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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The 18-Year-Old Fox Road Murder Mystery


View the New England Unsolved WFXT Fox 25 News report.


At midnight, Tammy Marie Lynds informed her 10-year-old sister that she was going out, and that she would be back at 3:00 a.m. As she made her way to the front door, she nudged her father, who had nodded off in a living room chair while watching television.

“She told me to get to bed,” he remembered her saying. As he roused himself and headed to his bedroom, the 15-year-old girl went out the front door, left it open, slipped out the side gate of their yard to avoid tripping the motion sensor attached to spotlights, and vanished into the night. She never returned.

It was the evening of July 21, 1994, when Allison last saw her sister alive. She looked out the window, watched Tammy quietly unlock their fence gate, and wished she could have said more to convince her not to go out. Tammy was supposed to meet a friend, possibly a boyfriend, but she told her sister she was not looking forward to this rendezvous.

Tammy was reported missing the next day, and the police classified her as a runaway. Typically, when YOUNG children go missing, the cases are immediately treated as possible abductions and homicides. But not so with teenagers. Springfield Police received as many as 20 reports of missing youths every summer in the early- and mid-1990s, and most teens returned home within three days. However, Tammy hadn’t taken anything with her, and she inexplicably didn’t come back. She had left an open door and reassurances to her sister that she’d return.


Flyers were taped to walls of area businesses with a description of the freckle-faced Tammy Lynds: 5-foot-three, 106 pounds, and sandy blond hair.

Her father, Richard Lynds, feared the worst, searching the woods near her family’s house, combing the areas of Grayson Drive and Boston Road. He talked to Tammy’s friends. There were rumors that she was alive and possibly out of the state—maybe in Florida—but no substantial leads. Just talk. Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months, and the Lynds’ lives were turned upside down.


On November 4, 1994, David Schmidt and his eight-year-old son were riding bikes in the woods off Fox Road in the late morning when he spied a hubcap that he thought he could use. Then, in the brush near a stream, he saw what appeared to be red sneakers attached to sticks. Upon closer inspection he discovered a skeleton partially covered with rags that were once jeans—and for a split second he thought it was a fake skeleton left over from Halloween. A better look and then the smell soon convinced him otherwise.

Police searched the area for clues. A week later, a comparison of dental records confirmed the body was Tammy’s. At the time, the medical examiner had yet to come up “with all the answers,” but considered it “not to be a homicide.”


Tammy’s body was found in the woods several feet from the east side of Fox Road, north of the guard rail that leads to the bridge over the Mill Rivers North Branch, which divides the Pine Point and Sixteen Acres neighborhoods. The location was three-quarters of a mile from her home at 51 Lamont Street. The forensic pathologist believed the corpse had been at the site since Tammy’s disappearance.

According to a Springfield Union News article on November 14, 1994, an anthropological exam of her remains had not yet revealed the cause of death. It also included the fact that an entry in her diary said she snuck out of the house around midnight a week before she died to meet a boy who lived east of Lamont Street along Boston Road. She had also written that she had been accosted by bar patrons on Boston Road as she walked east on that road. Which bars(s)? John Joe’s? Bonnie and Clydes? Or the Sports Page or Mattie’s CafĂ©, both on the other (north) side of the road? The story didn’t say. The word “accosted,” used by the newspaper reporter, didn’t specify what made her feel uncomfortable.

The next and last newspaper article about Tammy Marie Lynds notified readers of her funeral on November 18, 1994 at Sampson's Chapel of the Acres Funeral Home and St. Catherine of Siena Church. The cause of death was “under investigation.”


For nearly 18 years Tammy Lynds’ death remained in media limbo: confined to the newspaper archives. It’s unclear what became of the Springfield Police investigation, but the primary officers involved in the case, veteran homicide detectives Dennis M. O’Connor and Noberto Garcia, eventually retired.

However, the cold case started to heat up earlier this year, when Richard Lynds approached Bob Ward, a reporter/anchor for Fox 25 News in Boston. New evidence in the infamous 1993 Holly Piirainen abduction and murder put that case back in the spotlight last January, so he reached out to Ward about his daughter’s cold case—one that seemed to be forgotten by everyone accept Tammy’s family and friends. View Ward’s report.

On April 2, 2012, Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni, who was elected in 2010, announced the creation of the office’s first website, which includes a section on unsolved Hampden County homicides dating back to 1991. Surprisingly, the Tammy Marie Lynds case was listed, even though the cause of death was never determined—as far as we know.


In all the homicides on the DA’s website, the cause of death has been established—even the 1992 case of a “John Doe,” whose skull and bones were found in a wooded area in Southwick. Officials at the time stated that foul play was not suspected (the same medical examiner later said the same thing about Lynds), but Mastroianni’s website now notes that the unknown victim in Southwick “sustained trauma to the face.”

Is there new forensic evidence in the Lynds case? Mastroianni doesn’t mention anything in the Fox 25 interview. “We’re committed to re-evaluating the evidence,” he said, noting that the diary is “important. I certainly think it’s a piece of significant evidence. It’s a fair conclusion to reach that if she’s leaving her house at that point in the morning hours, it’s likely to be spending some time with someone or people” referenced in her personal diary.

Ward’s story, which aired on May 6, contains a number of startling new revelations. “I know she had some guy issues that were going on,” said Allison, (pictured below at the right of Tammy). Ward says in the broadcast that Tammy snuck out to meet her boyfriend at his house, and then a week later left her home “to meet some friends” on the night she disappeared, but in the text version of his story, Allison said to him that her sister “was going to sneak out again after their parents fell asleep. Only this time, Allison told me, Tammy wasn’t going to her boyfriend’s home. Instead, she was going to meet with him in some nearby woods.” Was she supposed to be getting together with ONE person or several?


Allison said that on the night her sister vanished, “she was very scared, nervous. She wasn’t acting like herself.” But she was determined to go out. “She said she had to go,” according to Allison, “and she said, ‘I promise you I will be back.’” Tammy insisted that she had to leave—but at the same time she was reluctant. “She didn’t want to go,” said Allison, who replied, “You don’t have to go.” Ward asked her, “Did she say what would happen to her if she didn’t go? Allison answered,  “All she had said was that she was threatened.”


Richard Lynds (pictured above) was a Pine Point Neighborhood Council president who, ironically, spoke about an upsurge in crime in Pine Point at a Springfield Community Policing Implementation Steering Committee meeting five months before Tammy’s disappearance. In his interview with Ward, Richard said that during the initial investigation, investigators took a hard look at him as a possible suspect. He was given a lie detector test, which was “inconclusive,” he says. Needless to say, it is highly unlikely that a guilty Richard Lynds would initiate a new investigative focus on his daughter’s death eighteen years later.

A week after Tammy was found, Richard told the Union News he was upset with the way police were handling the case. “In my opinion,” he said, “the way [the] Youth Aid [Bureau] responded to us, there was too much of a delay. I know they checked with some of the kids we told them about, but we did most of the legwork.”


Pictured above is the Fox Road Bridge, and below is the guard rail on the north side. The body was found feet from the road beyond the guard rail.

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“THIS IS TUFF TURF” was spray-painted on the Fox Road bridge in 1985 after the laughably horrible gang movie Tuff Turf came out. Back than we scoffed at the graffiti on our multitude of Taco Bell runs to Boston Road. “Bunch of suburban gangsta-wanna-be’s,” we said. Little did we know how bad the neighborhood would get in the 1990s, when the criminal element infiltrated the nearby Colonial Estates apartments, along with the Boston Road neighborhood, and especially Pine Point. It certainly got tough for Tammy Marie Lynds. Who killed her? A friend? A stranger? The former seems more likely, although a pathway leading to the woods at the end of the guardrail provides the perfect cover for a predator. For decades the woods in this vicinity have had an aura of dangerousness about them, with sex attacks dating back to the 1970s (a 10-year-old girl in 1975 and a five-year-old boy in 1977), and in a one-month period in 1982:  five assaults (three of them rapes).


Tammy’s diary, according to Ward, referred to her walking past a few bars the night she snuck out a week before she disappeared, and “some men who were leaving the bar made her feel uncomfortable.” In the diary entry pictured above, there is an excerpt that reads, “but when I was going past the first bar, I had a man start following me, I booked.”

How intimate was she with the person she met with that night? The next sentence in the diary reads: “When I got to his house he let me in and I lad [sic] on his bed he closed the window. Then he turn [sic] off the lights and then unbuttoned my shirt and lad [sic] down with me, kissing me also. Then he asked me if I wanted to do the…” That is the way the page ends. The ellipsis points at the conclusion are mine. What is on the next page? What else in the diary is of significance?


Fox Road, lined by woods on each side, is a popular illegal dumping spot for people getting rid of appliances, tires—you name it. There are no houses within sight—except one, on the corner of Grayson Drive and Methuen Street. Was the owner asked if he saw anything? The residents of Methuen Street have always been keenly aware of the illegal dumping problem on their street and on Fox Road, and they are known to be vigilant in trying to catch violators in the act. Did anyone spy anything suspicious going on?

Because of the site’s relative remoteness (not exactly city, but certainly not “country”), it is possible that someone removed her body from a car and dropped it a few feet into the woods for a quick getaway. But there is also a pathway in the woods near the body: could Tammy have been murdered in these woods? If so, wouldn’t the killer drag her body further away from the road to hide it?  Maybe not if the perpetrator wanted to leave the scene in a hurry.


The above footage is of the Fox Road bridge heading north and ending with the site where the body was found. There are a couple of paper bags filled with leaves dumped there—indicative of the way Fox Road is used by area slobs. Below is the end of the path from Grayson Drive to the site where Tammy’s remains were left. Which route was taken by the killer?


Fox Road also serves as a short cut for motorists driving between Parker Street, Boston Road, Breckwood Boulevard and Wilbraham Road. Did someone, after going out to a bar on a Thursday night in the summer, see something unusual on Fox Road? A parked car? Two or more teenagers—or adults—hanging out? An argument? Someone running?

According to Ward, the crime scene was NOT the same wooded area where Tammy planned to visit the night she went missing. His news segment didn’t mention her desired destination, leaving open a realm of possibilities, because the neighborhood was—and is—filled with woods that are youth gathering spots. Some of these areas don’t exist any more, such as the forested subdivision at the end of her street (known by some as “Strawberry Fields”), along with the “pit” and the “log cabin” party fort on the site of what is now Pheasant Drive. Within a mile from her house are Putnam’s Puddle, Five Mile Pond, Pine Point’s “Snake” woods off Seymour Avenue, “The Rail” that separates Blanche Street and the North Branch Parkway, and the sandy desertscape off Grayson Drive on the lower left of the satellite photo on this blog post. Heck, there are even pathways in the woods on the other side of Fox Road (pictured below) that connected to the old trails behind the old Camp Husky.


At this point, there are many questions and no answers. According to her 1994 “missing” posters, she was last seen on the night she left at 1:00 p.m. on the “South side of the Boston Road corridor.” So, did someone see her an hour after her sister did? Also, even though the medical examiner believed that Tammy had been at that Fox Road site since her disappearance, he also originally said that that the body, which had yet to be determined as Tammy’s, appeared to have been in the woods “for at least up to six months,” according to the Union News. Tammy, as it turned out, was gone for less than four months. Since forensic pathology is not an exact science, does the report even consider the possibility that her body might had been moved to the site she was discovered, or that she might have been killed after she had been missing for several days or longer?

If Tammy’s friends and acquaintances were too young to drive, did any of them have a young relative or friend who had access to a car that night or in the days afterward? After all, it is not easy to move a 106-pound body. If she were killed by a stranger, were known sex offenders from the area questioned at the time (including two men who were convicted of rapes in the woods off North Branch Parkway in 1980 and 1982 respectively)? Have Tammy’s friends and other persons of interest been re-interviewed? Have alibis been fully scrutinized? Who mentioned that she had been in Florida after she disappeared?


Arguably the most infamous unsolved murder in the area is the 40-year-old murder case of Danny Croteau, a 13-year-old from Sixteen Acres whose bludgeoned body was found under the I-291 bridge that spans the Chicopee River. I used to run into his father, Carl, from time to time, in Sixteen Acres, and we talked about his frustrations with the investigation. He is pictured below on Maebeth Street in 2009. 


In 2010, Hampden County District Attorney candidate Michael Kogut vowed to reopen the Danny Croteau murder case if elected to office, and Carl Croteau, of course, was very excited by his promise to conduct an inquest. But Mastroianni was elected in November of 2010. Back then I meant to eventually run a post on the Croteau murder on this blog, but Carl died 10 days after Mastroianni’s election, going to his grave without closure.

Fortunately, Mastroianni has created a new unit dedicated to solving cold cases. Unfortunately, for the Croteau family, the investigations only go back to homicides committed after 1990. On April 17, 2012, exactly four decades after the Croteau murder, the anniversary of the heinous act went strangely unnoticed by the media after thousands upon thousands of words were written about the case in the last 20 years. If the curtain has truly closed on the Croteau investigation without the hope of an indictment—and it certainly seems that way—maybe the death of Tammy Lynds can be solved more easily. District Attorneys have come and gone since Danny was killed and no one has been charged, but perhaps a “younger” cold case now stands a better chance to be resolved.

“Wouldn’t it be great if, after all these years, Tammy’s family could get justice?” wrote Ward in the news story accompanying his broadcast. It is uncertain whether or not this news segment, which is part of the New England Unsolved series on Fox 25 in Boston, will ever air in Springfield. Even though there is now a Fox affiliate (Fox 6) in Springfield, its 10:00 p.m. news show is the work of WGGB abc 40. Wouldn’t it be great if this story is aired on a local news channel—and it leads to a break in the case? This blog has very limited exposure—so please forward the Fox 25 news story link to your friends. Does anyone in The Acres or Pine Point know anything about this murder that hasn’t been looked into?

When Tammy was 11, her father got a call that every parent dreads: that his daughter was in an accident and in the hospital. But Tammy was okay—after a pickup truck hit her school bus she was treated and released. Then, four years later he received a call that no parent should ever receive: his daughter’s remains were found discarded like a bag of leaves off Fox Road. How did she end up there and how did she die?

Even though the cause of death of Tammy Lynds wasn’t determined, a girl who was nervous about going out the last night of her life ended up dead in the woods. It was the middle of the summer—she sure didn’t freeze to death. If she had a hidden heart ailment or another lethal condition lurking inside her body, it picked a strange time to kill her—in the wee hours of the morning, after she snuck out to get in a situation she was dreading. I daresay it was unlikely she died of natural causes, and apparently the DA’s office doesn’t think so either. Her family is certain she was murdered. “She was just plopped there like garbage,” said Allison. 




Those with any information about the disappearance and murder of Tammy Marie Lynds can contact Massachusetts State Police at 413-505-5993 or the Springfield Police at 413-787-6355.
You can anonymously text a tip to: 274637 or CRIMES and in the message, type SOLVE, and then your message.


12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope they find the murderer and solve Tammy's case.I used to live in Colonial Estates, and frequently go down to the North Branch by myself as a 7 and 8 year old kid.Never knew the dangers were that deep, though I always tried to be alert.

Hell's Acres said...

Someday I'll tell the story of my friend walking home from Lucerne down the North Branch Parkway at 1:00 a.m. during the summer of the rapes--1982--and he heard someone following along in the woods as he walked on the sidewalk in front of Colonial Estates.

This continued as he walked--and then ran--past Mary Lynch School. The guy who was following had evidently crossed Fox Road and kept stalking.

This was before the rapes were publicized. Freaky stuff. In one rape, the guy sprang out wearing nothing but a pair of underwear on his face!


Anonymous said...

Please do! i lived on Slater Ave at that time and i used to cut through the woods from end of slater top grayson and cross the stream at night! Just to visit a chick in colonial estates! I always heard about the guy with underwear on his head. This also was the time period where cable was just coming to the neighborhood so it was mention that it may have been a cable guy doing these rapes.

Hell's Acres said...

Hi, Slater Ave. guy.

I didn't know there was a short cut path in thosse woods across from Slater. When I checked out those woods, pathways come to an end, but I have the feeling they probably ran all the way to the woods beyond Walmart and possibly all the way to where that other, cut-off portion of Grayson ends on the east side of that road, near the east end North Branch Parkway. Did they?

Not much more to tell about my friend's incident i guess. The strange thing is all the sex offenders in the neighborhood. The "underwear on the head" rapist, a Pidgeon Drive guy, was convicted of several rapes, including one in The Pit. His father was also convicted of statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl, along with molesting an eight-year-old girl (his granddaughter) in the early 1990s.

The 1977 rape of the five-year-old boy: I know a Slater Ave. guy whose brother was with the victim but was able to get away from the attacker. (This was in the woods behind Slater, the "North Branch Tributary Park" bordered by Slater backyards, Grayson, and Wisteria.) The accused rapist lived on Jennings and was sent to Northampton State Hospital for 20 days observation, but I don't know if he was ever convicted.

There was also a fellow who lived at the end of Lloyd Ave. (borders North Branch Tributary Park) who received a suspended sentence for molesting a 10-year-old girl in 1992.

The following was outside the area we're referring to, but there was also the Lucerne Road guy who was convicted of several sex crimes, including trying to rape a jogger in 1980 at the corner of North Branch and Sunrise (at the edge of the Putnam's Puddle Woods.)

Ever hear about these crimes? You might even know of others. Much doesn't make the news or is forgotten over the years.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Thanks for the reply!Ok the street Wollanston was a dirt road next to Nanas Kitchen.It technically had two houses on the road.
Now the road turned in to a path that led to Grayson drive leading to the trailer park.Ok now from there you
could head east where you could pick
up another path. Now this one
connected to the back of Wal-Mart.
But also brought you the end of
Lucerne which is considered The
other end of Grayson Dr.Whew! Now
the crazy thing is,lets say we take the
path where Tammy was found, if you
head east and stay close to the
stream, you end up in the same
spot...Other end of grayson.


Ok. Lets go back to where they found Tammy and cross Fox road and go down to the stream you can take that all the to the backyard of the house that sits at the end of grayson where the s-curve is. You can also be on the North Branch side and come out by the Sunrise Terrace intersection.
One more section... if you go down Sunrise abit there's another shortcut that will come out at the top of the street Behind Sophias.Now after detention one day leaving Duggan, Two of my friends and I are cutting through there and next thing you know an arrow came out of no where and stuck in a nearby tree...WE Hauled...

Hell's Acres said...

Hi Slater Ave. Guy,

I always thought that there must be a path from where Tammy was found that went to the east end of Grayson. I couldn't find it when I first wrote the blog post, but I didn't think to stay closer to the stream. It's possible that the path is overgrown now. After all, kids these days are in the woods a lot less than in previous generations, and they would be the ones to keep the trails going.

The same is true for the trail on the other side of Fox Road (North Branch Parkway side). From Fox Road, with the stream on the right, the trail gets overgrown (some poison ivy there too) and pretty much ends, but there is a more well-defined trail further down North Branch Parkway, heading toward the Sunrise intersection. As you point out, years ago, it was all connected.

I had never seen the trail on the Grayson trail of the above-mentioned stream--the one that takes you to the back yard of the now-demolished and rebuilt house at the S-curve. I looked for it when I walked along Grayson, but I couldn't find it.

Funny you mention that old house. 885 Grayson had a bit of a reputation as a place to stay away from. A convicted arsonist lived there with his sugar daddy for decades.

We used to walk the trail behind Sophia's a lot, and it's still there, although it's overgrown near Sunrise at "The Log."

I often tell people how wooded the area was decades ago. Before the senior living complex was built on Grayson I used to walk to my friend's house on Rosewell by heading down Sunrise, taking a right on Grayson, and then a left through the woods to the end of Rosewell. I describe these woods in this post: http://hellsacres.blogspot.com/2010/07/paving-of-our-precious-pine-point-party.html.

Amazingly, if you look on a satellite map, they are STILL ripping down woods and building housing there (Delaware Avenue).

Just think, at the time of the murder, it was possible for Tammy to walk to the end of her street (Lamont), which ended in woods, walked through the woods, crossed Grayson, and re-entered the woods, and walked through them all the way to Fox Road that night. It's a possibility. But who knows?

Have you heard any rumors about this murder? The DA's office seems to have no leads. Was it the person she was meeting? Acquaintance? Random act by a stranger? Who knows? At least one person does. That's for sure. I have a feeling others have information.

Hell's Acres said...

Hi Slater Ave. Guy,

I always thought that there must be a path from where Tammy was found that went to the east end of Grayson. I couldn't find it when I first wrote the blog post, but I didn't think to stay closer to the stream. It's possible that the path is overgrown now. After all, kids these days are in the woods a lot less than in previous generations, and they would be the ones to keep the trails going.

The same is true for the trail on the other side of Fox Road (North Branch Parkway side). From Fox Road, with the stream on the right, the trail gets overgrown (some poison ivy there too) and pretty much ends, but there is a more well-defined trail further down North Branch Parkway, heading toward the Sunrise intersection. As you point out, years ago, it was all connected.

I had never seen the trail on the Grayson trail of the above-mentioned stream--the one that takes you to the back yard of the now-demolished and rebuilt house at the S-curve. I looked for it when I walked along Grayson, but I couldn't find it.

Funny you mention that old house. 885 Grayson had a bit of a reputation as a place to stay away from. A convicted arsonist lived there with his sugar daddy for decades.

We used to walk the trail behind Sophia's a lot, and it's still there, although it's overgrown near Sunrise at "The Log."

I often tell people how wooded the area was decades ago. Before the senior living complex was built on Grayson I used to walk to my friend's house on Rosewell by heading down Sunrise, taking a right on Grayson, and then a left through the woods to the end of Rosewell. I describe these woods in this post: http://hellsacres.blogspot.com/2010/07/paving-of-our-precious-pine-point-party.html.

Amazingly, if you look on a satellite map, they are STILL ripping down woods and building housing there (Delaware Avenue).

Just think, at the time of the murder, it was possible for Tammy to walk to the end of her street (Lamont), which ended in woods, walked through the woods, crossed Grayson, and re-entered the woods, and walked through them all the way to Fox Road that night. It's a possibility. But who knows?

Have you heard any rumors about this murder? The DA's office seems to have no leads. Was it the person she was meeting? Acquaintance? Random act by a stranger? Who knows? At least one person does. That's for sure. I have a feeling others have information.

Pidgeon Drive Guy said...

I remember when my neighbor Michael Demars came out of the woods at the end of Starling rd, near Kathleen St.,Underwear over his head as police arrested him. the woods he came out of separated colonial estates from Kathleen St., all of us who grew up in that neighborhood were on red alert, I remember driving around the streets near my house, with a car load of guys, just trying to see if we could catch the perp ourselves, little did we know he was right down the street.
Funny, even as a child, there was something different about that family. The father was odd, he would drive slowly, staring at us from behind thick lenses, chomping on a cigar, occasionally yelling swears at us as he passed. He had a house full of kids,maybe 5 or 6, none of them integrated well with any of the many kids in the neighborhood, as we got into our teens, it was clear there was something VERY wrong with all of them, the boys were simply odd, while the girls began to gain recognition as promiscuous. There were several suspects on nearby streets, but as for Demars,I heard he plead NGI and went to Northampton state hospital.
If u go by now, that house was repoed by the bank many years ago, but never resold. I can only think what horrors happened there,as messed up as the kids were, they didn't stand a chance with a father like Warren Demars

Hell's Acres said...

I remember reading about groups of guys looking for the rapist.

Did you or your friends hear anything about the rapist who lived on Lucerne? His name was Marcinkiewicz.

Pidgeon Drive Guy said...

No don't remember him, but I had a police scanner and a shopping carriage handle ( very heavy by the way) and my friends and I all had sisters, so we were both scared and motivated to help find "the rapist", I remember a kid from sparrow Dr. Being whispered about as the suspect, it was a surreal time, I can remember being home, hearing it on the scanner, and going with my next door neighbor ,in a hurry, just in time to see Demars sitting handcuffed on the ground,outside a cruiser

Anonymous said...

Hi I was recently looking for the name of the guy that got convicted for my attempted rape. I was the jogger, the year was 1981. I was 19 years old and had just joined the AF. I was told I had to run five miles a day so I started training by running around Putmans Puddle. I lived on Starling Rd. I use to run down Starling, to Sparrow then to N. Brook, as I was headed toward the curve around the woods that begins Sunrise Terrace Marcinkiewicz was waiting for me. He blocked my way and just stared at me crazy eyed. So I looked behind him and saw that he car was parked on the side of sunrise terrace. I said "Can I help you?" the next thing I know he leaped forward and tried to grab me. I ran away as fast as I could having just run a good five miles I did my best to get away. I screamed at the top of my lungs HELP! Call the police! I kept jumping up and down off of the curbing across the street on N. Branch. Luckily when he caught me around the waist and was trying to throw me into the bushes a car was driving by and I yelled out STOP! He attempted to cover my mouth but I kept pushing and punching, kicking as hard as I could to keep him away from me. The Painter guys got out of their car and they started walking towards us so he let go. At the same time a woodsman came out of the woods with an ax and said "What's going ON!" As the rapist walked away he limped and went to sit in his car. The guys all walked over to him and Marcinkiewicz said "I didn't do anything to her!" The guys were painters on their way to my street to pick up another painter for a job. They were very nice and attempted to ask me to get into their car so they could bring me home. I was still in shock and I couldn't talk. I motioned "NO" I walked all the way home and they drove right next to me bless their hearts. I finally walked through the door and said "MOM!" When they caught up to this guy on Lucerne Rd. he was laying on his couch with a steak on his black eye, an ice pack on his three cracked ribs, and another ice pack wrapped around his sprained ankle. He had three young children at the time and was married. I found out after I testified that he had five other victims. When they found out he was in jail they all came forward. This man got 120 years for the six victims that he tortured. One girl was his baby sitter and was only 14 years old. He raped her and then tried to choke her to death by climbing into her window the next night because the parents came over that day to ask what had happened the night before since their daughter refused to talk, get out of bed and was in the fetal position. Instead of taking it to court they moved away to Boston. The next victim lived in Chicopee, Marcinkiewicz was a fuller brush sales man and asked the woman he had just sold a broom to if she would have sex with him for $20. Needless to say she hit him over the head with the broom that he sold her and kicked him out of her apartment. Another women who refused to testify out of fear. I'm glad that my Mom taught me to stand up for myself because the guy would probably still be at large. I wonder if he is still in jail? I hope so, a leopard doesn't change it's spots. I hope you enjoyed hearing more about what happened. By the time I went to Basic Training at Lackland AFB, TX my dad mailed me a newspaper clipping telling all about how Marcinkiewicz had finally been caught and got 120 years in jail for the rapes and my attempted rape. Thanks for letting me know his name now maybe I can find the article my dad sent me all those years ago.

Hell's Acres said...

Wow. Incredible. He messed with the wrong jogger! He's out, by the way, a registered sex offender living in Chicopee, I believe. More convictions, including a tax fraud scheme when he was incarcerated, but he's a free man. Quick question: was he bald (or balding) when he attacked you?