12.27.2011

If The Name Peggy Railey Rings A Bell, You'll Want To Know See Has Passed Away

Photo from nursing home in Tyler years ago
Texas Monthly graphic when it ran a story

In 1987, the wife of the Walker Railey, the minister of The First Methodist Church of Dallas at the time, was strangled in her own Lake Highlands home.  After almost 25 years in a vegetative state due to the attack, she has died.  The only evidence implicating her husband was, if I recall correctly, was a lie about his location when he left a message* on his home answering machine from his cell phone on the night she was attacked. Yep, that man had a cell phone in 1987, and the police tried to use radio towers and triangulation to put him in the area of where he was when he made the call. (*Edit: That link also contains the suicide note he wrote for himself that I had forgotten about.)

But even with no real evidence, the Dallas DAs office (no stranger to convicting people with insufficient evidence) tried him for attempted murder. They never stood a chance and he was acquitted.

This case is so old that when the Dallas Observer did a 10 year anniversary story, the author was Laura Miller. (She has since come and gone as Dallas mayor.)

I last referenced Walker Railey in 2006 when he was spotted in some newsletter in California (and I said at the time I thought I spotted former Messenger's publisher Roy Eaton was in the photo as well. I was kidding, but it looks like him.)

Edit: This 1989 account of the crime is really good. It includes the full text of the mobile phone calls (and, man, I wish I could find the audio of them.)

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

He not only lied about where he was, but the time he made the call-to create an alibi. He was toinking some other woman.
What a murdering scumbag.

Anonymous said...

That slime ball got away with destroying his wife! Thank goodness his real judgement day is still ahead for him to dread every day he is alive! Hope he hates the heat!!

Anonymous said...

I will always believe Raley killed his wife. He not only destroyed her, left two children without a mother, but the world lost a very competent organist.

I agree with you 2:28. He WILL pay for this in eternity.

Anonymous said...

Peggy Railey has to be one of the most innocent victims I've ever heard of. I doubt she committed very many sins in her life.

RIP

Anonymous said...

Wonder what ever happened to Dr. Lucy?

Anonymous said...

http://www.drpapillon.com/

Anonymous said...

Why is it we always judge the pastors harser than our peers/selves? Had a professor once who couldn't stand Jimmy Swaggert. Went on and on almost every class cracking jokes and making comments about poor ole Jimmy. Come to find out I had a friend that knew Professor and his wife. Apparently, Professor was having an affair, the wife later had a stroke (probably when she found out), Professor stuck her in a nursing home, divorced her and married his paramour. He somehow came to the conclusion that Jimmy Swaggert was somehow more of a scumbag than he was.

The unfortunate truth is that husband's kill their wives. And vice versa. Pastors, Politicians and the like ...we are all still human and capable of mortal sins. It just seems worse when it is a "Man of God."

Anonymous said...

I'm calling on my mobyle phone

CT said...

he did it. Poor lady. RIP

Anonymous said...

Hey,
Obama said he'd outlaw guns and I believe him.
We'd all be safer without them.

Anonymous said...

Ha, she said,"organist".

Anonymous said...

Blake, Simpson, Railey, Davis - birds of a feather...

Anonymous said...

Walker, Texas Railey.

Anonymous said...

My only murder joke:

A guy was on trial for murder and if convicted, would get the electric chair. His brother found out that a redneck was on the jury and figured he would be the one to bribe. He told the redneck that he would be paid $10,000 if he could convince the rest of the jury to reduce the charge to manslaughter.

The jury was out an entire week and returned with a verdict of manslaughter.

After the trial, the brother went to the redneck's house, told him what a great job he had done and paid him the $10,000.

The red neck replied that it wasn't easy to convince the rest of the jury to change the charge to manslaughter.
They all thought he was not guilty and, wanted to let him go.

Chirp, chirp...

Anonymous said...

Was his despair and suicide note prompted by her attack or from him feeling the pressure of murder attempt?

Is it common knowledge that he did it?
Was there any other good lead?

Was he preaching at the cullen Davis congregation or is that in fort worth?

Anonymous said...

Pastors kill their wives because divorce is a sin.

Anonymous said...

What's a "pastor"?

Baptist made up name?

Anonymous said...

Just not feeling it. Not feeling like the pastor did it.

Anonymous said...

Another Cracker white boy set free

Anonymous said...

Couldn't care less.

Anonymous said...

Slime ball Cracker. White people get by with everything.

Anonymous said...

I cried through the whole movie.

Anonymous said...

typical preacher

Anonymous said...

She became a psychologist and hosts an internet radio show.

Anonymous said...

Oh really. Walker Raily didn't use a gun on his wife. If she had had one he would be six feet under instead of her

Anonymous said...

Nope. Its a Spanish word for sheperd.