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Blow by blow

Massachusetts women are being stabbed, run over, burned, strangled, and shot to death
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 21, 2007


Last year, at least 34 women were murdered in Massachusetts, the highest total in several years, leading this paper to declare 2006 “The Year Women Got Beat Up.” Sadly, 2007 is on pace to exceed last year’s bloodshed.

Already this year, at least nine adult women and one girl have been murdered in the Bay State, according to authorities — that’s a rate of one victim per week.

The incidents have not only been frequent, they have been ugly. Case in point: last week’s fiery murder-suicide in Lynn, which unfolded in front of the victim’s young child.

That was the third murder-suicide in the state in three weeks.

It was also the third fatal incident involving immolation by fire; another potential victim in Springfield, in January, survived an attack despite sustaining burns over 90 percent of her body.

In 2003, none of the state’s domestic-violence homicides involved fire, according to a study released last December by Jane Doe Inc., an advocacy organization for victims of domestic violence. More than half were stabbings, the study found; 21 percent were shootings, and the remainder involved strangling, smothering, or blunt trauma to the head.

This year’s incidents are following a different pattern:

JANUARY 9Francine Jiles, 48, stabbed to death in Springfield
JANUARY 12Lorie S. Avery, 37, of Chicopee run over in Ludlow, allegedly by her boyfriend.
JANUARY 29Danielle Oliviero, 25, of Quincy found burned in Wilmington; her death was ruled a homicide.
FEBRUARY 15Nancy Chiero, 59, of Uxbridge stabbed to death, allegedly by her son.
MARCH 4Katherine MacDougall, 23, strangled to death in Worcester, allegedly by her boyfriend.
MARCH 5Genesis Ortiz, 6, found burned to death along with her brother and father in a murder-suicide in Springfield.
MARCH 9Quintessa Blackwell, 18, shot to death in Dorchester.
MARCH 14Lucy Muller, 54, shot to death by an ex-boyfriend n a murder-suicide in Palmer
MARCH 14Xiomara Robles, 20, burned to death by her boyfriend in a murder-suicide in Lynn.
Related: Young guns, The year women got beat up, Counting homicide’s toll in potential years, More more >
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Blow by blow
This has got to STOP...whatever it takes...guns, fire, domestic violence, etc. There's a spot in hell for people who commit senseless acts of hate...I'd love to be Satan, right there waiting for those cockbites. Times HAVE to change.
By meeshell_1 on 03/26/2007 at 7:55:01
Blow by blow
Women are not children, they have to take responsibility for their own safety. Move out, get a restraining order, arm yourself {legally, if possible}. If he attacks you, shoot him down. Don't rely on the cops, by the time they show up you'll already be dead.
By spectre on 03/29/2007 at 12:56:30

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