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Police: Pastor Killed Wife, Staged Scene to Look Like Accident

Philadelphia Inquirer via YellowBrix

September 14, 2010

POCONOS, PA – A Methodist pastor in the Poconos has been arrested and charged with killing his wife two years after he claimed she died when he crashed their car to avoid hitting a deer, State Police said today.

Police said they reopened the investigation in November 2008 after a suicide at the Reeders United Methodist where the Rev. Arthur Burton Schirmer, 62, was pastor.

Details about the suicide and its relationship to the case were not disclosed.

In July 2008, Schirmer, who was arrested Sunday, told police his 56-year-old wife Betty Jean Schirmer was fatally injured when he swerved to avoid a deer in Pocono Township.

But after police reopened the investigation, a forensic pathologist and the Lehigh County Coroner reviewed the case and found that the blunt force trauma that killed Betty Jean Schirmer could not have been caused by what was determined to be a minor, low-speed crash, police said. They also said she was bleeding before the crash.

The police reportedly also found blood in the parsonage garage.


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    arroyol

    over 3 years ago

    696 Comments

    Bump t1401hm's comment.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Kinda like when a leo goes bad,it's a black eye for all of us.Two black eyes for those of us who are officers and ministers.One wonders what he is going to use as a defense.

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    LadyG

    over 3 years ago

    6528 Comments

    I wonder why the coroner didn't find this in the first place.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    46182 Comments

    What a POS.

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    darsavmo

    over 3 years ago

    11344 Comments

    Bump t1401hm, scum is scum regardless of the profession or title they may have...

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    dinapooh

    over 3 years ago

    522 Comments

    Wow, you just never really know people.

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    SuzanneNGa

    over 3 years ago

    16580 Comments

    Bump t1401hm's comment.

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    t1401hm

    over 3 years ago

    1754 Comments

    It just proves that it doesn't matter about the profession. Scum is scum.

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    Gombino

    over 3 years ago

    2658 Comments

    Top_Cat you said it well.

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    DonnaLynn

    over 3 years ago

    10494 Comments

    Glad they caught him. What a POS.

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    curedgirls

    over 3 years ago

    3624 Comments

    and they are saying that his previous wife's death may also be further investigated - you just never know who people really are.

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