Mass murderer Dr. Amy Bishop The Butcher of Braintree pleaded guilty yesterday to the Huntsville Massacre she planned and executed in February of 2010. This spares victims and their loved ones of a grisly trial which had, after a number of strategic delays, been slated for the 24th of this month. Instead, a brief sentencing trial will take place on this date. Her guilty plea removes the prospect of the death penalty, however.
Professor Debra Moriarty, who bravely helped commandeer Dr. Bishop out of the faculty room that day when Bishop's gun jammed, said she was relieved. "I had a horrible dream about the trial last night. I'm glad it's a recognition of the crimes she committed and not trying to get out of something through claiming a mental defect."
The guilty plea and speedy sentencing will now pave the way for Bishop to face trial in Massachusetts for the 1986 murder of her 18-year-old brother Seth. Prosecutors there say they are awaiting the sentencing verdict in the Alabama case in order to decide how they will proceed next.
Amy Bishop brutally shot her brother to death in the kitchen of their parents' home in Braintree Massachusetts, fled the scene with the loaded shotgun, attempted a carjacking with it, and refused to disarm and surrender when finally surrounded by police. An apparent coverup then went into play, resulting in her release to her mother only hours later. She was never charged for anything and the record of the event was mysterously removed from law enforcement files soon thereafter. It only resurfaced again because of her apprehension in the Huntsville Alabama slayings almost three decades later. In between these two dates, Bishop committed other serious offenses as well, including assault, for which she also escaped justice virtually unscathed.
Bishop butchered three of her fellow biology professors in the 2010 campus rampage and wounded three others, leaving two of them in critical condition and maimed for life. Faced with a death sentence in Alabama for the killings, she had finally pled not guilty by reason of insanity. It is not known if she intends to do the same in Massachusetts.