Welcome to Websleuths and to this thread, WSFalcon! We certainly appreciate all the helpful information you provided. Thanks for the insight into local life and people. I do agree, LE probably bungled some things back then. Like other small city/town LE back then, they probably didn't have a lot of experience handling murder cases, especially one as unusual as this. I also agree with you about the current police chief. He's been interviewed numerous times and sounds very sincere about trying to solve Henry's murder. Not many police chiefs today put that kind of effort into solving a case this old. A lot of people dismissed the idea of Henry being attacked by a pedo or adult with other motives because of the remote location, known mostly to local kids. It's possible, though, that someone followed him there. That brings up the question of the weapon, though. An adult walking through town carrying a baseball bat probably would have been noticed. Where do you think the baseball bat was located? Did the killer bring it with him or was it left lying around up there on the hill, with the killer grabbing it on the spur of the moment? Just a few questions, hope you don't mind. We don't often have locals visit here for discussion, so we like hearing your opinions, memories, etc. What do you and other locals think about the reason Henry went up to the hill that day? Was he taking a shortcut? Did someone arrange to meet him there? Was he going there to wrap the Christmas gift he had just bought? I agree, the possibility of a stranger following him there and accosting him exists. Did that kind of crime (mugging, robbery) happen much in Swampscott back then? Do you recall if the town had many vagrants passing through or a criminal element that lived there? Not saying Henry was involved at all, but was there much drug use in the area back then? Thanks again, we appreciate your sharing what you know. If you ever have the opportunity to communicate with Henry's family, please give them our best. They seem like such a great family and we're so sorry they lost Henry. I admire their persistence in finding out who killed him.