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    MA - Henry Bedard, 15, Swampscott, 16 Dec 1974

    Henry Bedard was 15 years old in December 1974 when he was found murdered just off a main road, up on a rocky ridge, in Swampscott, MA. It was a spot kids gathered at during warmer months. It was not on his route home.

    He had left school for the day, had done several errands in town, was waved to by a police officer as he crossed the street in a hurry; he greeted several DPW workers as he cut across the Public Works yard to a ridgetop just above their offices.

    His body was later found there along with the murder weapon, a baseball bat with unusual markings.

    Investigators think he was hurrying there to meet someone and that the person who murdered him may have been within a close circle of friends. The proximity of the railroad tracks also left open the possibility of a vicious random act, but that did not seem as likely.

    Here's a link for an article from the Boston Globe:

    http://www.boston.com/news/globe/liv...egarding_henry

    This really seems to be a crime worth re-opening. I wish a crime writer would get involved here.

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    How horrible! Yes, it has been far too long for this case to have gone unsolved.

    From what I can determine, based on location info in the article, Henry's body was found here:

    http://www.wikimapia.org/1222977/

    In the image linked above, the Dept. of Public Works yard is in the small center box. The small hill and rocky clearing (where the body was found) are located just next to it. The old railbed slopes along horizontally, directly below the hill (and stretches the length of the map area shown).

    From the article: "By 3:40, Bedard was almost a mile south of the CVS when several town workers spotted him walking across the DPW lot. 'He looked up and said, "Merry Christmas," ' said Tom Scanlon, who remembers seeing Bedard walking toward the abandoned railroad tracks that sit next to the DPW yard. Scanlon said Bedard held up a bag and told the town workers he was going home to wrap Christmas presents. The men watched Bedard disappear into the woods, onto the path of the former rail line. Scanlon then went back to work inside the wooden building just 10 feet underneath the ledge. Within the next 15 minutes, Bedard would be attacked just above the workers' heads and left to die. 'We never heard anything,' said Scanlon."

    http://www.boston.com/news/globe/liv..._henry/?page=2

    According to the article, a couple of boys (and later a third) spotted Henry's wallet -- which was empty -- and the CVS bag with the bottle of perfume purchased as a Christmas gift for his sister.

    I suppose Henry might have been murdered while being robbed, but I can't imagine that he had much money in his wallet. Still, he apparently had earned/saved $900 from working two part-time jobs -- perhaps he had been carrying a big chunk of that money with him? It may be that someone he knew, who knew he was saving to buy a car, wanted that money...
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    Perhaps he had been summoned to the location by some other kid in order to "settle accounts" over some silly teenager issue (a girl perhaps?) and he was inadvertently killed by someone whose intent was to rough him up instead. If it had been a planned robbery I don't think the attacker would have left evidence such as the wallet and the bat at the scene. It's pure luck (in the form of rain) that this evidence proved useless. The presence of the bat at the scene could suggest that the attacker panicked, but on the hand, he emptied the wallet... it's a difficult case.

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    35 years ago...

    It was Christmas time thirty five years ago that Henry Bedard, age 15 was murdered. His case is still unsolved.

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    I'm thinking that it was a robbery. Someone Henry may have owed money to saw him shopping and got angry. This person somehow got Henry up by the DPW and killed him. What I don't understand is how someone who would have been covered with blood could have made it home without someone noticing him. I'm thinking that he may have lived close by so he was able to get home without anyone noticing him.

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    Here is a public facebook page:
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=56189604455

    I read the article and I wonder if they the money he saved for a car was found/in the bank?
    Since he was Christmas shopping, I also wonder if he ran into someone that saw him looking at something that he couldn't afford. I'm thinking an older teen/younger 20's person because of the baseball bat. Anyway, maybe that person asked how much money Henry had with him and then told him he would sell him that same thing for cheaper and set up a meeting. Then robbed him of that money. Maybe? Just throwing it out there.
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    The bat is distinctive, due to the carvings. It's hard to believe that no one could identify it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunnieRN View Post
    The bat is distinctive, due to the carvings. It's hard to believe that no one could identify it.
    I agree. But maybe they didn't because they are the perp. I am really leaning toward a teen or young adult doing this. And now that I think about it, leaving the bat there tells me that it either wasn't the perps bat OR the perp was young and not experienced enough to take the weapon with him/her.
    I'd love to see this solved!
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    It's been 4 years since I started this thread (after reading Regarding Henry) and I'm happy to see the new links and ideas you've all posted. In this particular case I never got a "flash" of what might have happened to Henry, except that there was a baseball field very close.... so I figured it was more likely a young person than a random homeless person hitching a train ride or walking the tracks.

    A friend recently said he thought it was a DPW worker who was sick of the noise that the kids made, hanging out "over" their office.

    Do you all think it was most likely another kid his age who, in a fight over a girl or money or whatever, went overboard in hurting Henry? How could a teen live with himself after doing that? And keep it a secret all these years?

    I haven't checked really carefully, but the original article WITH PHOTOS OF SOME PEOPLE INVOLVED seemed to illuminate things more than just the words. Maybe one of us can find that version and link it. I'll look.

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    I find it harder to believe it was an adult worker, than a teen that had a motive. I think a worker would have been missed and seen leaving the work area. All this is speculation on my part, however. I hope this is solvable!


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    Maybe since so much time has passed, looking into people from that area that got in trouble with the law since Henry was murdered might lead to something. Or maybe lead to someone that knows something or heard rumors, etc. I hope that made sense? I'm guessing whoever did this had other troubles and this wasn't the only crime commited by the perp.
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    http://www.boston.com/news/local/mas...s_to_facebook/

    Jon Leiberman, a correspondent for “America’s Most Wanted,’’ also said some new leads have come in since a story on Bedard was posted on the show’s website. According to Leiberman, all leads are immediately passed on to police and people can send anonymous tips. Leiberman said one of the most intriguing clues in the case appears on the handle of the bat, which is engraved with markings that appear to form the letters VI or K.
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    Was he sexually assaulted?

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    What a sad story, such a terrible loss of a wonderful young man.

    This article indicates police think his murder may be linked to a couple of other cold cases in the area, including a young woman who was also killed with a baseball bat 4 yrs later

    https://groups.google.com/forum/#!to...me/4cVTQ0SrwiA

    Henry's sister keeps a blog going about his murder

    https://henrybedard.wordpress.com/

    Someone in this town knows who killed Henry. For the sake of his family and friends, I hope they come forward.
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