Topic / Crime

Jailed for life: ex-priest who murdered a woman in 1960

It took 57 years for justice to catch up with John Bernard Feit, 85, who was found guilty last week of killing Irene Garza, a schoolteacher and former beauty queen, after she went to him for confession at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas, in 1960. According to this report, although colleagues and elected […]

Catholic school sheltered child abusers, says former abbot

A former abbot at Downside Abbey in Somerset, Aidan Bellenger, above, claims that a school attached to the monastery sheltered child sex offenders and tolerated abuse. According to this report, Downside Abbey is is being investigated by an Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse after two of its monks were jailed for child sex offences. […]

Toddler allegedly killed at Florida House of Prayer school

Anna Elizabeth Young, above, who ran the House of Prayer for All People religious boarding school in Micannopy, Florida, has been arrested in Georgia on charges of torturing and killing a toddler in the late 1980s. The alleged killing, according to this report, came to light after a year-long investigation into the abuse suffered by […]

Women arrested for procuring young girls for S African pastor

Two women were arrested this week in South Africa for allegedly procuring sex partners, some as young 13, for Nigerian-born pastor Timothy Omotoso, above. According to this report, the televangelist and senior pastor of the Jesus Dominion International Church in Durban, was arrested in April this year and faces charges of having sex with at […]

Abuse of children in Pakistan’s madrassas is rife, say report

The photo above, showing a distraught Pakistani mother, Kausar Parveen, comforting her nine-year-old son who had been raped in an Islamic school by a Muslim cleric, appears today in a shocking AP report about widespread sexual abuse of children in madrassas across the country. The AP investigation found that sexual abuse in the madrassas is a […]

Christian school teacher in Iowa faces 140 abuse charges

The arrest in October of fifth grade teacher Curtis Van Dam, 35, of Sioux Center Christian School in northwest Iowa, has led to a lot of hand-wringing and talk of prayer from the ‘Christ-centered’ school’s officials.  Van Dam, according to a statement issued by the school, has been charged with 101 felonies and 39 misdemeanours […]

Texas church massacre was God’s way of answering prayers

Commenting on the shooting that claimed 26 lives at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, this weekend, Illinois Lutheran Pastor Hans Fiene, above, said: When those saints of First Baptist Church were murdered yesterday, God wasn’t ignoring their prayers. He was answering them. In a piece written for the right-wing website The Federalist, […]

Bride’s bid to escape forced marriage ends in 17 deaths

Aasia Bibi, 21, and her boyfriend, Shahid Lashari, pictured above in police custody, are accused of murdering 17 people who died in Pakistan after drinking poisoned milk intended for Bibi’s husband. According to this report, Bibi was forced by her family into an arranged marriage with a relative in September. When she appeared in court on […]

Priest, 96, showed child porn to visitors to his retirement home

Retired New York priest, monsignor Harry Byrne, faces 54 charges of possessing photographs on his computer of girls eight to 14 old performing sex acts with men or posing naked, according Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark. The New York Daily News reported yesterday that, Byrne, who railed against the Catholic Church’s horrific mishandling of the paedophile […]

Vicious Christian mum jailed for attack on daughter

Rhonda Shoffner, 41, a Pennsylvania woman who beat and tried to strangle her daughter for incorrectly reciting Bible verses, has been sentenced to prison. Shoffner, according to this report, was sentenced last Wednesday to 30 months to five years in prison after pleading guilty to charges including aggravated assault of her daughter, who was younger […]