Jehovah's Witnesses stalk murder Maine deputy sheriff in his home

Dear readers,

I have several reasons for doing up this page today, May 8 2010.
Reason #1:
 I, Danny Haszard, am from Maine and was born a 3rd generation Jehovah's Witness in 1957, so I have heard all about this Sheriff Deputy's murder.
My take as an insider, the white wash propaganda that I was fed as a kid was that the JW were "more militant back in the ole Rutherford days" and that the deputy "asked for it."
Moreover, I was told how the scandalized JW (Watchtower Society) had to wait a long time and then sent in two "elderly" special pioneer sisters (missionaries) to soften up & retake the territory.
The point I want to inject right here is that the Watchtower corporation uses this same tactic in 2010 they can and will USE their elderly women and they will use children as human shields when the going gets rough to get in peoples faces. They don't appear to be as militant nowadays, because they have learned to be more sleazy instead.

 Kids put in the line of fire -
picketing for the Watchtower (circa 1930s)

The cover of the May 22, 1994 Awake! magazine showing photos of 26 children, with the caption: "Youths Who Put God First." Inside the magazine glorifies Witness children who died supporting WTS policy. (courtesy of AJWB.ORG)
Kids dead over blood ban
"In former times thousands of youths died for putting God first. They are still doing it, only today the drama is played out in hospitals and courtrooms, with blood transfusions the issue." 
Awake! - May 22, 1994, p.2 (Official Jehovah's Witness publication) 

These JW kids died prematurely - do you know why?

Test your knowledge about Jehovah's Witnesses, the Watchtower and blood.
Reason #1:  Witness leaders are wolves in sheep's clothing. The message of good news that they bring is a perverted Gospel [Gal. 1:8], what their very own Bible calls 'doctrines of demons'. Their message, by their own admission, was and is what they have printed up by the billions for over 75 years is this:

(a) That Jesus had his return (aka his second coming) INVISIBLY in October of 1914, and they were the only ones who were consecrated to see it.

(b) Consequently, God appointed them the sole heirs of his heavenly kingdom. They must therefore go door-to-door and proclaim this Watchtower Gospel. All those who reject their words are being marked for death at Armageddon by the invisible angel that follows them around door to door.

This fanatical proselytizing and recruiting you to join their cult and commit your asset$ is what they are after.  

Reason #2:  The Watchtower has quite a propaganda mill churning away on what pacifist, sterling integrity keepers they were in WWII, and how they were targeted for extermination by the Nazis.

What really went on is they were raising hell with ALL the governments, calling the British and American allied forces fascist.

In Nazi Germany the Watchtower president Joseph Rutherford was a rabid anti-Semite and at first rejoiced at Hitler's table, but was double-crossed by the Fuhrer and then flaunted his own German JW followers as pawns. 

Reason #3: The Jehovah's Witnesses brag that their (tax free) Kingdom Hall church building described like a "Amish barn" raising is a sign from God of their blessing and fruitful increase. They use this as a subterfuge for not making more redemptive amends for their crimes. This is sick, as the Watchtower corporation is in the real estate shell game. They build three new Kingdom Halls a week in the USA and they go and quietly sell three a week for fun and profit.

 Reason #4:  SAFETY The Jehovah's Witnesses have been making threats I hope and pray that a future Jury doesn't have to read this as I am an apostate Watchtower Whistle-Blower and the Jehovah's Witness hate me, and they or their hired gun shills must never pay me a visit like they did with that poor deputy that they murdered. You don't use your old people or your kids to defiantly trespass on my property. This would be a criminal violation.  

Think! WWJD?
 archived from:
Murder haunts family, Jehovahs
By Robert Lowell
Staff Writer

(Aug 31): Editor's note: This is the first in an occasional series on historic local crimes.

As a child, Diane Morton of White Rock feared the man jailed for killing her grandfather would return to kill her and her family.

“I was scared to death as a kid he would get out and come after us,” she said.

Her grandfather, E. Dean Pray, owner of a North Windham garage, was gunned down on Aug. 20, 1940, by Arthur F. Cox of Philadelphia, a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses religious order. Convicted of murder, Cox was committed to Thomaston State Prison on Jan. 13, 1942, to serve a life sentence.

The murder

E. Dean Pray had been working in his garage about 2 p.m. on a Tuesday when three members of the religious order went to his garage. Kenneth Carr, 23, of Cape Elizabeth, and Verle Adams Garfein, 18, of Portland, accompanied Cox to Pray’s garage apparently to play recordings on a phonograph.

Pray and Carr argued and, according to old newspaper accounts, Cox fired four shots from a .22 caliber six-shooter when Pray was driving them out of his garage. A witness said Pray, a deputy sheriff, staggered 100 feet in an attempt to get his gun from his car. He bled to death on the way to the hospital.

Pray’s 13-year old son, Dean Pray, was working in the garage that day as was mechanic Clyde Elder, who drove Pray to the hospital. The younger Pray, Elder, Cox and Carr are dead.

The victim, a veteran of World War I, was widely known in Windham. Dean Pray of Naples said his grandfather started the North Windham fire station and a plaque there bears his name. A funeral with an honor guard at the North Windham Union Church drew 1,000 mourners.

The murder fueled attacks on Jehovah's Witnesses. After the murder, a Kingdom Hall in Portland was raided by authorities, and there were citizen demonstrations.

Brad Poland of Gorham, a church leader known as an "elder," said Jehovah’s Witnesses are politically neutral and neutrality had fueled resentment nationwide at that time. He said that in 1940 the U.S. Supreme Court made it mandatory for Jehovah’s Witnesses to salute the flag, but the justices later reversed the decision.

"That was the tinderbox that lit this up,” Poland said.

Murder's effect on family

Except for the Pray family, the murder has been largely forgotten. Pray’s grandson said that everyone in Windham once knew the name and the murder story until about 10 years ago.

The murder was rarely mentioned over the years in the Pray family, but it affected three generations. “My father ran to get (his wife),” said Morton, referring to his mother. “He saw the shooting.”

Morton's brother, Dean Pray, also said his dad never talked about it. “He was hurt so much he didn’t tell us about it,” he said.

Pray’s widow, Gertrude, never mentioned it, either. "I never remember hearing her talk about it,” Morton said of her grandmother.

David Bushley of Windham, whose wife, Sandy, is a granddaughter of the victim, said the family testified against Cox every time he came up for parole. "To walk in like that and do it to a sheriff,” Bushley said of the murderer.

Bushley said his father-in-law ran the garage as a kid after the murder. “He took over pumping gas, working for his mother,” Bushley said.

“I think it affected him more than people realized,” Bushley said of his father-in-law. “It’s pretty horrendous.”

Morton said the murder caused problems for her dad late in his life, but she declined to say more. She said in those days there wasn’t counseling available. “Everything was just kept in,” Morton said.

She remembered reading the clippings of the murder. Her fears ended when Cox committed suicide in prison, but she thinks there are still traces of fear among the older generation. “I don’t fear them. They still come back,” she said of Jehovah’s Witnesses knocking on her door in Gorham.

Pray said the murder robbed him of a grandfather. “It was so brutal.”

Poland said he understood the grief the murder caused the Pray family, but said Jehovah's Witnesses bring a message of peace to the community.

"We bring a message of good news. You can’t judge an organization by the actions of one man,” he said.

Murder's effect on Jehovah's Witnesses

Poland said they go door-to-door in Windham seven days a week and that response is positive. “People appreciate the good news and the Bible has good news,” he said.

He said he goes out personally two or three days a week in Windham. “It never comes up anymore,” he said of the murder.

Carr, who only was held as a material witness following the murder as was Garfein, didn’t go to prison with Cox. Poland said Carr was a lifelong Jehovah’s Witness and worked in the ministry until he died. Poland had many conversations with Carr, and the man only briefly mentioned the shooting incident. “All parties have died,” Poland said.


And Betty Barto of Windham said Jehovah’s Witnesses had smashed the fruit stand of Marie Stevens in North Windham just before Pray was killed. She said Jehovah’s Witnesses were forbidden from coming to Windham after the shooting. But Barto said she didn’t know of any fear of Jehovah’s Witnesses today in Windham.

In 1984, there was a citizen’s request to the Town Council in Windham to hold up construction on a Kingdom Hall in town. At the time, the victim’s son, Dean Pray, said he and Betty Barto were doing everything they could to stop the hall from being built in Windham, according to a July 3, 1984, article in the American Journal.

But Poland said the hall was built in two days in 1985. “It was like an Amish barn raising,” he said.

The family is still uneasy about Jehovah's Witnesses. Morton, who lived for a while as a child near her grandfather’s Texaco gas station, doesn’t want members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses to go to her door, but they did this summer.

Some of those Jehovah’s Witnesses, whom she has talked with in the past, were familiar with the murder story. “Can you please not come back,” she asks them.

The grandson, Dean Pray, said Jehovah’s Witnesses last knocked on his door two years ago. When he told them his name, they recognized it.

You guys shot my grandfather in 1940,” he told them. “Get out. I’ve got nothing to do with you,” he ordered them.

“I’ll continue to do that the rest of my life,” Pray said.

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