If there is one sure thing that will earn you a one-way ticket to hell, killing two nuns ought to do the trick. In Mississippi, a black thug named Rodney Earl Sanders, who was intent on robbing them, murdered Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill. He stabbed them to death before fleeing the crime scene.
The family is relieved the killer was caught, but it doesn’t bring their loved ones back. They are now truly with God. Their bodies were found when they did not show up for work at the clinic where they treated those who could not afford regular medical care. Their murders shocked the nation.
From the Daily Mail:
The nephew of one of the two nuns killed in Mississippi says he is thankful someone has been arrested in the case.
Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Mississippi, was charged in the deaths of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, both 68, Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said in a statement released late Friday night.
The bodies of both women were discovered Thursday after they failed to show up for work at a clinic in Lexington, Mississippi, about 10 miles from where they lived.
‘Sanders was developed as a person of interest early on in the investigation,’ Lt. Colonel Jimmy Jordan said in the statement.
‘With the cooperation of the Durant and Kosciusko Police Departments, Holmes County Sheriff’s Department and the Attorney General Office this heinous crime has been resolved.’
Merrill’s nephew, David Merrill, said he learned about the arrest of Sanders early Saturday morning.
He says the family is ‘thankful that he’s off the streets,’ but the family still has to deal with the loss.
One nephew admits that he agrees with the idea of forgiveness, but he is struggling with it and I don’t blame him. I doubt that I would be able to forgive such an atrocity.
Authorities said Sanders was being held in an undisclosed detention center pending a court appearance. He has been a person of interest from the beginning and right now they think he acted alone.
In the poverty-stricken area in Mississippi where these two nuns brought hope and caring, forgiveness is not likely to be forthcoming. Sisters Margaret Held and Paula Merrill were nurse practitioners who dedicated their lives to providing healthcare to people in the poorest county in the state. They will be hard pressed to find two that can fill the holes left by their sad departure. These women were loved there.
Their stolen car was found abandoned a mile from their home and there were signs of a break-in, but police haven’t disclosed a motive. No one should die like that and the man guilty of this deserves the full force of justice thrown at him.