Ex-priest accused of murdering beauty queen after she went to confession almost 60 years ago finally headed to trial
BY MINYVONNE BURKE, November 29, 2017, New York Daily News
A former Catholic priest who has long been considered a suspect in the 1960 murder of a Texas beauty queen will stand trial.
John Bernard Feit, 84, was indicted on murder charges in February 2016 in the death of 25-year-old Irene Garza.
Garza, a schoolteacher and Miss All South Texas Sweetheart 1958, vanished in April 1960 after visiting Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen for confession during Holy Week.
Her body was found in a canal five days after she disappeared. An autopsy revealed that she had been . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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