NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Opinion

January 8, 2014

Keep Beth Brodie's murderer in jail

To the editor:

My 15-year-old cousin Beth Brodie was murdered in 1992. She was brutally killed by 16-year-old Richard Baldwin with a baseball bat simply because she did not want to date him.

The reason I am writing is because due to a new law, his sentence could very well be overturned and he may be let free very soon. He was convicted to life without parole as he should have been. Our entire family was altered forever and the idea of Richard Baldwin making parole has only made things more painful for everyone. Beth was a beautiful soul who never got a chance to live her life. Why should he have that chance?

The DA, Jonathan Blodgett, is advocating for us and other families finding themselves in this same awful position. He is fighting to keep these criminals behind bars.

I was only 20 years old when Beth was murdered and my life was never the same. I was in the courtroom for all the proceedings and have not forgotten one word. Richard Baldwin had and has no remorse at all. Before he bludgeoned my cousin with the bat he said, “I always wanted to be a baseball player.” Those words have haunted me for 20 years. When you have a family member get killed in such a heinous way, it is hard to look at things the way you once did.

Beth was blossoming into such a beautiful young lady. She had just become a varsity cheerleader. She truly was a shining star loved by everyone.

Richard Baldwin should never be let out of jail for what he did to her and to all of us. He didn’t just take one life, he took the spirit out of many.

Alison Rice

Amesbury

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot
Special Features
NRA Waterfront Plans