Submitted By Todd on February 14th at 8:59am
Could the murder of three professors at the University of Alabama spell the end of the line for a Massachusetts Congressman?
The biology professor accused of gunning down five colleagues and a staff member at the University of Alabama at Huntsville on Friday was released from police custody 23 years ago after she shot and killed her brother in Braintree, police announced Saturday.That's Braintree, as in Massachusetts, as in the district once represented by then DA, now Congressman, Bill Delahunt!
Braintree Police Chief Paul Frazier said Amy Bishop was detained following the death of her brother on Dec. 6, 1986, then released without being charged because the death was ruled an accidental shooting. Frazier said Amy Bishop shot her 18-year-old brother, Seth Bishop, in the chest with a 12-gauge shotgun at the family’s home in Braintree, then ran into the street and aimed the gun at a passing vehicle before fleeing from the scene. Amy Bishop, who was 20 at the time, was arrested at gunpoint by Braintree officers.Arrested, yes. But Amy Bishop was never even booked! Why? Can you say Bill Delahunt?
Braintree officers who remember the 1986 shooting said that former police Chief John Polio dismissed detectives from the case and ordered the department to release Amy Bishop after a telephone conversation with former district attorney William Delahunt, who is currently a U.S. congressman from Massachusetts.After a conversation with Delahunt? Say Goodbye, Bill. This is the year that the fixers, the inside players, those who have no respect for the Will of the People, face the music.
"The police officers here were very upset about that," said Frazier, who was a patrolman at the time and spoke to officers who remembered the incident that day, including one who filed a report on it.Justice, undone by politics.
Frazier said Amy Bishop shot her 18-year-old brother, Seth Bishop, in the chest with a 12-gauge shotgun at the family’s home in Braintree, then ran into the street and aimed the gun at a passing vehicle before fleeing from the scene. Amy Bishop, who was 20 at the time, was arrested at gunpoint by Braintree officers.It doesn't sound much like an accidental shooting, does it?
Bishop was never booked, however, and all local police records of the case have gone missing, with the exception of an entry in the police log noting an accidental shooting, Frazier said."The report's gone, removed from the files," he said. "Somebody has it. We don't."Why would she not have been booked?
“Mayor (Joseph) Sullivan and I have spoken with District Attorney William Keating and we will be meeting with him next week to discuss this situation,” Frazier said. “The mayor supports a full review of this matter and agrees that we want to know where the records are.”There's one other interesting little circumstantial fact that makes this all smell worse.
Chief Frazier said Judy Bishop, Amy's mother, was on the town Board of Personnel at the time. Any connection between the 1986 case and her mother's position would be speculative.Yes, indeed. And there's a whole lot of speculating going on. Say Goodbye, Bill.