The Preacher’s Wife Mary Winkler
August 28, 2006
Ahhh the Preacher’s wife is back in the news. Seems the Times are trying to figure out why Mary Winkler killed her minister husband. It was early on a Wednesday morning last March. The 31-year-old Church of Christ minister and father of three young girls had been in bed, and presumably still asleep, when the shotgun blast tore him a new behind.
Fired at close range, the single round from the 12-gauge “turkey gun” pumped 77 pellets into Winkler, fracturing his spine and perforating his ribs, left lung, diaphragm, stomach, spleen, pancreas and adrenal glands. The force of the blast flipped him off the bed. He landed on his back in a tangle of sheets.
“I went over and I wiped his mouth off with a sheet,” Mary Winkler would recall two days later, after she had been stopped in the family van in Orange Beach, Ala., about 500 miles south of here. “I told him I was sorry and that I loved him….
“He asked me, ‘Why?’
“And I just said I was sorry.”
Now if that doesn’t give you the heebie jeebies I don’t know what will, all I can say is Dump Your Wife Now and run!