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MATTHEW MARGOLIES: Teen murdered in Greenwich, CT - 1984

Discussion in 'Cold Cases' started by kidmissing, Jun 23, 2017.

  1. kidmissing

    kidmissing New Member


    It was a murder that shocked Fairfield County residents in September 1984, and still remains an open wound to the family of murdered Matthew Margolies.

    Margolies, a 13-year-old who lived in the Pemberwick area of Greenwich, was found dead on a hillside Sept. 5, 1984, five days after he was reported missing.

    It is a case that horrified the community and has stymied investigators despite the fact that police identified as many as eight suspects early on during the investigation, but never made an arrest.


    I have always been fascinated by this case. Dose anyone here have any ideas.
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  2. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    I am always thankful that there are people like Judy Moretti that keep these cases alive. As long as they keep developing new investigative aids there is always hope.

    One of the suspects, it has been learned, is an especially logical choice for being the perpetrator of this heinous crime. The suspect was a known bully with a history of trouble making. Matthew's body was found directly behind the suspects house, practically in his backyard. A former neighbor (who wishes to remain anonymous) claims the suspect threatened his own son using a knife similar to the one that killed Matthew Margolies just weeks before the murder. The suspect and a handful of friends often terrorized the neighborhood. Had Matthew crossed paths with these toughs in the woods that his mother had forbidden him to explore? Was this slight, gangly boy bullied? Had they demanded his fishing rod and did he resist? Traumatic asphyxiation, the telltale clue. Was Matthew thrown to the ground and pounced upon, his shorts pulled off to humiliate him, his chest so compressed that he could not breathe? Did his assailant(s) panic? Was the knife produced for the coup de grace or for some ritualistic bonding?

    A second teenage suspect, also with a criminal history and a friend of the first suspect, was a resident of a Port Chester neighborhood not far from Matthew's house. Prior to the finding of the body a Port Chester policeman contacted the detective division of the Port Chester Police Department (PCPD) inquiring about a homicide in Greenwich which they were unaware of at that time. When the body did turn up the detectives were naturally suspicious especially since the policeman's son had a criminal record and was known to frequent the Byram River to fish. One PCPD detective who was interviewed said, "We always knew this kid was heading to bigger and more serious things."

    The detective approached the teenager unofficially and learned from him that he had known Matthew Margolies and had often fished with him. The suspect and the father agreed to a meeting with a Greenwich detective but the boy never showed up. Eventually the boy and his father agreed that he would take a polygraph. On the day the lie detecting test was to be administered the suspect was no where to be found and the father informed the detectives that they would no longer cooperate. According to the now retired PCPD detective the suspect later joined the military, was dismissed because of a criminal offense and is now doing time in a state penitentiary. The retired detective said the GPD never followed up on the investigation of the suspect after his refusal of the polygraph.

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  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Was it mentioned what the initial suspects are doing today? Were either of them ever arrested for any violent crimes later on down the road?
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    Paradise Media Mod

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  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Happens every time when I post before I finish my first cup of coffee.:facepalm:
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    Paradise Media Mod

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  7. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    Yeahhhh... BIG Surprise!!! :confetti:
  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Greenwich police won’t give up on cold case murders

    Greenwich has a few unsolved murders on the books, and police said they are being investigated to this day.

    “They’re still open,” said Greenwich police spokesman Lt. John Slusarz. “We do have an officer assigned to working cold cases in Greenwich.”

    Unsolved murder investigations in Greenwich all date to the 1980s. Matthew Margolies, a 13-year-old boy from Pemberwick, was killed in 1984.

    The killing of Matthew Margolies shocked the community. He was last seen alive with a fishing rod on Aug. 31, 1984, apparently headed for the Byram River near his home in the Pemberwick section of town, before disappearing. When he failed to return home, a major search was launched, with helicopters, boats, dogs, scuba divers and state troopers scouring the area. Five days after he went missing, Matthew’s body was pulled from a partial grave on a steep hill near the river.

    Police later said there were five suspects were considered, but no one has been charged.

    Slusarz said the department welcomed any tips on cold cases. The phone number is 203-622-3333, or send an email to Tips@greenwichct.org.



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