john mccabe murder solved

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Carol Maggie Coffey

Ford City, PA

#1 Apr 15, 2011
Prayers answered. But, even tho the cops did what they are supposed to do and SHOULD have been doing the whole time, there is some credit due to JOHN's FRIENDS, who never forgot him, never gave up, and kept the fire under the cops and the Governor to stay on this case. To those of you who FINALLY came forward, and for those who remained true to the cause, THANK YOU! It is due in no small part to John himself, who made such an impression on all of us, that this case was FINALLY solved. To all you who contacted me on Classmates.com , or by phone or email to give little tidbits of information, THANK YOU! To Capt. Jonathan Webb, Lowell P.D., who was the one cop who FINALLY listened... THANK YOU.
Goodnight Mr. and Mrs. McCabe. Sleep easy tonight. We loved John and will still keep him in our hearts and minds always. His friends never let him down and never forgot him. We want you to know that.
jojogirl from tewksbury

Tyngsboro, MA

#2 Apr 15, 2011
I was a young girl, but I remember how horrific it was to think some one could do such an awful thing to such a young person and leave him to die.... There are other unsolved murders in tewksbury a small town when I heard I thought of a young girl murdered around the oakdale mall not to long after this so many family suffer at the hands of people withlittle or no concience thank god 3 have come to justice after all these years
George

United States

#3 Apr 16, 2011
I am glad this is over with. John and I were in 6th grade class together, and we hung out a few times. I was floored, when I was told they found his body the morning after the dance. I was with him for a while that night at the KofC. It was at the football game the next day that I heard, and most everyone was crying. I also remember being a class the following Monday, the teacher was calling out attendance and had to stop momentarily to compose himself. A large number of students were allowed to attend his funeral, I remember walking from the Junior High School to St. Williams Church for it. Such a tramatic experience for all who knew John has finally come full circle and the killers can begin to pay for their crime. It's better late than never, I hope there is enough evidence to lock them away forever.
Steve in Birmingham AL

United States

#4 Apr 16, 2011
I am not an "eye for an eye" guy, but in this case I wish each man could be abducted by three young strong males, cruelly bound with ropes, eyes and mouth taped shut and left to struggle alone in a field or locked in the trunk of a car (I've read both versions). I would want them to understand the horror their victim felt. Before they could die, we would rescue them to stand trial. Sidebar: I read the guy who confessed is free on his own recognizance? I am stunned. He is an evil person capable of other evils. His wife, knowing what he did (for how long?), said he
is "honorable." Inappropriate use.'Remorseful' or 'haunted' maybe. Not sure why this story in particular has such power over me. I guess I too well remember the excitement and promise life held for me at age 15. I am glad so many of you have kept the memory of McCabe alive.
Steve in Birmingham AL

United States

#5 Apr 16, 2011
The perpetrators were much older. Hard to believe they felt threatened by this 15 year old boy who may or may not have flirted with a girlfriend, real or imagined. This sounds like a crime of power. I hope the cops checked for sexual assault. Someone said they are glad it's 'over.' Hardly. Old crime and old evidence. Prosecution may have overreached with a murder charge (degree?). Defense will parade family, friends & neighbors to testify what a great family man, neighbor or co-worker each perpetrator is. We'll hear about the service record of Ed Brown in Afghanastan. McCabe suffered horribly; roped so as to slowly strangle himself. 15.
so sad

Pelham, NH

#6 Apr 16, 2011
i remember his murder vividly as i laid down on our floor in front of the tv -- horrified by what was reported. It was always in the back of my mind and wondered about the poor boy and his family. I prayed for them even though I did not know them. I am so comforted to know that his murder is solved. I will continue my prayers for John and his family.

I just wonder why the LPD did not follow up with the boy who overdosed that was with John that night. He could have informed them whose car John got into and who was with them. Were any of these perps related to police officers back then? I find it very hard to swallow that the LPD did a thorough investigation after the murder. I would have immediately spoken with John's companion that was with him that night.

What a shame.
Tewksbury-60s

Stratham, NH

#7 Apr 16, 2011
I grew up in Tewksbury in the 60's, and I knew John. In fact, I knew two of the suspects, as well as the girl whom John allegedly was flirting with. John's death was sad, but as I look back, it seems that few people left Tewksbury without any emotional scars for one reason or another, including myself. My last impression of John was when a group of us were hanging out at the fork of Chandler and Pine Streets, John would scream, "burn out!" when a "muscle car," like a 383 Super Bee, or a souped up Camaro would pull up and stop. Perhaps now, the porch light will dim, while the childhood memories stay forever bright.
John McCabe

Centereach, NY

#8 Apr 17, 2011
Carol Maggie Coffey wrote:
Prayers answered. But, even tho the cops did what they are supposed to do and SHOULD have been doing the whole time, there is some credit due to JOHN's FRIENDS, who never forgot him, never gave up, and kept the fire under the cops and the Governor to stay on this case. To those of you who FINALLY came forward, and for those who remained true to the cause, THANK YOU! It is due in no small part to John himself, who made such an impression on all of us, that this case was FINALLY solved. To all you who contacted me on Classmates.com , or by phone or email to give little tidbits of information, THANK YOU! To Capt. Jonathan Webb, Lowell P.D., who was the one cop who FINALLY listened... THANK YOU.
Goodnight Mr. and Mrs. McCabe. Sleep easy tonight. We loved John and will still keep him in our hearts and minds always. His friends never let him down and never forgot him. We want you to know that.
Thank you to Carol and all John's friends and the police who stayed vigilant. John was my first cousin and namesake and I have wondered what happened for 42 years. RIP John and sleep well Uncle Bill and Aunt Evelyn.
John McCabe

Centereach, NY

#9 Apr 17, 2011
Carol:

Thank you to Carol and all John's friends and the police who stayed vigilant. John was my first cousin and namesake and I have wondered what happened for 42 years. RIP John and sleep well Uncle Bill and Aunt Evelyn.
Carol Maggie Coffey

Somerset, KY

#10 Apr 19, 2011
John McCabe wrote:
Carol:
Thank you to Carol and all John's friends and the police who stayed vigilant. John was my first cousin and namesake and I have wondered what happened for 42 years. RIP John and sleep well Uncle Bill and Aunt Evelyn.
There was never any choice, as John's memory haunted so many of us, so all goes to the family for raising the kind of kid none of us could forget. You must be a wonderful guy if the McCabes named their only son after you. Peace and Love!
Rick Nelms

Kennett Square, PA

#11 Apr 23, 2011
Carol Maggie Coffey wrote:
Prayers answered. But, even tho the cops did what they are supposed to do and SHOULD have been doing the whole time, there is some credit due to JOHN's FRIENDS, who never forgot him, never gave up, and kept the fire under the cops and the Governor to stay on this case. To those of you who FINALLY came forward, and for those who remained true to the cause, THANK YOU! It is due in no small part to John himself, who made such an impression on all of us, that this case was FINALLY solved. To all you who contacted me on Classmates.com , or by phone or email to give little tidbits of information, THANK YOU! To Capt. Jonathan Webb, Lowell P.D., who was the one cop who FINALLY listened... THANK YOU.
Goodnight Mr. and Mrs. McCabe. Sleep easy tonight. We loved John and will still keep him in our hearts and minds always. His friends never let him down and never forgot him. We want you to know that.
Very well put.
Amy Bevilacqua

Fort Myers, FL

#12 Apr 25, 2011
so sad wrote:
I just wonder why the LPD did not follow up with the boy who overdosed that was with John that night. He could have informed them whose car John got into and who was with them. Were any of these perps related to police officers back then? I find it very hard to swallow that the LPD did a thorough investigation after the murder. I would have immediately spoken with John's companion that was with him that night.
What a shame.
The boy you are referring to is my brother, Kevin Bevilacqua. He did not see John get into the car that night. Kevin and John hung out at the dance for a bit and then went their separate ways... Kevin was not with John when he was abducted.

The police DID follow-up with Kevin... they came to our house several times in the middle of the night, shining flood lights on the house and dragging him down to the police station for interrogation. The police spoke to Kevin several times and they knew that he had no idea who took John.
Carol Maggie Coffey

London, KY

#13 Apr 27, 2011
Amy, if you do not mind my asking, why did they keep doing that to your brother? And is that why Kevin left for California? I couldn't blame him if it was. You can communicate with me more privately at cmagicoffey@hotmail.com if you prefer. Either way, I hope things are settling down for your parents and you, and that Spring brings them renewal and peace. Maggie

Since: May 11

UK

#14 May 9, 2011
John McCabe wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you to Carol and all John's friends and the police who stayed vigilant. John was my first cousin and namesake and I have wondered what happened for 42 years. RIP John and sleep well Uncle Bill and Aunt Evelyn.
John, I just saw you posted and are related to Johnny. I posted this note to Maggie, trying to get it to her family. Maybe you could do so:

I live in London, England and read Johnny's story in the New York Times. I tried to Google his parents, then came across this column and you. So I signed up in order to respond. I was deeply moved by Johnny's story, the efforts of his family, and then upon further reading, your efforts and those of his other friends. I just wanted to convey to John's parents and sisters a simple thought. Tewksbury and London lie in 2 different countries, thousands of miles apart. In those two countries many millions of people go about their day to day lives, but in their lifetimes, beyond their immediate friends and family, they rarely move others to thought and reflection. I want John's parents and family to know that Johnny, across all these years and across this ocean, has moved me in this way. His life, his story, their poignant memories of him as a boy growing up, such as how he would scream when he heard church bells thinking they were the ice cream truck, and the horrific tragedy that took him from them 41 years ago. I have thought about him many times since reading the NY Times story yesterday and reflected on the horrors of thoughtless bullying by teenagers that can have this result, and will do all I can to stop it if I ever hear of it. Johnny's memory lives on, and has inspired, taught and moved someone in a different country many years later. That is more than many other people achieve in their lifetimes. And I'm sure I'm not the only one that Johnny has touched.

Since: May 11

UK

#15 May 9, 2011
John McCabe wrote:
Carol:
Thank you to Carol and all John's friends and the police who stayed vigilant. John was my first cousin and namesake and I have wondered what happened for 42 years. RIP John and sleep well Uncle Bill and Aunt Evelyn.
Sorry John,

I meant that I was trying to get the note I wrote to Johnny's family, not Maggie's.
Carol Maggie Coffey

Mount Vernon, KY

#16 May 10, 2011
Greetings again, Robin! I have forwarded your email on to Roberta, John McCabe's sister... and remind you, and anyone interested, that the family has set up a wonderful Facebook page: In Memory of John McCabe. You can share your warm thoughts, prayers, memories and support with them directly through that site.
Peace and Love to All!
M
Robin in London wrote:
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Sorry John,
I meant that I was trying to get the note I wrote to Johnny's family, not Maggie's.
Donna

Amesbury, MA

#17 Jul 15, 2011
Amy Bevilacqua wrote:
<quoted text>
The boy you are referring to is my brother, Kevin Bevilacqua. He did not see John get into the car that night. Kevin and John hung out at the dance for a bit and then went their separate ways... Kevin was not with John when he was abducted.
The police DID follow-up with Kevin... they came to our house several times in the middle of the night, shining flood lights on the house and dragging him down to the police station for interrogation. The police spoke to Kevin several times and they knew that he had no idea who took John.
Amy some can only imagine what your family has been threw, threw no fault of Kevins, just for being friendy towards another, Tewksbury was a town of finger pointing back in the day, Unfortunately it still exists, Many now know, if they hadn't before, Kevin was a victim as well, I am sorry for your loss, & hope at some point your family finds peace.
dennis

Lowell, MA

#18 Aug 9, 2011
so sad wrote:
i remember his murder vividly as i laid down on our floor in front of the tv -- horrified by what was reported. It was always in the back of my mind and wondered about the poor boy and his family. I prayed for them even though I did not know them. I am so comforted to know that his murder is solved. I will continue my prayers for John and his family.
I just wonder why the LPD did not follow up with the boy who overdosed that was with John that night. He could have informed them whose car John got into and who was with them. Were any of these perps related to police officers back then? I find it very hard to swallow that the LPD did a thorough investigation after the murder. I would have immediately spoken with John's companion that was with him that night.
What a shame.
i don't think thay did enough to solve it in 1969 .Because we saw the car leave the scene and the two of them get in the car an leave the body on the side of the mountain
dennis

Lowell, MA

#19 Aug 9, 2011
I don't belive thay did enough to solve the case in 1969. Because we saw the two of them leave the body on the side of the mountain and get in the car and leave. The cops did not want to hear from us because we were just kids .
dennis

Lowell, MA

#20 Aug 9, 2011
Rick Nelms wrote:
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ery well put.
i don't know who you are but to take the credit of solveing this is bull it would of been solved in 1969 if thay listen to what we had to say . just kids

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