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

The Unsolved Murder of Molly Bish

Molly Bish was a blond-haired, blue-eyed All American 16-year old, who was excited about her summer job as a lifeguard at Comins Pond in rural Warren, MA.

On June 26, 2000 when her mother was dropping her off to work around 8:45 am, a man caught her eye in the way creepy people sometimes do. She noted the car he was driving, and thought he seemed a little strange but didn’t seem to think any more about it…until the next day when Molly disappeared.

June 27th started out much the same way as every day since Molly started work, Molly’s mother, Magi, brought her to work and dropped her off around 9:45 am. This was just Molly’s 8th day of work. When families started to arrive, Molly was not at her post but her lunch and things were still there. She was never seen again alive. Police suspect that Molly was taken only minutes after being dropped off.

June 9, 2003…nearly 3 years later, Molly’s partial remains and bathing suit were found by a hunter in the woods of West Ware Rd in nearby Palmer, MA a few miles from the pond where she worked, in an area known as “Whiskey Hill”. Only 26 bones of the 206 have ever been found.

Several Suspects have been investigated but there seems to be the majority of focus on two suspects.

The first, suspect is a man named Rodney Stanger. Rodney lived in Southbridge, MA but moved to Florida shortly after Molly went missing. In 2008, he killed his girlfriend, Chrystal Morrison, by stabbing her to death. Rodney matches pretty closely to the depiction of the man that Magi and others saw hanging around the pond. At the time, he also drove a white car similar to the description given by Molly’s mother. Chrystal’s sister called police after finding evidence clearing out Chrystal’s trailer that may have shown Stanger’s involvement. All of these items have been handed over to police.

Here is a comparison of the pictures:

The second suspect is a man named Gerald Battisstoni. Battisstoni is a convicted child rapist from nearby Ware, MA. He was convicted of raping the child of a woman he dated for years over 100 times. He attempted suicide in prison by slitting his own throat with a broken light bulb after being linked to the Bish Case and later died in prison of natural causes . He also resembled the composite, though in a different sort of way. He was familiar with both the Comins Pond and Whiskey Hill areas.

Neither man, or any suspect, has ever been charged in this case. A white car was recovered in 2018 after a tip that it was buried locally. The police used ground penetrating radar and recovered the vehicle but the owner was somehow not identified.

The Bish family still hopes that DNA testing or other breakthroughs will solve this case now over 21 years later, supporting investigative initiatives such as law enforcement work with familial DNA. I pray the find the answers, the peace and the justice they deserve.

If you or anyone you know have any information that could solve this case, and bring this family peace, please call the Massachusetts State Police Tip Line at (508) 453-7575.

Molly Bish Cold Case An Inspiration For Bill To Expand DNA Use – CBS Boston

Molly Bish: Is the murder of 16-year-old lifeguard about to be solved with new DNA test? | Daily Mail Online

(cbslocal.com)

Molly Bish | Unsolved Mysteries Wiki | Fandom

Possible new evidence surfaces in Molly Bish murder (wcvb.com)

Rapist’s death may shed light on Holly Piirainen, Molly Bish cases – News – telegram.com – Worcester, MA

Man questioned in death of Molly Bish, due to go on trial in Florida in slaying of girlfriend – masslive.com

Find a Grave Memorial – Find A Grave

Gerald Battistoni, man eyed in murder of Massachusetts girls Molly Bish and Holly Piirainen, apparently attempts suicide in prison – masslive.com

Investigators Return To Site Of Molly Bish’s Remains – CBS Boston (cbslocal.com)

Molly Bish murder: Breakthrough as police search trailer of convicted killer Rodney Stanger | Daily Mail Online

The Riley Murder Suicide

Lakeville is small town, MA. There is barely even a center to the town. Blink, and you will surely miss it. Violent crime is almost non-existent in this town but tragedy still struck  51 Hill Street on a quiet Saturday. In this case, there seem to be more questions than answers…mainly, why?

The family home was locked with the deadbolts from the inside when the authorities arrived to the home in order to do a wellness check. The last confirmed sighting of the family was Friday, when the family returned from vacation. Once the authorities entered the home what they discovered was a terrible tragedy.

Paul Riley was a 52 year old Lt firefighter who worked out of Brockton, Ma. He was married to his second wife, Alicia (Frawley) Riley, who hailed from Brockton. He was said to have a good relationship with his first wife, with whom he also had a son.

Paul was known to be a good guy to family, friends and coworkers. There was no evidence of stress or domestic strife that any friends or family were aware of. There were no records that the police were ever called to the home for any issues other than false alarms from the home security system.

Alicia (Frawley)  Riley, was just 37 years old. Alicia was formerly of Brockton, and  was a volunteer at the Lakeville Animal Shelter. Alicia came from a big family, with 4 brothers and three sisters. Alicia and Paul had lived in the home at 51 Hill Street for 8 years, and were in the process of building a large, new home on Calthrop Drive in Bridgewater, MA, in a small subdivision of about 10 homes. The couple were their own contractors on the project.  This project was reportedly running over budget – but the couple did not show the normal signs of financial hardship. Could this have really been the cause?

The Riley family had just returned from a vacation in Disney World on Friday, which was the last day they were seen alive. Relatives did not hear from them, and called the police Monday night to check up on the family. The police arrived at approximately 6 pm and made the discovery of the tragedy after breaking into the house through a window. The house was secured from inside with the deadbolt. Alicia was found fully clothed, and deceased in the bathtub, and investigators stated it was unclear if she was shot there, or moved there afterwards but there was never any indication they found a secondary site in the house where she would have been shot.

The children, Matthew, 6, & Erin, just 2 years old were found in bed. The children were wearing their pajamas.  Autopsies for all 4 individuals in the home showed that each of the victims was shot just once, and that they had likely been dead for 48 hours, putting their deaths at sometime Saturday.  Police indicated there were no signs of a struggle in the home. Authorities believe Paul killed his wife and two small children before killing himself.

Paul’s body was found in his son’s bedroom with a .380 semiautomatic pistol underneath his body. Authorities said he purchased the gun in 1989, but that his firearms license expired in 1992. All indications were that his gun shot wound was self-inflicted.

There were no answers I could find on this case. No definitive reason, only a theory that the house they were building being over budget was just too much stress for him. Is that enough to drive a family man to become a family annihilator? Did something happen between the couple on vacation that caused a rift ? What drives a man to shoot his small children? In this case, they didn’t seem to find anything in the investigation that made sense, and I don’t think we will ever truly know.

https://www.capecodtimes.com/article/20000614/news01/306149927

https://www.upi.com/Archives/2000/06/13/Family-of-four-dead-in-apparent-murder-suicide/1287960868800/

https://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20000615/news/306159995

https://www.upi.com/Archives/2000/06/13/Family-of-four-dead-in-apparent-murder-suicide/1287960868800/

https://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20000614/news/306149999