|Raymond Guay is out on parole.|
Convicted killer says faith made him anew
CHICHESTER, N.H. - Paroled child-killer Raymond Guay says his conversion to Christianity 16 years ago made him a different man, and he will spend his life proving it.
"There's nothing I can do to put back what I've taken," he said. "But I can do the best I can with what I have to work with for the rest of my life, and I will do that."
Guay killed a Nashua boy in 1973 and kidnapped a Concord couple during a prison escape in 1982. He was released in February with court orders to spend his parole in New Hampshire. Public outrage forced him out of Manchester and Concord before a pastor in Chichester took him in this month.
Guay told the Concord Monitor it was his kidnapping victim, Emily Beane, who inspired his faith.
"She said, 'I know who you are,' and there was delight in her voice," Guay said. "At first I thought she was a nut. . . . She was looking right into the face of death, and that woman, she had absolutely no sense of fear."
Beane invited Guay to sit at her table while she cooked for him and offered to mend his clothes, he said.
"I realized this woman, whatever she has, I want some of that," he said, though his conversion wouldn't come for another 11 years.
In the interim, a fight in a California prison landed him another conviction for assault with intent to kill.
"It was only a couple of years ago I realized I would get out of prison," he said. "I had so many sentences I didn't pay attention to them."
The Rev. David Pinckney said he was convinced of Gauy's sincerity when he took him in, but it was when about 40 people gathered outside his home to protest the decision that he felt his judgment confirmed. Guay took a look at the crowd and went downstairs to pray for them, Pinckney said.
Guay, who has worked in masonry, textiles and industrial electricity, has been working on an addition to Pinckney's home and has been job hunting.
Pinckney said he believes he and his wife and their five children are safe, but he knows there are risks beyond the two months Guay plans to stay with them.
"What happens in three months or three years if Ray does something horrible?" he said. "That's the hardest question. I don't know the answer."