Dante Silva sentenced in youth's drug...

Dante Silva sentenced in youth's drug death

There are 195 comments on the The Citizen story from Jul 25, 2007, titled Dante Silva sentenced in youth's drug death. In it, The Citizen reports that:

Editors Note: This is an abbreviated version of a story scheduled to appear in Friday's edition of Foster's Daily Democrat. via The Citizen

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Janice

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#21 Aug 7, 2007
If Dante didn't lie about using drugs, perhaps she could have been saved but most likely not. If Dante didn't gather up all of the drug paraphernalia the EMT's would have noticed and used narcan maybe she would be alive today but most likely not. If Dante called his grandmother at 9 or 10 she would be alive today but most likely with some kind of organ damage, if he called right away when it happened she most definitely would be alive today. Why did he do what he did? He panicked. He didn't want himself to get into trouble. Holly, herself, stated above, that Dante told the truth about everything, EXCEPT that they were doing heroin. If Caitlyn did this to herself, where was all of the drug paraphernalia? Where did it go? No heroin baggies, no needles. Nothing. Where did it go? Why did Dante call his grandmother and ask her to check on Caitlyn at noon because she wasn't feeling well when he left?

Why did Holly sound so calm on the phone when she called the Brady's? I heard her message. A lot of people heard her message. Why did she ask the Brady family to call her when they had a chance? Caitlyn was already dead when the EMT's arrived at her house. She was dead for at least 2 hours. Why didn't someone go to the hospital with her? First the phone call from Holly which was made after Caitlyn left the house. No police involvement at the time. The investigation didn't start until they knew the cause of death 6 weeks after it happened. The Brady's didn't know she was dead until they reached the hospital. Why didn't someone go with Caitlyn? After all, no one from the Brady family got there until after Caitlyn already arrived. Why weren't the Silva/Palmer family already there? Why wasn't Dante there? Because they knew the truth of what happened.
If Dante had did all of the right things. If he called 911 immediately, perhaps he wouldn't be in jail today. But he didn't. He did all of the things a guilty person would do.
Janice

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#22 Aug 7, 2007

I am a personal friend of Gayle's. Gayle was a very good mother who tried her hardest to watch over her daughter, Caitlyn. Gayle has never posted anything that wasn't brought up in court. Unlike the rest of you I might add. I sat in the courtroom throughout the trial, the verdict, the sentencing hearing and the sentencing. The only people who were there to show Dante support were his stepfather and his two aunts. His own mother wasn't in the courtroom for the trial or the verdict.

I would like to say that Gayle did a lot for her daughter. She has the records to prove it. I would like to know if Holly has records on how much she tried to help her son. Caitlyn wasn't the perfect child but she wasn't a heroin addict. When Caitlyn and Gayle first met Dante, he told them that his mother was nuts and had thrown him out of the house. Caitlyn begged her mother to let him stay there because he had no where else to go. Caitlyn and Gayle are compassionate people. In case you don't know, Gayle was the only one who liked Dante. All of her friends and family told her he was not a good person but she always stuck up for him. She lives with the guilt of liking him today. Dante lived at the Brady house for 3 years. If Gayle didn't watch over them. How come Dante is still alive today? He only went to his mothers house when Caitlyn wasn't home. She also lives with the guilt of throwing him out of her house because he threw a remote at Caitlyn and he gave her a fat lip. She believed that the Silva/Palmer family would have watched the two of them. Gayle used to search Caitlyn's room on a daily basis. Yes, she did spend time of the computer because it was right next to Caitlyn's room. The wall in the closet between the two rooms has an opening at the top. She could hear what was going on in the room. She used to be so tired because she stayed awake most of the night to make sure nothing was going on in the room. She also walked into the room frequently. Gayle was vigilant in trying to keep her daughter safe. The only thing she didn't do was make her stop seeing Dante. Because she believed that there is good in everyone.
Janice

AOL

#23 Aug 7, 2007
Continued because of a computer glitch:
The trial was about buying the drugs and dispensing the drugs with death resulting. If Holly would have attended the trial, she would have known that nothing bad could be said about her son. Nothing at all could be said about Dante. No past history. NOTHING. Mr Sisti could try and make Caitlyn look like this long term heroin user. But 12 people, 12 ordinary citizens, came to a verdict. The Brady family were not the police investigating this case. The Brady family, were not the police who arrested Dante. The Brady family, were not the prosecutors who tried the case. The Brady family, were not the jurors who found Dante guilty. And lastly, the Brady family, were not the judge who sentenced Dante.

Another question. If Holly, as stated above, thought that Caitlyn was pregnant or doing prescription drugs, why didn't she call 911? She said on TV that she heard her snoring twice. Once with Dante. There is a difference in snoring and drowning in your own secretions. The sounds are totally different.

In the end, it was proven that Dante had control over Caitlyn There were two restraining orders taken out by Caitlyn for physical abuse. Gayle didn't know about the restraining orders until she was going through Caitlyn's things. Caitlyn was a sweet girl. She did love Dante. She trusted Dante. Gayle trusted that Dante wouldn't hurt her child. When Dante ran away from the rehab, Caitlyn and Gayle spent an hour on the phone with him trying to convince him to stay. Why didn't Holly just bring him back? Why didn't Holly do something to help him after Caitlyn died? He got arrested 3 months after she died with possession of heroin and DUI of heroin. Why didn't she do something then? Why did they wait until after he got arrested for Caitlyn's death to go to counseling? Why wasn't he in a rehab? I know that Gayle tried to bring him to N/A meetings in Manchester after he ran from the rehab but he refused to go in even though Caitlyn went in.

I am sure, Holly, that Gayle would love to change places with you. You will get to talk and see your son again. You will get to hug him again. Perhaps this is the only thing that will save his life. Gayle does hope that he takes advantage of any programs they may have so he will come out a better person.
Janice

AOL

#24 Aug 7, 2007
Oh and by the way Liz, Barb was also at the trial, the verdict, the sentencing hearing and the sentencing. There were a lot of people there to support the Brady family and Caitlyn. Do you know that the Brady family has a fund set up in Caitlyn's name to help high school students. Do you know that Gayle is trying to open a teen center in town for the SRHS students? Do you know that she joined the Sanborn/ Timberland drug coalition? Did you know that she is now going to try to start a parent support group for parents that have lost kids to drugs? Do you know that they gave a scholarship away this year in Caitlyn's name? What have you done to help the county curb drug abuse? What has Holly done? Holly, did you know that Robert Drew and Jay Simes have shown the Brady family remorse? And they didn't even know Cailtyn or the Brady's. I am sure that the police told them not to go near them either. If that is what you want to use as an excuse. Or is it the threats the manic depressive town drunk told you that the Brady's made over the phone when she called you? Dante knows her and knows she is a crazy drunk. All of you say you loved Cayte but then you slander her. Is this how Dante learned to love? Why didn't Dante get up in court and apologize for what happened? How come none of you, including Dante, can look the Brady's in the eyes. And FYI, Holly, the Brady family didn't slash any tires and they didn't put the angel wings in your yard. She gave those wings away along time ago. Gayle did mail back the jewelry that Dante had given Caitlyn and some pictures of Dante. Pictures she didn't want anymore. She got rid of everything that reminded her of Dante.
Janice

AOL

#25 Aug 7, 2007
Boy, that Gayle can be selfish. She will look for attention anywhere. That is why she is doing all of those charity things I said. She gives to get attention. Crazy thought, huh?
Liz

Grand Rapids, MI

#26 Aug 8, 2007
It seems pointless to thread this along anymore as each "side" believes their own truths. The worst part is, as I stated before, the kids and what has happened to them, and their respective families.
tyler

Salisbury, MA

#27 Aug 8, 2007
dear mrs brady,
if anyone chooses to write you any bad, disturbing, or just plain stupid emails or letters, tell them how much you loved caitlyn
and tell them to imagine not having someone very very close to them around see how they like it. tell them to imagine their mom, dad, etc.not around because of O.D.

just saying
tyler

Salisbury, MA

#28 Aug 8, 2007
dear mrs brady,
hang in there, do not answer holly palmer
as she writes unneeded comments on a website that is for nice ppl.

you rock
Ann

Lawrence, MA

#29 Aug 10, 2007
Janice,

I must ask...if Cayte was never a drug user as Gayle has said all along, why would Gayle need to do this????????

"Gayle used to search Caitlyn's room on a daily basis. Yes, she did spend time of the computer because it was right next to Caitlyn's room. The wall in the closet between the two rooms has an opening at the top. She could hear what was going on in the room. She used to be so tired because she stayed awake most of the night to make sure nothing was going on in the room. She also walked into the room frequently. Gayle was vigilant in trying to keep her daughter safe."

Keep her safe from what??????
Janice

AOL

#30 Aug 10, 2007
Ann,

She searched her room on a daily basis because Dante was there.
Janice

AOL

#31 Aug 10, 2007
And because she knew Dante was controlling. And she knew Caitlyn bended easily to peer pressure.
Janice

AOL

#32 Aug 10, 2007
You ask. Why was Dante there? Because, obviously Caitlyn was safer in her own home than in Dante's.
Janice

AOL

#33 Aug 10, 2007
Gayle's biggest regret was throwing him out. Didn't you read that? Please read what I wrote before you make any more comments.
Janice

AOL

#34 Aug 10, 2007
And Liz is right it is pointless to thread this along. The Silva/Palmer family believe what they believe and the Brady family believe what was proven in court. She is right. What happened to these kids is terrible.
one

Shelburne, VT

#35 Aug 21, 2007
I am sorry for your loss mrs brady. I am an EMT and go top the drug overdose calls and they are always kids and there seems to be more and more of them. I believe justice was served but also know nothing will ever take your pain away by the loss of your daughter. I pray that some day you will find peace but that will never happen if you listen to dantes family rants. Hold strong, keep up the good work you are doing, god bless.
Gayle Brady

AOL

#36 Nov 7, 2007
I am writing in response to letters recently written in the Carriage Towne News. I just want to say to Gerry, that I do believe that you feel remorse for what happened to Caitlyn. I want to thank you for that. As far as Helene goes, I have never met her. She doesn't know our family. She has no clue what kind of person I am. She has no clue what I did for Caitlyn. Neither does Holly for that matter. Holly thinks that because she tried one time to get Caitlyn into the Teen Challenge that she is the only one that did anything for Caitlyn. At that time, I wanted her to go mainly because she was hanging around with people that I didn't want her to hang around with. She was drinking, rather than doing drugs, at that particular time. Never was it left out of the evidence that Caitlyn did experiment with drugs. If you recall, Mr Sisti, tried to make Caitlyn look like this big heroin addict. The fact is, she never did heroin. She never did until that week. The fact is Dante did buy the heroin. The fact is Dante did give it to Caitlyn. The fact is he did leave her to die. Again, something I didn't know until the trial. And the fact is, NEVER did I hear from him. NEVER. If he was suicidal, why was he seen at the beach a month or so after laughing and joking with his friends? At the beginning, I used to think he would show up at the house crying his eyes out, drunk or sober. It never happened. I used to think that he would come to me and explain what happened. Didn't happen. I got a letter from Holly. She told me in that letter, that she felt guilty for not checking on them. She told me that Cayte was with God and that I will see her again. She never said she was sorry that Caitlyn was gone. She only said she was sorry for her guilt. As far as the death threat went. When I reached the hospital, I knew it was Dante that convinced her to try the heroin. I knew it in my heart. Because, the fact is, he was the only one that she hung out with that did heroin. He was the closest one to her. When you find out that your child had died, you have emotional outbursts. My husband didn't make any threats to Dante. I did. Shortly after, I said I just wanted to punch the daylights out of him not really kill him. The Newton police were at the hospital the whole time. Why wasn't Dante and Holly at the hospital when we got there? Someone should have gone with her. Why didn't Dante say something at the sentencing? Holly again was not really sorry. You could tell it in her voice. She said in her statement. "You don't know what we have gone through" "We had to watch Dante so he wouldn't kill himself" What about what I have gone through? I lost a child. My life will never, ever, be the same as it was. I can start crying at the drop of a hat. Anywhere, anytime. I miss Caytie so much.
Gayle Brady

AOL

#37 Nov 7, 2007
I wish to God, I kept her away from Dante. The fact is, I did like Dante. I knew he was troubled but thought he would straighten out. When I found out that he left her there, and you all know that he did, I just died with her. He could have saved her. He had to know she overdosed. Why would he call his grandmother to check on her "because she wasn't feeling well"? Holly said she heard her snoring. She, herself, is an ex-addict. If she heard her snoring, which I don't think she did, why couldn't she tell an overdose? No one ever answers my questions. Because, they know. They know that the evidence shown is the truth. As far as new evidence goes. What new evidence do you have on the dates of March 14th and March 15th? Those are the days in question. Those are the days it happened. You have a lawyer now. Why don't you tell him of your evidence? Mr Sisti is a competent and a very good lawyer from what I hear. I am sure he brought up everything that he could. As far as remorse goes. I guess I will never see it from Holly or Dante. With what Holly is saying now, it wouldn't mean anything to me. You can tell she really didn't love Cailtyn. Otherwise, she wouldn't be trying so hard to bring her down in public. She would leave that in the courts. If the tables were turned nothing would have kept Cayte from Dante. Nothing. She would have been so scared. She would have called me right away when it happened. If the tables were turned Dante would have lived. Will you please let Caitlyn rest.
Gayle Brady

AOL

#38 Nov 7, 2007
I am writing in response to letters recently written in the Carriage Towne News. I just want to say to Gerry, that I do believe that you feel remorse for what happened to Caitlyn. I want to thank you for that. As far as Helene goes, I have never met her. She doesn't know our family. She has no clue what kind of person I am. She has no clue what I did for Caitlyn. Neither does Holly for that matter. Holly thinks that because she tried one time to get Caitlyn into the Teen Challenge that she is the only one that did anything for Caitlyn. At that time, I wanted her to go mainly because she was hanging around with people that I didn't want her to hang around with. She was drinking, rather than doing drugs, at that particular time. Never was it left out of the evidence that Caitlyn did experiment with drugs. If you recall, Mr Sisti, tried to make Caitlyn look like this big heroin addict. The fact is, she never did heroin. She never did until that week. The fact is Dante did buy the heroin. The fact is Dante did give it to Caitlyn. The fact is he did leave her to die. Again, something I didn't know until the trial. And the fact is, NEVER did I hear from him. NEVER. If he was suicidal, why was he seen at the beach a month or so after laughing and joking with his friends? At the beginning, I used to think he would show up at the house crying his eyes out, drunk or sober. It never happened. I used to think that he would come to me and explain what happened. Didn't happen. I got a letter from Holly. She told me in that letter, that she felt guilty for not checking on them. She told me that Cayte was with God and that I will see her again. She never said she was sorry that Caitlyn was gone. She only said she was sorry for her guilt. As far as the death threat went. When I reached the hospital, I knew it was Dante that convinced her to try the heroin. I knew it in my heart. Because, the fact is, he was the only one that she hung out with that did heroin. He was the closest one to her. When you find out that your child had died, you have emotional outbursts. My husband didn't make any threats to Dante. I did. Shortly after, I said I just wanted to punch the daylights out of him not really kill him. The Newton police were at the hospital the whole time. Why wasn't Dante and Holly at the hospital when we got there? Someone should have gone with her. Why didn't Dante say something at the sentencing? Holly again was not really sorry. You could tell it in her voice. She said in her statement. "You don't know what we have gone through" "We had to watch Dante so he wouldn't kill himself" What about what I have gone through? I lost a child. My life will never, ever, be the same as it was. I can start crying at the drop of a hat. Anywhere, anytime. I miss Caytie so much
kingston resident

Braintree, MA

#39 Feb 12, 2008
this is all a sad state of affairs, and the fact I just came across this is pretty eerie. I can remember being around 17-18 and going to the brady house to pick up a friend. I also remember seeing an extremely young caitlyn brady with a beer and cigarette in her hand, along with her older sister doing the same thing. I also remember the stories of party's, drugs, and the "crazy" parents. No one is as guilty in all this as the parents who dont watch there children. and who claim to be such wonderful parents, she was 18, an adult who can make her own decisions, one persons stupidity shouldnt send another to jail for possible life, its a horrible shameful law that should have never been passed. people overdose all the time.. the only people to blame are those that OD
Gayle Brady

AOL

#40 Feb 12, 2008
If you did come to our house, you should be brave enough to print your name. And if you read the articles correctly, she was left to die for 6-8 hours after an obvious overdose. She was basically murdered. Hit and run you might say.

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