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Toledo Priest Found Guilty of Murdering Nun

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TOLEDO, Ohio (Reuters) - A 68-year-old Catholic priest was found guilty on Thursday of the murder 26 years ago of a nun in a crime that prosecutors said had Satanic undertones and may have been covered up by church leaders.


The Rev. Gerald Robinson appeared stony-faced as the jury's guilty verdict was read, and he blinked repeatedly and glanced at his lawyers before being led away in handcuffs.

He was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison by Lucas County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Osowik, who offered Robinson a court-appointed lawyer if he wanted to appeal.

Robinson, who wore his clerical collar throughout the two-week trial, had been free on bail raised by supporters since his arrest in 2004, and relieved of his priestly duties since that time.

After the verdict was read, one of Robinson's supporters left the court in tears. She turned to Claudia Vercellotti, a local leader of the Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests, who had helped reopen the case, and told her, "I hope you rot in hell!"

The crime occurred in the sacristy adjoining the hospital chapel in downtown Toledo on the Saturday before Easter in 1980. Investigators said the nun, Margaret Ann Pahl, 71, was strangled and then stabbed, with nine wounds on her chest forming the shape of an inverted cross, a well-recognized Satanic symbol.

An altar cloth was draped over her half-naked body, which was posed as if she had been sexually assaulted.


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Comments (3)

Hmmmm.I haven't re... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

I haven't really followed this story but nothing I've read has pointed to any solid evidence of guilt.

To my knowledge they didn't find any DNA evidence.

There weren't any witnesses.

The supposed murder weapon, a letter opener, isn't exactly a rare item. I think I've got a half-dozen lying around. And the shape of the blade on those things don't vary all that much.

So what evidence was there that tied this priest to the murder?

GOD, YAHWEH, YHWH, s... (Below threshold)
Abraxas:


GOD, YAHWEH, YHWH, some say, is PURE ENERGY, thats what turned Moses grey. GOD is infinite time and energy[Tiamat].
And thats what Ignited the Burning Bush
Man cannot ENTER into the Kingdom. Study PHYSICS, Atoms, Socrates, ALL forms of RELIGION must be looked into.
Only thru diligent effort and a indomitable spirit will it Avail itself to you and when it does its undeniable.
I can help you but you MUST forget that ROTE training we have been taught.

If you have HATE, TOWARDS ANY MAN, OR WOMAN, YOU WILL NOT PROGRESS upon the Path.
Remove ALL BIAS. YOU WILL NOT PROGRESS UNTIL YOU DO. THAT MEANS NO HATE!! NONE.

Now visualize this, turn the pyramid of egypt to the Sun, Visualize yourself on the Sun. Look to the Pyramid of Earth. PI
Synthesis , (3] Father SUn Holy Ghost.\ Energy, Uranium, Helium.

If the EARTH DID NOT RESIST YOU, YOU WOULD NOT EXIST. It is not GOOD vs EVIL is it LIGHT VS HEAVY.

If you have hatred, your heart is heavy
and it sinks to nefarity [nefertiti]
If you have love, then your heart is light
and it will rise to greatness

Then and only then Will God, Adonai, Yahweh, et al be with you and come to you And that I promise.


That has got to be the weir... (Below threshold)
Stevely:

That has got to be the weirdest troll comment ever.




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