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July 19, 2006


Leah Goldberg

"A Death in Belmont" is the inaccurate and fictionalized account of the murder of my mother. We lived well over a mile away from the Junger home. Between the houses were 15 intersecting streets and the commercial center of town. The murderer, here described a black refugee from the south, was a habitual criminal. He was a violent alcoholic and a thief. Junger never tells the reader that the murder conviction was upheld after appeal to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Their opinion lays out the strong evidence against the convicted murderer which has been omitted from Junger's incomplete and fictional account.

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