On May 11, 2006 retired Roman Catholic priest Gerald Robinson (April 14, 1938 – July 4, 2014) was convicted of the murder of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl, a Sister of Mercy, a Catholic religious order of women on Holy Saturday, April 5, 1980.
Robinson was convicted of strangling and stabbing Pahl, who was 71 at the time, in the sacristy of a chapel of the hospital where they worked together. The priest presided at her funeral Mass four days after her death. Pahl was stabbed 31 times, including nine times in the shape of an inverted cross. Prosecutors considered that this shape was deliberate and intended to humiliate Pahl in death. Pahl was found covered in an altar cloth, her clothes and body arranged to suggest she had been sexually assaulted, although it was not clear that she had been.
The case remained unsolved, with no new leads, until 2003 when police received a letter from a woman who claimed that Robinson had sexually abused her when she was a child in a series of Satanic ritual abuse that also involved human sacrifice.
The accusations were sent to the prosecutor's cold case unit. Forensic tests indicated that a sword-shaped letter opener that had been found in Robinson's apartment and stored without detailed examination was not inconsistent with the weapon that inflicted the wounds; in the words of the prosecutor's expert, it could "not be ruled out." The tip of the opener fitted a wound in the jaw of the nun's exhumed body "like a key in a lock," according to prosecutors, The case against Robinson went to trial on April 24, 2006. Robinson was found guilty on all counts on May 11, 2006
Robinson died on July 4, 2014 in a Columbus, Ohio hospice after a having a heart attack in May.
The case is described in the book Sin, Shame, And Secrets: The Murder of a Nun, the Conviction of a Priest, and Cover-up in the Catholic Church by Toledo journalist David Yonke.
We are brokering this lot of authentic Robinson funeral items for Grave Fixations out of Toledo, Ohio. This is the first and only lot that will be offered for sale.
This lot includes:
Gravesite soil from Gerald Robinson's burial plot
Original 2.5" X 4" double sided memorial card from Robinson's funeral
8x10 Photograph print on professional print of Robinson in casket (Unreleased and privately owned photograph)
Front page of the July 12th issue of the Toledo Blade detailing the funeral
Seperate COA's for the soil, card and photograph
Watermarks appear on the display scans of the photograph and memorial card and not on the actual items themselves.
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