We likely will argue the merits of the death penalty until the end of time.
Ask if we ever did anything requiring forgiveness or a second chance, and most of us — this writer included — would have to raise our hands. Just ask my wife, my mother or anyone else with whom I've been close.
ROCKVILLE, Ind. | On Monday, region native Bill Pelke celebrated the release of one of his grandmother's killers from prison.
The Times spoke with Paula Cooper in July 2012 as the final year of her sentence began.
The Times spoke with the family of Ruth Pelke in August 2012. Pelke was murdered in 1985, and her family says her legacy of love lives on.
INDIANAPOLIS | A Gary woman put on death row at age 16 for killing an elderly Bible school teacher is scheduled to be released Monday after serving a prison term that was shortened after the state Supreme Court intervened.
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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