E129: Rev. DeVernon LeGrand

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This week Beth and Wendy discuss Reverend DeVernon “Doc” Le Grand and the Le Grand Family. LeGrand headed St. John’s Pentecostal Church of Our Lord in Brooklyn. He recruited many teenage “nuns” to solicit money for his church. He also sexually abused the “nuns”, fathered a bunch of children, and murdered an unknown number of people, including two wives, two teenaged girls, and two men.

We dive into the setting (13:36), the killers early life (27:35) and the timeline (31:52). Then we get into the investigation & arrest (49:20), “Where are they now?” (55:02) followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (1:00:23).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered (1:06:12) and our shout outs (1:08:30). 

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Footnotes

Articles/Websites

Murderpedia Contributors. (n.d.). DeVernon LeGrand. Murderpedia. Retrieved 07/08/2021 from https://murderpedia.org/male.L/l/legrand-devernon.htm

Weinman, Sarah. (07/26/2018). A Preacher, A Scam, And A Massacre In Brooklyn. Crime Reads. Retrieved 07/10/2021 from https://crimereads.com/a-preacher-a-scam-and-a-massacre-in-brooklyn/

Murphy, Mary. (02/15/2017). Investigation Underway In Death Of Phony Nun Who Ran Subway Begging Scheme. PIX11. Retrieved 07/10/2021 from https://pix11.com/news/investigation-underway-in-death-of-phony-nun-who-ran-subway-begging-scheme/

Klasfeld, Adam. (04/20/2011). Bogus Nun Worked for Gangsters, NY Says. Courthouse News. Retrieved 07/10/2021 from https://www.courthousenews.com/bogus-nun-workedfor-gangsters-ny-says/

Murphy, Mary. (02/10/2014). Search for missing BK ‘nuns’ stretches from Kings County to Kingstree, SC. PIX11. Retrieved 07/10/2021 from https://pix11.com/news/local-news/brooklyn/search-for-missing-bk-nuns-leads-through-south-carolina/

Breasted, Mary. (03/16/1976). LeGrand’s Neighbors Kept a Log on a Decade of Confrontations. The New York Times. Retrieved 07/10/2021 from https://www.nytimes.com/1976/03/16/archives/legrands-neighbors-kept-a-long-on-a-decade-of-confrontations-log.html

Murphy, Mary. (02/10/2014). Children of missing ‘nuns’ seek help finding remains. PIX11. Retrieved 07/10/2021 from  https://pix11.com/news/local-news/brooklyn/adult-daughter-of-monster-bishop-wonders-what-happened-to-mother-who-vanished/

Henryhand Funeral Home. (n.d.). Vivian Stella Sannicola. Retrieved 07/10/2021 from https://www.henryhandfuneralhome.com/obituary/5894182

Coscarelli, Joe. (08/01/2010). Angel Dust Sex, Kids In Cages, Other Horrors Remembered In ’70s Brooklyn Nun Cult. The Village Voice. Retrieved 07/10/2021 from https://www.villagevoice.com/2010/08/01/angel-dust-sex-kids-in-cages-other-horrors-remembered-in-70s-brooklyn-nun-cult/

CaseText. (09/29/1980). People v. Le Grand. Retrieved 07/10/2021 from https://casetext.com/case/people-v-le-grand-36

The New York Times. (08/27/1977). Children of Mother Killed by Bishop Shifted by Police. Retrieved 07/11/2021 from https://www.nytimes.com/1977/08/27/archives/children-of-mother-killed-by-bishop-shifted-by-police.html

McNamara, Joseph. (03/04/1984). Brooklyn’s Deadly ‘Bishop’. The Daily News. Retrieved 07/11/2021 from https://www.newspapers.com/image/487974493/

Vlex. (01/12/1956). 309 N.Y. 420, People v. Le Grande. Retrieved 07/11/2021 from https://case-law.vlex.com/vid/309-n-420-people-626090899

The New York Times. (02/10/1974). 2 Men Are Found Slain Near Factory in Brooklyn. Retrieved 07/13/2021 from https://www.nytimes.com/1974/02/10/archives/2-men-are-found-slain-near-factory-in-brooklyn.html

Raftery, Thomas. (01/28/1978). Indict 3d son of ‘Bishop’ in revenge killing of 2. Daily News. Retrieved 07/13/2021 from https://www.newspapers.com/image/483015416/

History

BBC. (07/02/2009). Pentecostalism. Retrieved 07/11/2021 from https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/subdivisions/pentecostal_1.shtml

Allison, Gregg. (n.d.). Pentecostal Theology. The Gospel Coalition. Retrieved 07/11/2021 from https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/essay/pentecostal-theology/

Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. (02/18/2020). Holiness Movement. Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 07/11/2021 from https://www.britannica.com/event/Holiness-movement

Wikipedia contributors. (07/01/2021). Azusa Street Revival. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 07/11/2021 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Azusa_Street_Revival&oldid=1031335293

Jones, Jae. (06/20/2020). Julia A.J. Foote: A.M.E. Zion Church First Black Woman Deacon. Black Then. Retrieved 07/11/2021 from https://blackthen.com/julia-j-foote-m-e-zion-church-first-black-woman-deacon/

Robeck Jr., Cecil M. (n.d.). Women in the Pentecostal Movement. Fuller Studio. Retrieved 07/11/2021 from https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/women-in-the-pentecostal-movement/

Wikipedia contributors. (06/09/2021). Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved07/11/2021 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Crown_Heights,_Brooklyn&oldid=1027705895

Books

McGuire, Craig. (2017). Brooklyn’s Most Wanted: The Top 100 Criminals, Crooks and Creeps from the County of the Kings. Denver, Colorado: WildBlue Press.

Podcasts

Dixon, Pat (host). (10/17/2020). The New York City Crime Report with Pat Dixon [Audio podcast]. Retrieved 07/21/2021 from https://podcasts.apple.com/za/podcast/the-new-york-city-crime-report-with-pat-dixon/id432430350?i=1000495062536

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