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Love Me or Else: The True Story of a Devoted Pastor, a Fatal Jealousy, and the Murder that Rocked a Small Town Mass Market Paperback – February 28, 2012
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Colin McEvoy and Lynn Olanoff are reporters for The Express-Times, a daily newspaper based in Easton, Pennsylvania. They covered the Rhonda Smith murder case extensively and it was during a jailhouse interview with them that Mary Jane Fonder first acknowledged responsibility for her crime. Colin and Lynn have been married since 2008. Lynn is a graduate of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and Colin graduated from East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. They currently reside in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
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One of the primary functions of a church is creating fellowship and community. It would be nice if someone would write another book that delves more deeply into all the circumstances and psyches involved. For privacy reasons alone, that probably won't happen. But if it does, I'll read it for sure!
Overall, highly recommended.
Due to this facet of her personality she often felt excluded, not invited to "in crowd" gatherings, for example, and was subsequently hurt.
She also had an unrequited crush on her 20-years-younger pastor, Gregory Shreaves, and couldn't understand why he wouldn't admit to feeling the same. She hounded him by leaving many rambling messages on his machine and even breaking into his house and leaving food in case he needed it. Shreaves grew increasingly uncomfortable and eventually frightened of Mary Jane.
And finally she was jealous of Rhonda, a recent church member who was younger and prettier than herself. The church had helped Rhonda out in times of financial hardship, which not only had not been done for Mary Jane, but which she had been unaware, increasing her sense of isolation and exclusion. Finally, when the regular church secretary was out, Rhonda was chosen to fill in, and Mary Jane's unhappiness and jealousy boiled over resulting in Rhonda's death.
The book contains the standard elements of true crime including an interesting police investigation and a short trial.Read more ›
I found satisfaction in the straight forward, yet somewhat limited expertise of the investigators in that it is real. The pastor is not superman in this book, the characters are human, the plot sometimes goes nowhere, and the findings leave the reader needing more to answer the questions of why, what, where, who, and why.
So many holes can be shot into this entire scenario by a discerning reader that he or she comes away with a gut feeling that there really was more to it, but what?
I'm not a True Crime fan, but I tried this one out for size after seeing it on television, and knowing something about it on the front end. I must say that it crawled slowly along through the pages of testimony and reports, waited for revelations ad nauseum, and displayed the limitations of small town investigatory powers and polish. It was good that the local law enforcement guys could depend on the state boys to help them out.
I didn't come away satisfied that justice was served, not the murder victim was justly or aptly protrayed, nor was the accused. The reader will have to decide for him or herself.
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A great read. I first heard about this case while watching a television program called 'Snapped'.
As I read the book, I was exceptionally impressed with accuracy of the... Read more
This book retell the story of a murder mostly through principals. It is unnecessarily long and the narrative without nuance or surprise. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Love To Read
Poorly written, wacky evil perpetrator, its certainly at the bottom of the genre. Is kind of funny, but sometimes you get a book that has no endorsements whatsoever from any... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Eddie Wannabee
I knew from the very first who the killer was, the words and paragraphs pointed to her,Published 23 months ago by Anita