A 28-year-old suburban Philadelphia man has been arrested and charged with murder in the beating death of a 70-year-old man who had befriended him and "made him executor and sole beneficiary of his will," reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. The self-confessed killer claims the elderly man made "homosexual advances toward him" and the Old Testament demanded the death of homosexuals.
John Joe Thomas, 28, of the first block of Sunshine Rd. in Upper Darby, allegedly told police he killed Murray Joseph Seidman, 70, because the older man had made sexual advances and that the Old Testament spelled out stoning as the punishment for homosexuality.
Lansdowne police Chief Daniel Kortan said the break in the investigation came when Thomas allegedly told a witness he beat an older man to death. "I killed a man," Thomas allegedly told the witness. He then described how he placed batteries and rocks in a sock, and hit Seidman in the head at least 10 times. Thomas then returned to Seidman's apartment several days later and called police, saying he had discovered the body, according to court documents.
When police interviewed Thomas on Wednesday he said Seidman had been making advances toward him over a period of time. Thomas said he read in the Old Testament that homosexuals should be stoned in certain situations.
Thomas reportedly led police to a grisly crime scene. Delaware County authorities believe Seidman had been dead "between five and 10 days" before police discovered the body, reports NBC Philadelphia.
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