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Police Pastor's Gay Sex Party Ends in Meth Death

A respected Detroit pastor attempts suicide after a fatal sex and drug party at his home is exposed.

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By Will Godfrey

09/30/11

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Reverend Mark Bidwell—who tried to kill himself Wednesday night—was not only a pastor and a respected leader of Detroit's gay community, but a police chaplain. So the news that a casual sex partner died of a meth overdose in Bidwell's home last week was received with shock. The 52-year-old minister of the Metropolitan Community Church, which caters mainly to an LGBT crowd, hooked up with 43-year-old Steven Fitch on the internet on September 21 and invited him over. The pair had sex, and then went online together to find a third man to join them for a PNP ("party and play") party: Bret Colpaert, 28, duly arrived. The trio had some more sex, before preparing a crystal meth concoction, mixed with warm water, which they referred to as "tina." Then Fitch—who had apparently brought the drug to Bidwell's bungalow in the first place—shot up the pastor and the younger man intravenously. But Bidwell and Colpart soon noticed that Fitch had passed out. When he also turned blue and stopped breathing, Bidwell made the following 911 call at 5:30 am, which turned out to be too late:

"I got someone who has apparently stopped breathing. I know he's diabetic. We just met today."

How old is he?

"Um... I honestly don't even know."

Do you know if he uses any type of narcotics?

"Um... I don't know."

Despite Fitch's death—and Bidwell's clear lie—cops said that they had insufficient evidence to prosecute their chaplain; only two empty syringes were discovered. But they fired Bidwell from his voluntary position with the police at once: "This type of activity involving the drugs comes to us as a total surprise," said Lt. William Wilson. Bidwell, who had a commendable record within his community, was clearly stressed by the events and the publicity surrounding them—with locals demanding his removal from his church. Police responded to his attempted suicide from a drug overdose at his home on Wednesday night and the pastor was said to be in hospital in a stable condition. "He's a good guy and obviously lost his way," said Oakland County Commissioner Craig Covey.

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