John J. Thomas Killed 70-Year-Old Man Because Bible Told Him Homosexuals Must Be Stoned To Death

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By BY ALIYAH SHAHID – Saturday, March 19, 2011

HANDOUT, DELCOTIMES.COM/ABC John Joe Thomas, 28, left,has been charged with the murder of Murray Seidman, 70, right.

A 28-year-old Pennsylvania man has been charged with murder after telling police he stoned to death a 70-year-old man after the senior citizen allegedly made unwanted sexual advances toward him, authorities said Friday.

John Joe Thomas of Upper Darby told police he beat Murray Seidman using a sock that was stuffed with rocks because he read in the Old Testament that homosexuals should be stoned to death.

The relationship between the two is not known, but police said Thomas was the sole beneficiary of Seidman’s will.

When Seidman, a worker in the laundry department at an area hospital, allegedly hit on the young man Thomas said he received a message in his prayers that he must kill Seidman.

The elderly man was hit in the head about 10 times, police said.

Thomas left Seidman dead in his Lansdowne apartment but later returned days later, calling police on Jan. 12 to make it appear like he just found the body, authorities said.

Delaware County medical Examiner Fredric Hellman ruled that Seidman had been dead for five to 10 days before police found him.

Cops found Thomas crying in the hallway saying “I’m not going down there again, there is too much blood,’ according to court documents.

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