The lady of the dunes
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
January 25, 2018
It’s late afternoon on Friday, July 26, 1974. A 13-year-old is frolicking with her dog in the empty dunes of Race Point Beach in Provincetown, a mile or so east of the ranger station.
The teen grows concerned when the beagle bounds away. Calling out, she soon hears him barking. As she approaches, she sees him sniffing a prone figure.
Perhaps thinking the dog has invaded the privacy of a sunbather, she edges closer. When the blurred sight comes into focus, she realizes what she’s seeing and gags at the dog’s discovery. Screaming, she turns and flees in terror. READ MORE.
'Mommy is gone'
Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly
May 10, 2018
On the afternoon of Oct. 24, 1961, Barbara Barker was at home with her 4-year-old son, who was playing with neighbor Lillian Risch, also 4. Shortly before 4 p.m., Barbara walked Lillian back to her own house and dropped her off without stopping in to see or chat with Lillian’s mother, Joan. But young Lillian soon returned, saying, “Mommy is gone and the kitchen is covered in red paint.”
As Barker rushed over to the Risch house, she probably thought of the last time she had seen her neighbor, some 90 or so minutes earlier. Peering out of her window, she had spotted Risch, hunched over, moving quickly and carrying something red as she headed to her car. Nothing appeared out of the ordinary.
It was the last time Joan Risch was seen. READ MORE.