United States

#22 Apr 15, 2011
GANGSTA wrote:
He has been arrested.
AndoverStreetRes ident

Peabody, MA

#23 Apr 15, 2011
Three men arrested:

Edward Alan Brown, 59, of Londonderry, N.H., is charged with manslaughter and 60-year-old Walter Shelley, of Tewksbury, and 57-year-old Michael Ferreira, of Salem, N.H., are charged with murder

Read more: http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/news/crime_fil...

Nice work to all involved in solving the crime!A

Arlington, MA

#24 Apr 15, 2011
Edward Alan Brown, 59, of Londonderry, N.H., is charged with manslaughter and 60-year-old Walter Shelley, of Tewksbury, and 57-year-old Michael Ferreira, of Salem, N.H., are charged with murder

Read more: http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/news/crime_fil...

Arlington, MA

#25 Apr 15, 2011
Tewksbury PD would never have been able to solve this. They have never solved much......... KUDO'S to Lowell PD & The District Att.
Carol Maggie Coffey

Kittanning, PA

#26 Apr 15, 2011
TODAY arrests were finally made in this case. I want to thank all of JOHN's FRIENDS who never gave up, never forgot, and who contacted me with information over the past 18 months. The cops did what they were supposed to do, but it was JOHN'S FRIENDS who lit the match under them and insisted they look again where they had looked before. Credit where credit is due: JOHN himself inspired that quality of friendship and it was his friends who kept his memory and this case alive. Good night Mr. and Mrs. McCabe. Sleep well for a change. We never forgot John and we never will.

Tewksbury, MA

#27 Apr 15, 2011
The parents of Johnny will be speaking at 6:00 on channel 5.
g bergeron

United States

#28 Apr 15, 2011
finally closure if you can call it that my thoughts and prayers go to everyone who was affected by this senseless crime bless you all

United States

#29 Apr 15, 2011
I remember John well and have never forgotten him. I was in a couple of classes with John in 8th grade. The day he was killed we were in class and the teacher was not happy because we were talking. We were on notice if we didn't stop. John was one of kindness people I knew in middle school. I will never forget the moment that I found out he was gone. It is as clear as it happen today 41 yrs later

What a loss to our world

I am so happy that they found his killers.

United States

#30 Apr 15, 2011
I knew John and was at the dance with him the night it happened. This is the best news, that the killers have been caught. I'm glad that his parents now know who comitted this terrible crime against their son, although, I'm sure they are herting now as much as they ever did.

Rest In Peace John
Craig Dougherty

Tewksbury, MA

#31 Apr 15, 2011
Friend of Johnny McCabe wrote:
I was in 7th grade, maybe 8th, at Tewksbury Jr. High - I'm not sure of the exact date, but it had to be approx. 1969-1970. About 2 years ago, I contacted the Tewksbury P.D. to see what was going on with this case. A detective returned my call and we discussed it as far as I could; he said he'd look into it and let me know what the results were, but he never called back and, frankly, I have no love lost over the Tewksbury P.D., having lost faith in them way back in my hippie-dippie years, when at least half the force was dirty. Al Stevens was an asshole. Sonny Jopp was cute, but hit on me every chance he got (even let me keep the pot he found on me a few times, just to be able to pat my ass over the pocket it was in.) That's enough from me. If you don't mind, I'd like to know who you are - if you lived there, and do you have any information? Or are you only curious? Either way, thanks for responding.
I remember Al Stevens and yes he was a hrad ass!
former student

Lawrence, MA

#32 Apr 15, 2011
Thank you for keeping this alive (from a past student)and thank God they've been caught. I'm not sure why this case was always with me I was only about 11 when it happened..God Bless his family and I pray they find what little peace that can with the arrest of the three individuals they did today.
Craig Dougherty

Tewksbury, MA

#33 Apr 15, 2011
I grew up just ac ouple of houses away from John McCabe and remember fondly on how gifted and nice he was. I had envisioned and exspected only the greatest in life for him, What a sorry and shameless ending to such promising life. I Looked up to him when I was with him. My condolences to his family,
Craig Dougherty

United States

#34 Apr 15, 2011
Is Mr. Crowley the same one that taught 6th grade at the Center School?
Steve in Birmingham AL

United States

#35 Apr 16, 2011
I grew up in a small town on the opposite coast (Oregon). So I can well imagine how this senseless killing affected many classmates, friends and neighbors. I wonder if these evil men had children. Did any raise a son? When he turned 15 did they think of their victim? Did they warn their own sons not to get into cars with strangers? Congratulations to those of you who helped keep this unsolved case front and center.
Steve in Birmingham AL

United States

#36 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.
Carol Maggie Coffey

Eubank, KY

#37 Apr 16, 2011
The Police finally "cracked" this after FORTY ONE YEARS?!?! Well, I want to thank each and every friend of John who kept the lights on for John and his family. While the cops are patting themselves on the back after 41 years at bat, it was the pressure placed on them and the information provided, and the consciences of John's friends who gave them the impetus to give this case the attention and activity it needed to be solved. Good for the cops. GREAT for the family. Thanks to John's friends, who never gave up... and to Mr. Crowley, who helped keep the case alive. John finally gets his truth and justice... the Hippies on the Common grew up!

Lexington, KY

#38 Apr 16, 2011
What a young man John had to be, to touch so many lives even after all these years. May you rest peacefully; and the silence that remains be healing from those left behind.

United States

#39 Apr 16, 2011
Carol, thank you for keeping up the vigil. I remember you from school, though I don't think you would remember me. I actually was googling John's name on Wednesday to see if anything new has come up. Two days later this news breaks. I am still stunned. I was in Tewksbury last October for the class reunion, and visited Tewksbury Cemetary, paying my respects to my grandparents and everyone else whose name I recognized, and John McCabe was one of them.
I'm glad to have found this thread, thanks again for keeping Johnny's memory alive.

George Rocheleau

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#40 Apr 16, 2011
This case shows all the stronger why we need to combat bullying in schools. I saw Internet photos of Walter Shelley and Michael Ferreira. Their facial expressions say it all: bullies and sociopaths. Brown is obviously made of more human stuff.

I saw guys just like this in my high school, tolerated by the teachers and staff, and sure enough, my high school eventually saw murders too.

So Shelley, when he was 18, was so threatened by a 15 year old talking to his girlfriend that he needed two buddies to back him up? He is a coward as well as a murderer.

This case involves torture, kidnapping, and murder. Walter Shelley in particular is slime. Shelley and Ferreira need to spend the rest of their lives in prison. I also hope McCabe's family sues and takes their assets. These guys do not belong in a civilized society.

Fishers, IN

#41 Apr 17, 2011
Can't believe it took the police 41 years to solve this murder, especially when there were all kinds of rumors regarding the three who committed this crime. However, the good thing is it has now been solved. Kudos to John's family and friends for keeping it alive all these years. Maggie, you did a great job, but enough is enough. You've patted yourself on the back with comments on every article.

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