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The 1921 Murder of a Priest

By Dr. Jeff Mirus (bio - articles - email) | May 23, 2012

Perhaps you read today’s news story, Alabama: Methodist bishop seeks forgiveness for priest’s 1921 murder, and perhaps you had no idea what it was all about. But if you were reading back in early 2010, or you have browsed back that far since, you would know exactly what this is about: The murder of Fr. James Coyle in broad daylight, in full view of witnesses, on August 11, 1921, and the subsequent acquittal of the man who did it.

It is a fascinating story, and the recent book by Sharon Davies that recounts it in detail is brilliantly done. See my January 2010 review: The Murder of a Priest. Once again, highly recommended.

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and See full bio.

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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - May. 23, 2012 5:00 PM ET USA

    Fr. Coyle, pray for us.