Once again the Butcher of Braintree, Amy Bishop, has gotten away with murder, even though now a lifer in an Alabama prison after she pled guilty last month to the 2010 Huntsville campus massacre and avoided execution.
Following her sentencing of life without parole in Huntsville, officials in Braintree Massachusetts announced this week they will not seek to prosecute her for intentionally killing her 18-year-old brother, Seth, in December of 1986.
Bishop, then 20, had as well fled the murder scene with the still loaded shotgun in her possession and attempted to carjack a local business with it. Thereafter, she actively resisted arrest and was being booked by officers on suspicion of murder when her well-connected mother intervened to stop it.
All records of the Braintree incident then mysteriously "disappeared" and it was not until Bishop went on a rampage in 2010, gunning down three of her fellow biology professors and injuring three others, that the shooting death of her brother was revisited. She was then indicted in Massachusetts for homicide and expected to stand trial there once the trial in Alabama had ended.
But, “we will not move to have her returned to Massachusetts,’’ Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey has decided. “The penalty we would seek for a first-degree murder conviction is already in place."
Oh, yes, it's a can of worms all right, Mr. Morrissey--exposing the high level cover up of Seth Bishop's murder--but so what? The young man still requires and deserves justice after all these years. And those who aided and abetted his killer on that day, who helped set Amy Bishop free to kill again without so much as a spot on her record, should be tried and sentenced now as well.
Justice can never be served in some secondhand, roundabout way.