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Old 5th November 2019, 07:52 AM   #1
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Edward O'Brain jr, 15, convicted of murdering friends mother.

https://www.southcoasttoday.com/arti...news/310029911

I had never heard of this case, but it sounds interesting on a few levels. Found guilty of stabbing his friends mother, 98 times, O'Brian is still incarcerated, but it sounds as if issues regarding his possible involvement, as some speculate that it was the friend who killed his own mother.

What's strange is there is so little information online. Most of it being about his family trying to get him released and charges dropped. From the little info I read about the evidence, he sounds as guilty as hell.
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Old 5th November 2019, 08:15 AM   #2
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When I click on that I get an access denied page.
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When I click on that I get an access denied page.
Odd. I tried it again, and it worked right away.
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Old 5th November 2019, 09:40 AM   #4
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I think it's a geographical thing. It said something about my IP. It may be only people in the USA can access it. It may be specifically screening out Europeans.
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Old 5th November 2019, 11:43 AM   #5
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The Politics of Murder

From the link to South Coast Today above, "On the night the Downing, 43, was killed, a cut and bleeding O’Brien phoned police from a nearby convenience store and reported that he’d been mugged. Investigators found that blood on his leg matched Downing’s, and his blood was found throughout the murder scene, witnesses testified during the 2?-week trial."

The case of Edward O'Brien is discussed at The Somerville Times.
"The DNA on what the prosecutor alleged to be the murder weapon was identifiable, and it was not Eddie’s. The prosecutor chose not to identify the DNA under Janet Downing’s fingernails, as well as other DNA and fingerprints found at the scene."

"Nor did they [the police] interview Viginia Reckley, who lived in the apartment that shared a wall with the Downings. Reckley had heard a commotion in the Downings’ residence at a point during the short time window when the murder could have taken place, but when witnesses established that Eddie was elsewhere. Nor did police interview Artie Ortiz."

I know very little about this crime at present, but offhand it does not sound as open-and-shut as it did at the first link. The book The Politics of Murder covers some of the problems in this case.
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It may be specifically screening out Europeans.
I've seen this occur with other sites. In those cases it was because they didn't bother conforming to GDPR.
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a puzzling case

“You don’t need to be a forensic expert to understand that it’s impossible to commit that homicide, a homicide that included a struggle traversing three rooms and a flight of stairs, and not get a single drop of blood on a white shirt, green shorts, or black sneakers. And yet the police charged Eddie O’Brien with the murder on the night of July 25, 1995. The fact that he had no blood on his clothes, in the creases of his hands, under his fingernails, or on his size 15 sneakers was just an inconvenient truth.” – THE POLITICS OF MURDER link

"Edward was linked to the crime by a bloody fingerprint found on a beam in the cellar of Ms. Downing’s home, said District Attorney Thomas Reilly." Link to AP story.
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