Anthony Calabro Plots Marina Calabro Murder For Money With Friends
An elderly woman falls down a staircase and dies. It could easily be an accident … but what if it wasn’t? What if, instead, it was premeditated murder?
On December 19, 2001, a call to 911 made shortly before midnight reported that 84-year-old Marina Calabro had died in her three-story family home in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Police arrived at the scene approximately 15 minutes later. Marina, a retired hairdresser who, despite her age, was described as “quick” and independent, lay dead next to a trash bag at the bottom of a staircase. She had multiple bruises and lacerations on her head. Blood had collected around his face.
Officials estimated that Marina, who never married or had children, could have slipped and fallen while taking out the trash.
Her body was found by Anthony Calabro, the 19-year-old grandnephew of the victim, who lived in the house. He and a friend, Thomas Lally, 21, had come home after being out all day and then discovered Marina.
When questioned separately by authorities, the young men’s stories matched but weren’t so consistent as to appear “fabricated,” said Chief Paul Keenan, a former Quincy Police Department investigator. “Accident, suicide or murder” aeration Saturdays at 7 / 6c at Oxygen.
An autopsy was performed to help rule out any suspicion that Marina’s body had been staged. He revealed that Marina died around 3 p.m. and the cause of death was determined to be blunt trauma.
Investigators, however, were not convinced that the death was an accident. They turned to those closest to the victim and started with Anthony Calabro, who had been generously taken in by his great aunt.
Officials have learned that Lally and Jason Weir, another of Anthony’s lazy buddies, have become regulars at Calabro’s house. The three rudderless friends shared a love for heavy metal. Keenan compared them to “unsuitable toys”.
Even after her death, Marina looked after her grandnephew, according to “Accident, Suicide or Murder”. Along with his father, Anthony was the main benefactor of his estate, which included his $ 500,000 home.
Authorities delved into the dynamics of the Calabro family to see if the desire for money could have anything to do with Marina’s death. They also looked at how Anthony was spending his inheritance. They found out that he was recklessly splurging on alcohol, a sports car, group gear, and gifts. He essentially transformed his part of the family home into a fraternity house. A family friend said Marina “would have a heart attack” if she saw what had become of her house.
Then, on October 13, 2002, an unexpected lead changed the game of Anthony’s friend, Jim morel, who had come with her father to discuss Marina’s death.
Morel said Weir casually mentioned that Marina did not die on her own. He went on to tell investigators Weir said Lally beat Marina to death. Speaking with authorities, he realized he could become a suspect, Morel told the producers, so he “Offered to wear a thread” the culprits were therefore brought to justice.
A plan was put in place to catch Weir on tape. On a car ride with Weir, Morel brought up Marina’s subject. Weir said Anthony left him alone with Lally to carry out the plan of attack in cold blood. He claimed that Lally had beaten Marina with a yellow teapot and a saucepan while Anthony waited outside as a lookout.
They then carefully staged the body, using advice they had gleaned from watching TV shows about real crimes. The murder weapons were thrown in a wooded area near Meadowbrook Pond.
Weir told Morel that he and Lally had promised $ 30,000 for their part in the crime. He said Anthony, who was impatient for his great-aunt to die sooner rather than later, had only earned less than $ 7,000 since, however.
With the recorded conversation, investigators now had three prime suspects. They knew that the recovery of the murder weapons would be crucial to the case, so they searched Meadowbrook Pond on October 18, 2002. When the search remained empty, authorities asked if Weir had told the truth about the case. place where the weapons had been hidden.
A week after the search of the pond area, however, the prosecutor determined that detectives still had enough to charge Anthony Calabro, Weir and Lally with Marina’s murder.
After his arrest, Weir spoke of the crime, investigators said “Accident, suicide or murder.” He repeated the story he told Morel and noted that Anthony had the most to gain financially. After Lally’s arrest, however, he told authorities that Weir had been the murderer.
The detectives had yet to recover the murder weapons. On November 8, 2002, Meadowbrook Pond was emptied and the teapot and pot were finally recovered. However, the evidence had destroyed all forensic evidence.
Authorities viewed the murder as premeditated and planned by Anthony, who had the most to gain from the death of his great aunt. They believed Lally had committed the murder and Weir was present at the time to help stage the body. For his cooperation and testimony, Weir struck a deal: seven years behind bars as an accomplice in murder.
In March 2006, the trial began for Lally, which turned the tide for prosecutors. In court, Lally said all of the atrocities Weir claimed to have committed were in fact committed by Weir, according to “Accident, Suicide, or Murder.” But after five hours of deliberation, the jury returned with a guilty verdict. Lally was finally life sentence without parole.
In June 2006, Anthony Calabro pleaded guilty to second degree murder. He was sentenced to life, with the possibility of parole in 15 years.
Jason Weir was released from prison in 2009, according to the producers. Anthony Calabro, meanwhile, will be eligible for parole in September 2021. Thomas Lally will spend the rest of his life in prison.
To learn more about the case, watch “Accident, Suicide or Murder”, aired SSaturdays at 7 / 6c at Oxygen, or broadcast episodes here.