Ok – former pastor Arthur Schirmer is more accurate, but its really just splitting hairs. Schirmer was a pastor when he is alleged to have murdered his second wife, and possible his first wife too.
Schirmer, 62, formerly the pastor at Bethany United Methodist Church in Lebanon and more recently at Reeders United Methodist in Swiftwater, Monroe County, was accused of trying to cover up the death of his second wife, Betty Jean Schirmer, 56, by making it appear she died in a car crash in July 2008 in Pocono Twp., according to court documents.
Schirmer told investigators he was driving his wife to the hospital for jaw pain when he swerved to avoid a deer, traveled across the road and his car slammed into a guardrail at 40 to 45 mph, according to court papers. He told police the impact caused his wife's head to hit the windshield and rearview mirror, according to court papers.
Schirmer may not have read that part of the bible that talks about thou shall not kill. I know it’s in there. I just can’t remember what its called.