The Pastor's Wife (book)
|Genre||True crime, Biography|
|Publisher||St. Martin's Press|
Published in English
|Pages||320 pp (Paperback ed)|
The Pastor's Wife: The True Story of a Minister and the Shocking Death That Divided a Family, by author and novelist Diane Fanning, is a true crime account of Pastor Matthew Winkler, who was found fatally wounded from a shotgun blast to his back in 2006 at his Fourth Street Church of Christ parsonage in Selmer, Tennessee. The book was released by St. Martin's True Crime Library in November 2008.
Mary Winkler, the pastor's wife, and their three daughters—aged 8, 6 and 1 at the time—were missing when Matthew's body was discovered, and a search for the family began. They were eventually located on a beach in Alabama, and Winkler was charged with the murder of her 31-year-old husband.
In April 2007, Winkler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the death of her husband and sentenced to 210 days. She served 67 days of her sentence in a mental health facility.
Winkler's defense team, attorneys Steve Farese Sr., Leslie Ballin, Tony Farese and Steve Farese Jr. with investigator Terry Cox, represented their client pro bono.
Anita Porterfield with The Boerne Star wrote about the book, "With great skill, Fanning guides the reader through the bizarre destructive events of a dysfunctional family culminating with Mary Winkler’s murder trial."