Sadistic Stalker and Kidnapper Dustin Beach Says He Has Found Religion

Joni E. Johnston, Psy. D.
5 min readJan 10, 2022

Hallelujah. He Has Ten Years to Do Good Deeds Behind Bars.

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According to his attorney, twenty-seven-year-old Dustin Beach is a reformed man. Since his arrest in July 2019, he has reconnected with his faith. He has earned some kind of religious certification. On April 4th, 2021, he was even baptized.

He is sober. He has been attending substance abuse treatment for a longstanding addiction to methamphetamines and crack cocaine. His substance use(alcohol) reportedly began at age ten. A year later, he was smoking pot every day.

This is good news, indeed, not only for Beach himself but also for us law-abiding folks. Beach has made several statements blaming his violence on his drug addiction. For instance, here’s what he told a probation officer in 2020:

I wish it didn’t happen this way, but I’m thankful for my sobriety. It has changed me for the better. I will sacrifice this time to get better and be a better person. I’m OK with that. I was so far gone in my drug addiction I wasn’t really a person anyway.

Beach says he is sorry for what he did. He says he is no longer the person he was when he first entered jail. And to that, I say “Hallelujah.”

And thank God he’s not getting out of prison any time soon.

This is No Ordinary Offender

Look. I’m all for one’s spiritual journey. Redemption. Live and let live. Second chances. I’m for all that.

But you need to understand why I am not jumping up and down now that Dustin says he has seen the light. You need to know where he’s been. He has been in the black of night.

He kidnapped a woman in South Carolina after offering a woman a ride in his pickup truck to a local Walmart. He smashed her phone. He threatened to kill her kids. He hit her with a hammer, a cane, and his fists. He held her head under water until she passed out. He cut her by dragging a pin up and down her legs. He sexually assaulted her.

Somehow, in Lewiston, Maine, she managed to escape. She called local police from a motel, begging them to rescue her before Beach came back. They found her sitting in the lobby wearing dark glasses and…

Joni E. Johnston, Psy. D.

Forensic psychologist/private investigator//author of serial killer book. Passionate about victim’s rights, the psychology of true crime, and criminal justice.