Mary Winkler murder case featured in true crime book - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mary Winkler murder case featured in true crime book

JACKSON, TN. (AP) - A newly released paperback book by crime writer Ann Rule features a section on the slaying of Matthew Winkler, a small-town Tennessee minister killed by his wife, Mary.

The killing in 2006 and Mary Winkler's trial this year in Selmer, about 90 miles east of Memphis, drew widespread media attention. She was taken to trial on a murder charge but was convicted in April of the lesser offense of voluntary manslaughter.

Rule's 480-page book, "Smoke, Mirrors & Murder," focuses on a series of seemingly unlikely killings, and Matthew Winkler's slaying is one of them.

Winkler, a Church of Christ minister, was shot in the back with a shotgun as he lay in bed at his residence. Mary Winkler told her trial jury she had suffered years of physical and emotional abuse by her husband.

"I was so curious about it, and so were a lot of my readers," Rule told The Jackson Sun newspaper from her Seattle, Wash., residence. "We tend to think preachers' wives are above reproach, but of course they're human beings like everybody else."

The book, published by Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books, went on sale this week.


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