Sister Aimee Gets Her Man
On May 18, 1926, a woman disappeared
from Venice Beach, California. This was no ordinary missing persons case,
for the woman in question was nationally known evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson.
She could heal the halt and the lame. She could offer salvation to any one
who sought it. Her fate was the concern of thousands of followers and fans.
For a month, divers searched for her body under the pier. Then, someone
noticed another missing person: Kenneth Ormiston, a radio announcer. He
was rumored to have been more than a little intimate with Aimee. He was
also a married man. The press began to opine that Aimee and Kenneth had
probably run off to a cozy love nest somewhere. At the end of June, Aimee
turned up in New Mexico. She told a wild story about having been kidnapped
and held by three people (from whom she escaped to walk across the New
Mexico wilderness on foot). These people not turn up, but Aimee was eventually
charged with obstruction of justice. Oh, yes, Ormiston reappeared, too.