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14-year-old Boy Kills Sister Over Playing of Radio

Dec. 8, 1962 - Massachusetts State Police said today that 14-year-old Thomas Cadigan, brother of slain Margaret Cadigan (pictured), 17, of Winthrop, confessed that he strangled his sister in their home last night. Police said the boy told them he killed the pretty drum majorette after a fight over the playing of a radio. He said he knocked her out with a punch. The boy said his sister wanted to change the station, but he objected and lost his temper. The girl, an honor student at St. Joseph’s Academy in Boston, was runner-up in a recent competition to choose an archdiocesan queen of the Catholic Youth Organization. Dr. Michael A. Luongo, medical examiner, said she was tortured with a knife before she was strangled with a pajama bottom. He said the girl had six or seven puncture wounds in her back and three knife cuts on her neck. A kitchen knife with bloodstains on it was found beside the body in the girl’s second-floor bedroom.

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