Phil Read revisited two grisly Glen Ridge murders in yesterday’s Star Ledger. Investigators now have a weapon and a “person of interest” in the slaying of Ethel Duryea, a Midland Avenue resident who was walking her dog when she was shot to death on Dec. 11, 1995, but the state seems to have lost track of the suspect’s man’s address. As for the Joan Galligan murder in the same neighborhood in 2005, the indictment against former Verona resident and Galligan co-worker Herbert Maisenbacher was thrown out last year, but Read reports that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office plans to bring the case against Maisenbacher to a grand jury again this year.

10 replies on “Glen Ridge Murders, Revisited”

  1. Good, I hope this year brings closure to these two horrific cases.
    How does one “lose track” of the address of a major suspect in a murder case?

  2. Heads Up.
    A “person of interest” is not yet a “suspect” Ms. Galant. And in your reporting you mention that the state as “lost track” of his address.
    This is very sloppy reporting. And by “reporting” (obviously) I mean sloppy reading of Mr. Read’s article, which says:
    “Neal Buccino, a state Parole Board spokesman, said the agency does not know where Reeves lives now. ”
    It may very well be that at this point in his parole he does not need to report his whereabouts to the state.
    I know, technically, we’re forbidden to criticize the reporting here, but I find your misstatements troubling. And I know we plebs struggle with the proper use of the “tools of democracy”. But is democracy really served best by inaccurate reporting aimed at belittling and mocking such important state institutions?

  3. OK, let me go out a limb here.
    Even if a person is not yet a suspect but a “person of interest” would it not be in the best interest of law enforcement to keep tabs on this person’s whereabouts? The day might come when he IS no longer a person of interest but an actual suspect.

  4. Do you mean all parolee’s should be tailed 24 hours to keep tabs on them Martta?
    Only the ones they know will kill again? There is no indication in the actual reporting that they ever knew his address let alone lost it.
    Further, the article says the parole board doesn’t know his address. Does this automatically mean investigators don’t?
    No, “lost track the suspect’s address” seems to be an invention of Ms. Galant.

  5. The Duryea murder seemed so random. I lived on Maolis Ave at that time and used to walk my dogs right past the spot where the unfortunate woman was shot down. After the murder, I continued to walk my dogs up Maolis but I remember thinking that even in the midst of something as prosaic as a dog walk, your live could be snuffed out instantly and without warning.
    I hope someone is brought to justice for this aging crime.

  6. i remember that night well. I was living on Hawthorne Ave near Maolis. I couldnt believe that the case went unsolved for so long. I thought the person of interest was a coworker?

  7. The original article failed to point out that Mr. Reeves is no longer under the State Parole Board’s supervision, and it is for this reason that the agency is no longer tracking his whereabouts. The authority to do so ends when an individual completes their sentence and their parole supervision.

  8. But, Mr. Buccino, at least the original article doesn’t suggest some level of incompetence on your part as Ms. Galant erroneously does by saying you “lost track” of the address.

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