Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Thirty-one years ago, Mary Quigley, a seventeen year old senior at Santa Clara High, was raped and murdered. Her body was found hung from a fence in War Memorial Park in Santa Clara. According to the San Jose Mercury News, "...she had been walking to a friend's house at midnight after a party Sept. 9, 1977. The sash from her kimono-style jacket was found wrapped around her neck and looped through the fence."
DNA evidence finally helped secure the conviction of an already imprisoned rapist. He and the public defender claimed consensual sex and that another group of "drugged-up thugs" now deceased must have encountered the girl and included the actual killer. The jury wasn't buying it.
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