Saturday on CNN: Murdered beauty queen and the priest
May 30th, 2013
05:29 PM ET

Saturday on CNN: Murdered beauty queen and the priest

A Texas beauty queen is murdered on Easter Sunday and 53 years later, the only suspect, the priest who was the last to see her is still a free man. That's despite the fact that other priests, local police and the Texas Rangers say John Feit is the murderer. But they are helpless to do anything.

The reasons why are unique and infuriating to many people. Law enforcement officials consider the evidence overwhelming and plentiful. And people who used to be authorities in the Church who volunteered to testify said Feit admitted killing Irene Garza.

We found John Feit in Arizona, now married and a former priest, and he was very surprised to see us.

Don’t miss the one-hour Anderson Cooper Special Report, "Beauty and the priest" on Saturday night at 8 and 11 p.m. ET.

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  1. Gloria Garza

    Irene Garza was my dad's cousin.

    June 4, 2013 at 11:01 pm |
  2. Larry

    I would like to know if this program is going to be shown again and if so, when it is schedule to be broadcast.

    June 4, 2013 at 10:48 pm |
  3. Michael De La Garza

    My parents knew the family and I've known about this case since since childhood. I'm so disappointed that our district disregarded the overwhelming evidence presented by various law enforcement agencies. At least more people know who the real killer is. This CNN report was very well researched and tastefully presented.

    June 3, 2013 at 12:34 am |
  4. saul

    Irene Garza was my grandmother's cousin . She died way before I ever came along but my grandma told me about what happened back in 1960.

    June 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
  5. Nick

    The most likely explanation for this apparent abortion of justice is that, in 1960, the Church would probably have done practically anything (i.e., would have pulled any and all 'strings' at its disposal, and as far up governmental channels as required, all on the quiet of course) in order to avoid what would likely have been the worldwide public scandal of the execution in Texas of a priest by electrocution, in legal punishment for murder. Perhaps investigators ought to be questioning persons up the chain of official command in law enforcement at that time in Texas, and possibly federally.

    June 2, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
    • Gloria Garza

      What makes me upset is that priests are still getting away and will get away with abuses. They are just given a slap on the wrist and sent to some other parish to do damage there. Priests are not above the law.

      June 4, 2013 at 11:04 pm |