Famous JW Pools Winner Won and Spent a Fortune

Viv Nicholson
Viv Nicholson

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By RICHARD PENDLEBURY
UK DAILY MAIL – April 22, 1987

As a lottery winner vows to “Spend, Spend,Spend,” the Mail tracks down the woman who coined that phrase – pools winner Viv Nicholson. Five husbands later, she was a Jehovah’s Witness living on £87 a week…

Two weeks after her 71st birthday, Vivian Nicholson was looking for a job.

“I’ve sent out 25 resumes and haven’t got a single reply,” she complaines, as her solitary companion – a rather timid canary – scratches in a cage on the dresser behind us.

“The thing is, I need the money. I mean, how can you live properly without a little to spend on the finer things in life?” Continue reading “Famous JW Pools Winner Won and Spent a Fortune”

Prisoner Finds Love on the Outside

By AMANDA GEARING
News.com, Australia
September 24, 2001

A Jehovah’s Witness minister convicted of killing his pregnant wife in 1997 has fallen in love while on prison work release and remarried in Brisbane on Saturday.

Ian Reilly was convicted of the manslaughter of his wife Sylvia but has protested his innocence.

Lake Perseverance
Lake Perseverance

Reilly’s family and Sylvia’s family have claimed he was framed and wrongly convicted of the killing after Sylvia’s body was found in Lake Perseverance near Toowoomba on September 21, 1997.

Police have ruled out any link between Sylvia’s death and the stabbing murder of Leanne Kennedy by confessed Satanist Darren Maloney, who knew both women. Ms. Kennedy’s body was found on the day of Sylvia’s funeral.

Maloney, jailed for life in February last year, pleaded not guilty to the murder on the basis of “unsoundness of mind,” claiming he was deluded into thinking he was Satan when he stabbed Ms. Kennedy.
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Court Rules: Jehovah’s Witnesses Can Shun Members

"Court of Appeals" by Coolcaesar - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons
“Court of Appeals” by Coolcaesar

The Watchtower tries to deny to the public that they “shun” former members except in cases where someone has committed a serious sin or has completely rejected “Jehovah’s organization.”

During the Australian Royal Commission hearings in 2015, Jehovah’s Witness elders and high-ranking officers continued to deny that the Watchtower’s actual policy requires former members to be “shunned” except for major sins and transgressions. They try to make it seem that every Jehovah’s Witness has the ability to decide whether to shun a loved one or friend who has run afoul of Watchtower rules and teachings.

In fact, they often describe the use of “shunning” in severe situations as “a loving provision” for those who have left (or been tossed out of) the fold. They ignore the psychological damage done to those people and the destruction of families by requiring no contact at all except for emergency situations and for necessary elder care. Continue reading “Court Rules: Jehovah’s Witnesses Can Shun Members”