Kidnap and murder of nun Sister Philomena Fogarty by Adrian Robinson examined on Evil Lives Here

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Evil Lives Here: Shadows of Death is investigating the murder of Sister Philomena Fogarty, who was kidnapped and brutally mutilated by Adrian Robinson as he went on a four-day crime spree in 2003.

The violence began when Robinson killed his father, Henry Robinson, in Hamilton, Georgia, and continued when he abducted two elderly nuns, Philomena and Sister Luci Kristofik. He was eventually apprehended in Norfolk, Virginia after he had murdered Philomena.

In March 2003, Robinson shot dead his 56-year-old father Henry at the home they shared in Hamilton. Family members later told the police that Robinson had accused his father of sexually assaulting him shortly before shooting him. Henry was shot 16 times in total; 15 times in the head.

After killing his father, Robinson hiked three miles to a nearby church, where he broke into the mobile home of 64-year-old Sister Philomena Fogarty and 72-year-old Sister Luci Kristofik. He helped himself to $900 and bound and gagged the two nuns before placing them in their car, which he then drove 600 miles to Norfolk, Virginia.

Adrian Robinson arrested in Norfolk, Virginia

A nationwide alert was issued as a massive manhunt was initiated with Robinson’s face plastered over news reports. Luckily, a few days later, an employee at a Burger King in Norfolk recognized the killer from TV reports and activated a silent alarm. The police arrested him a short time later.

A search of the stolen car revealed body parts in the trunk, and a short time later, the remains of Sister Philomena were discovered at nearby Virginia Beach; her head, hands, and feet had been cut off.

Meanwhile, Sister Kristofik contacted the police from a Norfolk motel. She later told them that Robinson had left her in the motel room but had dragged Philomena with him for unknown reasons.

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In July 2005, Robinson pleaded guilty to all charges against him, thereby avoiding the death penalty but ensuring he would spend the rest of his life behind bars. A psychiatrist diagnosed him as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

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Evil Lives Here: Shadows of Death airs at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery.

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Stan Lore
Stan Lore
2 years ago

Where is Robinson? He doesn’t show up on the GA DOC inmate search page.

1 year ago

Perhaps if it was proven after Adrienes death he was suffering from CTE ( traumatic concussion ) maybe people could be more forgiving. Maybe the school and his coaches are partially to blame for allowing a young boy to wrestle. How many times did his head hit the floor during his young life? The only way we will ever know is during an autopsy of his brain. Maybe then he can be forgiven. I’ll bet everyone who watched him wrestle and win state championships never gave it a thought about how this sport is so rough. Maybe his actions aren’t all his fault but but partially the fault of the school system.

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