Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Murder of Maureen Cosgrove

Nightmares

In the aftermath of her mother's murder, Lucy said that nightmares had haunted her ever since discovering her mother's body as it lay on the kitchen floor. She told police and others that she had known right away that her mother was dead. She had called for emergency assistance, and was told by paramedics and police to stay out of the kitchen.

"It was awful," she said. "I think it speaks for itself...I have had nightmares ever since. I don't think that image will ever leave my head."

She also refuted claims that Maureen had been the primary caregiver for her children, and said that assertions made by her neighbors that her father had killed himself because of the personal issues and living arrangements besetting their family were untrue.

"My mother was helping out," she said. "But she did not have custody. My father doted on the children and loved having them around."

She said that her children looked up to her father, and that he had been akin to a father figure when their own father was not there. He helped her oldest son on the computer, took the children swimming and read stories to them. Lucy said that her mother once told her that it had been her and the children that had helped her get over Terence's suicide.

"We had a very close relationship," she said. "She was there for me when I needed her as any mother would be for her children."

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