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Marcus Wesson is a Seventh-day Adventist who made national headlines in March 2004 when he was arrested for killing 9 people, apparently all family members. Investigators found that he had fathered at least 18 children with at least 7 different women. Many news stories tied his behavior to Wesson's bizarre personal beliefs and practices, which were clearly divergent from mainstream SDA belief and practice. The North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church posted the following information on a page titled "Frequently Asked Questions about Marcus Wesson and the Seventh-day Adventist Church" (http://www.nadadventist.org/article/articleview/410/1/13/):
3. Is Marcus Wesson a Seventh-day Adventist?
As far as we can determine, Marcus Wesson has never been a member of any Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Marcus Wesson has had sporadic contact with Adventist churches.
- His parents were members of a Seventh-day Adventist Church.
- As a child, he attended church services with his parents.
- As an adult, he occasionally took some of his children to church services.
- He has attended the Central California Adventist Camp Meeting in Soquel a few times, once as recently as five or six years ago.
- Camp Meeting is a 10-day spiritual retreat held annually in late July.
- He was employed as a janitor at the Soquel campgrounds during camp meeting in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
As Police Chief Jerry Dyer said on Monday, "This is not about religion... Seventh-day Adventists are good people."
Webpage created 15 July 2005. Last modified 15 July 2005.
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