Suspected Killer of Catholic Priest in France Placed in Psychiatric Facility, Reports Say ►

Suspected Killer of Catholic Priest in France Placed in Psychiatric Facility, Reports Say

PARIS (Sputnik) – A 39-year-old Rwandan refugee suspected of killing a Catholic priest in France’s western department of Vendee was released from custody and placed in a psychiatric facility, the BFMTV broadcaster reported on Monday, citing informed sources.

The priest was killed earlier in the day, with the police immediately excluding terrorism as the suspect’s motivation. The suspect — who was taken into care by a Catholic community as he awaited trial after setting a cathedral in Nantes on fire last year — reportedly turned himself in earlier on Monday.

The Rwandan refugee was released, as his psychological condition was deemed incompatible with arrest, the broadcaster said.

The suspect reportedly underwent treatment in a psychiatric hospital from late June to late July.

Justice Story: Killer priest murders nun in chapel sacristy, leaves demonic stab pattern over her heart

The nun’s killer left behind a pointed message.

Sister Margaret Ann Pahl, 71, was murdered on the morning before Easter in 1980, an ungodly act on Holy Saturday. Her body was found in the chapel sacristy at Mercy Hospital in Toledo, Ohio.

She had been confronted by her killer as she prepared for that day’s services. Pahl was choked to death’s door, jabbed mercilessly with a letter opener, and then sexually violated. She was found with an altar cloth shrouding her torso.

It was a ritual murder with hallmarks of pathological rage.

Among 31 stab wounds, nine punctures over her heart formed the outline of an inverted Crucifix, a demonic symbol. She had been stripped below the waist and defiled with a cross.

The homicide was unthinkable. Who would do such a thing to an elderly nun?

On April 8, 1980, mourners attended Pahl’s funeral Mass in Fremont, Ohio. During his homily, the Rev. Jerome Swiatecki, assistant chaplain at Mercy Hospital, called the murder “not only blasphemous but patently absurd.”

Seated nearby, the priest’s co-celebrant — the Rev. Gerald Robinson, Mercy’s head chaplain — nodded in agreement.

Pahl had dedicated her life to her Catholic faith.

Born to an Ohio farm family, she was 19 when she joined the Sisters of Mercy, an order recognized for its nursing. She became a registered nurse and spent 50 years working in Catholic hospitals, mostly as an administrator.

The petite nun was known for her meticulousness, and she expected the same from subordinates. Those who did not measure up were subjected to her glowering wrath. Some complained that the bristly taskmaster treated colleagues like third-graders.

With her hearing failing as she reached her 60s, Pahl was assigned to Mercy Hospital in Toledo, an hour east of her hometown, to ease into retirement. She lived with about 20 other nursing nuns in a convent on the hospital’s top floor.

PARIS (Sputnik) – A 39-year-old Rwandan refugee suspected of killing a Catholic priest in France’s western department of Vendee was released from custody and placed in a psychiatric facility, the BFMTV broadcaster reported on Monday, citing informed sources.

The priest was killed earlier in the day, with the police immediately excluding terrorism as the suspect’s motivation. The suspect — who was taken into care by a Catholic community as he awaited trial after setting a cathedral in Nantes on fire last year — reportedly turned himself in earlier on Monday.

The Rwandan refugee was released, as his psychological condition was deemed incompatible with arrest, the broadcaster said.

The suspect reportedly underwent treatment in a psychiatric hospital from late June to late July.

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