HAMMOND | As part of their own Lenten journey, students and staff at Bishop Noll Institute heard the emotional and inspiring stories of two members from Journey of Hope during a recent visit.
Ruth Pelke was murdered in 1985, and her family says her legacy of love lives on through today.
Ruth Pelke's family has fond memories of holidays in her Gary home, complete with crocheted gifts, colored cookies and "Nana salad," Pelke's macaroni salad mixed with watermelon pickles.
Paula Cooper was sentenced to death for the murder of an elderly Bible school teacher in the 1980s. The state Supreme Court commuted her sentence to 60 years in prison, and now she shares her story and hopes for the future with The Times as the final year of her sentence winds down.
ROCKVILLE, Ind. | Paula Cooper mixed no-bake cookies, creating balls of sweet coconut and baking cocoa the size of a fist.
Ruth Pelke, an elderly Bible school teacher in Gary, was stabbed to death in her home on May 14, 1985. Four teenagers were convicted, and 15-year-old Paula Cooper was sentenced to death.
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