Fall River Historical Society Lecture Series – Murderous Southcoast

Fall River Historical Society Lecture Series – Murderous Southcoast



Stephanie stand near me just in case I make a mistake okay Stephanie I do know is a was born and raised in Florida yes it is now a long-term resident here in greater Fall River yes okay it doesn't matter it really doesn't well no don't know I also wanted to mention that oh she does have her PhD from Penn State in 1997 and she has her library science degree from Drexel University in 2013 yep he is the editor and publisher of the pantry press yep and she is a designer for the form of a Historical Society press correct yeah now Stephanie is a leading historian on the Lizzie Borden case and just in case you're not up on this on the August the 4th Dennis Burnett our assistant curator and Stephanie will be joining together to look for the Lizzie Borden an enduring legacy exhibit tour okay at the Historical Society outside August the 4th which is the anniversary of the killing the deaths okay murder and the topic of the day lecture tonight is a based on John Cummings thank you thank you by the way these books that John worked to that John envisioned that I assisted on murder manslaughter and mayhem on the south coast Volume one two and three are available for sale there's only one left two left tonight that we brought with us to sell the Historical Society did the rest are at the Historical Society or will be ordered for the Historical Society so you can always stop by and pick up your copies there I'll be talking about the murders from those three books not all of them of course because there are way too many oh my goodness gracious me so yeah it's not as popular it's just more common than you can understand and sadly I would say so the way we started was John's big idea and I said that's brilliant it's a brilliant idea let me help and so we worked together on these and these are the three volumes they cover different years the first one is 1902 1969 the second one is 1972 1999 and the third one is 2002 2016 but it has more cases in it because we added in the ones we missed from the first two books that we found later because there's a lot more to it so it really covers from 1800 to 2016 but not all of the ones that are in the other books and nothing was repeated so you have to buy all three books so John did a lot of the initial research he spent probably a year or more working on this book the series of books and he used various sources he went to libraries he went to the Bristol County Courthouse he went to the Herald News where they knew him by name and said Oh Perry again the Fall River Historical Society of course assisted police department spoke to him and police officer spoke to him and police chief spoke to him and retired police chief spoke to him I used ancestry.com and newspapers comm to fill in the blanks and to add some more color from newspaper accountings now it says south coast so I don't know if you know this because I didn't know this but the south coast is really technically 16 communities a cushion at Berkeley Dartmouth Fair Haven Fall River Freetown Mary and Mattapoisett New Bedford Rochester Somerset Swansea Wareham Westport and – in Rhode Island Little Compton and Tiverton so that is the south coast of I guess just called the south coast it isn't necessarily even called the south coast of Massachusetts it's just the south coast so our murders cover these areas and pick them from there now a little introduction about the legal proceedings in the various communities Massachusetts has its own legal order of things and Rhode Island has their own so cases that are Rhode Island cases have a difference in one thing they don't have a preliminary hearing in the process of the accused going through a series of legal procedures but Massachusetts now inquest arrest of course can go back back and forth you can arrest somebody before an inquest you can arrest somebody after an inquest that's fine so that's a kind of a either-or situation now the death penalty this figures into several cases one tonight especially the Rhode Island death penalty is interesting because it's the state that has the longest no death penalty of any state in the country so in 1852 it was one of the earliest states to abolish capital punishment for all crimes it was reintroduced in 1872 but it was never carried out and it has the longest period of no executions none having taken place since 1845 it has performed 52 executions and a bunch of them though 26 sailors who were hanged for piracy and they've never executed a female offender unlike Massachusetts they used hangings most commonly during those 52 executions five were carried out by an unknown method it was just not recorded and gas inhalation was authorized in 73 but was never used now Massachusetts capital punishment was legal in Massachusetts from 1620 to 1984 the first recorded execution in Massachusetts was John Billington was executed cuted by hanging in 1630 for murder the last execution were gangsters Philip Bellino and Edward Gert s'en in 1947 for the murder of a marine and they were both executed by electric chair since then we have not had another execution so if you're convicted of murder you there's murder in there's murder in the first degree murder in the second degree and manslaughter and murder in the first degree usually is imprisoned the penalty is life in prison without parole or life in prison with parole depending on the circumstances of the case and what kind of deal you can get with your DA so why do people kill for every conceivable reason and if you see this list I put up it sounds like the seven deadly sins because it is people kill for any possible reason you can think of and I had an argument with somebody about the not an argument discussion he said how come you don't have insanity on there I said because insanity is not a reason to kill it's a condition of a person that has them in a state of mind to kill but it's certainly not a why it's a kind of a what or a how but it's not a why people don't kill because they're crazy because there's a lot of crazy people who don't kill right all right one is standing right here okay so we had some research problems sometimes you don't get the whole story from the newspaper sometimes there's no trial records or they're sealed sometimes the crime it's not in the newspaper sometimes the newspaper gets it wrong but mostly the newspapers not online or searchable Fall River is the worst for this yes you and I both know probably any of you genealogists Fall River newspapers are not searchable they're not digitized and they're not online so where do you read them you go to the Fall River Public Library or you go to the Fall River Historical Society which has all the newspapers on microfilm so you can as a member you can go down to do some research and if you're a non-member they have a very nominal fee for you to come in and use the library down in the Historical Society so the problems were interesting as the process went on for instance this story I read this story in the Fitchburg Sentinel and a lot of times articles about Fall River murders appear in the Fitchburg newspaper in the Buffalo newspaper in the New Hampshire newspaper in the other newspapers not because I couldn't get my hands on line for Fall River so I read this Fall River July 14th 1899 while in a drunken frenzy Martin Herren 25 years old so severely beat his wife that it is feared she will die from the effects of her wounds the house was in disorder while the floorlet while on the floor laid the victim of the man's fury bleeding freely from her wounds with the bed soaked and the wall spattered with her blood there were four children in the house at the time Herren had been arrested before and left jail only two weeks ago after serving a term for wife-beating at the police station he admitted that he tried to kill his wife with a flat iron now this is all I read I could not find out if she lived or died and that bugged me I was on the hunt I had to find out what happened to the wife whose name is not mentioned in the news article by the way thank you whoever did this article in 1899 she's the victim but she doesn't deserve to have her name mentioned so I had to go from his name and try and figure out through ancestry and other records who this family was when did he die who did he marry when did they live in Fall River we're talking city directories which are online through ancestry we're talking ancestry records and and census records and state census records so with no other leads but this one story and no follow-up reporting located about whether mrs. heron first name not mentioned survived the ordeal the hunt was on using ancestry and census birth and death and marriage records I was able to locate the couple living on Buffington Street in Fall River his occupation was a machinist and hers was a weaver I finally discovered her first name Margaret maiden name Macmillan sometimes known as McMullen both she and her husband Martin Herron were born in Ireland the couple were married now on March 4th 1892 in Fall River and they had a child a boy on December 28th 1892 a girl named Mary Bertha in 1896 and a third child a girl they named Margaret Ethel born March 15 1898 so here we have four children in the article there were only three that's fine that's better than four considering there were witnesses to the murder or the attack let's put it that way okay Margaret is not listed as deceased until July 1st 1904 she lived another five years the cause of her death was cerebral abscess her spouse at the time of her death is none other than Martin G Herron Margaret survived her beating in 1899 and probably many more after and died at the age of 34 of maladies most likely caused by the gross behavior of her husband to finish this sad tale Martin died sometime after 1936 living into his late 50s so I found out but it didn't make it any better it was still terribly terribly sad so real people real stories emotional tales of love and betrayal and anger and violence one thing you get caught up in the reality of what daily life must have been like for some of these suffering people it takes a while to decompress so I want to talk to you a little bit about the statistics in the books that we did number one two and three the number of victims are listed there those who were convicted or pled guilty those are those numbers from those books the unsolved are acquitted or listed paroled or pardoned murder suicides children who are murdered unknown outcome and I'll tell you what that means in a sec a judged insane or died before trial so the unknown outcome there's a sixteen of them in book three because that book goes to two thousand sixteen and a lot of the later cases have not come to trial yet so I don't know the outcome sometimes it was a situation where there was no other notice about whatever happened to this person who was accused and there's no way for me to figure it out unless they spend the rest of my entire adult life trying to search these people out I don't know if I can do that so let's start with Fall River Fall River murders I am NOT going to talk about Lizzie Borden oh come on and I'm not gonna talk about Sarah Cornell who Sarah Cornell the mill girl who was hanged in South Park no Reverend Avery oh I'm not talking about it never mind those are the two biggest murder cases that the Fall River's known for these two big cases were lots of books have been written about them they're both pretty much unsolved because in both cases the accused was acquitted and that's probably why they endure so I'm not talking about them because I talk about them all the time the first case I'd like to share with you is holder and Eliza Borden six months old and three years old this is a murder-suicide holder and Eliza were murdered by their mother her mother was Eliza darling Borden she was 37 years old according to the Fall River weekly news a most melancholy occurrence transpired at 68 second Street on May 4th 1848 between the hours of 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. Eliza Borden the second wife to lada wick Borden uncle to Andrew J Borden took her two youngest children down cellar and drowned them in the cistern then stepping behind the chimney she cut her own throat with the razor and died the only offspring that was spared was the couple's oldest child Maria this is a image that was used to illustrate the board in case at the time in the newspapers I have told you this is the spot where the board and this murder happened which is next door to 2nd Street and that's IX that's the house right there it's now known as the Kelly house now mrs. Borden had within a few days shown undeniable evidence of an unsound mind expressing fears that they would come to want even though her husband was in good circumstance a girl who lived with mrs. board and went out to get a pail of water and on her return mrs. Borden and the two children were missing she asked the older child where her mother had gone and was told that she had gone into the cellar she went to the cellar door but was afraid to open it after hearing groans behind the door the neighbors were called in and found mrs. Borden extended on the floor with her throat cut and just alive the children were both dead in the cistern now this is the house from 1893 from the Borden case this is owned by the Fall River Historical Society this image the boardinghouse is the taller house on the right-hand side and the Kelly house or in this case a lot of accordance house is the one on the right with the shutters this is 2nd Street and yes there was a laundry across the street in her modern understanding of mental health issues it's entirely possible that Eliza darling Borden suffered from postpartum depression her last child was born only 6 months before the act that resulted in the death of the three people according to Psychology Today infanticide is a very rare phenomenon and only 4% of women who become psychotic kill their babies it was reported by those that knew her that she committed the lamentable deed in a paroxysm of insanity and had been considered a little out of it in her head the past few days these murders occurred in the house next door to 92 second Street where 34 years later Andrew and Abby Borden were hatcheted to death at the time of the killings of these children Andrew Borden was 26 years old and resided in his father's home at 12 Ferry Street it was not until 1872 or 24 years after the murders that Andrew Borden family would move to second Street by the way does anybody need to know what a cistern is because I sir didn't know do you know what a cistern is it does it collects rainwater and it's collected in the basement and it could be made of all kinds of different things but it's usually has a hand pump and the water is not potable for drinking but is used for washing and laundry so it's a collection system for water that comes out of the gutters or the roof down into the cellar that you could use it for other purposes its reclamation it's green cisterns so that's where that happened sadly sadly sadly Ellen Murphy Allen Murphy was 40 years old when she died she was killed by her husband John Murphy in a very very horrible way this happened April 10th 1853 Ellen Murphy was on one of her drunken rambles her husband John went in pursuit of her to bring her home having a rope in hand before setting out he had procured a half a pint of gin from a woman in the neighborhood and drank it having got his wife home about 11:00 p.m. he threw her upon the bed and compelling the oldest daughter to hold the mother he tied his wife's hands and feet together with cords and tied her to the back bedpost with cords proceeding from her hands to her feet he also passed a rope around her belly securing her more firmly meanwhile he quiet her by telling her that if she would let him tie her he would give her some liquor having made her fast he went out to the shed and returned bringing in some vessel of a quantity of some liquid telling his wife that she would now get her liquor then he attempted to get his oldest daughter to administer the liquor but she refused having stripped the woman of all of her clothes except her Shanice and having pulled that off from around her neck and shoulders and Tori tearing it open in the front he proceeded to pour the liquid down her throat it appears that he was aware that this liquid would stain and her discolor her clothing but was ignorant of the fact that it would stain her skin the liquid given to the woman was sulfuric acid the poor woman struggled and shows signs of nausea she was too strongly confined with the cords however to free herself or to do anything it for her own relief the five children went to bed in another bedroom and the husbands stayed his agonizing dying wife he caught he she called for water telling the daughter that she was burning up inside some water was given to her by one of the daughters which is the wrong thing to do apparently you're supposed to give baking soda lime chalk South Oda but never water the daughter appears late the daughters lay in bed most of the time but the eldest two kept note of their father's operation about 12 o'clock he gave his wife another quantity of liquid this was key called tea it's just have been a quantity of the acid diluted the dying woman continued to mow until 3 o'clock in the morning when the eldest daughter states the noise of her cries ceased it's probable the death occurred at this time the husband unbound his wife stripped the chamise off and put on a clean one and then fled the daughter went to 36 Bedford Street The Grocer bf winslow and told him that her mother lay dead in the house having been murdered by their father there was a column of froth from her mouth about an inch high and the sides of her chin neck and breasts were furrowed with the rills of the liquid which had marked the course over those parts crooked black lines John Murphy the husband was found guilty and sentenced to be executed after one years imprisonment he received his sentence of death without any emotion and upon being remanded to jail clothed coldly inquired of the officers whether he would be hanged in Taunton or New Bedford nasty just nasty Dennis Dunn if you read parallel lives you read this very sad story Dennis Dunn was six months old 16 months old excuse me Ellen Dunn was his mother she was 35 Ellen Dunn's husband John was a labourer who couldn't get much work in Fall River so he had gone to Lake Superior cotton mines in Michigan and was sending money back to the family the donors were the parents of five children they all seemed to have five kids Michael age 12 a boy about seven two girls aged five and three and infant Dennis about 16 months the tenement where Ellen Dunn lived was described in Victorian vistas as disgusting with great pools of stagnant water deep enough to drown a child in in its mud garbage and filthy smells enough to sicken a passerby John Donne had from time to time sent his wages back to his family his wife had received $10 the Friday before the murders and a portion seems to have been spent on rum the oldest son Michael worked in the mills to help support the family according to Michael's testimony remember he's 12 years old when mother was not in liquor she was as good as any mother could be I never knew of her whipping any of the children unless they were and less by scolding in a light slap except me she whipped me two or three Sundays ago but she was in liquor at the time on July 24th mrs. Dunn told Michael that she was ill she had been on a drunken spree three times much of the time since Friday and she sent Michael to get her $0.10 where of whiskey when the lad returned home his mother drank half the whiskey he noted she was not very well in her senses young Denis had been sick the baby for a month with whooping cough that can drive you nuts all was well when Michael left the house at 3:00 about two hours later Michael saw officer Regan and his little sister on the street he was taking her home the policeman went up with her and woke mrs. Dunn which made her worse than she had been anytime that day Michael said he saw his mother at the window and she told him to come upstairs but he decided not to because he was afraid as she looked wild I was afraid she would whit me he said this is where it occurred six and a half Street between 6th and 7th in Fall River yes six and a half Street and that's the tenement where it occurred as reported in parallel lives according to eyewitnesses mrs. Dunn had spent a portion of the afternoon drinking again becoming very noisy and beating the children which attracted the attention of several neighbors including mrs. olive fish who lived in the lower tenement of the same house and Nellie Driscoll another six-and-a-half Street resident according to mrs. fish she went out to see what the matter was and heard the neighbors say that mrs. Dunn was killing her children drawn by the goings-on in the third floor tenement a crowd stood informed on the street which attracted the attention of Nellie who when she went out and asked mrs. fish what the matter was received the report apply that mrs. Dunn was killing her children neighbors testified at mrs. Dunn's trial that they had witnessed her beating the child with a stick about a foot and a half long holding him up by the arm dropping him on the floor and striking him on his back she had was seen beating another of her children returning shortly to abusing the infant from parallelized we learned that Nellie went outside and stood looking up at the window of the dun of the Dunn tenement at which time she to her horror saw mrs. Dunn take the child by the legs holding him out the window pleading Nellie asked her not to kill the child and which miss missus done struck it against the house two or three times and threw it out to the street we're marking there's one I'll give you another the child fell on the banister and landed over 12 feet away from the house frantically Nellie Driscoll ran to catch the child but it's struck before she could get to it Daniel Dunn was severely injured and lived for another 45 minutes before he died having suffered a great deal the trial of Ellen down was held in September 1876 at the Superior Court in Taunton while proven guilty for the act of killing Denis the jury determined that they were not satisfied mrs. Dunn was of sound mind when the act of killing was done so as to be legally accountable after the hearing on her mental condition Allan Dunn was discharged and released Berthe I'm I'm interested in Bertha I like Bertha when I came to Fall River when I before I moved here went to Oak Grove Cemetery and Tommy tommy was the Tommy Egan was the yeah the cemetery guy but he was the head of parks right and I we came my sister and I we said we'd like to go where's Bertha Manchester buried and his face lit up he's like nobody asked for Bertha everybody asked for Lizzie but nobody on let me take you there myself he was so pleased that Bertha was being remembered Bertha was another axe murder in Fall River by the way and it happened five days before the board and trial in New Bedford so there was talk that they were somehow connected and possibly that we had a multiple axe murderer in our midst but Bertha was killed by Jose Correa de Mello who was 18 years old Bertha was 22 she was the daughter of Stephen Manchester and was hacked to death in an axe with an axe in the early afternoon of Memorial Day 1893 in the Manchester milk farm in upper New Boston Road now Meridian Street the farm is no longer there the farmhouse is no longer there I've checked it out but the location still exists of course Bertha's murder occurred just five days before the try Lizzie Borden trial and it became nationally famous because of that Bertha was last seen alive about 7:30 in the morning when her father Stephen Manchester left for the city accompanied by his son and hired boy to deliver milk on his regular route about two o'clock they arrived home and Freddie her little brother 12 years old ran ahead to the house to get something to eat he opened the kitchen door and saw his murdered sister laying in a pool of blood on the floor he ran back to the bar told his father who immediately notified the police a bloody axe was found in a wood pile near the back fence Bertha was lying close to the foot of the stove her right leg was drawn into her body her clothes were partially drawn from her hips and her head and face were frightfully mudak mutilated there were four long deep cuts in the back of her head and the top of her skull was crushed to jelly there were several cuts to the face and nose and two of the girls teeth were found beside her on the floor her loose hair was matted with blood and her arms and face were covered with it on searching the house the police found that the girl's bedroom had been rifled and some of its contents taken the police believe the motive was robbery people who knew the murdered girl said she was a household Drudge for the past four years her father married his second wife about eight years before but they were not living happily although a boy Frederic had been born to them for many months the women the women for many months the woman had been drawing a current some from her for her maintenance this is the wife in living elsewhere while her husband had been endeavouring to obtain a divorce it is known that for many months Bertha had been her father's greatest help in caring for his 19 cows three horses and large farmhouse she had frequently complained about her hard lot in life she possessed a good figure and her face was attractive and lovable not anymore it was determined that Bertha had died about 9:30 in the morning four days later on August 4th Jose Correa de Mello a recent Portuguese immigrant from the Azores was arrested for the murder and entered arrested for the murder and arraigned the following morning on the day of the murder he had entered a French Canadian shoe dealers store near the south end of Sagamore mill and asked him broken English for a pair of shoes he pulled out of his pocket a trade silver trade dollar bright and apparently new he also pulled out of his pocket a silver half-dollar with a hole in it it was learned that mr. Manchester had given silver trade dollars to Bertha which he she kept in her bureau drawer with a half dollar and she had a half dollar with a hole in it crea denied that he had ever offered a silver half dollar with a hole in it to the dealer or that he had any conversation with the shoe deal in relation to the trade dollar but a Portuguese who acted as an interpreter with the French Canadian said though that's not what happened at all and stated positively that he had offered the half dollar with the hole in it the shoe dealer said that Korea had what appeared to be a lady's pocketbook with a clasp on it such was taken from Bertha's bedroom but he denied having this in his possession Marshall Hilliard said that cureo had told a number of conflicting stories for since he had brought in and he had somehow acquired a reputation after being in the United States for a very short time of being shiftless worthless sort of fellow now we don't know if he really was or if that's just how they labelled him because he was accused of murder who knows on the night of June 6 they took him to a point near Highland Road less than a mile north west of the Manchester house and they led him into to a farm wall and he pulled out Bertha's watch and gave it up he went to the Manchester house to rob it entered it and he knew the habits of the old man and he didn't think Bertha would be home after taking the watch and money he came downstairs from the upstairs bedroom only to find Bertha standing there an axe in her hand she had undoubtedly heard him and she grabbed the weapon and afterward which afterward caused her death because it was the handiest thing to protect herself with she met curry at the entrance to the dining room he struck the axe as if to ward off a blow and the blade made a peculiar cut across a cut afterward found in the girl's forehead he struck her in the mouth as she grappled with him and this blow perhaps knocked out her teeth creo was recognized and he felt that in order to get away he must kill and he did the accused who spoke no English pled not guilty at his arraignment but changed his pleas to guilty on September 18th he was convicted of second-degree murder On January 8 1894 he was sentenced to state prison for life 20 years later on December 31st 1913 Jose Correa de Mello was pardoned from any further imprisonment under the condition that he committed any crime he would be returned to jail for the remainder of his term and then deported back to the Azores told never to come back to this country so the Azores got a killer yeah that's not fair okay well he went back nobody ever heard from him again hope none of you are related to the poor bugger baby james connelly these are in chronological order this occurred the baby was two years old this is a murder-suicide and was brought to my attention by a member of the audience here Ken raposo where are you can raise your hand he said did you know about this murder I'm like absolutely not because Fall River newspapers if it's in the foreword newspaper it's hard to search for it right so baby James Connolly was 2 years old and his father was 38 mother Mary Connolly returned home to her tenement apartment at sixty Orange Street in Fall River around 8:50 p.m. and was sickened to discover that her husband of six years had murdered her 2 year old James with a razor to the neck and then used the same tool and ended his own life by slitting his own throat John had been not regularly employed but was most recently a spinner in the merchants mill and his wife was a weaver in the same mill Mary had reported that her husband had said the previous Sunday that he wanted to commit suicide but she talked him out of it and made him promise not to not to and not to drink any longer and he agreed their second son was living with the grandmother mary's mother on Healey Street Mary had thought all was well when she left the house to visit her son that evening John seemed normal and he was talking about getting a looking for work the next morning he was sober a friend named Neary visited him early in the evening and when he left at a few minutes after 8:00 John locked the door and shortly after that committed the horrific act mrs. Connolly said that her husband always had been a kind man to herself and her children the newspapers reported that the cause of this act was a morose sullen despondent condition of mine one bordering on delirium tremens but we don't know what went on between them we don't know why one child is living somewhere else and one child is living there we don't know if he hated this child for some reason was it his child was he did he harbor problems with the child but to kill a child and then kill yourself seems a bit horrific to me because the kid is totally innocent no matter what his condition or his birth right is rule fred Bedard here we have a husband murdered by a wife about time wilfred Bedard was 30 years old and his wife was 23 after a day-long argument Alma Bedard plunged a butcher knife into the side of her husband above the heart moved him to the bed and left him to die the quarrel was over wilford's demand for 25 cents which she said he wanted to use to buy liquor the house was at 112 Lowell Street Alma admitted to the stabbing after six hours of interrogation after first asserting that she had found him in that condition on the floor and and moved him to the bed Wilfred and Emma Alma had been married in 1936 and had no children this is Alma on July 2nd 1938 Alma Bedard was convicted of manslaughter in the stabbing death of her husband she was sentenced to 12 years in the Massachusetts are full amatory for women in New Bedford census records from 1940 show that she was still in jail two years later working as a mill operator genealogical records indicate that by 1948 Alma had been released and was working at the New Bedford YMCA where she was living at 310 Pleasant Street in New Bedford she was forever known as the 25 cent killer no kidding that's what the papers dubbed her you know how the newspapers like to have a you know a kind of a killer like the highway murders this is the 25 cent killer kind of cheap if you ask me eight years old Teresa Lafleur Charles McGarrity was 25 and her uncle brother to her mother Veronica when Veronica's husband Leo Lafleur asked where his daughter was McCarty the dishonorably discharged Navy veteran responded I killed her so what he had a conflict with Leo apparently the the fleurs lived at 62 Quarry Street in Fall River the eight-year-old Teresa the second oldest of five and her family was beaten and choked to death and her body left in a section of the Watauga freight shed on Rodman Street her body was found after a 4-hour search police were shocked by the condition in which they found the child's body after being guided by the uncle to the wooded section where he had concealed it in the brush later reports called this a rape slaying McGarity was a reformatory parolee who had been released a year previously after serving 11 months of two concurrent five-year sentences for larceny and robbery of an automobile usually serving at least 30 months of such a sentence as necessary for release but the board said his record was good and members of the family had asked for his release so that he might care for his ill mother Charles McCarty pleaded not guilty at the trial and denied under direct examination that he had confessed even though he took them to the body so you know at the trial he said I was sleepy and wanted to get the interrogation over with I would have admitted anything to get out of police headquarters he recalled meeting Teresa and taking her for a walk to the Fall River freight yard what happened on the hill asked the District Attorney I don't remember McGarrity replied I think I grabbed her by the throat I don't know I'm trying to remember he said that he had been drinking for three or four days before his niece was slain a picture of the girls body was on the stenographers table directly in front of the witness stand as McGarity was began to testify he averted his eyes for several minutes and then leaned over and turned it face down he was convicted on February 27 1948 of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in the electric chair in 1949 a federal court order was issued that blocked the execution for two weeks after eleven reprieves and a call for a new trial during the three and a half years since he was convicted McGarrett E's sentence was commuted in 1951 by governor's executive counsel is he still in jail but he doesn't have the death penalty anymore Veronica Lafleur Teresa's mother later went on record to oppose the death penalty in Massachusetts during the height of the capital punishment debate in the 1940s she wrote a letter which was read in the Massachusetts Senate in 1949 during the debate on bills to modify the Massachusetts law which made execution the mandatory sentence in cases where the conviction was a first-degree murder the bills were defeated her letter read in part although it was my child I do not wish to see my brother go to the chair if he does I that child's mother will not feel justice has triumph Charles McCarty died in Attleboro on October 20th 1994 at the age of 72 obviously he had been paroled at some point some of you might remember this case from 1960 maybe Emily Odie she was 72 she was killed by a young man who was 16 years old Robert kusik a newspaper left on the outside of the cottage of elderly single lady who lived alone at 7 1-3 Duval Street in Fall River was assigned to the newspaper carrier that something was amiss the paperboy knocked on the door but there was no response he had been miss you tease newspaper boy for two years and he knew that she read that paper every day I was extremely interested in what went on in her city and she hadn't picked up the day before his Herald news so he knew something was wrong he could went across the street to the oil company and they both decided to call the police Emily ud was retired from the income tax division the Massachusetts Department of corporations and Taxation patrolman Alfred Picard arrived and found the door locked front door he went around the outside trying the windows and peering in hoping that he would find an innocent explanation for her whereabouts he had to force open a side window to gain access he found nothing in the downstairs living room and bedroom but when he turned on the lights in the kitchen he saw the sinister path of streaked reddish-brown leading to the door of the woodshed when he looked down the steps into the shed he saw a form covered in burlap bags and a bloody sheet as he pulled back the coverings he realized he'd found the grisly remains of Miss Emily od fingerprints left in the house at the murder scene in the upstairs bedroom where the murderer gained access led police to a neighborhood Youth Bob Cusack who lived near ADIZ home the lead detective found a pair of bloody scissors on the scene and blood on a picket fence and tines on a pitchfork in the shed they had been plunged into the elder lady's neck and heart in her kitchen before she was dragged to the shed that had joined the kitchen after fingerprints revealed the potential murderer was the young boy who attended the ruggles school for special education students he was questioned for a sec time by the police and admitted that he killed the woman that had befriended him missus oudy had several puncture wounds on her chest and was badly beaten about the head she was fully clothed and there was no sign of a struggle robbery did not seem to be the motive the autopsy found that death had been caused by multiple lacerations about the face and upper body but any one of them could have killed her she had also been cruelly bludgeoned as we as revealed by the many fractures and injuries on the upper part of her body the stab wounds penetrated her heart and lungs and there was a skull fracture the knife picket fence and pitchfork were undoubtedly the death weapons the victim had been slated sometime between 11:00 and 1:00 on Wednesday April 19th she had not been sexually attacked police said the boy told them that the stabbing occurred when he broke into mrs. Judy's house seeking stamps for his collection the woman discovered him and took up a fence picket to just drive him away when the boy wrenched the picket out of her hand she seized the scissors police said the boy told them that he took the scissors away from her and stabbed her with him she had apparently been struck down from the rear and stabbed several times a pair of scissors believed to be the weapon was found in an empty coal stove in the kitchen Cusick had a prior juvenile record for attacking a young girl Robert Kissick was charged with murder he was confused and innocent and an innocent plea was entered for him Robert the son of mr. and mrs. Edward kusik was first arraigned as a juvenile and then brought into open court as an adult he was charged with first-degree murder but was ruled to be insane Robert Cusick was sentenced to the Bridgewater State Hospital in 1965 at the age of 21 he was ruled to be fit to stand trial for the 1960 murder but no other information was ever available for me to find what happened so I don't know if he was convicted he doesn't exist in census records I have no idea if he died I have no idea so it's at least they caught the person but I don't know if he face justice the Fall River cult murders Doreen Levesque 17 Barbara and raposa 22 and Karen Marsden 20 these are the dates of their death accused of the murder of Dhara Doreen Levesque was Robin Murphy accused of the murder of Barbara and Raposa was Andre meltus witnessed by Robin Murphy accused of the murder of Karen Marsden was Robin Murphy and Karl drew there's a pattern here there's one name involved in all three Doreen Levesque her bludgeoned body was found by two female joggers on October 13th 1979 beneath the bleachers at diamond vocational school her skull was crushed and her hands were tied she was 17 years old face down in the grass with her hands bound her body was a mess of cuts and bruises with signs of sexual assault and her face and skull were so broken and crushed that she was unrecognizable she was a runaway in a known prostitute she had been drawn to Fall River from New Bedford as the rumors of money to be made in prostitution in Fall River had spread beyond the little towns borders Robin Murphy pled guilty and was convicted of the murder of Doreen Levesque Murphy later recanted her testimony so the case remains unsolved when Murphy made the plea deal with district attorney Ronald Pina for her testimony against rock a carl drew for the third murder Pina declined to charge her again for the murder of Doreen Levesque technically it's still an open case Barbara and Raposa on the wind on Wednesday February 7th excuse me November 7th 1979 David Cowen picked up her poza and her infant son Erik at her apartment in Fall River they left Erik at a babysitter's apartment so they could go to a movie they stopped at a restaurant Raposa in need of money decided instead to spend the evening working the street as a prostitute she had cow and drop her off on the street in Fall River and arranged for him to meet her later at a nearby saloon he waited until 1:00 a.m. the next morning venturing out to look for her at intervals but she did not appear her father reported her disappearance the next morning next evening On January 26 1980 reposes body with hands bound and crushed skull crushed was discovered in the woods near our East Smith's Company plant in Fall River on Jefferson Street Robin Murphy the chief prosecution witness said that she and Andre meltus met mal TAS meltus Malta's Maltese like the did like Maltese but Maltese okay that she had met Andre Maltese in a bar in Fall River at midnight on the date of proposes disappearance Murphy and maltase went to a local diner to pick up raposa as they drove their maltase told Murphy that he intended to kill raposa for dating David Cowen when the three of them left the diner Raposa was in the front seat of the car with maltase and Murphy was in the back seat maltase gave his passenger some marijuana and all three of them smoked it Murphy and reposes started fighting the fight continued until maltase stopped the car in the woods near resko and pulled Raposa away from Murphy ball tase & Raposa talked outside of the car while Murphy remained inside now this is her saying this okay Murphy said that maltase returned to the car got the keys and opened the trunk he removed two paper bags and went into the and went into the woods with raposa Murphy observed the defendant and reposed of having sexual relations Murphy remained in the car listening to the radio and turning it up she heard Raposa scream so she turned it up some more she turned toward the wooded area and saw malt s it sitting on Raposa holding a rock high above her head with both hands she said she turned away and continued listening to the radio now if you believe this you are as gullible as they come Mount has returned to the car she said and placed the two paper bags in the trunk he told Murphy that he wanted the victim to crawl away he drove Murphy to her mother's home and Murphy testified that mount ace threatened that someone would get her Robyn if she said anything against him On February 7th 1980 nearly two weeks after reposes body was discovered maltase was arrested and charged with her murder at trial he testified they'd been home with his mother that night and his mother said yes he was he was with me on January 30th 1981 a jury found maltase guilty of murder in the first degree he was sentenced to life imprisonment he died six years after his conviction after a series of six strokes left him mentally ill he was appealing his case at the time of his death Karen Marsden on April 13 1980 a portion of a human skull was found in the woods near an area known as family beach in Westport a subsequent search of the area yielded various items of clothing blood-stained rocks jewelry and a clump of hair the remains were identified as Karen Marsden a young woman from Fall River from February to November 1979 Marsden had worked for Carl Dru as a prostitute on Bedford Street area Fall River in the summer of 79 Marsden met Robin Murphy who was also acquainted with Karl Dru there was evidence that Marsden and Murphy along with other prostitutes and pimps from the Fall River area attended satanic ritual meetings conducted by Karl Dru think of Karl drew as kind of a Charlie Manson he doesn't really get his hands dirty until he feels like it and he's got this sort of mind control over these girls and he's uh but he really wasn't that charismatic so it's sort of more like Robin was the charismatic one I talked to someone who knew her in high school and she was one of the most popular people at Durfee she always had friends around her she was very outgoing she was a little on the wild side but very carefree kind of a free spirit and she was hilarious she had a great sense of humor but she people were drawn to her because of her personality now Marsden attempted to sever her relationship with Carl drew and with the Satanic group and Marsden and Droog threatened to kill her on several occasions in December 79 Marsden went into hiding she began living with Murphy and another woman named Carol Fletcher at this time Marsden met five or six times with an officer of the Massachusetts State Police who was investigating the death of Levesque now Allen Sylvia who is the state rat worked this case and he knew her very well he said that the prostitutes in Fall River were informants for the police so they treated them with respect because they gave him lots of information about drugs they gave him lots of information about other crimes that were going on and so they sort of knew all their names and they knew all the police and they all got along just fine because there was this communication system set up for reporting of other issues that needed to be taken care of in the city and he's particularly upset about the situation because he was sort of her handler and he talks about taking her she wanted to break away from the satanic part and she actually asked to him to take her to st. Mary's and he did and he dropped her off there and he said can I won't you want to you want me to come in and she said no and that was the last time he saw her on the evening of February 8 1980 Marsden Fletcher and Murphy were riding in Fletcher's car along Bedford Street at some point drew got into the car along with Carl Davis Davis directed Fletcher to drive to family beach when the group arrived there drew Murphy to take Marsden out of the car Murphy dragged Marsden by the throat and hair into the woods as she did this Dru walked alongside while Fletcher and Davis followed close behind Murphy and drew began striking Marsden with rocks drew ordered Murphy to slit Marsden's throat and Murphy complied drew then tore the head from the body and kicked it some months later drew admitted to Lea Johnson who was then was then working for and living with Drew that he had killed a girl in the presence of Murphy Davis and another woman he recounted in detail how she'd been killed and told Johnson he killed the girl because she wanted to leave the cult and he wanted her to feel pain Dru testified they'd spent the evening of the murder in two bars in new bet and Bedford Street margarita Reve Orido testified that she worked for the defendant that evening as a prostitute and that she never he wasn't she was never out of Drew's presence for longer than 15 minutes on cross-examination however she admitted that she was with him every Friday night so she's no way of knowing if ever but that Friday was the Friday that she they all ran together for her there was evidence that Dru murdered Marsden because she was an eyewitness to the Levesque murder and in retaliation for her speaking to the police there was also evidence shortly after the Levesque murder that Marsden attempted to sever her ties with Dru that he threatened to kill her that she hid from Drew and that drew knew she was hiding from him and knew she was talking to the police Carl drew was convicted of first-degree murder in 1981 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole Rob and Murphy nope let's go back there we go Robin Murphy pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree in exchange for her testimony against Carl Dru and was granted immunity from prosecution for any involvement in the death of Doreen Levesque she was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole she was incarcerated in January 1981 when she was 18 years old from 81 to 2004 this is by the way is pier 14 this was his home base this is now a parking lot but this was where he ran his women out of Murphy was granted parole believe it or not seven years later on May 3rd 2004 on July 19 2011 seven years later she was stopped by Chelsea police working a stakeout for an unrelated investigation and they found Murphy in the president presence of a convicted felon with heroin in her purse a violation of parole she also failed to notify the parole officer that she had had contact with the police the parole board met and unanimous Italy revoked her parole in October of night of 2012 let me see if I got her face yeah here we go Murphy applied for parole again in March of 2017 the parole board questioned her ability to tell the truth and stated that they didn't trust anything she said her parole was denied on November 1st 2017 this is her a 1981 this is her today I don't know that's a good question state prison no it's to know she's in she's in state prison yeah Carl drew applied to the Innocence Project to help him overturn his conviction citing a massive case overload they said no this testimony from March it shows Robin Murphy recanted for 1981 testimony about the killings of three women and Fall River testimony angry prosecutors tell Team 5 Murphy's immunity deal is leaving them powerless to reopen or even read them in the case and she's had literally shell five six seven different versions and like frustrated I think I'm more than frustrated I'm very concerned I'm very dismayed about that the immunity it's almost ironclad there's no potential whatsoever to really prosecute her for first-degree murder that's close writer said he needs to meet with the lead investigator and the cult killings now retired Fall River detective Paul character all these years later he's angry too that Murphy was granted immunity without revealing critical information which one of the victims bodies was never found even though she wasn't shot with the other news they were all connected by owner mrs. P in there why did the man convicted after Murphy's testimony died in prison the other Karlsruhe is now appealing to the Innocence Project the help we're interested in rightful convictions not wrongful convictions thanks to a plea deal rotten reputation for as well the DA and the parole board look into what if anything they can do Murphy's lawyer had no comment 15 5 investigates I'm Michele McPhee so you can hear her voice that was during her parole hearing when she was picked up after her parole so this was 2012 I wouldn't want to meet her in the dark alley that's all I gotta say she he scares me see if you study the case and stuff you wonder is it really him that's in charge of was it her in charge and if it was her in charge then it makes sense that she gets off with the lightest sentence because she's that manipulative right and and so you wonder you just wonder you don't know for real because everybody lies and when everybody lies you can't get to the truth and there's not enough evidence to say one thing or another she was just there for all three that's got to tell you something and I think the district attorney before Sutter was peanut he had he had it in his head he was going to get Carl drew he inserted himself into the case and he insisted that he was the mastermind but I think he wanted his Charlie Manson he wanted his helter skelter guy and so he thought that that had to be the answer that the man had to be the most manipulative instead of accepting the possibility that this woman could have done it herself so he insisted on everybody testifying against Carl drew and while call drew was indeed guilty of the third murder and ordering people around he wasn't present at all for the first two the second well she was and she had sexual relationships with some of the other women in the case that ended up dead so she was a tire leave in addictive and jealous person as well she hasn't changed her gender she hasn't had a sex change operation she has just become more masculine as time has gone on Gail Botello 32 years old Gail Botello was murdered by Daniel Tavares who was 22 at the time he was 10 years younger gail Botello an unmarried mother of three children left her home at 114 Prospect Street in Fall River on October 27th and was never seen alive again her skeletal remains were found twelve years later guess where across the street at 114 at 314 June Street the former home of Daniel Tavares the case of the cause of death was multiple stab wounds police had received a tip from Daniel Tavares this is a guy who likes to let people know what he does he claims responsibility for things but there's proof that he's done him he was serving time for murdering his mother he led investigators to her remains the backyard of his former home his defense was he was not the killer but was with two people who did it at a wild party at the time there was not enough evidence to charge him with the crime Tavares was released from prison in 2007 and moved to Washington State where he fairly soon killed his neighbor's Brian and Beverly Mauck a witness to botellas murder came forward with a change of heart and accused Vitello of the crime but Tellez case remained unsolved from 2030 until 2013 when a grand jury indicted Tavares then 47 he was 22 when he committed the crime of murder he was already serving a life sentence in Washington State for the Washington murder dead he had committed in 2007 and he had previously served 16 years in wall post state for stabbing his mother anti-fairies to death in 1991 in Fall River he pleaded not guilty to patellas murder the prosecution argued that the murder took place in his bedroom because she and her boyfriend owed him money for cocaine he tried to shoot her but his gun jammed so he stabbed her several times in the back of the neck and buried her beneath a brick outdoor barbecue that had been built against a wall that separated the yard from the driveway of the house next door in 2015 27 years after her murder Daniel Tavares was convicted of first degree murder without the possibility of parole he will return tonight not in this room he's involved possibly in another case this is the last fall River case that I want to share with you Thomas Kunta he was 49 he was killed by a man named Raymond cook who was 46 on the afternoon of August 24th 1994 Officer Thomas Gunther of the Fall River police department was in uniform delivering parking permits to residents on middle street for use during the upcoming feast Jeanne Felix and her daughter residents of the second floor apartment at 591 middle Street were outside that building and saw officer Gunn to enter it Raymond cook lived on the first floor Felix and his daughter heard cooks say who is it and then heard office have gone to reply the police the women that heard yelling and scuffing and shouts and shots Felix ran down the door to dial nine-one-one cook full of blood and holding a revolver and a walkie-talkie walked down the stairs leading from the apartment Felix asked him what he had done and cook replied well he tried to shoot me so I shot him back Felix found officer gun two lying in the hallway floor outside cooks apartment bleeding profusely and gurgling feel exact kirk cook to get some towels as she began chest compressions cook placed a pillow under gun to his head then kicked him and said he's only faking anyway as detective Leo rubella approached the stairway guns drawn he saw cook step onto the landing holding what turned out to be officer grunt his handgun and observed on the stairs a police radio with blood on it detective rubella followed cook into the building and observed officer gun two on the hallway floor detective rubella push cook against the hallway wall and cook dropped the handgun in his right hand he held a speedloader a device that holds ammunition and a Fall River police badge when Detective Rabello had to pry it out of his hands he handcuffed cook moved him back into apartment and seated him on a mattress with cook saying I shouldn't have I shouldn't have detective John de Mello saw cook dropped the gun officer gunto soon thereafter was pronounced dead after suffering three gunshot wounds at close contact wound to the upper back at the base of the neck penetrating his heart and lung a wound to his lower back and a wound below the right knee officer Gunn – also had abrasions and contusions consistent with having had an altercation at the police station cook stated that he awoke from a nap with an altercation outside of his door and he heard bangs and he opened the door and he saw on his side bleeding in the hallway and he asked him if he was alright and the officer asked him to get help cook saw the officers police radio and tried to use it to call but cook denied ever handling his service revolver or badge he stated that he was taking prescription medication toward the end of the interview he started to address trooper Blaney as your excellency blood spatter analysis indicated that gunto had been inside cooks apartment when he was shot firearms and evidence revealed that his gun had been fired six times there was evidence concerning cooks behavior before and on the day of officer Gunter's killing cook was described as a man who hated cops who stated to Felix that the police would be sorry if they threw him off the basketball court again after curfew on the day of officer giunta's killing Felix knew Cooke was a little bothered and the police were giving him parking tickets even though they weren't giving parking tickets he was giving parking permits at his trial raymond cook did not testify he was an educated man who obtained both criminal justice and law degrees and had served in the military but in early 1993 he'd been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia his son who lived with him in August of 94 said that Cooke thought he was God and a Navy admiral he did not only he did not always recognize his own son his son kept his own daughter away from his there because he thought she would not be safe he thought inanimate objects were intimate he put food in his hair saying it needed food he threw away his medicine and sometimes left the apartment barefoot and in dirty clothes and he rarely bathes he would shoot baskets in the park and his shorts in the dead of winter he was evaluated by various psychologists and psychiatrists and they all said he was mentally ill two of the professionals arrived at the opinion that Cooke was not criminally responsible because his schizophrenia resulted in the lack of capacity to conform his conduct to the requirements of the law and because of schizophrenia he lacked the capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of his conduct he was convicted of murder in the first degree on the theory of extreme atrocity and cruelty he sits in prison it's a very sad story how many of you from little Compton or live in little Compton I have two very terrible stories to share with you sorry to say I hope you lock your doors at night cuz both of these people had stuff happen in their own house Peleg Cornell February 11th 1902 according to the Newport mercury a dastardly murder was discovered yesterday in a lonely spot two miles and a half from the village of Little Compton and in on the Adamsville road the victim Peleg Cornell's 70 lived alone and when found he was lying on the floor of his own house in a pool of blood with his head battered in an almost severed from his body the house where he resided was a one-story building with two rooms it was a cross from the roadway leading from little Compton to Adamsville about midway between the two places all about the house were woods well on the opposite side was a thick wood in a cart path leading back from the road nearly opposite the nearest neighbor was 500 feet away so he was cut off from his neighbors by trees and a lot of trees and foliage the only building within a mile on the south side was a schoolhouse which stood on the crest of what is known as Simmons Hill a few hundred yards away he was cut off from all neighbors as far as actual view of his premises concern On February 11th about six o'clock Cornell was last seen alive and his neighbor Duvall who had passed his place at 10:30 the same night noticed that the house was dark and supposing that the old man had retired continued on his way home when there was no sign of him about the house a coroner was notified and a medical officer and town sergeant went to the house when they broke into the house which the door was locked they saw him lying on the floor in the inner room a huge gash in the man's throat penetrated to the spinal column um was severing the head from the body further examination showed that his head had been literally showered with blows dealt with the blunt instrument a cut on top of the head running back from the forehead might have made been made with a dull axe while a blow that had crushed the frontal bone was evidently dealt with a blunt instrument another gash was found under the right eye about the house everything appeared in order Cornell had made his usual preparations for retiring there was no signs of a scuffle in the oven of the stove was a little armful of wood placed there to dry for the morning fire the oil in the lamp showed evidence of being burned but you know for a short time the burrs a brick found in his bed wrapped in cloth placed there so that he could heat himself heat his bedclothes at night two chairs were paroled up to the kitchen stove as though two people had been seated and on a shelf nearby was a glass half full of cider the autopsy showed that death had probably been caused by a wound to the neck but they didn't know which happened first and the man was unconscious the murderer in the opinion of the doctors knocked him down and then proceeded to over killed him it was decided that the man had been dead about 36 hours or so as to the murderer after finishing the work he apparently left the house locking the door in the cart path near the house about 500 feet into the woods schoolchildren found the axe which was identified as the murder weapon he had resided in Little Compton for three years having come from Tiverton he did not work and had no visible means of support his house was known as a resort for rough characters to whom he sold cider stronger liquor then for it was really difficult for him to obtain so he made his own he was known to have small amount of money just before his death this money and an old leather wallet was missing so they figured robbery was the motive in his younger days Cornell had been convicted of arson and Portsmouth and and served a long term in state prison he is said to have been apprehensive a bodily harm and had a huge Club in his house which to protect himself he had consulted a lawyer with regards to selling of the cider and learning that by refusing to sell by the glass he kept within the law and conducted a business in that manner the murder remained unsolved until until eight years later a man by the name of Angus angle angles AMG le s angles Snell yeah what a name right angles Snell died in Massachusetts state prison he confessed to five murders before his death one of them Peleg Cornell Snell will make another appearance in another case of telling gasps Kirby Snell appears to be a man who murdered for money and almost almost always complete strangers making him a likely suspect in many unsolved crimes in the area that extend from Wareham to Little Compton perhaps he's our first South Coast serial killer Angela Spence Shah was 66 years old she was killed by a man named Jerry and Motyka who was 23 at some point during the late evening of Saturday May 29th 1999 Angela Spence Shah was brutally murdered in her home when she failed to show up at work on Sunday morning her friend went to visit her home to check on her and she found her severely beaten and lifeless in the bathtub there was also an electric hair dryer in the bathtub which she her friend unplugged it was later determined that in addition to having been savagely beaten she had also been raped the medical examiner attributed her death to drowning in the bath water as well as substantial blunt-force trauma that she had suffered her home did not appear to have been ransacked in fact both her wallet and cash which she kept in a ceramic box on her bedroom dresser amounting to more than $500 remained untouched her jewelry was also undisturbed moreover there was no sign of forced entry by contrast in her bedroom which had joined the bathroom where the body was discovered there were numerous indicia of the violent attack that had occurred puddles of blood the bed had been stripped there was a blood-stained pillow and pillowcase when she was found she had only a pink nightshirt and was wearing nothing below the waist according to first responders she was severely beaten and unrecognizable she still apparently she was still alive when placed under water in the bathtub following the brutal beating and rape they know this because there was water in the lungs which means she inhaled it I was alive because it doesn't seep into your mouth after you're dead the seminal fluid and sperm cells were present in both of Regina and her rectum at the time of her murder she was in the process of renovating her home on Friday May 28 1999 a construction crew had broken through a wall of her house as part of a process of connecting in addition which left her house temporarily unsecured anyone who knew about that temporary opening in the wall could have easily entered Jerry Jeremy Motyka a carpenter was part of the three-man crew which had broken through the wall at the time of her murder he was living in Fall River with his girlfriend his girlfriend testified that she went to Cape Cod that weekend to spend time with her family and he stayed in Fall River but on Sunday morning he called her up unexpectedly and said I'm coming to Cape Cod and he arrived there but remained in bed the whole time they came back to Fall River and the police came the Rhode Island police arrived and wanted to talk to him he told the police that he was home all night Saturday until he went out with some teenagers to get drunk then a few days later the detective went to his jobsite and questioned him again and his story was different so a number of people including members of the construction crew all gave DNA samples to the police on June 9th motika voluntarily provided where the blood the police with a blood sample and he was arrested on June 24th because it was a match when the detectives asked him to explain why his semen was found in her body metoya told them that he and his girlfriend would also have sex in the morning before he went to work and he would clean himself off in her tub misses his girlfriend testified that they never had sex in the morning that if they ever had sex it would be in the evening but she hadn't had sex with him in a long time and then when he had sex he would wipe himself off with a baby nap so he didn't go wash himself elsewhere and the doctor testified that there's no way seminal fluid can go into you because the vagina is a closed environment snap shut and it doesn't go that way it comes out but it doesn't go in geremy Motoko was convicted of raping and murdering in the first degree of angeles offense a Spence Shaw he was sense to life in prison without the possibility of parole with a concurrent life sentence for the first-degree sexual assault charge in September of 2017 his lawyer argued before the state Supreme Court of Rhode Island that his appeal was wrongly dismissed without an evidentiary hearing in November and excuse me December Rhode Island Supreme Court vacated the lower court's denial and Motoko was entitled to a hearing on the merits of its application this is it to be continued he's still held but he may walk perfect the one from local content Angeles that shot in 1999 believe it was 19 that you know the celery lady was found in submerged in her bathtub and she had been clearly beaten and raped and we worked on the case and we have a DNA profile but the police had no work nobody need a suspect yet they continue to sample people all along over a period of days and we got in about 24 different samples from different people and it was about the 15th person that we got a match and his name was Jeremy Motyka and he was working he was part of a crew that was working on my house at the time he was both in his 20s and he was later convicted of that case but it was a very the case really focused on DNA it was critical of the case that asked me I know you say to separate yourself in this what was that moment like it was the aha moment basically really the list and then calling the police and everybody comes down and wants all the information it was a Friday afternoon there's DNA match but there may be a procedural problem that with the police and his arrest so we'll see so even if you're guilty of something and they have the DNA on you there are ways to get out of jail if things aren't done properly I'm not saying they weren't done properly but he's claiming they weren't done properly and so much so that he's given a second chance to appeal his conviction that it was deemed enough to cause an appeal so little compton doesn't sound like a nice place to me is it here's a very nice place but lock your doors oh my gosh Oh a sonant free town bill mentioned this case two weeks ago I guess the Bullock murder this is bollocks grave in New Bedford so that's why I put it there Isaiah Isaiah John Bullock he was killed by a man named Ovid Reynolds who was 18 years old and about seven o'clock on the evening of June thirtieth nineteen eighteen sixty two oh the body of John Bullock was found shockingly mangled it was evidence that there had been a struggle blood was found in his wagon and a considerable quantity on both sides of the road about 20 shots took effect on his face and neck so I guess it's a shotgun and a 25 stab wounds were found on his body three or four to his breast and body several of them being mortal his watch valued at $100 was found in his pocket I'm sorry was missing also his pocketbook but $10 was found in his pocket it's not known how much money he had on him at the time mr. Bullock was last seen near a SONA at five and a half o'clock I love that five and a half o'clock I'm gonna start using that that just sounds great what time is it it's five and a half he had had a conversation with a woman in reference to a piece of land that he wanted to purchase while I was talking to her a man was seen to pass who had a gun with him and they suspected that this guy might have something to do with the killing and according to Phillips in his history of Fall River the murder caused widespread consternation because the desolate youth seeking only to possess a few dollars was lying in wait for a dry goods and grocery peddler whose weekly route caused him to pass through this lonely road which in fact he had traversed the previous day when Bullock happened along returning to his new bedford home from his delivery of a barrel of rum to the kitchen barroom a slab to a kitchen ballroom at slab bridge in freetown the youth had held him up blinded him with a gunshot and then during a scuffle which followed during the gun was wrestled from him and he stabbed Bullock to death Reynolds returned to his home and his father turned him over to the police thank you daddy according to Walter Clark who gave an interview in 1934 he said his father spoke with obut Reynolds as the lad was walking along the road that fateful day with a gun under his arm his father told his son that after obut had reached home he hid under the bed for a time and did other peculiar things to arouse suspicion from his father Noah Reynolds he was intending to get married but he was sorely in need of money he was young and like many boys of his years he had nothing in his own right and it is believed that Reynolds long yearning for cash coupled with his drinking caused him to commit the brutal crime an indictment charged murder charging murder was returned against Reynolds who pled not guilty the trial was May 19th and Taunton and it lasted until May 21st and he the verdict of murder in the first degree he was sentenced to be hanged by the neck until he was dead and January 7th 1860 for his death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by Governor John Andrew Reynolds developed tuberculosis during his incarceration and died about six months after the commutation of his sentence for life imprisonment now what's interesting is the monument that's there which is still there Barry French sent me these photographs that he took in 1962 so this is Bullock Road now I went looking at Bullock Rhoda Bullock Road runs from all the way to Fonts Corner Road all the way down into a Sonnen Bell Rock Road to Bullock Road turns into that and it's a big long beautiful road I mean it's really lovely this is the way it looked in 62 and the that's the monument there that little finger things sticking up it's a piece of granite that was placed there at the site of the murder by Clark the man who did the interview his father did that because he knew open he knew Bullock it was his tribute and that's where it happened so that's where it was I was just there and this is the shot I took I was there last week before it got super hot and rained and this is the site of it now from the same point of view so there's houses there now this was it in 1962 it had a be painted on it and now it has pink paint on it and it's a part of like a little garden display this is the back of it it almost looks like a face but you can see the chisel marks in it so it was cut a certain size and it stays there it doesn't fall over so it's really cool it's actually really cool and this is the he's buried Obon is buried in Freetown and this is obits gravestone and he died of consumption while he was in in jail so he didn't get hung but he caught that the the consumption while he was in prison so in a sense they killed him this is a very very weird sad story these two people were each 21 years old they were engaged to be married and they were on a Lovers Lane in Freetown right off Bullock road again and for no apparent reason someone shot them to death on May 1st 1965 she was shot three times in the chest and he was shot four times in the head 7 22 caliber casings were found at the scene the police found his wallet containing 6 dollars and she had 20 dollars in her purse ruling out robbery they had last been seen driving down the lane at 7 p.m. and their bodies were discovered the next day at 12:30 p.m. the medical examiner determined they died approximately 10 hours ago putting their time of death around 10:30 p.m. they were found by Charles Westgate of Freetown as he was out horseback riding the windshield in the front door on the right side of the car were riddled with bullet holes when the police arrived the driver's side was open they'd been engaged for three years and we're planning an August wedding a reconstruction indicated that she was struck first in the chest from a distance by a bullet that went through the windshield he was shot three times in the head and chest as he started to get out of the car then the killer fired two more rounds into her Robert Garin was arrested on May 6 1965 based on a tip at his place of appointment his car a station wagon was impounded and was said to have matched the description of the vehicle near the seeing Robert Karin was ordered committed to Bridgewater State mental hospital for 35 days of mental evaluation deemed a violent youth it was determined that this was in the best interest of his health oddly no other details are found about this case it is not known if Garin was permanently committed if he pleaded in the case whether there was an indictment it's entirely possible that he is still alive today because he would only be in his mid-60s he's there's no death there's no death certificate but death certificates are hard to come by in modern times they're easier when it's free information because of time passing you know like census records because the last census record is what 1940 that's available so they wait 75 years before they release the next census right so the 1950 census isn't due out for a while so we don't know why he did it we don't know it's just a senseless horrible killing that sounds like California not Freetown like like the Zodiac killer right Marylou arruda now you recognize her she was murdered by a man named James cater on September 8 1978 about four o'clock fifteen-year-old Mary Lou disappeared while riding her bicycle I'll let you go near her home in Raynham her bicycle was found at 4:30 that same day by the side of the road next to it was an automobile tire track with an acceleration mark the track characteristics were very odd and interesting and was were different a Benson & Hedges cigarette butt was found in the middle of the road and two months later on November 11th 1978 her decomposed fully clothed body was found tied to a tree in the Freetown State Forest the cause of her death was strangulation by ligature or positional asphyxia a pathologist testified that she's been alive in the standing position when she was tied to the tree but at once she became unconscious the weight of her head against the ligature around her neck caused her to suffocate she had probably died the same day that she was taken around the time arruda disappeared five individuals in her neighborhood noticed an unfamiliar bright green automobile with a black or silver stripe and black lettering it amazes me that somebody who's doing such a crime drives around in such an obvious noticeable car one of them described him as a white male with curly hair and dark room glasses another said that they saw someone else in the car but they didn't know who it was probably her the boy who found her bicycle returned it to her home and hers mut her mother called the police and for the next three days they searched for her on September 9th 78 police developed photographs of the automobile tire tracks and then they published a wanted poster containing a composite likeness of the driver three days later the police received information on cater including a photograph of him he met with the police in Raynham and the police noted that his parents was consistent with the composite that he smoked Benson & Hedges cigarettes he gave the police permission to search his automobile a bright green opal with black racing stripe the front right tire tread was similarly unusual as the tire tracks found near the bicycle inside the car they saw wedding gifts two cartons of Benson & Hedges cigarettes and two pairs of dark rim glasses in the glove compartment in the trunk under some luggage they found newspapers open to the case and checking his alibi they learned that he was not in fact in any of the places he said he was and that his opal was a seen at 4:30 in the immediate facility of Freetown State Forest where her body was found he had previously committed a similar crime to the one perpetrated against Mary Lou arruda in 1969 pled guilty to indictments of assault with intent to rape assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and kidnapping they related to a 69 abduction and attack on Jocelyn pussy air between 1:30 and 2:30 she was walking her bicycle home on a quiet street in North Andover when she noticed a blue automobile in front of her it was the same car that had passed her several times that afternoon the driver James M cater was standing in the middle of the road and he asked her for directions when she turned to point where he could go he grabbed her and threw her into the car pushing her down underneath the glove compartment he had an iron bar in his hand so she felt threatened her he immediately got in the driver's seat and drove very fast traveled for about 30 minutes and he stopped the car pulled her out and walked her further into the woods he hit her on the back of the head with the iron bar and forced her to kneel into a stream as he tried to force her face into the water she grabbed his glasses and threw them so he went to look for his glasses and she started to run and he grabbed her again and he put her back in the car and then he drove some more and then he pulled her out of the car and he took her into the woods and tied her up against a tree he used strips from a torn bed street to tie her hands ankles and torso against the tree after 20 minutes of pacing back and forth he came up behind her and pulled the last strip of bedspread very tight around her neck which strangled her with his and strangled her with his hands she lost consciousness but she regained consciousness and she was alone slumped over and bound to the tree she managed to untie herself and she ran and found help from there she was taken home to Hospital and then to the police he was convicted of this kidnapping and served 10 years in prison he acknowledged pleading guilty to that case but said he had nothing to do with Marylou Arruda but at his trial five witnesses testified that the car was similar in color size and markings to the car that the FBI testified that the tire tread was the same tire tread and in 79 a jury found him guilty of murder in the first degree but his verdict was reversed because certain testimony had been or might have been hypnotically aided and it had been erroneously admitted at trial you can't hypnotize someone to remember something and then use that testimony in a murder trial it's not proven that you can hypnotize someone to remember something it is done but not when somebody's life is on the line so it's inadmissible to give testimony based on something you were hypnotized to remember so he was can he was retried after they took out that testimony and was found guilty again he appealed based on the same issue and sure enough there was some testimony that was still a part of that hypnotic testimony what's with the Commonwealth okay the third trial began in October of 92 and a mistrial was held because they couldn't decide and then a year and a half later he moved to dismiss it saying that it was double jeopardy because he'd been tried three times and it was denied prior to the fourth trial the Commonwealth filed a motion to admit evidence of his previous bad acts which was allowed the fourth trial began in 96 and three months later 18 years after he was killed Marylou arruda he was found guilty of kidnapping and murder in the first degree james cater died in prison from cancer on january 23rd 2016 finally putting to end the grueling ordeal experienced by Mary Lou's mother who had to live 38 years of this retrial retrial retrial retrial of cater I want to shoot him a bird don't use such a evil person oh yes we murder in Westport too you know it's not just Fall River New Bedford and yes they murder in Westport not at the fair but other places this is the case of what I told you about tilling gassed Kirby 1903 it's an interesting case he'd been out fishing on his little boat he was apparently living with two other guys he was living with Angliss Snell and he was also living with a man named Burton head and they were fishing together cuz tilling gas had his own property in Westport in fact on Charlotte white road he had his own property but he was down at the point he was down at gooseberry he was fishing so he was staying a little brief amount of time rooming with these two guys who were fishing together well he didn't return when he went out one day and Snell was hired by the man's son Edward Kerby to go look for him so they went out on a boat and they found his boat Snell found his boat oh look I found his boat and on September 19th heavy weather forced the body up from the bottom of the water where it had been found with pig iron and it came ashore at gooseberry neck and so they had a body now Snell was arrested but only because he all of a sudden had money when he didn't have money and Kirby's money was gone so they figured he took the money right and so the police alleged that actually this whole thing was a quarrel over a woman as weird so snow hired this woman to take care of their house and he fell in love with her but his Burton head was also unlike another so she was kind of hanging out with Burton head and Snell wanted her but she laughed in his face and said you don't have any money I can't be with you you can't provide for me all right he said I'm gonna have some money soon so he went to Kirby and asked to borrow money and Kirby said no Snell was determined it was determined he was the last person to see Kirby alive and he made conflicting statements about his whereabouts and after trial of nine days angles Angliss angles angles angles Snell it's not angel and I haven't missed written it he was found guilty of murder in the first degree and he was sent into death by electrocution and his death was to occurred a week later but Governor William Douglas of Massachusetts commuted his sentence to life imprisonment after his commutation he was set to Charlestown Prison and he dropped dead in state prison on March 14 1905 at the age of 69 of cirrhosis cirrhosis of the coronary arteries and it was revealed that he had confessed to his jailer to committing five murders of which robbery had been the sole motive he admitted to killing killing gat tilling gasps Kirby and confessed to the murder of Peleg Cornell to strangers who came to Westport on vacation and in unknown Portuguese who had paid Snell to guide him around he also admitted to burning a barn for revenge by angles serial killer do you know this case this should bring you know this guy right yeah she put it in his yellow all right I think he got to the word jello right he was 61 and his girlfriend Christina Martin was 40 oh I'm sorry he was 61 my mistake that doesn't look like a 46 year old man does it he was 61 and they were living together in Westport and the commonwealth's theory was that she had caused his death by putting LSD in his jello this is her at her trial I can't explain it any better 39 year old Christina Martin continued to live in the house the couple shared along with her two children his marriage four weeks after Richard Alfredo's death rumors circulated that his death was no accident the daughter of Alfredo's girlfriend tisha allegedly told friends that Alfredo had made sexual advances towards her and she also said that her mother put the drug LSD and Alfredo's gelatin dessert in an effort to kill him to see if LSD had caused Alfredo's death the medical examiner exhumed his body six weeks after the funeral the samples were sent to different labs for testing the state crime lab and another private laboratory dr. louis MO rosso performed the testing at the private lab and used what is called a radio immuno sa test or VAR IA both the private lab and the police lab found two drugs present in alfredo system one was diphenhydramine a common over-the-counter cold medication they got there with LSD Richard Alfredo's death was no longer considered an an accident it was now murder a heart attack brought on by acute LSD intoxication Deena Martin was charged with first-degree murder at the trial prosecutors presented the toxicological evidence of LSD and Richard Alfredo system and a drug dealer testified that Christina was present when he sold LSD the teachers high school friends that was all the prosecution needed Christina Martin was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison and that's where the case stood for seven long years there had never been a case reported where a person had died from the direct effects of LSD so right away that allegation was inconsistent with the whole body of scientific information dating back to the mid-60s that's a 30-year period of time the ri8 test was designed to work only on fresh urine samples which the medical examiner didn't have after the body was autopsy the labs tested tissue samples and degraded blood all of which had been embalmed the Garay a test is only for screening any positive results must then be retested and confirm the results in order to say with 100% certainty that was LSD that was present the body would have to go to a confirmatory test the gold standard or the test that is considered to be the most dependable is the one that's called gas chromatography mass spectrometry for whatever reason Christina Martin's first lawyer never questioned the test results when kevin mahoney examined the case file from Christina Martinez first trial he found an important piece of evidence it was evidence that prosecutors never presented at the first trial prosecutors had commissioned the confirmatory test on Alfredo's tissue samples using a gas chromatograph mass spectrometer it's a test that can identify every substance in the sample that test detected no LSD in any of the samples even though they tested and retested and retested they were desperate to confirm the what they've learned from the radio nos a test but they weren't able to do that in his decision judge dorver cited defects in the scientific evidence and the prosecution's failure to disclose critical exculpatory evidence as grounds for a new trial Christina Martin agreed to plead guilty to manslaughter in exchange for sentence of time served in other words Christina Martin was a free woman I plead guilty because of the plea bargain and the chance that I might go back jail I didn't want that I would have liked to have had this woman found not guilty but this is not the first person to Massachusetts to say they did something in order to get out of being prosecuted when you feed of being held to the fire you're going to do things you really don't want to do because we're running late I'm gonna skip to the very last murder which is my favorite murder if one could have favorite murders I'm gonna skip to it sorry yeah my favorite murder it's a Dartmouth murder the murder of Elizabeth Barrow she was a hundred years old when she was killed the woman who killed her was Laura Lundquist who was 98 she was very upset because she believed that her hundred year old roommate at the Brandon Woods nursing home was conniving to take over her room at 6:20 only 20 minutes after staff had seen her returned to her bed from the bathroom Elizabeth Barrow was found dead with a bedsheet pulled over her bed and a plastic bag tied around her head the women had been arguing about Lundquist placing a table at the foot of barrows bed a nurse's aide moved the table so Barrow could have a path to the bathroom and lunnqvist punched her it was reported that lunk was vowed that she would get barrows window-side bed and she was planning to outlive her linguist Rehnquist told the investigators that she was in the bathroom when Barrow died and she heard her scream but she didn't want to do anything because she was afraid she might get into trouble she thought that Barrow had committed suicide Laura Lundquist was sent to Taunton State Hospital for competency evaluation and it was determined that she had a long-standing diagnosis of dementia additionally she had exhibited erratic behaviors previously she felt that another roommate wanted to strangle her in her bed she was found not competent to stand trial and committed to Taunton State Hospital now the thing is and she was still alive in 2016 she was a hundred and four I can find no obituary for her so as far as I know this lady's still alive and the reason why is because the son of Barrow who was in his late 60s and early 70s after this time sued the nursing home because of the danger that was posed to his mother even though she was a hundred by this roommate who had been violent before and there was a law that said the nursing home said that there was an arbitration agreement that she could he could only go to arbitration over her death turned out mrs. Barrow never signed that document and because of the son Scott barrows pushing this a law was passed that no longer our nursing homes allowed to to weigh out what happened based on arbitration that the victims have a right and so after many years of fighting this they got a jury together he was going to court he was allowed to sue the nursing home they had a jury picked they were just about to start and the nursing home settled so it undisclosed amount so mrs. barrows dead mrs. lung Quist is possibly still alive in 2016 when he received his settlement she was still alive in Taunton and she was 104 so she outlived this woman like she vowed she would it's the only murder it is the murder in the whole United States of the oldest person being accused of murder she was never convicted and never indicted Sam Sutter said what's the point well she was demented she had dementia and she was gonna die soon anyway but she didn't die soon anyway go figure I guess Laurel Uncas had the last laugh you

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