Aimee Semple McPherson was a religious leader with a broad following.
She built the Angelus Temple in Los Angeles to hold her theatrical services and was one of the the first women to buy a broadcast license.
This was a typical service with Aimee officiating:
This is the parsonage she built behind the temple, note the radio tower:
This is the retreat she built in Lake Elsinore:
Her life was punctuated by scandal, land swindles, failed movie deals and legal suits… and a cooked up kidnapping charge to cover what many suspected was a several month long tryst with a married man. The court case was dismissed. This is a fingerprint expert examining evidence in the “kidnapping”:
On September 26, 1944, McPherson went to Oakland, California, for a series of revivals, planning to preach her popular “Story of My Life” sermon. When McPherson’s son went to her hotel room at 10:00 the next morning, he found her unconscious with pills and a half-empty bottle of capsules nearby. She was dead by 11:15.
The autopsy did not conclusively determine the cause of McPherson’s death. She had been taking sleeping pills following numerous health problems—including “tropical fever”. Among the pills found in the hotel room was the drug Seconal, a strong sedative which had not been prescribed for her. It was unknown how she obtained them. VIA WIKIPEDIA