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December 27, 1993 | RICHARD E. MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The bathtub was the worst. It squatted against a wall, red with blood. Sister Shirley Kolmer and Sister Joel Kolmer told no one at their missionary headquarters here in Illinois, but somebody had been shot in a bathroom of their convent in Liberia. A priest was with them when they found the gore. "Do you really want to go back into this house?" asked Father Jim Gessler, also a missionary. "Someone's been killed in there." He had a suggestion.
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December 27, 1993 | RICHARD E. MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The bathtub was the worst. It squatted against a wall, red with blood. Sister Shirley Kolmer and Sister Joel Kolmer told no one at their missionary headquarters here in Illinois, but somebody had been shot in a bathroom of their convent in Liberia. A priest was with them when they found the gore. "Do you really want to go back into this house?" asked Father Jim Gessler, also a missionary. "Someone's been killed in there." He had a suggestion.
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December 26, 1993 | RICHARD E. MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First the sisters heard their five fellow nuns were missing. It was not true. Then they heard the nuns were safe. That was not true. Then they heard they were being held hostage. It was not true. Finally, they heard the sisters were under house arrest. That was not true, either. The five nuns were in Liberia, and sometimes the truth from Africa comes in roundabout ways. Four young Liberian women heard about part of what happened. Then they saw the rest. They fled in terror.
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December 26, 1993 | RICHARD E. MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First the sisters heard their five fellow nuns were missing. It was not true. Then they heard the nuns were safe. That was not true. Then they heard they were being held hostage. It was not true. Finally, they heard the sisters were under house arrest. That was not true, either. The five nuns were in Liberia, and sometimes the truth from Africa comes in roundabout ways. Four young Liberian women heard about part of what happened. Then they saw the rest. They fled in terror.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1994
In response to "5 Seekers of Good Find Evil," Dec. 26, and "Days of Grace End in Terror," Dec. 27: To the families and friends of the nuns, Sisters Barbara Ann Muttra, Shirley Kolmer, Joel Kolmer, Agnes Mueller and Kathleen McGuire, murdered in Liberia, please accept our deepest regrets and pledge to locate and bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of your loved ones. We shall isolate and expose the guilty and let judgment be levied by people of conscience. Today, crimes committed by those hungry for power may be overlooked by the international community, but we refuse to accept criminals as our leaders.
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November 1, 1992 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five American nuns engaged in humanitarian work in Liberia have been murdered, probably by rebels fighting one of Africa's grisliest wars, the State Department confirmed Saturday. The five, members of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ who had been missing for more than a week, were shot in two separate incidents, according to Roman Catholic Archbishop Michael Francis of Monrovia, the Liberian capital.
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