In the early evening on August 11, 1921, Edwin Stephenson, a Methodist minister, walked to the porch of the rectory of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Birmingham, Alabama, and shot Father James E. Coyle three times, killing him. He then turned himself in to the sheriff. Stephenson’s reason for the shooting was simple: Earlier that day at St. Paul’s, Coyle had married Stephenson’s daughter, Ruth—a Catholic convert—to Pedro Gussman, a Catholic.
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