Thursday, January 31, 2013
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Thursday, January 31
William J. McCabe, age 85, a well known and respected Tewksbury resident, died Tuesday evening, January 29, at Lowell General, Saint’s Campus, from complications of a heart attack. His heart attack came at the conclusion of last week's trial of one of the men accused of murdering Bill’s son, John McCabe, who was killed in 1969. In a heart-breaking decision for Bill and his family, a not guilty decision was reached, following Bill’s 42 year search for truth and justice. Bill was the beloved and devoted husband of Evelyn D. (Spellman) McCabe, with whom he had celebrated a 61st wedding anniversary this past June 3rd. He was born in Boston, a son of the late John M. and Helen J. (Doran) McCabe. He was raised Boston. He enlisted into the U.S…
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Family members say Bill McCabe took ill during the Michael Ferreira murder trial.
William McCabe, who took ill during the trial of the man accused of murdering his son 43 years ago, died earlier today at Lowell General Hospital Saints Campus. He was 85. McCabe missed the final few days of the trial of Michael Ferreira, who was ultimately found not guilty on Friday in connection with the death of Johnny McCabe. According to family members, William McCabe suffered two heart attacks and was hospitalized on Monday. Tewksbury Patch will publish a full obituary for Mr. McCabe as soon as it is available.
Monday, January 28, 2013
William McCabe being treated at Lowell General Saints Campus.
William McCabe, the father of murder victim Johnny McCabe, suffered a heart attack Monday morning and was taken to Lowell General Hospital Saints Campus. According to his daughter, Roberta Donovan, McCabe is also being treated for kidney failure. McCabe, 85, had not been feeling well, and left the murder trial of Michael Ferreira early last Wednesday and he was not in the courtroom for closing arguments on Thursday. On Friday, jurors returned a verdict of "not guilty" for Ferreira on 1st and 2nd degree murder charges in connection with the death of Johnny McCabe. Donovan has said the verdict has been very hard on her parents, her sister and herself.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
William McCabe emotional as he testifies about son's disappearance and murder.
The father of the victim and the lead investigator on the case 43 years ago took the stand as testimony began in the murder trial of Michael Ferreira. Ferreira is one of three men charged in connection with the 1969 death of Tewksbury teen Johnny McCabe. Along with Walter Shelley and Edward Brown, Ferreira is accused of kidnapping McCabe off the street and taking him to a vacant lot in Lowell, where they allegedly tied him up and gagged him in such a way that it lead to his death by asphyxiation. William McCabe, 85, his voice cracking with emotion, testified about his son and night he disappeared, according to a report published on WCVB.com. He testified that he was not home when his son left for the dance that night and did not recall if …