Murder 1995 - 1996
Susan

Milford, CT

#1 Mar 7, 2007
Does anyone remember a double murder in 1995 or 1996 on Matinecock Lane in East Islip? My nephew just purchased a house on that block and we'd like to know the details. Any information you have would be a great help.
former ei

Basking Ridge, NJ

#2 Jun 12, 2007
yes, a son killed an allegedly abusive father from what I understand. they lived on the corner property of the 2nd left as you come down from main street
EI born and raised

Morrow, GA

#3 May 15, 2008
Tommy Burns killed his father and his father's girlfriend. I grew up across the street and can verify that the father was very abusive.
lene

Upplands-väsby, Sweden

#4 Dec 26, 2008
How come there is no information on this case online??..
Does anyone have anymore information on this case?
And what happened to Tommy Burns?
Steve

Morrow, GA

#5 Jan 7, 2009
lene wrote:
How come there is no information on this case online??..
Does anyone have anymore information on this case?
And what happened to Tommy Burns?
I haven't found much information on this but I can tell you he is prison for the rest of his life. He probably would have gotten off with killing the father but the father's girlfriend was an innocent bystander
brian

Bronxville, NY

#6 Jan 27, 2009
you can look up sentenes at nydoc

http://nysdocslookup.docs.state.ny.us/GCA00P0...

that is him

he may get out but he does have life.
ajustice

Cape Coral, FL

#7 May 9, 2011
lene wrote:
How come there is no information on this case online??..
Does anyone have anymore information on this case?
And what happened to Tommy Burns?
He transferred to my high school, and he was a fairly quiet/polite kid. It didn't take my high school very long to see that he clearly was being abused at home. In EVERYBODY'S opinion we all felt for him and his bro. He was not a bad person and any one of us could have had the same outcome had we been beatup on a day to day basis. I'm not saying it was right but the word karma comes to mind. as for his fathers girlfriend she was no saint either
anjel5366

Carmel, NY

#8 Jun 9, 2011
ajustice wrote:
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He transferred to my high school, and he was a fairly quiet/polite kid. It didn't take my high school very long to see that he clearly was being abused at home. In EVERYBODY'S opinion we all felt for him and his bro. He was not a bad person and any one of us could have had the same outcome had we been beatup on a day to day basis. I'm not saying it was right but the word karma comes to mind. as for his fathers girlfriend she was no saint either
Hey ajustice if you get this can you contact me please? My email is [email protected] I am Tommy's fiance and would love to get in touch with you.... It would mean a lot and does mean a lot to us that people remember the abuse he grew up with. Thank you for coming to his defense.
Debbie East Islip NY

Hanoverton, OH

#9 Jun 18, 2011
My name is Debbie and I am Tommy's mom. Tommy is currently serving his sentence in Eastern Correctional Facility in Napanoch NY. He is doing very well for the past 14 1/2 yrs. He has excelled in many college courses and has been a model prisoner since day one. If you are interested in writing a letter for Tommy please contact me here,I did not know that this site excisted until a very concerned & sweet coworked Christine informed me of this site. I now check in everyday. Thank you in advance for any help you can give......
lene

Johanneshov, Sweden

#10 Oct 13, 2011
Debbie, I am glad to hear that despite the circumstances that Tommy is doing fairly well. I would very much like to get in contact with you. Please write to me at [email protected]
Take care, Helene
Debbie East Islip NY wrote:
My name is Debbie and I am Tommy's mom. Tommy is currently serving his sentence in Eastern Correctional Facility in Napanoch NY. He is doing very well for the past 14 1/2 yrs. He has excelled in many college courses and has been a model prisoner since day one. If you are interested in writing a letter for Tommy please contact me here,I did not know that this site excisted until a very concerned & sweet coworked Christine informed me of this site. I now check in everyday. Thank you in advance for any help you can give......
marley

Islip, NY

#11 Aug 25, 2012
Debbie East Islip NY wrote:
My name is Debbie and I am Tommy's mom. Tommy is currently serving his sentence in Eastern Correctional Facility in Napanoch NY. He is doing very well for the past 14 1/2 yrs. He has excelled in many college courses and has been a model prisoner since day one. If you are interested in writing a letter for Tommy please contact me here,I did not know that this site excisted until a very concerned & sweet coworked Christine informed me of this site. I now check in everyday. Thank you in advance for any help you can give......
Hello Debbie, I lived near you when you first moved in (I was a teenager) but moved out and got married but my folks lived there when it happened- hope your younger son (nick?) is well. I would like to reach out to Tommy.My email is [email protected] Take care
LeeLee

Brentwood, NY

#12 Apr 30, 2013
Why did he live with his father instead of his Mom if there was so much abuse? I lived in the neighbor and heard all about it...obviously that was the doing of a very abused child but I do t understand why if people knew about it all why nothing was done...aren't u then just as responsible?
Nicholas Burns

Deer Park, NY

#14 Feb 10, 2015
LeeLee wrote:
Why did he live with his father instead of his Mom if there was so much abuse? I lived in the neighbor and heard all about it...obviously that was the doing of a very abused child but I do t understand why if people knew about it all why nothing was done...aren't u then just as responsible?
Hey LeeLee, your correct, you don't understand! He did live me n my mother for his entire life until about a year before the horrible night that changed our lives forever. Obviously you have no clue what physical n mental abuse can do to a a child. My mother had rules, my father didn't, and just like most other teenagers, he wanted to party and not have to answer to anyone about it. My mother tried everything possible to get away from my father but it was impossible! You sound very ignorant and uneducated with your comment! I truly hope you never have to go through what we did, but if you do, you will have your answer to your last question!
WolfOfWallStreet

Nesconset, NY

#15 Apr 16, 2015
Steve wrote:
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I haven't found much information on this but I can tell you he is prison for the rest of his life. He probably would have gotten off with killing the father but the father's girlfriend was an innocent bystander
I grew up in Islip and went to Islip High School with the defendant, Thomas Burns. He was a very disruptive classmate, always looking to fight someone to prove his "toughness". If anyone in that school in his graduation class was bound for prison at some point, he would be a good candidate. His father may have been abusive, but there was definitely a ticking time bomb waiting to explode in young Thomas.
H deLeyer

Binghamton, NY

#17 Jul 21, 2015
I have only met Tommy since he began serving time with my brother Jeff at 2 separate facilities, and during his time at Greenhaven I had the opportunity to get to know him and he is a very nice guy. Having a family member that is also serving a life sentence I must comment on the person who said he was aggressive and everyone knew he would end up in prison, how dare you that. No one has the right to minimize a person's life based on how they deal with the abuse or why they choice to return to an abusive situation, unfortunately it is not only common in children but also in abused woman. I will say this though, why bother commenting or looking him up if he was such a horrible person??
WolfOfWallStreet

Port Jefferson Station, NY

#18 Jul 22, 2015
H deLeyer wrote:
I have only met Tommy since he began serving time with my brother Jeff at 2 separate facilities, and during his time at Greenhaven I had the opportunity to get to know him and he is a very nice guy. Having a family member that is also serving a life sentence I must comment on the person who said he was aggressive and everyone knew he would end up in prison, how dare you that. No one has the right to minimize a person's life based on how they deal with the abuse or why they choice to return to an abusive situation, unfortunately it is not only common in children but also in abused woman. I will say this though, why bother commenting or looking him up if he was such a horrible person??
Because it still intrigues me that someone you grew up with was capable of that. I'm tired of reading about people who hardly know him commenting on what a nice guy he is. Are you kidding me? He's a murderous thug. He terrorized a bunch of people in high school with his side kick Tim Donohue. So, I'm sorry your family member is serving a life sentence, I don't know him or her so I can't comment. But as for Mr. Burns, I do know him and the type of monster he was. So, as long as people keep commenting on his rehabilitation and his nice guy acts, I will remind people why he is where he is. I never liked the guy. So I will keep commenting and post stories and memories of my time at Islip HS during the early 90's. I feel no sorrow for him. How about the time him and Timmy drugged a female in the back of Timmy's large truck and took advantage of her? Bet you never heard about that huh?

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