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Love Me or Else

The True Story of a Devoted Pastor, a Fatal Jealousy, and the Murder that Rocked a Small Town

Colin McEvoy and Lynn Olanoff

St. Martin's True Crime

Love Me or Else

Colin McEvoy 

On the outside, Mary Jane Fonder seemed like a kindly sixty-six-year-old congregant of the Lutheran church in Springfield Township, PA. But inside, she longed for the church’s handsome Pastor Gregory Shreaves, a former golf pro who sparked her most sinful thoughts.

When Mary Jane let her feelings be known, the Pastor gently pushed her away. But her obsession only grew stronger when she became convinced that he was romantically involved with a younger church member, a woman named Rhonda Smith.

Rhonda was doing volunteer work in the church office one day when she was shot to death in cold blood. The trail of evidence led police to Mary Jane, and soon other suspicions were raised: Was she also involved in the mysterious death of her own father fifteen years earlier? This is the shocking true story of love, worship, and murder in one American small town.

 

 


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CHAPTER 1
 
 
The door shouldn’t have been unlocked.
Judy Zellner slipped her key into the side door at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, but the door fell open before she could turn it. She looked down at the doorknob, surprised and more than a little annoyed. This door is always supposed to be locked, everybody in the church knows that. Even out here in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the door has to be locked.
Whoever’s in here is going to get a piece of my mind, Judy thought, slipping the key back into her purse and stepping into the hallway. She was
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  • Colin McEvoy and Lynn Olanoff

  • Colin McEvoy and Lynn Olanoff are reporters for The Express-Times, a daily newspaper based in Easton, Pennsylvania. They covered the Rhonda Smith murder case extensively and it was during a jailhouse interview with them that Mary Jane Fonder first acknowledged responsibility for her crime. Colin and Lynn have been married since 2008. Lynn is a graduate of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and Colin graduated from East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. They currently reside in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
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    The True Story of a Devoted Pastor, a Fatal Jealousy, and the Murder that Rocked a Small Town

    Colin McEvoy and Lynn Olanoff

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