David Yonke's new book Sin, Shame, &Secrets is the shocking but true story of the 1980s ritual murder of a Roman Catholic nun that went unsolved for more than two decades — until cold case investigators arrested Father Gerald Robinson, a 66-year-old Roman Catholic priest, at his home next door to the Toledo police station on April 23, 2004.
Just over two years later, on May 11, 2006, a jury convicted Father Robinson of murder and the priest was sentenced to life in prison, a term he is now serving at a maximum-security prison in southern Ohio.
An award-winning journalist and the religion editor of The Toledo Blade, David Yonke covered the trial from gavel to gavel. Sin, Shame, &Secrets chronicles the unique and compelling case that involves startling evidence of a satanic murder, an examination of the cover-up by the Toledo Catholic Diocese, and an inside look at how cold-case investigators and the prosecutor's office put together an iron-clad case that resulted in a conviction after just 6 hours of jury deliberations.
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"Very rarely does a single incident grip the public conscience. The brutal and sacrilegious murder of a true innocent, Sister Margaret Ann Pahl, does just that. Carefully detailing her murder, Yonke describes not only the search for a killer, but the struggle for all of us including both the Toledo police and the Catholic church, to accept that evil exists everywhere around us, even within the house of God." -- Nancy Grace, Talk show host and former prosecutor"This is a murder case for the ages: the ritual slaying of a nun by a priest in a chapel. But beyond the crime, David Yonke deftly shows how an American Catholic diocese kept one of its own from being charged for more than a quarter century. This work is a primer on the power of the church in concealing its worst secrets." -- Michael Sallah, 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner for investigative journalism"Yonke paints a chilling picture of a brutal crime - and the unholy alliance between the Toledo police department and Catholic church. It's disturbing enough that a priest would be accused of killing a nun. What's more troubling is that police authorities would abet the diocese in protecting the killer - and other priests accused of sexually abusing children. Yonke has done a remarkable job piecing together the details of the case. An explosive piece of investigative journalism." -- Mitch Weiss, 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner for investigative journalism"Through painstaking research and gripping narrative, David Yonke presents and analyzes a stunning case of physical, emotional, and sexual pain and the political corruption that kept a horrific crime unsolved for years. This work provides valuable insight and raises troubling questions about the institutional church and its hierarchy that go far beyond one nun, priest and diocese in Ohio."-- Barbara Blaine, founder and president of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)"This is not just another murder mystery. It is a true story that enrages, mystifies and terrifies any reader with even a modicum of moral awareness....The author frames the account of the investigation into Sr. Margaret Ann Pahl's grisly ritual murder within the chilling context of his factual uncovering of a Catholic diocese whose officials maintained a tradition of covering up the evil and destructive deeds of its priests in order to preserve its image." -- Father Thomas Doyle, J.C.D., C.A.D.C.About the Author:
David Yonke is an award-winning journalist and author whose work as the Religion Editor of The Toledo Blade led to his coverage of the Father Gerald Robinson case, including the trial and court appeals.
Among his journalistic honors is the 2003 Ohio Associated Press Investigative Reporter of the Year award for coverage of the clerical sexual abuse scandal.
Yonke has also worked at The Tampa Tribune and has taught journalism at the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University.
In 2012, he founded the nonsectarian, nonprofit religion news website, Toledo Faith & Values (ToledoFAVS.com), as well as a freelance writing, editing and consulting business, Writeminded.media.
Yonke is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a graduate of Duke University. He and his wife, Janet, live in Maumee, Ohio, and are proud parents of three grown daughters.
Write to him at David@Writeminded.media
or P.O. Box 38, Monclova, OH 43542.
For more information, visit DavidYonke.com
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