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Pastor's Wife Tried To Kill Daughters After Getting 'End of the World' Messages from Estranged Husband

October 12, 2014 in Blogs

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

Woman stabs daughters after telling them she wanted them to “meet Jesus Christ.”

A Montgomery, Illinois, woman who attempted to kill her three daughters told police that she wanted them to “meet Jesus Christ,” after receiving messages from her estranged pastor husband telling her the world was coming to an end, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Police arrived at the door of Pamela J. Christensen, 47, on Sept. 25 following two 9/11 hang-up calls to discover the woman covered in blood.

According to court documents, Christensen dropped to her knees and confessed that she had tried to kill her daughters.

Two of the girls were stabbed, suffering minor injuries. Christensen had also stabbed herself in the chest and abdomen and was treated at a local hospital.The three girls, ages 12, 16 and 19, told police that their mother had dressed them all in white and had held a knife to them, asking them if they accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.

According to police, Christensen had initially tried to poison her daughters with a concoction made up of household cleaners in the hope that they would doze off and she could stab them in their sleep. The daughters reportedly refused to drink the poison.

According to the police report, Christensen told officers she that she was sending the girls home to “meet Jesus Christ,” following messages left on her phone from her husband, Vaughn Christensen, stating that the world was ending and that she needed to prepare the family to meet Jesus.

Vaughn Christensen is a former pastor at a Sugar Grove church.

A month prior to the stabbings, Christensen had served her husband with a restraining order, stating that the two were going through a divorce, and that her husband had become increasingly violent towards her and the children.

The order, filed on Aug. 29, stated Vaughn Christensen had become “increasingly erratic” and that he had threatened to harm himself and the children. He mentioned wanting to die on several occasions, Christensen wrote.

Police confirmed they had been responded to the home several times over suicide threats.

Christensen now faces three counts each of attempted first-degree …read more


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First Trickle Through the Dam

October 12, 2014 in Economics

By Mark Thornton

The United Kingdom has announced that it will be the first government outside of China to issue bonds denominated in the Chinese currency, the Renminbi. Forbes reports that the bond sale will be tiny. For the UK it represents another attempt to become the eminent world financial center. For the US it represent another small blow to the status of the Dollar and US financial markets. The US Dollar has already lost its near monopoly position as a reserve currency and medium of international trade. The competitive position of the Chinese Renminbi continues to improve in small ways. The question is whether this will be a multiple decade competition between the Dollar and the Renminbi, or whether the “dam will break” like it did in WWI when the eminent currency status changed from the British Pound to the US Dollar.

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