Larry Swearingen: Another Murderer Pretending to be a Christian

Yesterday, another murderer was given the death penalty. Larry Swearingen, age 48, was acquitted for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of 19-year-old Melissa Trotter. The murder actually happened over twenty years ago, in 1998, when Melissa disappeared after leaving her dormitory.

After nearly twenty years of trials and jail time, Larry was finally given the death penalty and was injected with a lethal solution of pentobarbital. A few minutes later, he was dead.

What made this interesting, however, was that his last words were, “Lord, forgive them. They don’t know what they’re doing.” Larry reiterates the words of Jesus before his death by crucifixion (Luke 23:34).

So, was Larry innocent? Well, according to every single person around him, he wasn’t. Many of his neighbors and friends agreed that he was guilty of murder. Swearingen had a massive amount of evidence against him and even tried to get fellow inmates to confess to his crime.

Larry was a murderer. Of this, I have no doubt. There is far too much evidence against him for me to believe otherwise. However, his last words intrigued me. Why would a man, having knowingly committed a heinous crime, restate the last words of Jesus? Once again, this is another case of the John Earnest crime- a psychopath murderer that is self-deceived into believing they are a believer. Even though someone claims Belief, we are to test the spirits, as commanded in 1 John 4:1-6. So, even if your best friend claims Christianity, test the spirits and find if he speaks true. Even those that say “I love Jesus!” may be fake.

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6 thoughts on “Larry Swearingen: Another Murderer Pretending to be a Christian

  1. Grampa Joe Nowosielski

    I would add to that, “By your fruits you will know them.” We can only get snapshots of “news people” like this, but your report that He tried to get others to confess in his stead is an indicator. A converted murderer would accept the just penalty for their sin, knowing it would bring them into eternity to their Lord.


    1. If he didn’t do it, then why would he try to have his inmates attempt to take credit for the crime? Just saying, if he was innocent, he would have been known by his fruits. Regardless, I’m glad you liked it!


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