Most defendants tend to try to act contrite at their sentencing hearing, if at no other time. Not so, Jeremy and Christine Moody, a South Carolina couple who carried out a plan to murder a registered sex offender and his wife.
The Moodys went to church the day they killed 59-year-old Charles Parker and his 51-year-old wife, Gretchen. While there, they decided to put in motion their plans to kill the mechanic as well as anyone else who might be at home.
They drove their car to Parker’s house and popped the hood as if they were having car trouble. When Parker came out to help, Jeremy Moody pulled a gun and ordered him inside. The Moodys then explained to the Parkers exactly why they were going to end their lives.
Jeremy, 31, shot the couple, then his 37-year-old wife stabbed them. The Moodys were identified as the assailants by a surveillance camera on Parker’s land that caught them leaving. Deputies recognized Jeremy from the word skinhead tattooed on his neck and the Made in America tattoo on the side of his head.
Both of the Moodys were convicted of murder, kidnapping and first-degree burglary. They have been sentenced to life in prison.
Lawyers indicated both defendants were sexually abused as children which made them want revenge against the type of people who hurt them. Psychologist Harold Morgan, who analyzed Jeremy Moody, said the Moodys believed they had a divine assignment to kill sex offenders.
After being arrested, Moody directed investigators to a sheet of paper in his house. He wrote the name and address of another sex offender, telling police he was planning to kill that person the next day if he had not been arrested.
According to prosecutor Kevin Brackett, Charles Parker had already served a sentence for taking advantage of a disabled woman. He also said that Jeremy Moody told authorities they had killed others, but investigators have found no evidence to support that claim.
The Moodys were members of a loosely organized online white supremacist group called Crew 41.