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Thread: Ann Sorise, 30, in September, 1963, and Ernestine Timmons, 30, in May, 1970

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    Default Re: Ann Sorise, 30, in September, 1963, and Ernestine Timmons, 30, in May, 1970

    Birth: unknown
    Death: Oct. 3, 1975
    Kings County (Brooklyn)
    New York, USA

    New York (UPI) -- Discovery of the butchered and charred bodies of two teen-age 'nuns' in a remote Catskill Mountain lake led to the indictment Thursday of self-styled 'Bishop' DeVernon LeGrand on four murder charges. LeGrand, 51, who heads St. John's Pentacostal Church of Our Lord in Brooklyn, was charged with killing two sisters who were 'nuns' in his church and two of his former wives, beginning in 1963, Brooklyn District Attorney Eugene Gold said. LeGrand's son, Steven LeGrand, also was charged with murder in the deaths of the 'nuns,' Gladys Rivera Steward, 18, and Yvonne Rivera, 16, last Oct. 3 at the church. Mrs. Steward was the wife of another of LeGrand's sons, Darryl Steward. Gold charged LeGrand also killed Ann Sorise, 30, in September, 1963, and Ernestine Timmons, 30, in May, 1970. The bodies of the two former wives have not been found, he said,adding that he did not expect any more bodies to turn up. LeGrand is serving a five to 15-year sentence on rape and bribery convictions and Steven is awaiting trial on another charge. Another son, Nocondo, 20, was convicted in the rape case. LeGrand reportedly earned more than $250,000 a year by sending the women of his church, dressed as nuns, into the streets to beg for money. Gold said the remains of the Rivera sisters were found in Briscoe Lake, near LeGrand's farm on the outskirts of Liberty, N.Y. 'Bones and other parts of human bodies were found as a result of dredging,' Gold said. A former caretaker at the church, Frank Holman, said in an affidavit that he helped LeGrand dismember the bodies and transport the parts to the farm. He said the bodies were burned in a bathtub of bensene and the remains dumped in the lake. 'I believe that a head which came out of a bag which I placed in the tub was that of Yvonne Rivers.' Holman told the investigators."
    Valley Morning Star, Harlingen, Texas, RFriday, May 14, 1976, Page 7; from" access Newspaper Archive (.com).
    New York (AP) -- Self-styled Bishop Devernon LeGrand was indicted Thursday on charges of murdering and dismembering four members of his Brooklyn cult of begging nuns, whose alms solicitations reportedly netted him $250,000 a year. A stepson, Steven Strong, also known as Steven LeGrand, was indicted with him, in the slaying of two sisters, Gladys Rivera Stewart, 18, the bishop's daughter-in-law, and Yvonne Rivera, 16. Both men pleaded innocent. The bodies of the girls were dismembered and burned. The bones were thrown into a lake on a 58-acre summer camp maintained by LeGrand for his followers in the Catskill mountains near Liberty, N.Y. about 100 miles from New York City. The remains were recoverd last March as the result of a tip to Brooklyn Dist. Atty., Eugene Gold's office. LeGrand alone was charged with the additional murders of a so-called wife, Ann Sorise, about 30, who was shot, beaten and dismembered in September 1963, and another 'wife,' Ernestine Timmons, also about 30, who was stomped, beaten and dismembered. All four women, according to the indictment were slain in LeGrand's St. John's Pentecostal Church."
    Anderson Herald, The Anderson, Indiana. Friday, May 14, 1976 from" access Newspaper Archive (.com).

    NOTE: no relation to B.E.F. Stienstra.
    Body lost or destroyed
    Specifically: Parts may still be in Segar Pond, Briscoe, Sullivan County, New York
    Created by: Barbara Elsie Feist Stie...
    Record added: Jun 07, 2007
    Find A Grave Memorial# 19758316

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    Default Re: Ann Sorise, 30, in September, 1963, and Ernestine Timmons, 30, in May, 1970

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