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    PA - Terrence 'Terry' Bowers, 11, Chester County, 26 April 1970

    Terry Bowers was an 11 year old Boy Scout in Troop 275 from Darby's Blessed Mary Virgin Parish. He was found stabbed to death in his tent on the morning of April 26, 1970.



    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20...a_mystery.html

    There is new evidence in this case. The "Boy Scout Perversion files" come into play and at one time a confession. The Catholic Church is not excluded and a Philadelphia cop who is now an RSO even figured in at one point.

    Terry Bowers family has never given up on finding out who murdered their loved one.

    My prayers and much sympathy for this dear family. I was a little too young to remember this. RIP Terry.

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    Another article from 19991.

    Poor Mrs. Bowers.



    http://articles.philly.com/1991-12-0...-embreeville/2

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    The man that confessed at one time to the murder of Terry Bowers is in the Perversion files.


    Lawrence Wakely

    http://phoenixville.patch.com/articl...rversion-files

    He's in prison.

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    Boy Scout Murder 1970

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20...a_mystery.html

    Police said that Bowers had been stabbed four times with a small blade about 6:30 a.m. He was in his green sleeping bag while camping in an open field - about 200 yards from the church buildings - with 29 other members of his troop. His body was discovered about an hour later.
    The investigation was hexed from the beginning. By the time State Police Sgt. James Wenner arrived, the body had been moved and parents were on the scene.

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    At first glance this does not appear to be sexually motivated, at least not directly. The time at which it occurred also hints that it wasn't the result of an argument otherwise the others would have heard something in that quiet atmosphere. Despite what LE says about Wakely an act of revenge against the whole orginization would be the best scenario to explain the apparent random nature of the attack. Let's think outside the box a little: if we make a distinction between "victim" and "target" then the crime is much easier to comprehend, if not solve. A victim (Terry) is chosen at random to take one for the team, the team -in this case Scouts- being the ultimate target.

    Personally I side with the courts and don't put any scientific value in polygraph tests. I think they are just as worthless in proving one is innocent as they are the other way. Wakely so far provides the one and only scenario that makes sense and it should be pursued, in my opinion.I am aware that it would be difficult to obtain a conviction so many years after the fact, even if Wakely confesses 100 times. But it may bring up enough evidence to provide closure to Terry's family. Besides Wakely is already in jail.

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    An interesting case. Not a lot of critical information.

    Does anyone have any info concerning the following?

    1) How many boys were camping out at that time?
    2) were the boys in tents or sleeping "under the stars" and if they were in tents, was Terry alone or did he have a "tent-mate"?
    3) What was the layout of the encampmnet", i.e. where did the boys sleep in relation to each other, to the perimeter of the property and to any access points?

    What I am getting at is whether Terry was specifically targeted or was he just the first or easiest boy to "get to"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kemo View Post
    2) were the boys in tents or sleeping "under the stars" and if they were in tents, was Terry alone or did he have a "tent-mate"?
    The thread title mentions a tent, which is very likely because in April in the Northeast night time temps can still dip below freezing. I don't think most parents would be willing to let a kid that age sleep outdoors without basic shelter.

    I just assumed he was alone in the tent because otherwise one would think the article would have mentioned such a potentially formidable witness as a tent mate. For a few seconds I thought perhaps he had been pulled out of the tent like those girls in a similar case out West but I don't think even a large adult could grab an 11 year-old boy from a tent without a struggle that would have alerted people nearby.

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    Thanks for the great questions, fellow sleuthers (is that a word)? There were approx. 30 people, mostly children aged 12-14 at the campsite. There were a few tents where the kids slept, several to a tent and an leader tent where the adults slept. The boys wanted to "sleep under the stars" so they were arranged in a circular fashion around the campfire. Some kids woke during the night and went into the tents to get warm. In the morning, Terri was found half in and half out of his sleeping bag, covered in blood. There were kids within feet of him. One child reported that he saw Terri awake at some point in the night, huddled near the fire. No one reported hearing anything.

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    Also, it was determined that he was attacked within an hour of being found.

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    Another archived article from 1970
    http://delawarecolib.newspaperarchiv...&currentPage=0


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    Never heard of this story. This happened about a few miles from me, where I grew up inside the city. Darby is right on the outskirts of the SW side of Philly. BVM Church is huge right as you drive down route 13. I still don't know where they were camping. There must be a field next to the church? You know, at that time, it seemed like you were safer walking the streets as a kid. I guess not. I guess it was just as dangerous back then, but we just didn't know it.

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    I am confused reading this. This murder happened in Darby (Delaware County) or Chester County, 30 miles away?

    Any way, if Wakely confesses, why not believe him? Why would he falsely confess to this crime?
    Last edited by TMAN2014; 04-20-2017 at 08:45 PM. Reason: addl thought

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    Quote Originally Posted by TMAN2014 View Post
    I am confused reading this. This murder happened in Darby (Delaware County) or Chester County, 30 miles away?
    It happened in Kimberton, which is in Chester County.

    6 ABC ActionNews is doing a special report on this case tonight: https://www.facebook.com/6abcDannCue...54760874773425


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