Did you read about that young University of Texas student an 18-year older named Haruka Weiser who was murdered last week? Her murder was national news. The Austin police chief Art Acevedo rightly said: “When you think about what connects us as human beings, to murder a young woman, is just not part of my DNA and thankfully is not part of most people’s DNA.”
Did you read about that young Boston woman Elizabeth “Liz” Dixon a 19-year-old student who recently graduated from St. Joseph’s parochial high school in Roxbury? She was murdered on Saturday morning January 6, 1968. Her murder was on page 17 of the Sunday Globe and the next day on page 34. It never was mentioned again in that newspaper. It was far from national news. No one talked about how horrendous it was.
I know one happened in 1968 and one in 2016. Is that really a difference? Or is the difference the color of the victim? Dixon was black.
I have written how that Boston U.S. attorney Carmen Ortiz decided John Callahan’s family are entitled to compensation because he was a victim. Callahan hired John Martorano to murder a real victim, a businessman with no ties to the gangsters, Roger Wheeler. After murdering Wheeler and collecting his money, Martorano killed Callahan so he could not be a witness against him. I believe if you hire a hitman to kill another and he kills you neither you nor your family deserve to be compensated.
I’ve also written how many of the other people Ortiz calls victims were gangsters themselves who had murdered or would have murdered others if given a chance. Their families also deserved no compensation. Brian Halloran murdered George Pappas; Paulie McGonagle murdered Billy O’Sullivan; Tommy King murdered Donald Killeen and was killed by Martorano preparing to murder Suitcase Fidler.
It could be argued that almost all of the others were gangsters or associated with them in one way or another unlike other than those killed early on by Martorano which were done at the request of Mafia Boss Gerry Angiulo. He wanted to get rid of some competition . He hired Martorano and Howie Winter to do the murders. They killed the wrong people. Howie was never prosecuted for them.
I began to wonder if there were any other real innocent victims in this saga. Then I recalled the horrible murder of Elizabeth Dixon from Roxbury. I had never heard of it. I never would have heard of it had not the Murderman Martorano confessed to it.
Oh, and don’t buy the propaganda put out by Ortiz’s office idea that had he not confessed to it we never would have known about her murder. Stevie Flemmi was anxious to tell about it to get a deal for himself. Others if pushed would have gladly come forward for a deal. What’s even more weird both Martorano and Flemmi got deals.
Martorano confessed to twenty murders. Those were all ones where witnesses existed who could implicate him. No one knows how many murders he committed where there were no witnesses. When you think of how many people are executed for one or two murders, you must wonder why Martorano did 12 years for over 20 murders.
That is not the worst of it. Since I was speaking of compensating victims, Ortiz’s office gave Martorano $20,000 when he got out of prison. He was allowed to make thousands upon thousands more writing a book and selling movie rights about his many murders. . Elizabeth Dixon got nothing.
Elizabeth’s murder should have caused a great sensation. Not just because she was a teenager with no involvement in any type of trouble who was mysteriously gunned down. The startling thing about it is that she was one of three black persons found murdered in that car.
All were shot in the back left side of the head. They were found at 5:50 am on Saturday January 6, 1968, in a station wagon on Normandy Street in Roxbury. She was sitting between two males. Slumped over to her right was 17-year-old Douglas Barrett. To her left, and behind the steering wheel was 47-year-old Herbert Smith described as “assistant manager of South End night club, Basin Street South.”
The Boston Globe wrote about the murders on Sunday, January 7, on page 17. The second paragraph read: “The trio, all Negroes, were found slumped in a station wagon. . . . “ There would be one other story about their murders in the Globe. It was the next day on page 34. After that it disappeared from the Globe. (continued in part 2)