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Boston Cop Killer Set for Release

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Boston Cop Killer Set for Release

Terrell Muhammad is exactly the sort of monster who isn’t fit to walk among human beings. And yet on Friday, the twice-convicted killer, a man who murdered a Boston cop and tried to kill two more officers in Rhode Island, a career criminal who fatally shot a woman in the face, will be a free man again. 

In 1993 Muhammad executed Boston Police Officer Tom Rose in the Government Center police station where he was being held for stealing stereos. As Rose escorted him toward a pay phone Muhammad made a dash for the door and grabbed the cop’s gun during the struggle. The father of three, an Air Force veteran, died at age 42 after 13 years serving Boston as a police officer. 

Boston Cop Killer
Terrell Muhammad & Officer Thomas F. Rose Sr.

That unspeakable crime came just months after Muhammad was released for the brutal 1986 murder of a young record store clerk named Angela Skeete who was shot between the eyes as he robbed the place for less than $30.

Two acts of cold-blooded murder in Massachusetts. One would think a killer like that would never get out of prison again. Wrong. Muhammad was released, again, in 2009. A guy already convicted, and sentenced to a measly seven years for murdering a mom, does a mere 15 years for killing a cop.

So is anyone surprised that just months after that release, in July 2010, later Terrell Muhammad would be arrested again for attempting to run over and kill two Cranston, Rhode Island police officers who pursued him after he stole a flat screen TV from a veteran’s hospital?

In 2011 Rhode Island officials announced he would serve another 15 years, well, kind of, for those crimes. A sea of Boston Police officers, including Tommy Rose Jr., who carried on the legacy of his slain father, packed that sentencing hearing.

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley weighed in at the time saying, “Time after time, violent offense after violent offense, Terrell Muhammad has proven himself to be a threat to anyone who crossed his path,” Conley said. “This sentence is appropriate not only to his offenses in Rhode Island but also to his extensive criminal record. I hope it provides some sense of satisfaction to the families of Tommy Rose and Angela Skeete, to the Rhode Island officers he attacked, and to all the others this man has hurt.”

Not when he is about to walk out of prison, again, on Friday.

Meanwhile Thomas Latanowich is expected in a Cape Cod courtroom for his 112th arraignment today. That’s not 112 charges. That’s 112 arraignments. He will be arraigned in the murder of Yarmouth Police Dept. K9 officer Sean Gannon and shooting his service dog Nero.

Unfathomable. Did we learn nothing after the 2016 killing of Auburn MA Police Department officer In Memory of Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr or the 2010 murder of In Honor of Woburn MA, Police Officer John “Jack” Maguire both killed at the hands of notorious, violent career criminals out on parole? Four years earlier an infamous Boston gang banger killed Manchester, New Hampshire Officer Michael Briggs.

What happened to the truth in sentencing we all talked about after the sea of blue made repeated demands for justice in the name of these fallen officers?

– Michele McPhee is a best selling true crime author; three-time Emmy-nominated television investigative producer in Boston for ABC News Brian Ross Investigative Unit; award-winning columnist; magazine contributor.

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Michele McPhee

Michele McPhee is a best selling true crime author; award-winning columnist; magazine contributor.McPhee spent more than three years investigating the Boston Marathon attacks and that work is contained in her new book Maximum Harm, the Tsarnaev Brothers, the FBI, and the Road to the Marathon Bombing.She has also written five other true crime titles: A Professor's Rage; A Date Date With Death; Heartless – The True Story of Neil Entwistle and the Brutal Murder of His Wife and Baby; When Evil Rules; and A Mob Story.She lives in Jeffries Point, East Boston and isn’t leaving.Her book A Date With Death was adapted by Sony Pictures for the Lifetime TV movie the//craigslist.killer that aired in January 2011 http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/the-craigslist-killer/interview/date-with-death-author-michele-mcphee. She was also a story consultant for Sony Pictures Lifetime TV movie based on the Clark Rockefeller case “Who is Clark Rockefeller?” that aired on March 13, 2010. http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/who-is-clark-rockefeller. A Mob Story is in development as a feature film titled “UnMade Man” http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/448886/Unmade-Man/overview.McPhee was the Police Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News, the paper where she covered murder, mayhem and the Mafia for nearly ten years. She was at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001 – the terrible morning when 23 NYPD officers, 37 Port Authority police officers, and 343 FDNY members were slain. She was the recipient of the 2002 New York Society of the Silurian’s Feature News Award for a body of work entitled: “The Days After.”She has covered high-profile crime cases across the country and has been a commentator on breaking news for national programs on ABC World News Tonight, NBC Dateline, CNN; MSNBC; and the Fox News Network. She is also a frequent guest on ID Discovery and A&E regarding high-profile crime cases and was a host on the Travel Channel hit series America Declassified.She was the only full-time female host of a four-hour New England market talk radio program, the Michele McPhee radio show, and she continues to provide commentary on radio shows around the country.McPhee returned to her native Boston in 2004, where McPhee she was awarded first place for “Serious Column” by the New England Press Association in 2007 for her work in the Boston Herald. McPhee’s true crime stories have appeared in more than a dozen national magazines including Newsweek; Maxim; Stuff; Cosmopolitan; New York; ESPN the Magazine; Gotham; Manhattan File; and other international publications.She continues to contribute to Boston magazine and Newsweek. She is the recipient of many journalism awards, including the Society of the Silurian’s Feature News Award for her New York Daily News 9-11 coverage. She was awarded First Place for Serious Column in the Boston Herald by the Associated Press. Her work for Team 5 Investigates at ABC affiliate WCVB earned her a 2012 nomination for Outstanding Investigative Reporting and her work with Ross Investigative Unit led two other nominations: Best Business Reporting; Outstanding Investigative Reporting in News Magazine.She was also honored with an Il Migliore award by the Pirandello Lycei Society of Boston.Web: www.michelemcphee.com Twitter: @MicheleMcPhee LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelemcphee?trk=hp-identity-name Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michelemcpheeshowMcPhee lives in Boston.

3 Comments

You don’t say why he is being set free and what judge.

This ia ABOSOLUTLEY UNFORGIVABLE ! under what judgement was he set free and who was the Judge?

You do know there wasn’t any residue found on Muhammad’s hands, Right? There were 3 cops there that day; one was a killer, one got shot, and one testified. You figure it out. That being said, it’s plain stupid getting into trouble again for sure

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