Episode #21: Mary Winkler and the Murder of Matthew Winkler
Summary of the Case:
On May 22nd, 2006, church members of a Tennessee church went to their pastor’s home after he failed to come to an evening service. They found 31-year-old Matthew Winkler dead on the floor of a gunshot wound. His wife and three children were all missing. Immediately family and friends feared that Mary Winkler and the children were being held captive, but police were suspicious Mary had been involved. Within a few day, Mary and the children would be found safe in Alabama. Mary would be taken into custody, and the investigation would lead to a startling find: Mary had been check kiting, and had gotten the family into thousands of dollars of debt.
Mary would go on trial for the murder of her husband. Prosecution claimed Mary killed Matthew so he would not find out about her debt. When Mary would testify in her own defense, it would take a startling turn. Mary testified Matthew forced her to have degrading sex, and dress up in sexual outfits she did not want to wear. She claimed he was abusive to her and the children on the day he died, she snapped and shot him and then fled with the children. Mary was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter. She was sentenced to 210 days in jail, minus time served, with part of the sentence being able to be serve in a mental health facility.
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