Preacher Found Guilty of Murdering His Second Wife, Probably Killed The First One, He Had Affair With Vulnerable, Grieving Woman at His Church
Not only did this guy murder his second wife (and apparently his first one), but a few sources says he started an affair with a grieving widow in his church. An all around stand up classy guy.
And married people are morally superior to single people. Don’t forget that, now. Evangelicals and Baptists believe that singles are randy rabbits that hump everything in sight and are not as mature as married couples.
I also wonder how sicko freaks like this guy – who manipulate emotionally wounded women for sex, who murder two wives – get spouses, while the decent, normal people of the world go single.
- By Andrew Scott
Pocono Record Writer
January 04, 2014
“Death At The Parsonage,” a look at former Jackson Township pastor Arthur Schirmer — awaiting trial in his first wife’s death after being convicted of murdering his second wife — will air on CBS News’ “48 Hours” at 10 tonight.
Schirmer was pastor at Reeders United Methodist Church in Jackson Township in 2008 when second wife Betty Jean Schirmer died from a head injury her husband said she had suffered in a crash.
Arthur Schirmer said he was driving Betty Jean to the hospital, after she had complained of jaw pain, and that their vehicle crashed into the guard rail after he swerved to avoid a deer on Route 715 in Pocono Township.
In October 2008, three months after Betty Jean’s death, police investigated Joseph Musante’s gunshot suicide in Schirmer’s church office and learned Musante’s wife, Cynthia Musante, had been involved in an extramarital affair with Arthur Schirmer.
Police learned Schirmer’s first wife, Jewel Schirmer, had died from a fall down steps in the couple’s Lebanon home in 1999.
- The former Lebanon County pastor is in state prison awaiting an appeal after his conviction
By John Latimer
The case of convicted murderer and former Bethany United Methodist Church Pastor Arthur “A.B.” Schirmer will be the topic of the CBS network’s next episode of “48-Hours.”
The investigative crime show titled “Death at the Parsonage” will be broadcast at 10 p.m. Saturday. It will be hosted by correspondent Richard Schlesinger, who interviewed family members who maintain his innocence, detectives and others involved in his prosecution for the deaths of his second wife, Betty Jean Schirmer — a Monroe County jury last year found him guilty of murdering her — and his first wife, Jewel Schirmer.
- Richard Schlesinger and 48 Hours report on an apparent suicide in a Pennsylvania church that revealed secrets the local pastor wanted to keep hidden in “Death at the Parsonage,” to be broadcast tonight, Jan. 4, 2014 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
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The case focuses on the investigation of the suicide of Joseph Musante, who was found slumped over a chair at the Reeders United Methodist Church in Reeders, Pa., seemingly the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. What shocked the town, though, was the secret affair between Musante’s wife, Cindy, and their pastor, Arthur Burton Schirmer, known as AB. Police said Musante killed himself after he discovered his wife’s affair with the pastor.
Musante’s loved ones had questions about the pastor right from the start.
“I knew something was not right,” Musante’s sister, Rose Cobb, tells 48 HOURS.
Cobb learned that Schirmer had been married twice, and that both wives had died suddenly. Cobb wanted police to investigate the deaths.
“I just had a lot of questions about who he was,” Cobb tells Schlesinger. “His first wife fell down the stairs and died. And then his second wife dies from being in a car accident?”
Schirmer having two dead wives struck Cobb as being odd.
“That’s strange. The hair on the back of my neck actually stood up.”
What Cobb told police sent the case in a direction that nobody expected, including Schirmer. Were the deaths of his previous wives accidents as he claimed, or something more sinister?
Schlesinger and the 48 Hours team report on the case through interviews with Cobb, Musante’s daughter, Schirmer’s daughters, investigators, a defense attorney, and others. 48 HOURS: “Death at the Parsonage” is produced by Sarah Prior, Chuck Stevenson and Lauren Clark. Doreen Schechter and Gregory F. McLaughlin are the editors. Judy Tygard is the senior producer. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.
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