Aimee Semple McPherson broke all kinds of barriers in the 1920s, becoming a prominent evangelist with a large following in an era when many denominations excluded women from leadership roles. She published several books and established a church in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park. But in 1926, she went for a swim and didn't return - and her reappearance was just as mysterious.
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- "Aimee McPherson In Singapore." The Strait Times. March 2, 1931. http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/newspapers/Digitised/Article.aspx?articleid=straitstimes19310302.2.46
- Blumhofer, Edith Waldvogel. "Aimee Semple McPherson: Everybody's Sister." Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. 1993.
- King, Gilbert. "The Incredible Disappearing Evangelist." Smithsonian. June 17, 2013. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-incredible-disappearing-evangelist-572829/
- Shaffer, George. "Hutton Sues to Divorce Aimee for 'Baby Hoax.'" Chicago Tribune. July 18, 1933. http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1933/07/18/page/3/article/hutton-sues-to-divorce-aimee-for-baby-hoax
- Van der Maas, Ed, et al. "The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements." Zondervan. 2002.
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