James MacDonald & Target of His Alleged Murder Plot Make Video Espousing Love; More Disturbing Stories — Julie Roys

The alleged murder plot by disgraced celebrity pastor, James MacDonald, just got stranger.

Earlier this week, I reported allegations that MacDonald plotted to kill his former son-in-law, Tony Groves, in 2015. I also reported allegations that MacDonald directed two former employees to spy on Groves.

Now MacDonald, who hasn’t spoken publicly since Harvest Bible Chapel fired him in February, has released a video of him and Groves espousing their love for each other.

In the video, MacDonald concedes that he and Groves have “been through some things,” but adds that the two have “always stayed friends” and that Groves has given him “one of the best grandsons we have.”

Groves replies, “That’s true. Like you said, we’ve always been friends, but overall, we’re family.”

Yet, in a report released yesterday by police in Wilmette, Illinois, a target of one of MacDonald’s alleged murder plots told police that he had “heard MacDonald talk about harming people he didn’t like in the past,” so “he was not surprised” by reports that MacDonald sought to kill him.

“(A) target of one of MacDonald’s alleged murder plots told police that he had ‘heard MacDonald talk about harming people he didn’t like in the past,’ so ‘he was not surprised’ by reports that MacDonald sought to kill him.”

 

The report redacted the name of the alleged target. However, Groves is the only person who’s been named as a potential target in the alleged murder plots involving MacDonald. Chicago radio personality Mancow Muller, who alleged that MacDonald asked him for the name of a hitman at least twice in 2018, said he didn’t know the person MacDonald sought to kill.

However, Emmanuel “Manny” Bucur, a former bodyguard of MacDonald’s, said MacDonald specifically asked him to kill Groves during a three-day motorcycle trip in 2015. Bucur said MacDonald wanted Groves dead because Groves had cheated on his daughter, Abby MacDonald, multiple times. Bucur also said MacDonald believed that Groves had made an explicit video of his daughter and Groves, which MacDonald feared Groves might post online. (Bucur said he never saw any evidence that this video existed.)

The alleged target in the report also states that MacDonald had called him “before the police made contact.” He added that MacDonald told him that “the rumors that he wanted (name redacted) killed were untrue.”

I repeatedly called and texted MacDonald for comment, but he did not respond.

Police Report Reveals Other Troubling Details

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13 thoughts on “James MacDonald & Target of His Alleged Murder Plot Make Video Espousing Love; More Disturbing Stories — Julie Roys

    1. Truth2Freedom Post author

      I actually attended his church for a time and found the experience somewhat troubling.

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      1. SLIMJIM

        Wow really? What was troubling? From video clips of him he seems to try to present himself a bad boy biker image at times? Or was it a misreading on my part?

      2. Truth2Freedom Post author

        The troubling list would be long but can be illustrated with the observation and experience of the following samples: A overbearing focus on eliciting an emotional responses from the worship segment, insincere shallow and indifferent bible study sessions, experience with a church counselor who was formerly from John MacArthur’s church as a security guard practicing counseling as a church counselor with an aggressive overbearing heavy hand, the lack of genuine humility by former Pastor James. More could be said but that would require an actual conversation and dialogue.

      3. Truth2Freedom Post author

        Not sure if he was the same guy but he really didn’t belong there nor qualified as a church counselor based on my interactions w/him.

      4. SLIMJIM

        Sorry I misread that; I thought you were talking about MacDonald going to Strange Fire conference and making up lies about MacArthur’s guards

      5. Truth2Freedom Post author

        He was one of MacArthurs guards but counseled as a guard not as a counselor.

      6. Truth2Freedom Post author

        Yeah, he definitely was an aggressive control freak who ran a tight ship with the church and leadership. His character would predispose him to do something like hiring a hit man. Wouldn’t surprise me at all considering what’s already been exposed.

      7. Truth2Freedom Post author

        In a nutshell – it was somewhat of a cultic experience and reminded me of my cult experiences from the 1970’s.

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