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Amy Bishop Killing 1986

Amy Bishop Killing 1986

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Delahunt defends actions in 1986 Bishop killingE-mail|LinkFebruary 22, 2010 04:53 PMCongressman William Delahunt, former Norfolk County district attorney, and John Kivlin, former assistant district attorney, talk about the decision not to prosecute Amy Bishop in her brother'sdeath. (By Bill Greene and John Ellement, Globe Staff)By Michael Rezendes and Donovan Slack, Globe Staff US Representative William Delahunt, the former Norfolk district attorney, today defended hishandling of Amy Bishop's fatal 1986 shooting of her brother in Braintree, which was ruled anaccident."I thought we handled it appropriately, given the information we had," Delahunt, breaking hissilence on the case, said in an interview with the Globe.John Kivlan, who served as first assistant district attorney under Delahunt and who took part intoday's interview, said the DA's office was never informed of Amy Bishop's actions after shootingher brother. Braintree police had completed written reports saying that Bishop had also attemptedto hold up a nearby auto dealership, trained a shotgun on two individuals there, and later pointedthe same weapon at a Braintree police officer.Kivlan said current District Attorney William R. Keating's investigation should answer questionsfor the public and the law enforcement community."Why was Miss Bishop released from the police department that night," Kivlan said. "That reallyshould be the focus."Delahunt and Kivlan made their comments 10 days after Bishop opened fire on faculty colleaguesduring a meeting at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, killing three professors and criticallyinjuring two more. Delahunt was traveling in Israel at the time and had referred questions toKivlan, so he could complete his travel plans and receive a briefing before making any detailedpubic comments.Amy Bishop shot her younger brother, Seth, with a 12-gauge shotgun, a shooting witnessed bytheir mother. Keating has said there was a "glaring omission'' in State Police reports preparedunder the supervision of Delahunt and Kivlan.The case began unfolding on the morning of Dec. 6, 1986, when Bishop, then 21, fatally shot her 18-year-old brother in an incident that Delahunt's office ultimately concluded was an accident.John V. Polio, the Braintree police chief at the time of the shooting, also said he was unaware of police reports re-counting Bishop's actions after she shot her brother.The reports went missing for more than 20 years and were discovered last week by Braintreeofficials who found them in the personal files of a deceased former Braintree police capitain.Keating has said that given Bishop's actions, Delahunt could have charged Bishop with assaultwith a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon, and unlawful possession of ammunition, leaving her with a criminal record that may have altered the course of her career andprevented her getting her job in Huntsville.Instead, she was let go without any criminal record at all.A spokesman for Keating said today that investigators are reviewing the handling of the case butdeclined to elaborate.
"State Police from this office and also from Framingham are working and talking to people lookingto fill in some of the questions and gaps in the events of 1986 and the shooting of Seth Bishop,"said spokesman David Traub. "But we're not going to be providing detail on a step by step basis."The Braintree police reports, written in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, are explicit intheir detail. According to written accounts by two Braintree officers -- Donald Somilini and TimothyMurphy -- Bishop was discovered in a stairway at the Dave Dinger Ford dealership, where shepointed her shotgun at two workers and demanded a getaway car.After backing out of the dealership with her weapon trained on the two workers, Bishop wasdiscovered by Solimini and Murphy. As Solimini approached her with his weapon by his side andtried to reason with her, Murphy edged closer from another direction and demanded three timesthat Bishop drop her weapon, finally seizing the shotgun and Bishop.Additional police reports say that Bishop was read her Miranda rights at the Braintree policestation and was talking with officers -- she told them she had a "spat" with her father before theshooting -- when Bishop's mother, Judy, entered the station and instructed Bishop to stopanswering questions.Shortly thereafter, officers received a telephone call, either from Polio or another senior officer,and were told to stop the interview. It was not until eleven days later that Braintree and StatePolice interviewed Bishop, he mother and her father.Details of the Amy Bishop casePrev7 of 16NextIn March 2002, Bishop visited a Peabody International House of Pancakes with her family, askedfor a booster seat for one of her children, and learned the last seat had gone to another mother.Bishop, according to a police report, strode over to the other woman, demanded the seat andlaunched into a profanity-laced rant.When the woman would not give the seat up, Bishop punched her in the head, all the whileyelling "I am Dr. Amy Bishop."Bishop (pictured) being apprehended by Huntsville police.Dec. 19, 1993Bishop suspected in mail bombing attemptBishop's husband, James E. Anderson, has acknowledged that he and his wife were questionedby federal investigators after a package containing two pipe bombs was sent to the Newton homeof Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Paul Rosenberg.Feb. 13, 2010Flaws in 1986 investigationFormer Braintree Police Chief John Polio, now 87, said in an interview that after reading a StatePolice report compiled in 1986 and released to the public recently, he has questions about thequality of the investigation into the death of Seth Bishop, which was declared an accident.Feb. 18, 2010
DA rips gap in Bishop reportNorfolk District Attorney William R. Keating criticized the 1986 investigation of Seth Bishop'sdeath, saying that it was "glaring" and "striking" that local police accounts of Amy Bishop's armedstandoff at a local business were not included in the State Police report or considered as part of the prosecutor's decision about whether to pursue charges.Feb. 19, 2010Gov. Patrick orders reviewGovernor Deval Patrick said he had ordered State Police to review its role in the investigation intoAmy Bishop's 1986 fatal shooting of her brother, Seth.Feb. 23, 2010Witness reported talk of revenge in bomb caseAfter two pipe bombs arrived at the Newton home of Dr. Paul Rosenberg in December 1993, awitness told investigators that Bishop's husband, Jimmy E. Anderson Jr., had said he "wanted toget back at" the doctor by shooting, bombing, stabbing, or strangling him, according to filesreleased by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.Ambition fueled a smoldering rageMorbidly shy and driven, ornery and oddly sweet, Amy Bishop craved fame in the worst way. Shefound it.By Globe Staff | February 21, 2010This story was reported by Meghan E. Irons, Eric Moskowitz, Michael Rezendes, Peter Schworm,and Stephen Smith of the Globe staff. It was written by Smith.HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Eric Seemann ran into Amy Bishop one day last spring on the University of Alabama at Huntsville campus, where the faculty takes pride in creating a collegial academiccocoon. They’d developed a bond over the years, starting as junior professors together in 2003and chatting from time to time about the triumphs and frustrations of the research life.Seemann knew Bishop could be aloof and opinionated to the point of abrasiveness. But on thisday, there was something different. She seethed.The dean’s list of newly tenured professors had come out, a list that can seal a researcher’sprofessional fate. Seemann’s name was on it. Bishop’s wasn’t.“ ‘These people are against me,’ ’’ Seemann, a psychology professor, recalls Bishop sayingbefore launching into a rant against the tenure process. “I listened politely, but I learned a whileback that arguing with Amy was a one-way street.’’It was a kind of anger evident at other moments in her life, sometimes in irate flickers, sometimesin volcanic outbursts. On Feb. 12, it erupted. Authorities say the 45-year-old Bishop drew a pistolat a biology department faculty meeting and began shooting. Methodically pointing a gun at onecolleague after another, witnesses say, she killed three and seriously injured three more.The shootings reverberated across the country, but nowhere more than in her hometown of Braintree, where Bishop was known as a top student, a diligent violinist - and the woman who, asa 21-year-old, fired a shotgun at her teenage brother, blasting a hole in his chest, and killing himin what prosecutors, after a limited investigation, concluded was an accident.

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