Deborah Boothby was brutally beaten and killed in front of over 100 witnesses
In the shadow of the most recent case of a Richmond, California girl being brutally raped while dozens of people watched and did nothing, the story of Deborah Boothby is unfortunately all too familiar.
It was sometime after midnight on April 26, 1998 when Boothby entered the Blue Star Lounge in Covert, Michigan. She noticed her on-and-off-again boyfriend, Ivory Shaver, sitting in the corner with
another woman — Shevolier Gill. Boothby wasn’t too pleased…
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She, Shaver, and Gill all started arguing. But the taunting soon turned into fighting, and the fighting soon evolved into what one witness described as: “dogs fighting over a bone — and Deborah was the bone.”
When they thought they’d finally killed the 34-year-old, the foursome took her body out to the Blue Star Highway, where they dumped her in the middle of the road and ran over her twice in order to make it look like a hit and run. A passing motorist eventually saw Boothby’s body at around 3 a.m. and called 911. But it was too late. She was already dead.
But she said the police never followed-up — and if they did, no one would talk. “From the beginning when I told police that and they didn’t want to go with it, they said it was a hit and run,” Atwood told WWMT News Channel 3.
It was only after the case was reopened in 2007 that police were able to figure out exactly what happened that night, thanks to numerous investigative subpoenas. And it wasn’t until earlier this month that police were finally able to make arrests — almost twelve years after Boothby’s death.