Father: God Told Me To Sacrifice Wife, Children


A man sentenced to 90 years in prison for attempting to set his Orlando home on fire with his family sleeping inside said God commanded him to sacrifice his wife and children, according to a Local 6 News report.

Hans Missal, 51, admitted to dousing his Orlando home with gasoline last March. Missal also duct-taped the doors shut and ran a hose from the house to a car tailpipe while his wife, son and daughter slept before he attempted to set the structure on fire.

Tuesday, Missal said he was following God’s orders.

Missal compared himself to the Bible’s Abraham, who was commanded by God to sacrifice his own son, and said he received a message from God to kill his entire family, Local 6 News reported.

“God had a plan for my family, I had no idea what that plan was,” Missal said. “I trusted God and God was faithful to the end.”


  1. …did he do it or not?! Is his family still alive?!

    Damn the media and its intentional cliffhangers. I don’t need news blue-balls. I need closure.

  2. I wonder if God has a plan for this guy – Re:his fellow inmates – in prison. I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

  3. That Abraham story has always made me nervous. Seems that a lot of crazy people could use that passage as a justification for all sorts of atrocities.

    Thankfully, the “God told me to do it” defense never seems to work.

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