Ex-Police Chief Godbee says he sent Bible verses, not threats, to former fiancé

Godbee, Ralph
Ralph Godbee

Former Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee fired back at allegations that he harassed his ex-fiancé after she broke off their engagement.

Merica Patterson filed a personal protection order against Godbee earlier this month, saying the former police chief threatened her for months and used FBI contacts to spy on her.

In a request to terminate the PPO, Godbee, who is a Baptist pastor, called the allegations nonsense and said his contact with her was primarily limited to e-mails containing positive messages and Bible verses.

“I did not make threats, and I did not do or say anything that would make a reasonable person fear violence or interference with her freedom,” Godbee wrote in the request.

Godbee, 46, said he became engaged to be married with Patterson during a cruise in the Bahamas on Dec. 10. But very soon after, the 28-year-old broke it off. As he had done in the past, Godbee said, he tried to reconcile with her using positive messages inspired from the Bible.

On New Year’s eve, Godbee said he thought their relationship was “once again moving forward” after she accepted his money to pay her rent.

“She took the rent money and has not returned it to me,” Godbee said. “I interpreted her conduct as a sign that our relationship was once again moving forward.”

But later that evening, Godbee said, Patterson told him she was in another relationship.

“I attempted to briefly get her to reconsider her decision,” Godbee responded. “I had no success. I last contacted her on January 3, 2104, wished her well in the choices she has made.”

Godbee said he was “shocked” when Patterson filed a PPO and said he suspects her motive was to “hurt me personally and professionally.”

When reached by phone for comment, Patterson hung up.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Guest

    One of the big problems with the Bible, and Christianity in our current times is the notion of always being ‘forgiven’ of our sins. From the time we begin to understand speech as little children, it’s hammered in at Sunday School that you are always in God’s good favor as long as you ask forgiveness. When any crime concludes with these three words ‘Forgive Me Jesus’ – we’re all religious folk, and then we’re ALL Good, God Fearing people, even those who get away with murder!

    Nothing like robbing your local bank, getting away with a big bag of loot, praising Jesus for the ‘blessing’ then getting ‘forgiveness’ for the crime… and then off with a clear and ‘forgiven’ conscience to the Electronic Store for a big screen TV with the bounty, that no doubt Jesus provided for us! – Amazing how many people use the Good Book as a tool of narcissism for their own benefit, manipulating it for their own good, knowing that forgiveness is always inevitable!

  • A Chami

    I don’t know, there are some verses in that book that could scare the pants off a person.

  • bebow

    Run, run, run. See woman run. (If this is the story intended for public consumption, I never want to read the truth.)

  • Tracey

    As a Baptist minister, Rev. Godbee should have read Proverbs 17:28 before making any comment. It reads:

    “Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue. Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”

    • bebow

      A round of amens to that statement.

    • Dust Buster

      good point. im certain he has ministered other wayward harlots in the past using these same tactics. ” i was paying her note” has been the downfall of many a fine men. i think he should have taken the old billy clinton spin and modified it

      ” i never had text with that woman” is what rev godbee should have said.

      • Tracey

        And he should remember that “My rod and staff shall comfort thee” means something totally different than what he interpreted it to mean.

        • bebow

          Oh, that is a good one.

  • Bruce Channell

    He said,she said,Etc…..