take the risk on," Marlan said. "He is one of those offenders that they felt it was absolutely not safe to parole him."
They based their denials on the psychiatric report, as well as the objections of the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor's Office, Marlan said.
But his sentence was up in February 2007 -- after 12 years.
"There's nothing more we could have done," Marlan said. "We could not have held him any longer than we did."
Since he was a convicted violent offender, not a convicted sex offender, the state could not track him, he said.
Corrections officials notified the Kalamazoo and Calhoun county sheriff's departments, along with area Michigan State Police posts, Marlan said. They believed he might be moving in with his sister in Augusta.
"He's not obligated to tell us where he's going to go live," Marlan said. "He was not under any parole supervision; he was just discharged into the community."
The couple were in their 70s.
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