Church Arson Suspect Had Books on Demons, Atheism

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    The suspect had books of demons and atheism, officials said.

    Court records indicate one of the suspects arrested on an arson charge in the burning of churches in East Texas had assault rifles and books on demons and atheism in his home.

    Investigators also say 19-year-old Jason Bourque left graffiti in the bathroom stall of a ranch store. The Dallas Morning News reports Wednesday that court documents indicate Bourque carved an upside-down cross topped by flames into the bathroom wall, along with the words "Little Hope was Arson."

    Little Hope Baptist Church was the first of 11 churches that were torched in what authorities believe was an arson spree.

    Bourque and 21-year-old Daniel George McAllister were arrested and charged Sunday with a single felony arson charge.

    Attorneys are not commenting publicly because of a gag order.


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