Murder Of Tewksbury Teen To Be Featured On Upcoming '48 Hours' On CBS
Oct 16, 2014 09:11AM ● Published by Bill Gilman
McCabe was just 15 years old when he disappeared while walking home from a dance at the Knights of Columbus in Tewksbury in September 1969. His body, bound and gagged, was discovered the next day in a vacant lot in South Lowell. He died of asphyxiation.
There were suspects in the case but it remained unsolved for decades, New evidence emerged in early 2011, leading to a new interrogation of one of the original suspects, Edward Allen Brown. Brown ultimately confessed and named Michael Ferreira and Walter Shelley as also participating in the kidnapping and murder. All three were arrested.
Brown pled guilty to manslaughter in exchange for his testimony against the other two. Ferreira was acquitted of murder charges in 2012. Shelley, however, was convicted of 1st Degree Murder in 2013 and was sentenced to life in prison.
The following is the statement, posted by Roberta Donovan, Johnny McCabe's sister, on the Facebook Page "In Memory of Johnny McCabe":
"Okay family and friends we have a date!! CBS will have 48Hrs on Saturday, October 25th at 10:00 p.m., it will be the showing of Johns case! It's not been viewed by any of us, so hopefully it's not to horrifying to some of you! If something news breaking occurs, it will be changed, and I will notify everyone! So stay tuned for 10/25 at 10:00 p.m., on CBS! Love all of Us McCabes."