This is a good presentation. Overall I recommend its viewing. It is a bit thin, as with other presentations are on the 1926 kidnapping, which seem to work to preserve the mystery rather than really working to get at the behind the scenes facts.
I found the 1926 disappearance incident quite disturbing and to a lesser extent her alleged affairs. A person embed with the healing power of God to assist 10's of thousands; more persons witnessed healed by secular observers than anyone before or since in history, did not make sense to me. How could she have this level of immorality and yet remain, among other things, an effective minister and faith healer, even to the end of her days? I investigated the situation and there are some interesting facts to consider:
--Until the 1930's when the FBI became actively involved in kidnapping cases, the local authorities were responsible for investigating, with all the political debris that may imply of the LA Police Department.-- McPherson, according to journalist from New York, H. L. Mencken, sent to cover the 1926 grand jury inquiry determined the evangelist was being persecuted by two powerful Los Angeles city groups. The "town clergy" were concerned she was taking too many of their congregants and did not like her theatrical style in presenting the Gospel. The other was "the Babbits", the power elite of California. McPherson's strong stand on Bible fundamentalism and "against evolution" in the public classroom was not popular with them.--The Los Angeles law enforcement was actually originally empathetic with McPherson's story. But inexplicably, when the grand jury inquiry began in earnest, they were no longer interested in seriously pursuing a possible kidnapping and instead tried hard to prove McPherson's story false trying to show she was involved with a married man in a cottage in Carmel-by-the-Sea..--Faulty eyewitness accounts against McPherson were on the front-page news headlines, while evidence supporting her was on the back pages, if printed at all.--The grand jury investigation aided by newspapers and their hundreds of reporters, spent $500,000 (around 6.4 million in 2013 cash), all to prove McPherson's story false. They ended up dropping the case for lack of evidence.-- The newspapers made lots of money on the 1926 disappearance controversy. LOTS.--Few paid any attention to Kenneth Ormiston, her supposed Carmel lover. He stated his name "connected to the evangelist was a gross insult to a noble and sincere woman." He admitted to having an affair there at the time and sold his story to the NY Times. The mistress, though, was Elizabeth Tovey.--In 1990 The Court of Historical Review and Appeal in San Francisco, which holds no legal authority, is made up of members of the bench handed down regarding the matter of McPherson's kidnapping story. "there was never any substantial evidence to show that her story was untrue.---her alleged affairs (most supposedly taking place in the 1930's): Stuff of old ladies leaning on backyard fences and gossiping. Nothing that anyone can put their finger on.
Referencing biographies1. Raymond L. Cox: The Verdict is In 19832. Daniel Mark Epstein Sister Aimee: The Life of Aimee Semple McPherson 19943. Edith L Blumhofer: Aimee Semple McPherson Everybody's Sister 19934. Matthew Avery Sutton: Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America. 2007
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