All posts tagged: The Pastor’s Wife

Southern Fried Homicide, Diane Fanning, Investigation Discovery, ImaginePublicity

Southern Fried Homicide: The Mary Winkler Case with Diane Fanning

Southern murder, is it different than murder anywhere else? You decide! Southern Fried Homicide, a new program on Investigation Discovery, is covering murder made in the South. The featured case starting on Wednesday, June 26 is the Mary Winkler case written about by Diane Fanning in her book THE PASTOR’S WIFE. 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 …

Diane Fanning: Lifetime Movie Based on “The Pastor’s Wife” Begins Nov. 5

Based on the true story of Matthew Winkler, a beloved minister who, in 2006, was found shot and killed in his Selmer, Tennessee home, his wife and young daughters missing. Authorities soon zeroed in on Matthew’s wife, Mary, as the prime suspect in the murder. After her capture, the residents of Selmer were left to wonder what would drive Mary to shoot her husband in the back as he slept. They would get their answers during her trial, when what went on behind the closed doors of this seemingly perfect family was revealed for all to see. Based on the true crime book by Diane Fanning, THE PASTOR’S WIFE 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 …