Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

A Tennessee minister slain: The case against Mary Winkler

Soon after the discovery of Matthew Winkler’s murder his wife, Mary Winkler, was accused of shooting him at point-blank range in the back. Though prosecutors argued that he had caught her kiting checks, she would argue that he had abused her emotionally and sexually.

Today in Crime History: Mary Winkler Kills Preacher Husband

On March, 2006, Mary Winkler, a demure Tennessee minister’s wife unloaded 77 pellets of birdshot into her husband Matthew. As he lay bleeding and groaning on their bedroom floor, Matthew asked his wife of ten years, “Why?” To answer that question would require uncovering the Winkler family’s secrets.

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