Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Murders of David and Carol Keeffe: Preliminary Investigation

Who Did It?

On December 22, 2006, David's father, Paul Keeffe, a retired Arlington, Mass., police officer, spoke briefly with Crime Library about his son.

"We all loved him," Paul said. "He was a good ,honest man. He always gave everyone a fair shake. I can't understand it."

When asked who he thought might have murdered his son, Paul said he believed it was probably a former client.

"As a retired cop, I understand how it could have happened. I remember how mad I used to get when we would work so hard to put a crook behind bars and then some lawyer would get him off. I just hope they get who did it."

While it is possible the David's murder could be related to his law practice, it is also possible the perpetrator could be a stranger or a family member.

In an article in The Daily & Sunday Review, W. Scott Thornsley, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice at Mansfield University, briefly commented on the murders, saying: "the more overkill the murder is, the more personal the crime has become for the killer."

According to his obituary, David Keeffe is survived by his parents, Paul and Ruth Keeffe of Woburn; his daughter and son-in-law, Melissa Ann Keeffe and Matthew D. Jones of Sayre; his son, David M. Keeffe and fiancÚ Joanna Kolb of New York City; his brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Colette Keeffe of Maynard; his sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Larry DiPalma of Chelmsford; his brother Kevin Keeffe of Woburn; his sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Paul Hendries of Manchester, N.H.; his sister, Susan Keeffe of Woburn; his brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Beth Keeffe of Saunderstown, R.I.

In addition to the relatives mentioned above, Carol is survived by her parents, Michael and Ann DeSisti along with her sister and brother-in-law, Michelle and Thomas Witmer.

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