This thug just up and thought it would be cool to kill two NUNS! For no reason?! This is just sick.
The convicted felon who killed two nuns in Mississippi has confessed to killing the women but refuses to tell police why.
Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Mississippi, was charged in the deaths of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, both 68.
The women’s bodies were discovered on Thursday after they failed to show up for work at a clinic in Lexington, Mississippi.
It emerged today that Sanders, who admitted to killing them in interrogation, has a criminal record and is currently on probation.
He served six years behind bars for armed robbery in 1986 and was convicted of a felony DUI in Attala County last February.
One of the nun’s nephews recently spoke of his relief that someone was arrested in the case that has horrified Holmes County.
Merrill’s nephew, David Merrill, said the family is ‘thankful that he’s off the streets’ but the family still has to deal with the loss.
David Merrill says he agrees with the idea of forgiveness and trying to forgive the person who killed his aunt and her fellow nun.
But he says he’s ‘not as strong’ as his aunt, and he’s not sure if he’s ‘capable of completely forgiving.’
Authorities said Sanders was being held in an undisclosed detention center pending a court appearance.
State Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain tells The Associated Press that as of Saturday, ‘investigators believe Sanders acted alone.’
Meanwhile, in the poverty-stricken Mississippi county where the two nuns were slain, forgiveness for their killer is hard to find, even if forgiveness is what the victims would have wanted.
Sisters Margaret Held and Paula Merrill were nurse practitioners who dedicated their lives to providing health care to people in the poorest county in the state.
And as authorities sought the killer, many residents wondered how they will fill the hole the women’s deaths have left.
‘Right now, I don’t see no forgiveness on my heart,’ said Joe Morgan Jr., a 58-year-old former factory worker who has diabetes and was a patient of Merrill’s at the clinic where the two nuns worked.
He said Merrill would want him to forgive whoever killed the women, but he hopes the perpetrator is arrested, convicted and executed.
‘She doesn’t deserve to die like this, doing God’s work,’ Morgan said, shaking his head. ‘There’s something wrong with the world.’
Both women worked at the clinic, where they gave flu shots, dispensed insulin and provided other medical care for children and adults who couldn’t afford it.
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.