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The Pastor's Wife: The True Story of a Minister and the Shocking Death That Divided a Family
     

The Pastor's Wife: The True Story of a Minister and the Shocking Death That Divided a Family

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by Diane Fanning
 

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When Pastor Matthew Winkler was found dead at his Fourth Street Church of Christ parsonage in Selmer, Tennessee, both police investigators and parishioners were shaken and mystified: How could evil strike this cradle of faith? Meanwhile, Mrs. Winkler and her three daughters were still missing…

A frantic search for Mary Winkler and the girls ensued.

Overview

When Pastor Matthew Winkler was found dead at his Fourth Street Church of Christ parsonage in Selmer, Tennessee, both police investigators and parishioners were shaken and mystified: How could evil strike this cradle of faith? Meanwhile, Mrs. Winkler and her three daughters were still missing…

A frantic search for Mary Winkler and the girls ensued. Once they were found, on a beach in Alabama, Mary was charged with murdering her husband in cold blood. But why did Mary pull the trigger? What sexual and psychological abuses did she allege she had suffered?

In the months that followed, the crime—and the Winkler's marriage—would be exposed by the national media; Mary herself even appeared on Oprah. Set in a world of domineering men, obedient wives, and unshakable faith, this is the true story about what happened to Matthew Winkler and THE PASTOR'S WIFE

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312949297
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
11/04/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,366,404
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Diane Fanning is the author of the Edgar Award finalist Written in Blood: A True Story of Murder and a Deadly 16-Year-Old Secret That Tore a Family Apart. Her other works of true crime include the best-selling Mommy's Little Girl, A Poisoned Passion, Gone Forever and Through the Window. She has been featured on 48 Hours, 20/20, Court TV and the Discovery Channel, and has been interviewed on dozens of radio stations coast to coast. Before becoming a nonfiction writer, Fanning worked in advertising, and she earned more than 70 Addy Awards. She lives in New Braunfels, Texas.

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Pastor's Wife 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Christine Grigorenko More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, and, in some areas, found subject matter to be a bit controversial. This is what made this book hard for me to put down. I honestly can't say how I'd vote if I were on the jury, but I do believe Mary Winker, the Pastor's wife, did receive a fair trial, but only in the court system. In the eyes of her in laws aand some of the othe publics eyes, she was viewed completely unfairly. I may have to read this a 2nd time in order to really form my own opinion as to how my vote would be if on this jury.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The mystery revealed in this book is very intriguing, however the book reveals most of the murder within the first 100 pages. The rest of the book tells about the trials and struggles she went through after the murder. The last section of the book describes the court cases and what the attorneys talked about in court to the judge. Although I did learn new facts about the case later in the book, I wish it would not have told most of it in the very begining. I felt as if the book was almost over once the whole case had been described, but it wasn't even halfway done. Overall I enjoyed the book, but wish it would have been more about the crime itself and not going over the court case.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Typical male behavior.
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Lindsie More than 1 year ago
After watching the movie on lifetime, I knew I had to read the book. Diane Fanning takes readers through the life of Mary and Matthew Winkler and the events that lead up to Matthews death. The case is quite controversial and was even featured on Snapper on the oxygen channel. The book itself though is well written, and gives ALL the details including the life of Mary and Matthew, the trial, and some of the aftermath. I would recommend the book! B+
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This was a really great read...i think the prosacution and defense didnt do a great job, neither side to me proved their case, so as with that said i guess the verdict was fair..no man or woman should ever physically, mentally, sexually abuse one another, im really would love to kno more on this case because i dont feel a life was "justified" to be taken..Bn
gopaul More than 1 year ago
Did not find the book thrilling or shocking, just a husband gets shot by his wife who claims spousal abuse and walks.