Teen's murder case cracked after 41 years
TEWKSBURY, Mass. -- Three men are facing charges in connection to the murder of a Massachusetts teen more than 41 years ago. The men were just teens at the time of the crime.
Walter Shelley, 60, was brought to court to face justice for a murder he allegedly committed more than 40 years ago.
John McCabe was found dead back in 1969 when he was only 15-years-old. He was found in a field, gagged and hogtied with a noose around his neck, the morning after he disappeared on the way home from a dance.
John’s now 80-year-old father and mother were there to see someone finally charged with their son’s murder.
“I think I was hoping that it might be over because my wife and I have lived with this for so long,” said Bill McCabe, murder victim’s father. “She’s been a great source of strength.”
Also charged with murder was 57-year-old Michael Ferreira, who was arraigned in New Hampshire. And a third man, 59-year-old Edward Brown, was charged with manslaughter.
“There aren’t better moments in this business then when you can sit with a family, like we did with the McCabe’s, and tell them that they are going to be able to confront the three people who killed their boy,” said Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone.
Investigators say it was Brown who finally told how the three men at 16, 17 and 18-years-old grabbed 15-year-old John off the street to scare him for flirting with Shelley’s girlfriend.
Brown said the other two tied up John and left him in a field. He said they panicked when they returned two hours later and found the boy dead.
“I just wanted to see what kind of a monster would do something like that to a child - or to anybody,” said Deborah McCabe-Atmanchuck, murder victim’s sister.
Living down the street from John’s grave, Evelyn McCabe regrets everyday having let her son go to that dance. For years she still set a place for him at dinner, but she never gave up hoping for justice for her son.
“I have God on my side,” said Eveyln McCabe, murder victim’s mother. “I knew that eventually he would come through for me.”
Shelley and Ferreira were both held on $500,000 cash bail. Brown was released. They will be back in court May 26.
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