Matthew Lane Durham, the 19-year-old Oklahoma missionary accused of sexually abusing multiple children while on a trip to Kenya, reportedly believes that a demon had taken over and forced him to commit the heinous crimes.
Newly released court documents outline a series of text message sent between Durham and a friend in which the accused rapist says he believes that a demon named "Luke" had taken over his body and forced him to abuse the innocent Kenyan children.
“How can I not hate this thing inside of me?” asks Durham in one message. “It takes me at night and I am powerless over what Luke wants. Yes I named him I know how crazy that is. He whispers in my ear all day and he is so hard to resist.”
Durham goes on to explain the power that his alter ego holds and how he feels he has no choice when Luke takes over.
“You honestly have no idea,” says Durham. “I’ve prayed so much, but Luke gets what Luke wants.”
Prosecutors say that Durham had sex with as many as 10 children between the ages of four and 10, at least one of whom was HIV positive, during his three month missionary trip that started in April. Durham has now been officially indicted and sent to confinement in his family’s home while a trial takes place. Prosecutors, however, are asking that he be detained.
"The defendant in this matter by his own detailed admission both orally and in writing has brutally raped and molested young girls and boys in an orphanage in Kenya," reads an appeal by prosecutors attempting to have the teen detained. “He has confessed his crimes in writing, on video, and has admitted to a life-long struggle of desires to touch children and 'child predation.’”
Durham’s attorney Stephen Jones believes, however, that home confinement is enough for the teen and is urging the court to turn down the prosecution’s appeal.
“This litigation, with witnesses and alleged victims in Kenya, will likely endure many months,” said Jones in a written objection. “Further incarceration would violate Mr. Durham's due process right, as he is presumed innocent and will be detained for a prolonged amount of time.”
Meanwhile, the case continues to move forward as disturbing details, like Durham’s belief in his demonic alter ego, begin to emerge.