Angel Dust in Heels
MISSOURI – August 14, 2018
A Missouri nun smuggled 2 pounds of cocaine into Australia using her high heels — but claims she was duped into the act by a man she met online.
Denise Marie Woodrum, 51, was caught arriving into Sydney Airport last August while making her way through customs — when officers discovered the drugs stuffed into the heels of her shoes, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Monday.
Woodrum pleaded guilty in January to importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug — but there are still questions surrounding how much she knew about what she was smuggling.
Her lawyer, Rebecca Neil, claimed that she was just a “vulnerable” woman who had been preyed on and the items were meant for a mystery man Woodrum had met online named Hendrik Cornelius. Despite exchanging hundreds of texts with Cornelius, Woodrum had never met him face to face.
District Court Judge Penelope Wass questioned that claim, finding it “inconsistent and unbelievable.”
Woodrum, is a sister of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, a religious order based in Kansas. She has a master's degree in teaching and a marriage that ended in divorce prior to her becoming a nun.
She tested positive for cocaine at the time of her arrest.
Woodrum has been in custody since the day she was arrested and will be sentenced next month.
This case is one more confirmation of the statements of scientists and religious figures about the fact that using the Internet can destroy your faith. That’s the conclusion of a study showing that the dramatic drop in religious affiliation in the U.S. since 1990 is closely mirrored by the increase in Internet use. The drop in religious upbringing and the increase in Internet use seem to be causing people to lose their faith. But something else about modern life that is not captured in this data is having an even bigger impact.
Unfortunately, the decline of Christianity is probably the most important of the changes that have taken place in our country during the last century. Now we can be called a Christian country only with a stretch. It would be more accurate to talk about the United States as a secular country with disappearing Christian institutions.