Review: A Twisted Faith: A Minister’s Obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church

A Twisted Faith: A Minister's Obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church
A Twisted Faith: A Minister’s Obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church by Gregg Olsen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the riveting tale of a tight-knit church community that unraveled over the course of a few years. Against the backdrop of a fight over leadership of Christ Community Church on Bainbridge Island, Washington, one man, youth pastor Nick Hacheney, would commit deception, adultery, and eventually murder. By telling fantastic tales of prophecies and apocalyptic spiritual battles, Hacheney conned the women whose marriages he was supposed to be saving through counseling into sleeping with him; at Hacheney’s insistence, the women neglected their husbands and children and even drugged their babies in order to spend more time with him.

Hacheney eventually settled on one vulnerable congregant he wanted to settle down with; there was only one complication–his wife Dawn. After Nick described a “prophecy” about her death, Dawn perished in a mysterious fire the day after Christmas, 1997 while Nick was out hunting. It looks as though Nick might get away with murdering Dawn, until one woman’s emotional pain over her relationship with Nick lead her to seek help.

Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a good true-crime story. This one is truly stranger than fiction.

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