Offbeat 30 years later: Who is highway serial killer?

12:02  04 july  2018
12:02  04 july  2018 Source:   wcvb.com

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Thirty years ago, the body of a 29-year-old Fall River woman was found in Freetown about 30 to 50 feet from the side of Route 140 north, just before the Lakeville line.

The Herald News reported that the discovery of Debra Medeiros’ body was the first of nine bodies found along highways in Greater New Bedford in what was to become known as the highway killings.

And 30 years later, families continue to mark special days without loved ones and police follow up on leads in the unsolved murders of nine women and the disappearance of two others.

But a book and a documentary have sparked new interest in the three decades-old case. “Shallow Graves” is by award-winning reporter Maureen Boyle and a multi-episode series, “The Highway Murders,“is tentatively scheduled for release next year by Aaron Cadieux, an independent film maker and video production specialist.

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Boyle, who covered the murders while a reporter with The Standard-Times and later worked for The Enterprise of Brockton, has been touring the region from Cape Cod to Connecticut to promote her book and attracting interested fans wherever she goes. Her audiences are engaged, peppering her with questions about things like DNA and suspects. They range in size, but have reached 100 or more on occasion.

“People have not forgotten. There is still a quest for justice,” Boyle said. “People haven’t forgotten the victims. They want to know who the killer is. I’m convinced it will be solved.”

Advances in forensics technology could hold the key to solving the case, she said. Lives have naturally changed in 30 years and people may feel more comfortable in coming forward with information. Police investigators have been working very quietly on the case, not for headlines, just to solve it.

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“They’re doing it because it’s the right thing to do,” she said.

Cadieux’s documentary will feature new theories and new information about the case, he said. Cadieux, and his partner, Dave Grochmal, have been working on the documentary for four years and have interviewed over 60 people, including retired police investigators, former district attorneys, family members, witnesses and a one-time suspect.

“I think that people are going to be shockingly surprised with what we have accomplished,” he said.

As an indication of the interest, they have posted two promotional trailers about the documentary, which have received over 10,000 views within 72 hours of their postings, he said.

Retired Freetown Detective Lt. Alan Alves did not attach much significance when he was contacted July 3, 1988 to come to the crime scene on Route 140. “At that time it was just a homicide,” he said.

He knew Medeiros well and is hopeful her death and the other murders will be solved, mainly due to Boyle’s book and Cadieux’s documentary. “I have my fingers crossed and my hopes up that it will be solved. I believe it will be,” he said. “Time has passed. No one can keep a secret for 30 years. People do know.”

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Judy DeSantos, the sister of murder victim Nancy Paiva, said it does not matter to her that 30 years have passed. “To me it’s today. It’s yesterday. It’s everyday. It’s not 30 years for us,” she said. “The time doesn’t really matter because it is everyday. The time, the memories are there for everyday.”

The families have remained close, although most of the parents have passed on without seeing closure, leaving it to siblings, children and grandchildren to carry on. “My hope is with Maureen’s book and Aaron’s documentary,” she said. “It’s the best way to keep it alive.”

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III, the fourth prosecutor to be in charge of the investigation, said his thoughts are with the families. “The anniversary brings back the terrible loss they have suffered, but we continue to review information as it comes in,” he said. “It’s not something that should ever be forgotten.”

The investigation of the highway killings, considered a cold case, rests in the hands of State Police Sgt. Ann Marie Robertson, who heads the division of investigation for unsolved murders in Bristol County.

Robertson has received information from out-of-state police agencies, current, retired police, civilians. “We follow-up and return every call,” she said.

In the last six months, she has received more calls about the case and she believes Boyle’s book is probably the reason. “I think that’s why we’re getting more calls. An unsolved case is never closed,” she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 508-993-2016.

State Police Detective Lt. Jose Gonsalves, one of the primary investigators with his partner Maryann Dill and New Bedford Detective Richard Ferreira, now all retired, takes it personally they did not solve it. “It’s an anchor on our necks,” he said.

But he takes heart that investigators in California were able to make an arrest in at least 12 murders and 51 rapes dating back 40 years. “You just hope something will fall into place,” he said.

“It would be a big relief if someone was arrested or identified with strong evidence to say he was the guy,” Gonsalves said.

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