No Justice in Brutal East Bridgewater Murder

Life is funny sometimes. You wake up the morning that you are going to die often not knowing what the day will bring. Often, if you are murdered, it comes at the hands of someone you know. Someone that you felt safe enough to have in your home with you. This case was one of those cases that makes you really think about who you are friends are.

Kent “Rusty” Taber was born in June 9th, 1955 in Stoughton, MA. Taber lived in a 5 room apartment about the Wales Funeral Home on Spring Street in E Bridgewater. At 37 years old, he worked as a Chef at Dewey’s Restaurant in Lakeville and part time as an Embalmer at the funeral home he lived above.

Rusty was found dead on the morning of December 7, 1992 in what was described as a gruesome scene. It appeared that Rusty had been having a friend over – 2 beers sat abandoned next to the pizza Rusty had picked up at Stelio’s – and just a few feet away lay Rusty’s savaged, bloody body.

Reports of the crime detail that Rusty had been stabbed multiple times in the neck nearly decapitating him, and multiple times in the back. Police reports determined the time of death to be between 4 pm and 6 pm. There were no finger prints at the scene – there was no forced entry. It was clear that Mr Taber must have known his killer.. and it appeared that he may have been sitting on the couch when he was attacked. The case went cold…and stayed frigid for 18 years.

After 18 years a startling arrest was made after witnesses were re-interviewed by the Cold Case unit, and reportedly discussed admissions of murder by a then 19 year old suspect Christopher Colucci, a Middleborough resident and a former Dewey’s Restuarant coworker of Taber’s. Colucci was arrested the same day that he was indicted by the grand jury.

Police alleged the motive in the crime was that Taber had made a sexual advance and it had angered Colucci, but there is only one person that know the truth and that’s apparently Mr. Colucci. Mr. Taber was known to be gay, but it’s difficult to say what triggered Colucci who suffered from mental health issues.

At the time of his arrest in April 2010, Colucci was paralyzed and he had to be brought into court on a gurney. He had suffered major injuries in a car accident in 1997, where he reportedly had been driving erratically and under the influence and went through a red light in MIddleboro, hit a car and that car hit another car. Colucci’s vehicle rolled and according to reports, he was thankfully the only one seriously hurt in the crash. His injuries left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Here’s the part where you get mad, after 18 years of being denied justice and just 17 months after his indictment, Colucci was deemed incompetent to stand trial and he was allowed to leave the Shattuck Hospital and go home. He allegedly violently killed a man by stabbing him so many times that he nearly took his head off and was allowed go back to his parents home in Lakeville without a trial. He was deemed to not be a threat to himself or anyone else. There will be periodic redetermination hearings but Colucci’s status is not likely to change and therefore the Taber family are unlikely to get the justice that they deserve.

https://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20100422/PUB04/4220437

http://archive.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/04/16/arrest_made_in_1992_slaying_in_ebridgewater/https://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20100422/PUB04/4220437

https://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20100416/News/100419958

https://www.masslive.com/news/2010/04/christopher_colucci_of_lakevil.html

https://www.masscops.com/threads/east-bridgewater-funeral-home-murder-remains-a-mystery.49142/

https://www.enterprisenews.com/article/20110925/NEWS/309259885

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/38208680/kent-taber

https://www.patriotledger.com/article/20100421/NEWS/304219652

https://www.enterprisenews.com/article/20110925/NEWS/309259885

A Question of Murder – East Bridgewater Version

Today’s case is more of a mystery – true at the end of the day there was a body on the lawn but what happened has never really been explained many years later.

Kimberly Bolenza Parker was 45 years old and healthy until she was found dead on the front lawn of her East Bridgewater home in March of 2013. Kimberly’s marriage was known to be an abusive one as her husband, Richard, was being tried for and was later convicted of abuse 15 months before when Kimberly reused to attend a Christmas party with him and he allegedly held her against her will after holding a knife to her throat, trying to tie her up, threw knives at her and threatened to kill her and her beloved golden retrievers. She luckily escaped and called 9-1-1 from a neighbors. It is unclear why they were still living together while he was at this time, being tried in court for this crime after serving 6 months he was released pending trial and moved back in. After her death, he was convicted of the abuse and sentenced to serve 4-6 years.

The night of her death, Kimberly was still alive when the initial 9-1-1 call came in and her husband was the only other party present at the house. Reportedly the call indicated that Kimberly was convulsing in the snow, she later passed away after being brought to a Brockton hospital.

So what leads a 45 year old healthy woman to die on their front lawn? According to reports her husband’s story was that Kimberly had gone outside to walk the dogs and fell convulsing and her husband called 9-1-1 and performed CPR. Articles I researched indicated that said the medical examiner there was no disease process that lead to her death, and she did not asphyxiate. There was some indication that she had high levels of an undisclosed medication that was prescribed to her in her system at the time of her death.

For transparency it is important to note, Kimberly had suffered with seizures in the past after a suspicious fall in her driveway left her with a traumatic brain injury a few years before her death. She could not even drive. It was never clear if that “fall” was an accident as her husband had claimed at the time. Her family has many doubts.

Adding to the speculation is the information that Kimberly Parker was a biosafety officer and her husband, a firefighter, was familiar with poisons and allegedly tried to kill himself with homemade Ricin in 2011. Her husband Richard was a former Captain in the Boston Fire Department and

There is not likely to be an answer or a trial in this case as her husband, a former Boston Fire Captain, passed away from Covid-19 last year. After his death, Kimberly’s family received her ashes from Richard’s family that was finalizing his affairs.

If you or anyone you know is in a abusive relationship and needs help, you can look for local resources or contact the Jane Doe Project https://www.janedoe.org/ but understand that domestic violence shelters operate on a open bed system – similar to when you are looking for a rehab or nursing home, in addition to other concerns that woman have like having to leave a job that they depend on for support or upend children. It’s not our job to judge, and you don’t know the path unless you have walked it.

https://www.enterprisenews.com/story/news/local/2020/12/24/kimberly-boleza-parker-east-bridgewater-stephanie-deeley-framingham-richard-parker-assault-death/4036191001/

https://www.boston25news.com/news/fox-25-investigates/family-wants-answers-in-death-of-allegedly-battered-wife-1/141850494/

https://www.mackinnonfuneral.com/obituary/Kimberly-Parker

https://www.enterprisenews.com/news/20190221/family-yearns-for-answers-years-after-east-bridgewater-womans-mysterious-death

https://www.enterprisenews.com/news/20190716/as-questions-linger-in-wifes-death-east-bridgewater-abuser-being-released-early