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- CHATROOM, 9/14/04
Ah, there he is.
Alone in an old black and white photograph. Hands cuffed behind his back. Slick black thick hair. Moustache, slick black too. Stretched solid above his upper lip a stray little smile just visible.
But it's the dead calmness of his eyes that catch me. Slip-slipping into nothingness. Staring blankly into a camera lens...
all those years ago. 1970 maybe...
another scary year... Nixon.
Joplin & Hendrix, dead. Vietnam...
...How smug he seems ...This Mr. Antone Charles "Tony" Costa, a supposedly quiet-mannered Provincetown man... finally under arrest. Accused of brutally murdering four women and burying their remains near the Old Truro cemetery.
How unforgiving it was.
These women mutilated and shot dead.
Their bodies cut up and dumped.
Already decomposing when they were found.
...Organs missing from at least one victim.
What a hellish scene it was.
TRURO, Cape Code... 1969
Around eleven-thirty, on an embankment twenty feet from Old Proprietor's Road, two members of the Truro Rescue Squad came upon a depression some four feet long and two feet wide which had sunk eight inches below the surrounding ground; a piece of olive green cloth was protruding from the bottom of the hollow. - LEO DAMORE, In His Garden
Imagine icy slick ground. A shadowy woods and snow-capped trees...
The oppressive cold just everywhere. So many men searching. Seventy or more... And in the distance, an old abandoned VW, belonging to one of the victims.
but then, that first body was finally found.
The stench "...like something rotten,"
said State Police Trooper, Edgar Gunnery.
He was close to the find you see close to her....
the dead beauty, Susan Perry.
And then Mary Anne Wysocki, Patricia Walsh
and lastly... Sidney Monzon. Decomposing beneath them.