Episode Nineteen | Victoria Snelgrove: No Triumph, All Tragedy, Boston, Massachusetts

On Oct 20, 2004, the Red Sox clinched the championship and were headed to the World Series after a tense series against the New York Yankees - our bitter rivals. We hadn’t won in 86 years thus perpetuating the "Curse of the Bambino". Despite the game being played in New York, people from all around flooded into the streets and headed to Fenway Park. What should have been a grand celebration turned tragic when an unprepared police department pulled out riot gear to fend off swarms of revelers. A Boston police officer shot an innocent bystander - 21-year-old Emerson College student, Victoria Snelgrove - in the face.

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Riot images


Cops Across U.S. Are Using 'Less-Lethal' Weapons. In Boston In 2004, A Woman Was Killed With One


Archived Student Remembered As A Bright, Budding Journalist Raja Mishra and Julie Polovina, Boston Globe


Video Of Victim Comforts, Pains As Family Still Grapples With Loss

Megan Tench, Boston Globe May 3, 2005


Victoria E. Snelgrove, 21; Had Passion For Journalism Emma Stickgold, Boston Globe; Oct 25 2004


Commission Report: Victoria Snelgrove https://web.archive.org/web/20110610210149/http://www.cityofboston.gov/police/pdfs/report.pdf

State Findings In Victoria Snelgrove case


Boston Globe - Snelgrove panel rips police

Faulty planning, lack of judgment in effort to control crowd found



Torie Fund - https://www.victoriasnelgrove.com

WBUR - Ten Years After: Victoria Snelgrove


Boston Herald - The Snelgroves share memories of Torie 9 years later


Tragedy in Boston: The impact projectile death of Victoria Snelgrove


New York Times - Bill Buckner Obituary https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/27/obituaries/bill-buckner-all-star-shadowed-by-world-series-error-dies-at-69.html

Fox Sports - 30 years after Buckner’s error extending the curse


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