In 1980, times were different. The church and police in
Toledo, Ohio had a strong Catholic bond. Priests were
representatives of God and seen as Godly men. When a seventy
--one--year--old nun was found murdered in the sacristy of the
hospital chapel, one would have thought that the police
would have been biting the bullet, so to speak, to find her
killer. Problem was that the main suspect was Father
Robinson, one of the presiding priests for said hospital.
Doors were shut, case was closed, and the victim was buried
without justice being served.
Father Robinson went into hiding as did his records "serving
his time" with the church. Twenty three years later,
priests were being viewed as humans, not gods among people.
Satanic cults had been exposed. Research and technology was
more advanced. TV and news had been sensationalized. People
wanted justice. Once again, Father Robinson's name came into
the public eye. This time it was in accordance with a
satanic cult. Fingers were pointing to him and other Toledo
priests for criminal activities that had been earlier
unheard of. Minds began to turn, clues began to make sense,
people began to demand answers for the unsolved mystery of
Sister Margaret Ann's brutal murder. It now took a
ritualistic twist, and just like in the Bible -- Satan won
the battle, but God won the war. Father Robinson, now frail
and unemotional, was convicted for the murder of Sister
Margaret Ann, and is currently serving his time now in the
big house -- not God's house that is.
Fred Rosen's WHEN SATAN WORE A CROSS was one of the most
chilling books I have ever read. The depiction of the
suspect and all of the events of the time from the eighties
up to now was immaculately documented to give an
understanding of the mindset of the people. Included in his
research was background information regarding the Catholic
religion that was pertinent for the understanding of motives
behind even the slain nun's obsessive behavior which lead to
the ease of predictability for her slayer. Shocking and
chilling, Rosen's accurate depiction of the murder of Sister
Margaret Ann is brought to life among the pages of his
brilliantly written book. A must read for true crime
fanatics, as well as anyone else who loves to have justice
In 1980 in Toledo, Ohio�on one of the holiest days of
the church calendar�the body of a nun was discovered in the
sacristy of a hospital chapel. Seventy-one-year-old Sister
Margaret Ann had been strangled and stabbed, her corpse
arranged in a shameful and stomach-churning pose. But the
police's most likely suspect was inexplicably released and
the investigation was quietly buried. Despite damning
evidence, Father Gerald Robinson went free.
Twenty-three years later the priest's name resurfaced in
connection with a bizarre case of satanic ritual and abuse.
It prompted investigators to exhume the remains of the slain
nun in search of the proof left behind that would indelibly
mark Father Robinson as Sister Margaret Ann's killer: the
sign of the Devil.
When Satan Wore a Cross
is a shocking true story of official cover-ups, madness,
murder and lies--and of an unholy human monster who disguised
himself in holy garb.