54. When Satan Wore a Cross: The Shocking True Story of a Killer Priest by Fred Rosen (2007)
Length: 260 pages
Genre: True Crime
Started: 12 May 2014
Finished: 13 May 2014
Where did it come from? From Paperback Swap
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 12 May 2014
Why do I have it? I like true crime and Fred Rosen is a new author for me.
On Saturday, April 5, 1980 in Toledo, Ohio – on one of the holiest days of the Church calendar – the body of a nun was discovered in the sacristy of the hospital chapel. Seventy-one year old Sister Margaret Ann Pahl had been brutally murdered – strangled and stabbed, her body arranged in a shocking and shameful pose. But the police’s most likely suspect was inexplicably released from custody and the investigation was quietly buried. Despite damning evidence, Father Gerald Robinson went free.
Twenty-three years later the priest’s name resurfaced in connection with a bizarre case of satanic ritual and abuse. This prompted investigators to exhume the remains of Sister Margaret Ann to search for the incontrovertible proof that would indelibly mark Father Robinson as Sister Margaret Ann’s killer: the sign of the Devil.
When Satan Wore a Cross is the shocking true story of official cover-ups, madness, murder and lies – and of an unholy human monster who disguised himself in holy garb.
I loved this book. The case was shocking to begin with, and I actually do remember when Gerald Robinson finally went on trial for Sister Margaret Ann’s murder. Although, the television coverage that I watched certainly tamped down the satanic ritualistic element of the crime. This book was very clearly written, and I enjoyed the author’s writing style – it was just detailed enough to be interesting, and not cluttered too much with technical jargon. I give this book an A+!
A+! – (96-100%)
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight