In a tragic story that is still unfolding, police are investigating a man who may have set fire to three historically black Louisiana churches bad enough that anyone would do that, but this person may have been influenced by “black metal” music in order to commit the crime.
Whilst the motive for the crime is still under investigation, officials are now saying it could be a possible hate crime, plus, the 21-year-old, Holden Matthews, is also the son of a law enforcement officer.
It appears that Matthews was active amongst Facebook groups that centered themselves around black metal and Nordic religious beliefs. He personally posted about his Asatru beliefs that center around Norse gods and also admitted that he carried a handgun illegally.
State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning explained: “Information investigators have uncovered, and that Matthews has offered, suggests a possible connection with a genre of music called ‘black metal’ and its associated history with church burnings in other parts of the world — which have been documented in movies and books,” adding: “Any questions as to the potential motives of hate are continuing to be vetted by federal authorities.”
The fires were set during a 10-day period in south-central Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole country. Officials have also said that they are not actively searching any other suspects, but that the investigation as of now is still ongoing.
Gov. John Bel Edwards told the press: “I don’t know what this young man’s motive was, I don’t know what was in his heart, but I can say it cannot be justified or rationalized,” adding: “These were evil acts. But let me be clear about this, hate is not a Louisiana value.”