Winkler Talks to Oprah

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The woman who killed her minister husband with a shotgun told Oprah Winfrey that she regrets not speaking up for herself in their marriage.

Mary Winkler maintains that Matthew Winkler abused her and that she never thought of killing him.

She said in a taped interview on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" that when she heard the shotgun's boom, she thought she had hit a window or the ceiling. She says she ran from the room because her husband would be angry with her.

Matthew Winkler was killed in Selmer, Tennessee, in March 2006.

Mary Winkler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter. The interview was her first since being released from a mental health treatment facility.

The interview airs on The Oprah Winfrey Show Wednesday at 4 p.m. and midnight on WTOK-TV, Channel 11.


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  • by Frank Location: tennessee drug rehab on Apr 7, 2009 at 08:37 PM
    I think she is lying... ________________________________ Frank.L tennessee drug rehab
  • by babs Location: Rye, NH on Sep 12, 2007 at 03:01 PM
    I watched your show today, the interview with Mary Winkler! I thought she was frustrating to listen too...non-expressive, very flat affect almost like she was on some drug. I imagine she needs alot of rehab and help or support to adjust to life and all of the issues that arise! More than focusing on whether to give her children back...it sounds like she never, ever had a support system as most people who are products of abuse. She is also depressed...
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