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Metal Singer From Murder-for-Hire Case Found Guidance in Legendary Packer
How Reggie White and The Rave intersected with the life of the musician charged with trying to kill his wife.

Tim Lambesis at his arraignment in San Diego

Jailed metal star Tim Lambesis cited deceased Packers great Reggie White as a spiritual inspiration in a Tumblr post written a few months before charges of solicitation of murder say he attempted to hire a hitman to kill his wife, with whom he was going through a difficult divorce. The frontman for As I Lay Dying reportedly emailed his wife in August 2012 saying that he no longer believed in God, but the blog post written in October describes a more complicated relationship with "the divine."

The god I grew up learning about was more like a creation of the 4th century emperor Constantine than anything of 1st century Judeo origin. In fact, the book Pagan Christianity does a pretty good job showing that both Protestant and Catholic denominations have poisonous roots ... While I do not agree with any large religious institution, I do respect people who sincerely want to trace their beliefs down to their uncorrupted historical root. Men like NFL star Reggie White (at the end of his life) were persecuted for seeking what he believed to be as truth, yet the reality is that he got closer to understanding the Messiah that most refer to by the Greek name Jesus than almost any man I've seen stand behind a pulpit.

Lambesis was writing in response to Facebook comments questioning the meaning of the song "A Greater Foundation," which describes losing touch with "the powerful constant that I had once leaned on." Previous commentary released by Lambesis had only further clouded the issue, and the singer took to Tumblr to assert that he had not ruled out or forsworn all religious traditions, though he did not know which to affiliate with.

I don't hate all religious belief, yet it is very difficult for me to outline exactly who it is that's worth siding with. The line has been blurred, but one thing is certain. I am still inspired by the words of the man who told us to "love our enemies" and to serve "the least of these." [Jesus] Regardless of where a person stand religiously, that is simply a better way to live, full of compassion, and alleviating our selfish suffering as we put our energy into serving those worse off than ourselves.

In late April – about a month after As I Lay Dying, fronted by Lambesis, played The Rave in Milwaukee – the singer allegedly said he "would be better if his wife was killed" when greeted by another man working out at the gym who asked how he was doing. Disturbed, the man contacted authorities, who arranged for an undercover agent to meet with Lambesis. The musician agreed to the agent's supposed plans to go forward with the killing of the singer's wife, and Lambesis gave the agent $1,000 in cash, his wife's address, the gate codes for the residence and a list of dates when the couple's children would be staying with him.

The contentious divorce between the two began unfolding late last year, and Lambesis reportedly wanted greater control of the family's children. His wife has since accused him of being obsessed with body building and spending long hours at the gym instead of with his children.

Lambesis has pleaded not guilty and hired an attorney who's already mounting a vigorous defense. Lambesis and the lawyer are claiming that the incident was a setup orchestrated by someone trying to harm the singer.

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