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.