UPI en Espanol
Jump to
Latest Headlines Collections Quotes Wiki
share with facebook
share with twitter
share with google
1 of 10
House Appropriations Hearing on FY2015 Defense Budget in Washington, D.C.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (center), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey (left) and Defense Undersecretary/Comptroller Robert Hale testify during a House Appropriations Committee hearing on the FY2015 Department of Defense budget, on Capitol Hill, March 13, 2014 in Washington, D.C. UPI/Kevin Dietsch.
| License Photo

Robert Allen Hale, also known as Papa Pilgrim (1941 - May 26, 2008) was a religious zealot who mentally, physically, and sexually tortured his wife and 15 children in the Alaskan wilderness.

Prior to living in Alaska, Hale had been involved in two notable incidents with the law, both incredibly linked to President John F. Kennedy.

In 1958, when he was 17, he eloped with 16-year-old Kathleen Connally, who was the daughter of the future Texas Governor, John Connally. Connally was in the seat in front of President John F. Kennedy when he was shot and killed in their open-air limousine in Dallas on November 23, 1963. Kathleen was already pregnant and they eloped to Oklahoma. They lived in a small apartment for a month when Kathleen was killed by a shotgun blast below her right ear. Kathleen's family family blamed Hale, but he was never put on trial as even John Connally himself thought it might have been a suicide pact that Hale backed out of.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Robert Hale."