Speaking about the murder of Kenneth Cummings, the killer, Terry Mark Mangum of Cypress, Texas says:
“I believe I’m Elijah, called by God to be a prophet,” said 26-year-old Terry Mark Mangum, charged with murder June 11. ” … I believe with all my heart that I was doing the right thing.”
Mangum — who claimed he has studied the Bible for “thousands and thousands and thousands of hours” — said God first commanded him to kill during a “visitation,” or dream, while he was in prison in 2001. He said his victim must be a man because men “carry the harvest of the sinner.”
After six months’ planning, Mangum said, he went to E.J.’s, a Montrose-area club, where he met Cummings. After they drank a couple of beers, he said, the two went to Cummings’ home in Pearland.
Mangum said he stabbed Cummings with a “6-inch blade.”
“It’s not that I’m a bad dude,” he said, expressing concern that people might view him as “strange.” Pausing briefly, he said, “I love God.”
The sick bastard’s concern is well-deserved – he’s way beyond strange. Evil might be a better word. It’s a travesty that loons like Mangum place a blight on Christianity simply by associating themselves with it.
If Mangum was such a pious man he should have asked himself the question, “What would Jesus do?”, before meditating for six months about the murder of Cummings, a stranger to him.
Had he, I think that Mangum would have arrived at an answer that would have directed him down a different path than the one he chose to pursue.
Pre-meditated murder. That’s a capital offense in Texas, as any fool knows. One hopes that justice will be done in this case. Cummings, by all appearances a completely innocent man, deserves it.