We'll Never Know The Whole Story -- We Only Know That It's Probably Weird As Shit
So we have a nun who was killed in a ritualistic manner, and the man convicted of the crime was a priest, whom another woman said was part of a coven of satanists doing murderous rituals. If this was a movie, it'd turn out the nun had stumbled across the priests' evil secret and was killed as a result. But officially, those rituals -- if they happened at all -- had nothing to do with Sister Pahl's murder.
The prosecutor in the case said that Sister Pahl was known for being a strict knuckle-rapper, and that she probably pushed the meek Reverend Robinson too far. You know, a routine conflict between co-workers that got out of hand. Maybe the priest flew into a spontaneous rage and strangled her, then desecrated her body to try to throw police off the scent? Or maybe he was always a psychopath who waited until his early 40s to snap?
We don't know, because Robinson maintained his innocence at every step, appealing the ruling over and over until he died in prison in 2014, one appeal still pending. The Ohio Innocence Project had taken up his case, insisting that DNA found under Pahl's fingernails needed to be tested, since it could have belonged to another priest at the hospital or serial killer Coral Eugene Watts (tests would eventually show the DNA didn't match either of them).
If the official story is correct, then it was simply blind coincidence that a woman accused Robinson of being part of a baby-sacrificing cult. (She claimed that she'd never heard he was a suspect in the Pahl case at all.) You know, the too-bizarre-to-be-real accusations that caused police to reopen the case in the first place? If Robinson was indeed innocent of the murder, then that's even more alarming -- that means somebody else did this horrific crime and got away with it. And ... that's it. Nobody knows the whole story, and presumably, nobody ever will.
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