Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Slideshow: Tennessee Minister Slain, the Case Against Mary Winkler

When Matthew Winkler’s body was discovered at the Winkler home, Mary Winkler, his wife, was accused of shooting him at point-blank range in the back with a shotgun. Though he had allegedly caught her kiting checks, she would argue in court that he had been an abusive husband.

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.