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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.

Everything is lethal if you don't know what you're doing.

Crime of the Truest Kind New England crime stories Online :

Special guest, Dave Wedge -journalist, author, podcast host

Music from Joe onlyone Kowalski and Andrew King appear in this episode. Support the show on buy my a coffee - I am a completely independent production

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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

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

State Findings In Victoria Snelgrove case

Boston Globe - Snelgrove panel rips police

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


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

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

Red Sox

Mayor Kim Janey


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