Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Opinion

December 12, 2013

Waiting and hoping for answers on Magee murders

Two years have passed since Andover grandparents John and Geraldine Magee were found shot to death, execution style, in their million-dollar home on Orchard Crossing.

Their daughter found her parents dead when she showed up the morning of Dec. 14, 2011 to drop their grandchildren off for them to baby-sit.

News of their murder hit hard in the upscale neighborhood, which the Magee family’s construction business had developed, and throughout the community.

At once, authorities were quick to rule out that the killings were random — there was no sign of forced entry and nothing was stolen from the home. They quickly sought to set the public’s mind at ease that they should not fear for their safety.

But while it follows then that the suspects were somehow known or connected to the couple, there has been little else said about the circumstances of their murders and who may have wanted them dead.

One year into the case, the Essex County District Attorney’s office and Andover Police Department appealed to the public for any information that could potentially lead to some answers.

It appears they heard little, because this week they renewed that same request while also reiterating that the two agencies are still actively investigating the double homicide.

Retired Police Chief Brian Pattullo and current Police Chief Patrick Keefe both refute that the case has gone cold. And District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett assured that the investigation “remains active and a high priority.”

“We will continue to pursue every lead until we find the person or persons responsible for this tragic murder and seek justice for the Magee family in court,” Blodgett said in this week’s statement.

That may be. But Blodgett nor anyone else in his office were taking interviews on the case. And Blodgett again said “specific details about the investigation cannot be released at this time.”

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