The Vanishing Evangelist Author:Lately Thomas During the afternoon of May 18, 1926 an auburn haired woman whose name was virtually an American house hold word went for a swim in the Pacific. She was not seen to come out of the water. Thousands who had thronged to hear the dyanamic Aimee Semple McPherson preach at her floodlit Angelus Temple were stunned at the news of her disappearance. ... more »Two people died in an attempt to find her body. Services were held at the temple and a memorial fund was collected.
Meanwhile letters had begun to come in demanding $500,000 in ransom. Five weeks after she vanished Amy turned up in a Mexican border town with a circumstantial story of being kidnapped, imprisoned in a desert shack, and escaping to walk miles of sandy wastes.
The missing shepherdess was welcomed back by the Temple flock, but certain skeptics--including the DA--had doubts. Why was no shack found that fit her description? Why was she neither sun-burnt nor thirsty when she returned? Who was the Miss X so remarkably like the evangelist who had occupied a honeymoon cottage with a Mr. MacIntyre at Carmel-by-the Sea while Aimee was gone?« less