A young schoolteacher, fifty years ago, went to a church on a Holy Week but no one saw her come back home.
In the next morning, some of her belongings could be seen on the road that was close to Sacred Heart Church. There was a handbag, high-heeled shoe and a crumpled white lace.
Her badly bruised body was found the proceeding week. It was left in a canal for it to undergo decomposition. All the evidence was cleaned off the body. An autopsy carried out indicated that she had been raped.
The person we are talking about here was Irene Garza, the Miss All South Texas Sweetheart. The 25-year old lady was the very first in her family to get college education and move on to become a disadvantaged children teacher.
Garza was also a devoted Catholic. Before her death, she was last seen at Confession.
That leaves no doubt that the priest was the last person that saw her. That is according to Texas Monthly.
John Feit, the priest, was questioned by the police. He provided a schedule that all he did that night is listen to Confessions and then moved on to conduct the Midnight Mass.
Regardless of his statement, speculation was everywhere. Many suspected the easygoing man for a having committed the murder. But few could dare speak that out. For all those years he was never indicted for the murder until 2004 when his case was presented before a jury.
The word on the street was full of disbelief as no one thought of the possibility of a priest to have committed such an act. After all, it was viewed as unholy.
The present 83-year old has now been arrested due to the murder. He is no more a priest. Feit was apprehended in Phoenix. He has always maintained that he never had anything to do with the death of Garza but has not yet filed a plea.
There is a high likelihood that Feit charges will be conducted in Hidalgo County. That is the place of the murder occurrence. The case has already been presented to the jury and came back having a true bill.
The case was also kept out of the ears o the media and the public domain as much as the authorities could. The purpose was to seal the indictment.
At the start, there was insufficient evidence that could sustain a charge against Feit. At the time of the investigation into Garza manslaughter, the priest was under charges that are similar to that. Maria Guerra, a college student close to Sacred Heart Church reported that she had been attacked before the disappearance of Garza.
As she knelt at the Communion rail, a man whose description matched that of Feit got to her from behind and tried placing a rag on her mouth.
Guerra was asked to choose her assailant from a police lineup and she chose Feit. He then went on to take a polygraph and the examiner concluded that the priest was not telling the truth.
One of the witnesses, Talecheny, may be a deciding factor in the case against Feit. He told CNN that at one time Feit said that the people in his church protected him, his superiors also gave him protection.