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Kenneth A. Rahn obtained a B.S. in Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962. He also has a
Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Michigan (1971). Rahn is currently Professor Emeritus of Oceanography Center for Atmospheric Chemistry Studies at the University of Rhode Island.
Rahn is also interested in the assassination of John F. Kennedy and is the author of the The Academic JFK Assassination Website. As Rahn points out: "takes its "academic" name from the fact that it attempts to approach the assassination in a way that is as scholarly, dignified, and rigorous as possible."
The website presents a great deal of material on all sides of the JFK assassination. However, according to Rahn: " This site shows that the proper investigative techniques lead inevitably to the strong conclusions that JFK was almost certainly killed by a lone gunman firing from the Texas School Book Depository, that he was almost certainly acting alone, and that he was almost certainly Lee Harvey Oswald."
This first essay considers what I will call, for lack of a better name, "The Central Fallacy of JFK Research." In effect, this fallacy is a misuse of the Argument ad Ignorantiam - the Argument from Ignorance - by many JFK researchers of all persuasions. The Argument ad Ignorantiam is the fallacy of reasoning that a proposition is true simply because it has not been proven false, or the converse, that a proposition is false simply because it has not been proven true. A simple example might be the deduction that extraterrestrials have not landed on earth because we have no hard proof of it. The proposition is that extraterrestrials have landed on earth; the deduction is that it is false because no physical evidence has been found for any such landings; the fallacy is that lack of physical evidence does not mean that it does not exist or that they could not have landed without leaving physical traces...
Thus the continuing lack of strong evidence specific to conspiracy makes it an increasingly untenable proposition. Slowly but surely, the probability of nonconspiracy is climbing ever-higher. Every tick of the clock raises it inexorably, as does every national meeting where reams of inconclusive and irrelevant "evidence" are presented at great length and their significance greatly exaggerated.
Let us be clear one critical point. Nothing in this argument prohibits conspiracy. Perhaps tomorrow the smoking gun will be found and conspiracy will be proven. But for 36 years nothing like this has happened - that history of nonaccomplishment must count for a tremendous lot.
Again, this is less an argument against conspiracy per se than an argument against demonstrated conspiracy. All of us devoted to this case must learn to operate on two mental tracks simultaneously - keeping our minds open to all future possibilities while properly recognizing the meaning of the current probabilities.
Meagher’s leftist leanings can be seen in quotes from her. For example, the dedication to her book reads: “This book is dedicated to the innocent victims of a society which often inflicts indignity, imprisonment, and even death on the obscure and helpless.” She wanted an “end to the cold war and a beginning of genuine peace, for equality and mutual respect among men, for the rule of law and an end to brute violence.” A passage on page xxiii of her Foreword also shows her leanings: “On the day of the assassination the national climate of arrogance and passivity in the face of relentless violence - beatings, burnings, bombings, and shootings - yielded in some quarters to a sudden hour of humility and self-criticism. The painful moment passed quickly, for the official thesis of the lone, random assassin destroyed the impulse for national self-scrutiny and repentance. Thus, the climate of cruelty and barbaric hatred was restored after what was scarcely an interruption, and it was possible for Cuban émigrés - virtually with impunity and without regard for the hundreds of people who might be killed or injured - to fire a bazooka at the United Nations Headquarters building to express displeasure at the presence there of Che Guevara. Thus it was possible for American Nazi thugs to assault peaceful citizens assembled at a public meeting in Dallas at Christmas 1965. This it is possible for Americans to look upon the napalmed children of Vietnam and listen to their terror nightly over the television tubes, and to go about their daily business as usual.”
From the minute the assassination was announced, it seemed improbable to her, and she became “instantaneously skeptical” of the official explanation. She was convinced that the government’s story was false and that they (including the Dallas authorities) would try to pin it on a Communist. This suspicion was reinforced when Oswald’s name, background, and guilt was announced. She felt that the Dallas authorities piled evidence on Oswald too fast. In response, she started to read on the assassination and save every article she could find on it. She attended several of Mark Lane’s lectures in NYC but reserved judgment until the Warren Report appeared. Feeling that she could not possibly understand the Report as is, she created her own index, a work that took several months and 152 pages. The results convinced her that the Warren Commission’s detailed evidence contradicted its general conclusions. Three years of study convinced her that she had been right.
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In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rahn. 20% of Rahn men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Rahn women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rahn were Clerk and Saleslady .
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Kenneth A. Rahn - History
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J ust as conspiracy books have been more popular than books supporting the Warren Commission conclusions, there are more conspiracy-oriented web sites than lone-nut oriented web sites. While many web sites have some Kennedy assassination material, the following specialize in the subject. This is a somewhat selective list of sites, emphasizing those with the strongest collections of resources.
The Texas Monthly's Dealey Plaza Revisited is a fine balanced introduction to the issues surrounding the assassination from a journal that has become a mainstay of Texas journalism.
The Mary Ferrell Foundation is named in honor of highly respected long-time Dallas area researcher Mary Ferrell, and contains a broad range of resources including essays (mostly conspiracy oriented), photos and (most important) a massive collection of primary source documents.
The National Archives' Kennedy Assassination Records Collection has a search engine that allows locating documents in the Archives' massive holdings. This makes it easy to order relevant documents from the Archives. And indeed, simply knowing what documents the government has can be important information. Give the Feds some credit: this is a fine resource.
The JFK Lancer site is a fine source for ordering various materials on the assassination, and it contains selected articles from The Assassination Chronicles , as well as a good selection of links to other JFK-oriented sites.
JFK Online has several interesting essays (on Ruby, Silvia Odio, Jean Hill), a good links page, good brief reviews of all the major assassination books, and an excellent collection of unedited statements from assassination witnesses. It's signal strong point, however, is a very large collection of resources on Jim Garrison and Garrison's New Orleans "investigation" into the murder.
Mike Russ' John F. Kennedy Assassination Information Center is strong on witness testimony, and has the invaluable technical reports of the House Select Committee on Assassinations which address issues such as the nature of Kennedy's wounds and the authenticity of the Backyard Photos.
Max Holland's Washington DeCoded shows the work of a journalist intimately familiar with the history of the 60s and of the ways Washington politics impinged upon and affected how the assassination was viewed and how it was dealt with.
The site 22 November 1963 is an overview of the assassination from a conspiracy perspective. Consider it a good primer on conspiracy arguments, and make a point of looking at counter-arguments on other sites.
Ralph Schuster's John F. Kennedy Assassination Homepage, from Germany, is further evidence of world-wide interest in the assassination. Schuster has has a rich variety of offerings, including the Warren Commission Report, Jim Marrs' "Convenient Deaths" list, Walt Brown's index to assassination books, and extensive witness testimonies.
The Real Issues Home Page, shows Mike Griffith, the page's author, to be a diligent reader of conspiracy books and a prolific writer. You can find about any aspect of the case interpreted from a conspiracy perspective here.
John Simkin's Spartacus Educational site has in common with Mike Griffith's site (above) a dilligent webmaster who has put a lot of information (and, unfortunately, pseudoinformation) online. But where Griffith's site is deep, going into issues in great detail, Simkin's site is broad, providing some information on a vast number of suspects, witnesses, and even researchers.
Dale Myers' JFK Files web site shows Myers' computer modelling of the shooting in Dealey Plaza, as well as material about the Tippit shooting. Myers also critiques, from a lone assassin perspective, various of the claims of conspiracists.
The Academic JFK Assassination Site reflects a course on the JFK assassination taught by Kenneth A. Rahn at the University of Rhode Island. His web site is not just his syllabus, but rather a wide-ranging collection of materials. Especially interesting are sections on critical thinking, information on Warren Commission critics and collections of materials from researchers such as Tony Marsh and Peter Whitmey.
Lisa Pease' Real History Archives gives you a dose of the really extreme conspiracy view. Pease believes that a very large conspiracy murdered Kennedy, and continues to cover up the crime. She includes the mainstream media, much of academia, many conspiracy authors, all authors who believe Oswald did it alone, and virtually all the posters on USENET newsgroups who don't believe in a conspiracy in her cast of sinister people. For a scary reminder of where this sort of thinking leads, click here for Lisa Pease' page on the Oklahoma City bombing. Now removed from her site, she displayed it for over two years.
The site Kennedy and King (formerly Probe Magazine) is a project of James DiEugenio, a supporter of Jim Garrison and believer in a wide-ranging conspiracy that killed Kennedy and continues to cover up the murder.
David Von Pein has been all over the Internet of late, capably arguing for the lone assassin viewpoint. His blog, The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy: A Lone-Gunman Viewpoint has a lot of resources, including especially video resources.
The Assassination Web is a source for COPA information, COPA videos, and the world's most extensive collection of essays purporting to debunk Gerald Posner's book Case Closed .
W. Tracy Parnell is a lone assassin theorist whose Lee Harvey Oswald Research Page has several valuable resources. Parnell is the chief Internet debunker of "two Oswalds" theories.
Parnell's more recent research can be found on his blog W. Tracy Parnell. He continues to debunk "two Oswalds" theories, which continue to resurface in various permutations.
David Perry, a crackerjack researcher who has debunked many of the stories conspiracy books repeat (although he in fact believes there was a conspiracy), has the John F. Kennedy Assassination Pages where you can learn about him and read several of his articles.
Clintbradford.com has a fine collection of files covering many aspects of the assassination. The site grew out of Clint Bradford's ATD BBS (now defunct), and is resource-rich.
John Masland's The Nook is a site of interest to people who want to do some real digging, featuring large databases of Warren Commission Documents, Warren Commission Witnesses, selected portions of the Warren Report, and a collection of video sound bites. Not especially recommended for the casual web "surfer," this site will be a huge boon to the serious researcher.
Tony Marsh's website, The Puzzle Palace, has one thing going for it: Marsh himself, a quirky, independent-minded and innovative researcher capable of occasional near-brilliant work.
Dr. Chad Zimmerman is a chiropractor who has leveraged his knowledge of anatomy to produce the JFK Assassination Research Page, which deals with various medical and ballistics issues.
Fair Play was formerly an online magazine put together by John Kelin. Seldom updated now, the site's archives nonetheless has a wide variety of materials of interest. Although it often seemed to support some of the most unreliable witnesses (Roger Craig, Perry Raymond Russo), it has also debunked conspiracy fables. An important feature is Joe Backes' detailed accounts of document releases from the Assassination Records Review Board. The pioneering JFK assassination page.
UFOs: A Background
Flying objects, not easily identifiable by the human eye, have been spotted all around the world for centuries. Those who reported seeing such mysterious objects often attributed them to spirits, angels, phantoms, ghosts or other supernatural phenomena. In 1938, with the specter of war looming in Europe, Orson Welles caused mass hysteria in America when his radio broadcast based on H.G. Wells’ science-fiction novel War of the Worlds suggested that meteor-like rocket ships carrying aliens were invading Earth.
Did you know? Some conspiracy-minded ufologists viewed Steven Spielberg&aposs Close Encounters of the Third Kind as an effort masterminded by the U.S. government to introduce the public to the concept of friendly aliens.
World War II and the accompanying development of rocket science marked a new level of interest in strange flying objects. Numerous Allied pilots flying at night over German reported seeing balls of light following their aircraft. Nicknamed 𠇏oo fighters,” these ghostly flyers were said to be one of Germany’s secret weapons varying explanations for the flares claimed they were optical illusions or results of the electrical phenomenon known as “St. Elmo’s Fire.”
Kenneth was born on November 12, 1956 and passed away on Sunday, December 22, 2013.
Kenneth was a resident of Newington, New Hampshire at the time of passing.
Kenneth was married to Darleen.
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He's dying, but grateful
NEWINGTON — Kenneth Rahn sits in an armchair in his living room showing off a Halloween card signed by the nurses in the oncology clinic at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. One of the nurses, Cathy Denning, had dropped of the card Wednesday, the day before the holiday.
NEWINGTON — Kenneth Rahn sits in an armchair in his living room showing off a Halloween card signed by the nurses in the oncology clinic at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. One of the nurses, Cathy Denning, had dropped of the card Wednesday, the day before the holiday.
Dressed warmly in woolen socks, hat and a fleece zip-up jacket with his construction company's logo, Rahn said he couldn't even begin to name all the people who have cared for him on his journey battling pancreatic cancer.
Rahn, 56, entered hospice care three weeks ago. He is a shadow of the man he was two years ago before being diagnosed with the cancer that has now spread to his upper colon.
His wife, Darleen Rahn, has been at his side as primary caregiver since Kenneth got the bad news in January 2012.
"He starting getting sick just before Christmas (in 2011)," she said.
"We went to see Dr. (Roger) Epstein at (Portsmouth Regional Hospital) when he kept getting worse in January." Epstein, a gastroenterologist, had bad news.
"He said 'We've got problems'," Kenneth Rahn said. "He also told me I wasn't leaving (the hospital.)" A stent was placed in Rahn's pancreas and he was sent to the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass., to have a Whipple procedure done to remove the tumor by surgeon Dr. Roger Jenkins. This procedure removes part of the pancreas and part of the small intestine.
After rounds of chemotherapy at Portsmouth Regional and radiation at Exeter Hospital, Rahn returned to work in March 2012. He is employed as a heavy equipment operator by J. Derenzo Co.
"They're working right now around Fenway Park," Rahn said last Wednesday, while flipping channels on his television to catch some pre-game programming on the day the Red Sox won the World Series.
He misses the job he's held for 17 years. In August, his cancer had spread to his small intestine. He has been hospitalized with bowel obstruction four times and has peritoneal carcinomatosis with malignant ascites, which is fluid collecting in the abdomen.
A few weeks ago, the couple got more bad news.
"John Smith (a physician's assistant in Portsmouth Regional's emergency room) came and we all held hands," Rahn said. "He said, 'Are you ready for this?'" Rahn's cancer is terminal and Beacon Hospice was called in to help as Rahn continues to stay at home with Darleen and their cocker spaniel, Harley.
Rahn gets teary-eyed talking about the people who have helped him along his journey.
"Dr. Jenkins was my backbone," he said. "He treated me like a person and not like a number."
Darleen Rahn said Jenkins was very supportive when her husband wanted to go back to work, and would give him pep talks during his frequent follow-up visits. Rahn worked full time around his chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
"Ken got to know everyone from the nurses to the cleaning staff at Lahey and they were all so good to him each time he visited," Darleen Rahn said.
Rahn can't say enough about all the people he's met over the last two years.
"Everyone, from the three hospitals, to the neighbors and friends and family, have been wonderful," he said.
He shows another knit hat given to him by his former employer, P.K. Brown Construction.
Darleen Rahn has owned Darleen's Subs & Pizza on Islington Street in Portsmouth for 27 years. She said that even while her husband was so sick last year he would still come in to help her and support the business.
"He is my fuel," she said. "He always believed in me." Since Kenneth has gone into hospice care, Darleen goes in early every morning to her shop and does all the food prep for her employees and goes home to be with her husband. They have been together for 31 years.
Caring for her husband, Darleen doesn't want to ask for help. "It's hard for me to ask," she said getting teary-eyed.
After talking about his caregivers, Kenneth then walked slowly to the garage he was insulating at the couple's Newington Road home. He showed the equipment he used to make his lawn "the best on the block." He also walked with Darleen out to a fish pond he made in their front yard that he is especially proud of.
Kenneth Rahn is the youngest of four in the Rahn family. His oldest brother, Tony Rahn, died in July in a drowning accident in the Piscataqua River.
"He was always there for me," Kenneth Rahn said with tears streaming down his cheeks. "He'd come over and say, 'I'm here for you big boy'. I know he's waiting for me up there, but I've just as soon be down here for a bit more."
Kenneth DeFazio details theft of Merritt Rahn's gun in 2009 prison interview
Why, he wondered, had corrections officers yanked him from prison in Oneida County and put him on a van transport to Rochester? Was there some crime in his past that he couldn't remember and he now was being called to account?
"I haven't robbed, stole or done stuff in many, many years," DeFazio, 43, said in an interview at the Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy, recalling how corrections officers removed him from the prison earlier.
Not until he arrived at the county Hall of Justice in Rochester did DeFazio learn that authorities wanted him to answer questions about a decade-old crime &mdash his 1999 theft of the firearm of Merritt Rahn, who was then the town of Greece police chief.
That gun has now become central to some of the criminal charges against the embattled Rahn, who resigned in October. In fact, DeFazio did not know until this year whose gun he had stolen. He just knew he had lifted the gun from an unlocked and unmarked police vehicle.
"I knew it was a cop," he said. "I knew it was a police car. But I didn't know what type of cop."
Prosecutors allege that in 2000 and 2001 Rahn filed false reports to conceal how he lost his department handgun.
DeFazio has not been publicly identified in court documents. The Democrat and Chronicle was able to determine that DeFazio was the individual who had stolen Rahn's gun. The newspaper contacted DeFazio, who agreed to an interview in prison.
A recovering cocaine addict, DeFazio said he stole the gun to swap for drugs. He is now imprisoned on a parole violation for his failure to meet when required with his parole officer. He admits his lapses in reporting, despite what he says was the vigilance and concern of his parole officer, and said when free in the spring his goal is to work and spend time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
He said that a daughter even became a drug counselor in part because she saw how the cocaine had ravaged his life.
The Mid-State Correctional Facility, where DeFazio is jailed in a medium-security area, is between Rome and Utica. With its aging brick high-rise buildings dating from its days as a state hospital for the mentally and physically disabled, the prison &mdash which opened in 1983 &mdash has the look of a weathered college campus, albeit it one surrounded by fences tipped with razor wire.
In a cavernous visiting area, DeFazio, clad in his green prison attire, talked about how he was taken from the prison in the fall to tell a grand jury about the November 1999 gun theft. When pulled from prison, he said, he thought he might be on the way to Syracuse for a doctor's meeting about lung troubles he suffers. Then he passed Syracuse and, he said, "turned white."
He couldn't think of any old Monroe County crimes anyone would want to question him about. His drug use and the burglaries he'd committed for cash for crack were well behind him, he said. He's been clean for years, he said.
Brought into the Hall of Justice in Rochester, DeFazio was approached by prosecutors who told him not to worry. His testimony was needed at the grand jury.
"I went from being pale white to getting some color back in my face," he said.
In the interview last week, DeFazio detailed how he lifted the gun from Rahn's police car.
He often targeted open garages and sheds, he said. More people than he could imagine left cash in their cars, and power tools were often easy to sell. In short, he wanted money to use to sate his appetite for crack cocaine.
Rahn's house, he said, was completely lit up, inside and out, even though it was around 2 to 3 a.m. The garage door was open with lights on there also. An unmarked police car sat in the driveway, with doors unlocked and the keys in the ignition. DeFazio said he saw what he thought was a wallet inside the car, then discovered that it was a police identification instead.
DeFazio said he paid no attention to the identification but noticed a gun slightly protruding from beneath the seat. Guns were almost as good as cash because of how quickly they could be sold to drug dealers on the street.
"I said, 'Oh, that's quick easy money for me,'" he said. ". So I took the handgun."
DeFazio said he also stole a purse he'd seen at another home the same evening. He forged checks he found inside the purse, crimes that became the foundation of forgery charges against him months later.
Within days, he exchanged the pistol &mdash a lightweight and compact Beretta Cougar &mdash for 20 to 30 bags of crack cocaine, DeFazio said.
Months later, in 2000, authorities arrested DeFazio for the forged checks. DeFazio said a woman involved in crimes with him turned him in to authorities.
DeFazio admitted his guilt and agreed to tell investigators about burglaries he committed to help them close the crimes. As part of his plea, he wasn't charged with those crimes, among which was the theft of the gun from Rahn's home.
Investigators pushed for more information, but wouldn't tell DeFazio why they were so interested, according to DeFazio.
"They wouldn't tell me who it was. They just kept saying the 'man with two first names.' That's how it was dealt."
DeFazio now assumes the "two names" was a reference to Rahn's last name sounding like "Ron."
"They did not want me to know who he was, and they did not want him to know who I was," DeFazio said.
DeFazio told investigators that he knew exactly when he stole the gun. He was able to use the dates from the forged checks and relate how he'd stolen the gun around the same date as he cashed the checks.
Multiple sources have told the Democrat and Chronicle that Rahn made no report of a stolen gun until Sheriff's Office investigators contacted the Greece department in February 2000 asking whether the chief had lost his firearm.
DeFazio said he took investigators to the drug house in the city where he sold the gun. He said he thinks police raided the house but found no gun.
Sources have told the Democrat and Chronicle that police did find the gun later in the fall of 2000 during a raid on a suspected drug house.
In October a grand jury indicted Rahn on 11 counts, five of which were felony charges linked to the stolen gun. The indictment alleges that Rahn was involved in a falsified report on Feb. 18, 2000, and that a Feb. 9, 2001, memorandum to Supervisor John Auberger also contained false statements.
First Assistant District Attorney Sandra Doorley declined to comment about the stolen gun. Rahn's attorney, Parrinello, said Rahn innocently made mistakes in 2000 with his reports because he was unsure when the gun was stolen.
In December 1999 Rahn fell while hanging Christmas lights and broke his wrists, Parrinello said. At home recuperating, Rahn did not report the stolen gun, Parrinello said.
Sheriff's Office investigators would not reveal any information about the stolen gun to Greece police during the investigation in 2000, Parrinello said.
Only recently, when Parrinello received police reports as part of legal discovery in the case against Rahn, did Parrinello and Rahn learn who had stolen the gun. Parrinello confirmed that it was DeFazio.
DeFazio said he feels bad that the stolen gun has come back to haunt Rahn.
"It caused me anguish knowing something I did to this guy might have ruined his life."
About the gun
The Beretta Cougar stolen from Merritt Rahn's unmarked police car in 1999 was a compact pistol used at the time by some police departments. Greece police administrators and investigators carried the gun, which had an 11-round magazine and weighed less than 2 pounds. Greece patrol officers carried a heavier handgun.
Peggy C. Rahn
Peggy and a friend, Wendy Stevenson, were last seen in Pompano Beach, Florida on December 29, 1969. They had gone to the beach separately a family friend took Peggy and Wendy went with her uncle. The girls met at the beach by chance and began playing together. They both attended Palmview Elementary School and had mutual friends, but they didn't know each other well prior to that day.
At 1:00 p.m., Peggy and Wendy decided to walk to the parking lot to buy ice cream. A convenience store clerk reported seeing a man buying ice cream cones for Peggy and Wendy and cigarettes for himself. He identified the girls from photographs.
The clerk described their companion as a Caucasian man, 25 to 30 years old, about six feet tall and 190 to 200 pounds, with sandy blond hair, blue/gray eyes, a two-inch scar on the back of his right hand between his thumb and first finger, and a humped nose. He was wearing a red turtleneck, blue dungaree pants, and a gray pinstriped sports coat, and drove a metallic blue 1966 or 1967 Chevrolet with a black vinyl top and wire wheel covers. Peggy and Wendy have never been heard from again.
Authorities initially suspected both girls had drowned. However, nobody saw them in distress in the water that day, their bodies were not recovered, and Wendy was known to be a good swimmer. The drowning theory was eventually discarded as implausible. The man who took Peggy to the beach was questioned as a possible suspect. He cooperated with the investigation, passed a polygraph, and was cleared.
One suspect in the girls' cases was Kenneth Guy Shilts, a serial child molester who was arrested in Alabama six weeks after Peggy and Wendy vanished. He kept a coded notebook apparently recording his crimes, and there was an entry that said "Peggy and Wendy - Pompano Beach."
Shilts admitted having been in central Florida around the time the girls went missing, but denied having had anything to do with their disappearances. Authorities were never able to prove his involvement. He died in 1991. A photo of Shilts is posted below with case summary.
The serial killer Gerard John Schaefer Jr. is another suspect in the children's disappearances. A photograph of him is posted with this case summary. Schaefer is a suspect in the deaths and disappearances of dozens of girls and young women, including Nancy Leichner, Pamela Nater and Carmen Hallock. The family of Debora Lowe, who disappeared in 1972, believes he was involved in her case as well.
Schaefer was only convicted of two murders. Prosecutors publicly accused him of killing Peggy and Wendy in 1973. He denied it at that time, but in 1989 he wrote a letter and confessed to murdering the girls. He was never charged in their cases, however, and was himself murdered in prison in 1995.
Five Men Arrested In Connection With 1980 Bank Robbery
MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) _ Five men, including three former police officers, were arrested today on charges stemming from the 1980 theft of an estimated $10 million in cash and valuables from more than 700 bank safety deposit boxes, authorities said.
Paul Richardson, spokesman for Middlesex County District Attorney Scott Harshbarger, said more arrests were expected in the robbery at the Depositors Trust Co. Authorities said at the time it appeared to be the largest bank robbery in Massachusetts history.
Richardson identified the men arrested today as Gerald Clemente, 52, a former captain for the Metropolitan District Commission Police Kenneth Holmes, 33, of Watertown Francis X. O’Leary, 42 Richard Madden, 53, a former Capitol police officer and Thomas Doherty, 45, a former Medford police lieutenant.
Clemente and Holmes were arrested on charges of burglary of a bank, conspiracy and larceny of more than $100, Richardson said. He later declined to release the charges against the other men pending arraignments today.
The arrests resulted from an indictment handed up by a Middlesex County grand jury, said Assistant District Attorney Tom Samoluk. He declined to say how many people were indicted or when the indictment was handed up.
Richardson said Doherty is serving an 18- to 20-year sentence on a conviction of assault with intent to murder. Madden was arrested today in Florida, he said.
An estimated $50,000 in cash, with jewels, stock and bond certificates, gold, silver and other valuables were reported missing after the robbery.
Police said the robbers entered the bank over the Memorial Day weekend by punching through a four-inch concrete wall from an adjoining optician’s office. They apparently crawled through the hole onto the top of the vault, then bored through 18 inches of concrete and steel into the vault.