In this unique and compelling true-crime story, journalist and author David Yonke presents and analyzes the only case in U.S. history in which a Roman Catholic priest was arrested for the murder of a nun. Father Gerald Robinson of Toledo, whom friends and associates described as a timid and mild-mannered man, was arrested by cold-case detectives in April, 2004, and charged in the brutal slaying of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl 24 years earlier. The 71-year-old nun had been choked to the edge of death, covered with an altar cloth, and stabbed 31 times in the face, neck and chest. Her body was found in the sacristy of a Catholic hospital, her habit pulled up to her chest and her undergarments around her ankles. It was Holy Saturday morning, 1980, the day before Easter and the day before the victim’s 72nd birthday. Cold-case investigators said the first nine stab wounds, made over the nun’s heart, were in the shape of an upside down cross, one of many signs that Sister Margaret Ann was the victim of a ritual killing. "Sin, Shame & Secrets" unveils how cold-case investigators decided to reopen the case in 2003 after a Toledo nun testified that Father Robinson abused her in satanic rituals when she was a child. The nun's testimony before the Toledo Catholic Diocese's Review Board also alleged that a number of children had been killed by the cult. A lengthy police investigation followed, resulting in Robinson's arrest at age 66 on April 23, 2004. After a three-week trial, covered gavel-to-gavel by Court TV (now truTV), the priest was convicted of murder on May 11, 2006 and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. * * * Yonke, the award-winning former Religion Editor and reporter at The Toledo Blade, reviewed hundreds of police files, interviewed dozens of principles, and covered every minute of the trial to give readers a thorough and examined look at events as they unfolded, as well as providing background information for the story and the people involved. * * * In Robinson’s legal appeals, the killer priest claimed that his trial attorneys failed to examine the possibility that another hospital chaplain — one with a drinking problem, a bad temper, and a knife collection — may have been the real murderer. Robinson also alleged that Coral Eugene Watts, a confessed serial killer who strangled and stabbed up to 80 women, was living an hour north of Toledo in 1980 and may have been the perpetrator. The story has been covered by news media around the world and featured on many nationally broadcast television programs. Although Robinson's appeals were denied by the Ohio Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court, public debate and controversy continue to swirl in this timeless and shocking case. * * * Nancy Grace, talk show host former prosecutor: "Carefully detailing her murder, Yonke describes not only the search for a killer, but the struggle for all of us including both the Toledo police and the Catholic Church, to accept that evil exists everywhere around us, even within the house of God." Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Sallah called it "a murder case for the ages," adding that "Yonke deftly shows how an American Catholic diocese kept one of its own from being charged for more than a quarter century." Father Thomas Doyle, JCD, CADC, commented: "This is not just another murder mystery. It is a true story that enrages, mystifies and terrifies any reader with even a modicum of moral awareness." Barbara Blaine, founder of SNAP, said: "Through painstaking research and gripping narrative, David Yonke presents and analyzes a stunning case of physical, emotional, and sexual pain and the political corruption that kept a horrific crime unsolved for years." Pulitzer Prize-winner Mitch Weiss called it "an explosive piece of investigative journalism."
Sin, Shame, and Secrets details not only the unique and bizarre circumstances of Sister Margaret Ann's death and the arrest and conviction of a Catholic priest decades later, but also the myriad factors that caused local law enforcement and ...
Author: David Yonke
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: True Crime
In 1980, on Holy Saturday - the day before Easter - Sister Margart Ann Pahl, an elderly nun, was strangled nearly to death in the sacristy of a chapel in a Catholic hospital in Toledo, Ohio. The killer then covered the nun's body with an altar cloth and stabbed her nine times over the heart, in the form of a perfectly shaped upside-down cross. He then removed the altar cloth and stabbed the nun 22 more times on the face, neck, and torso. The intense, high-profile police investigation in the months that followed included interviews with more than 600 people, ranging from the slain nun's colleagues in the Sisters of Mercy convent to hospital staff, convicted criminals, and Satan worshippers. No arrests were made until April 23, 2004, when Toledo's cold-case squad went to Father Gerald Robinson's home next door to the police station and charged the 66-year-old, mild-mannered Catholic priest in the 24-year-old murder. Father Robinson's dramatic trial in April and May 2006, believed to be the first in which a U.S. Catholic priest was charged in the murder of a nun, was covered gavel to gavel by Court TV and internationally by CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and the BBC. Father Robinson was convicted May 11 and is now serving a 15-years-to-life sentence in an Ohio penitentiary. Sin, Shame, and Secrets details not only the unique and bizarre circumstances of Sister Margaret Ann's death and the arrest and conviction of a Catholic priest decades later, but also the myriad factors that caused local law enforcement and criminal justice officials to come up empty handed in the original 1980 investigation, as well as the cold-case squad's investigation, the findings of leading forensic experts, and courtroom testimony that led to Father Robinson's arrest and conviction. David Yonke, Religion Editor for the Toledo Blade, takes an examined look into instances of violent and sexual crime and cover-up in the Catholic Church that ranges from the Father Robinson case to questions about church hierarchy and canon law.
And shame sets in to secure that the secret is kept locked away. For this man and
woman, Post-Abortion Stress sets in immediately and his/her world is turned
upside down. Because of the stronghold of shame, guilt, and condemnation that ...
Author: Mary Comm
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Secret Sin: When God's People Choose Abortion was written because abortion is one of the last great secret sins that remains "in the closet." And because the Church hasn't been aware of the magnitude of this secret sin or how it affects those it touches, the Church has done little or nothing to help these people suffering silently in their midst to find healing in Christ. This book was written to pull back the curtain giving those within the Church an inside look into the world of the post-abortive Christian with the intent of spurring them on to begin reaching out to these hurting people with the compassion of Christ.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse
us from all unrighteousness. — 1 John 1:9 Too often the confession ...
Confession means not only that I confess my sin with shame, but that I hand it
over to God ...
Author: Andrew Murray
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Presents twelve topics that provide guidance and growth in the Christian life from one of the greatest devotional writers.
Author: Francis Joseph HarringtonPublish On: 2017-09-11
The victim would need to kneel and confess to the perpetrator, “Bless me, Father,
for I have sinned ...” Having been both a priest and a school psychologist I
apologize most sincerely to the victims of sexual abuse, particularly the children
Author: Francis Joseph Harrington
Trauma, Shame, and Secret Making provides a descriptive, qualitative inquiry into a family’s unsuccessful attempts across generations to repress the memories of an early life trauma. Broad in its scope, Trauma, Shame, and Secret Making explores more than one hundred years in the life of a single family, offering students and professionals invaluable insight into the consequences of prolonged narrative suppression in the social life of people. The book models a converging interdisciplinary approach to inquiry across specializations spanning traumatology, family therapy, psychology, psychiatry and social work. The model is consistent with an evolving paradigm of medical, public health and social service practice based on biopsychosocial evaluation of all patients.
If guilt is the immediate fact that we have just sinned, then shame is the very
leaves of the forbidden tree that we have just ... These leaves bear thorns that cut
to the core of our souls day in and day out until we forsake the sin and choose ...
Author: Angela M. Hawkins
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
If the secret cry of your heart is, “There must be more to this Christian life!" know that God hears you, and He's not bothered by your questions. He‘s not angry, and He‘s not forgotten you. In fact, He is moved at the hunger in your heart and longs to fill it with more of Himself. The answer to all of your questions are found Underneath the Shadow of God Almighty. He's reserved a place there just for you! This coveted resting place is open to all born-again believers, but it is a road less traveled. The pathway is narrow and there are obstacles along the way, but if we press in, we will discover the MORE our hearts have been longing for. In Underneath the Shadow, we will: •Learn how to avoid the 3 Deadly Ds that attempt to kill our faith. •Find healing for our image of God, Self, and Others. •Discover the reality and joy of dwelling in God's Shadow. •Learn how to become the friend of God. •Acquire 22 keys to cultivating intimacy with God. •Learn to live within the realm of His Glory.
It is surprising to see some Christians believing that sin can bring more benefit in
ministering to others than the effect that ... Conversely, Paul warned in Romans 6:
21 that such a life brings shame: “The things of which you are now ashamed.
Author: Robert Scott Sr
Publisher: Moody Publishers
We live in a sexually impure world. This fact is felt most assuredly by men. As on preacher put it, "We live in a culture that sweats sensuality from its pores!" A man today can't escape the temptations to sexual sin that come to him via TV, billboards, magazines, and provocatively dressed women. He can run, but he can't hide. The world he lives in is saturated with sexual temptations. This book seeks to come face to face with the growing problem in the church today- sexual purity has become a major concern in homes, churches, and in the hearts of men across the country. This book will provide keys to unlocking freedom in the fight for purity.
Author: Victoria Christopher MurrayPublish On: 2006-06-06
“It's because I love him that I've decided there's something I have to do.” She
paused. “I haven't been completely honest with Hosea and I want to be.” He
smirked, as if he always knew she had secrets. “Well, Jas- mine, if there is
something you ...
Author: Victoria Christopher Murray
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
After fleeing Los Angeles when her attempt to break up her best friend's marriage fails, Jasmine is now a changed woman...and a Christian. She vows to attend church every Sunday, swears off married men, and begins her search for the soul mate she is sure God has for her. Now living in the Big Apple, she has shed twenty-five pounds, shaved ten years off her age, filled her expensive apartment with designer clothes...all to begin her man-finding mission. She quickly meets her dream mate -- a preacher -- who falls head over heels in love with her. Surely, God is good! But things start slipping when another man from Jasmine's past refuses to stay there, and an unexpected pregnancy threatens to sabotage all of her dreams. Will Jasmine's lying and scheming continue? Or will she finally learn that honesty is the only path to redemption?
There, in the midst of her sin, she encounters jesus, the Savior of the world. She
had assumed that her deeds done in the dark would never be known in the light.
Hers was a shameful, secret sin. Then one day she comes face-to-face with ...
Author: Charles R. Swindoll
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
It’s never too late. Whether you’re a new Christian or you’ve walked the road for decades, it’s never too late to find the critical truths that make life make sense. We often start out believing that common sense will be enough, that we’re prepared for the road ahead with our good values and quick thinking. It doesn’t take long to learn otherwise. A broken friendship. An obsessive career. Financial distress. Even empty success. We come back to God, searching for insight, for hope. And He provides. Nothing can replace studying the Bible. Best-selling author and pastor Charles Swindoll has spent decades studying its pages and teaching its precepts. But if sixty-six books seem overwhelming, The Owner’s Manual for Christians is the perfect starting place: a biblical summary of the major truths that anchor the Christian life. From grace to freedom, these chapters walk the reader through the keys to a life well lived?drawn from the Creator of life itself. Life is often confusing, but it does not have to be impossible. Read The Owner’s Manual for Christians and find hope for the road ahead.
tion of bereavement , or with bitter repentance of wrong , sin , shame , that no
after - act can ever make amends for or wipe out ? Who in the heyday of youth
believes — in realization , at any rate — that there is indeed “ nothing new under
And what is most lamentable the act is not considered a sin ( shame on those
moral teachers who do not denounce it ! ) and therefore not opposed generally
by the terrors of conscience . Not requiring the presence of the other sex to bring
Take time for the Holy Spirit to clarify your situation and give you a godly sorrow
for sin. Take time this week to let the ... Are you burdened by any sin or secret shame you haven't been able to confess to anyone before? Lay your burden
Author: Siang-Yang Tan
CONNECT WITH THE LIFE-CHANGING MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRITDisciples of the Holy Spirit shows how a dynamic, close walk with God can be yours each day through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. As the energizer of your faith, the Spirit wants to bring you into a transforming communion with Christ. He wants to empower you to love your enemies, live without fear, and give generously out of an inner abundance.Your part? Simply yielding to him through the following spiritual disciplines: Solitude—helping you draw near to God for spiritual growth and vigor. Surrender—helping you surrender to God’s will and purpose for your life, preparing you for effective ministry. Service—helping you move into fellowship with others and partnership with God in reaching a broken worldAs you practice the spiritual disciplines, your concept of what it means to be a Christian will acquire a new, life-changing dimension. You’ll grow closer to Jesus—and your life will increasingly reflect the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.“Dr. Tan always has something worthwhile to say. His passion for people, life, and God, combined with his extensive professional knowledge make this book an important read.”-Larry Crabb Jr., Ph.D., counselor and best-selling author“A passionate, fresh guide for how Christians can grow in Christ through the traditional spiritual disciplines. Believers of differing theological backgrounds will find encouragement and wisdom.”-Stanton L. Jones, Ph.D., author of the God’s Design for Sex book seriesDr. Siang-Yang Tan is senior pastor of First Evangelical Church in Glendale, California. He is also associate professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, a licensed psychologist, and the author of Lay Counseling: Equipping Christians for a Helping Ministry. He lives in Arcadia, California.Dr. Douglas Gregg is former director of the Office of Christian Community at Fuller Theological Seminary and a training specialist with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He is the coauthor of Inner Healing: A Handbook for Helping Yourself & Others and lives in Los Angeles.
Sin causes you to be weak and fearful, it weakens and poisons the power ofGod
on your life, it brings with it guilt, disgrace, frustration, emotional torments,
condemnation and shame to name a few. Sin produces death The result of sin is
Author: Salay Kekula
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
This book bring solutions to the following groups of people: It is written to solve problem for those who have come from broken homes, orphans, single parents and divorced men and women who are suffering from emotional damage and deep rooted psychological challenges. If you are seriously looking for a sound solution as to how to overcome any emotional problems then this book is for you. It is also written to the one who is hungry spiritually and is looking for a healthy and pure spiritual diet to feed and develop their spirit. It is written for parents, married couples and young people, teenagers offering education and knowledge on overcoming daily life challenges. Finally, it is written for those who are seeking to be prepared for ministry and want to know what it takes to influence the world powerfully with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in this modern time. The things you will discover are secrets that have not yet been fully understood by the body of Christ. You are significant The purpose of the book is to show you my reader how to identify and overcome the seven major challenges, the negative forces in our environment both internal and external and overcome them by the knowledge you will gain. But since most people do not know what exactly is going on in their lives they fail to recognize these challenges and negative forces thereby flow with the negative current of society and sabotage their destinies. But your life story is going to be different because of the secrets you will learn in this awesome book. Perhaps you might have from experience recognized these challenges but needed help in overcoming them. But now, by owning this book, you have the specialised knowledge of how to overcome the seven major challenges that most people face in life. Have you ever wondered why most people settle for a life of failure? Do you ever ask yourself why so many people with great potential and yet live ordinary and mediocre lives? This book answers those questions and much more. You will learn how to take control so your story will not end up like one of those who settles for less due to impossible situations presented to them by the status quo. Why this book? Every challenge I have discussed in this book is something I have personally experienced, eliminated from my life and therefore sense an obligation to share my knowledge and experience with you backed up with the word so that you too can recognize and overcome these challenges that keeps majority of people in poverty. One of the great benefits of reading this amazing book especially chapter one is the impact is going to have on your personal relationships and the increase in your faith and self-esteem. Your faith in Gods ability and his word to bring you out of any negative situation you are facing right now will get stronger. Apply the knowledge After following the practical steps taught in this classic book, you will be empowered to obliterate any obstacle and position you to not give in to the pressures of family, friends and society but keep pressing on towards your destiny and attract the life of your dreams. Your role is to play your part by applying the principles taught so that you can get the beneficial output. Get a revelation The insights, antidote, and revelations in this book are rare and precious Jewels which are designed to position you in a place of advantage over life circumstances. They are a result of my many years of personal walk with God and some of the lessons he taught me about the secrets of living an overcoming life despite the challenges presented by family, friends, environment and society. Success comes to those who seek it You will also meet Gideon a young man who was conditioned by his culture and programme by his society to think lowly of
Secretsin causes rejection and rebellion to fester. This is a reality that most will
shun and possibly debate, but when you keep a sin secret it feeds on shame and
rejection. Secret sin is also incubated and nourished by silent rebellion. You will
Author: Dr. Rhonda Travitt
Publisher: WestBow Press
International empowerment speaker, Dr. Rhonda Travitt embodies a keen transparency that comes from a special rawness that was gained through experience that leads others to become a testimony. Her transparent messages motivates individuals to move from spiritual deficiency to self sufficiency. A woman of faith, vision, passion and purpose, Dr. Rhonda Travitt is dedicated to raising up a generation through inspiration. Dr. Rhonda Travitt is a noted empowerment speaker, author, successful entrepreneur, certified life coach and holds a Ph.D. in clinical theology studies.
We would be set free from sin and its guilt and shame once and for all and be
once more free from the enemy of our souls. For all we know, the Word of God
who became Jesus the Christ had never been separated from the Father or
Author: D. Sterling Harlow
Publisher: Xulon Press
2 Timothy 1:9b (NIV) This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time Ephesians 1:4 (NIV). For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. "Hebrews 10:10 "And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." Duane, along with his wife Marlene live and fellowship in Colorado Springs, CO. As traveling ministers they love to teach the Body of Christ their true identities in Christ and to help them rediscover the Hebrew Roots to Christianity.
... say otherwise, but when it came to the moral path, any deviation was
unacceptable to your grand- mother. A child out of wedlock was a sin and a shame. Maddie was right to run away.' Peg put her hand SECRETS OF THE
Author: Santa Montefiore
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A sweeping story of divided family, buried secrets and a love that will never die from the number one bestselling author of Songs of Love and War. Ellen Trawton has run away from London to the sweeping landscape of Connemara, hoping to find a place she can cut off all contact with the past. But beneath the wild beauty of the Irish landscape lie secrets which have been hidden for years… Conor Macausland cuts a dark, lonely figure. His young wife, Caitlin, died tragically at the old lighthouse, and her loss has devastated him. But when he and Ellen meet, a connection sparks between them. Ellen soon realizes that Conor’s past is not all it seems, and there’s more to her family history than she knew too. As the secrets are finally revealed, the truth must be told…
At that day will Christ reveal all the secret abominations which * have been
committed in the world. ... And if it be a shame to have. ones sins publisht and ript
up before a Congregation, tho it be for our amendment, and where there are
But different from us, they do not associate shame or sin with this most delicate
and pleasurable pastime. They have no words in their language for indecent,
obscene, incest and such. They understand that the act is natural and they
Author: Jane Denison
A young woman risks everything following a fortune-teller's advice, but finds much more than she expected.People are not what they claim, including her!
Many theorize that it may even include suicide or euthanasia, but that sin is
against the body and the individual, not the Holy Spirit in our estimation. A death
that is achieved by this method is shameful and sad to all of those involved,
Author: D. A. Teunis
This is a story about the actions of young men after World War II who reacted to the commencement of a new war in Korea. These young men voluntarily entered the U.S. Navy, were taught to fly and were sent off to Korea on Aircraft carriers to harass the enemy. There were a number of young heroes who died in training and in combat. Coincidentally, all were 23 years of age so the title. It is in their memory and memory of all who served so valiantly that this book was written. I dedicate this book to my wife, Irene, who has encouraged me to complete this effort with her love and support.
The thought of Christ as Himself a sacrifice , as one who had made atonement on
the cross for the sins of the whole ... by His Sacrifice of Himself had done away
with the need of earthly sacrifices to take away the burden and shame of sin , and
Author: W. Cunningham
Publisher: CUP Archive
Excerpt from The Secret of Progress Buckle1 regarded it as clear that militarism and high intellectual development were not compatible: till recently, many people were prepared to believe that warfare was alien to the interest of civilised peoples and could only occur among half civilised or backward races. But this war has shown that these hopes were vain, and that the last result of civilisation was not to render war impossible, but to give the means of carrying it out on a vastly extended scale. The increase of knowledge and of power over nature, and the sense of the benefits of intercourse and inter-communication have not sufficed to give us any immunity from war. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.