Daily Church Scandal Report: Former PA Pastor Charged with killing two wives

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Today’s Church Scandal Report involves a former Philly Pastor who allegedly killed not one but two wives:

Former Pennsylvania pastor Arthur “A.B.” Schirmer was considered a “serial philanderer, preying on women in his church” who were having trouble in their own marriages. Court documents say he’s also a killer.  While Schirmer was charged two years ago in the death of his second wife, he now stands accused of killing his first wife too.

A grand jury concluded her injuries weren’t consistent with a fall down the stairs as reported that the time of her death. The ex-pastor intends to plead innocent, and his children say they support him.

The report says:
Schirmer, 64, has long claimed he was out for a run on April 23, 1999, when he returned home to find Jewel Schirmer’s body in a pool of blood at the bottom of the basement steps. Although she had suffered a fractured skull as well as injuries to her face, body, arms and legs, the coroner made no determination as to whether her death was an accident or a homicide, and the case was closed.
The victim’s brother has never been convinced that his sister died the way it was told back then.

Jonathan Behney told police two days after his sister’s death that “it was his opinion that her head was smashed in by someone,” a police affidavit said. “He added that Arthur had been cheating on his sister for some time and has had several extramarital affairs with other women.”

Police and prosecutors decided to take another look at Jewel Schirmer’s death after her husband of 31 years came under investigation in the 2008 death of his second wife, Betty Jean, in the Pocono Mountains. Prosecutors in that case say Schirmer killed Betty Jean Schirmer, then staged a car accident to cover it up. He faces trial in January

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