Why, Amy Lord, Why?


Update 7/1/16

I appreciate the most recent comment. The point is well-taken about shock. That has to be  a factor to  consider.  What I did is look at her eyes and her actions in going to the ATM machines. She seemed to be fully cognizant of what she was doing. With Amy not here anymore, we will never know. I racked my brain trying to come up with a simple explanation, but there was none. In view of the fact she had already been beaten severely, I think she knew she was going to die.  I do think there was a reason that we will never know for sure. I am not psychic by any means, but sometimes when I’m writing a story, a thought will come to mind that I have no idea where it came from. I put it in the story. That’s where the protection of her roommate came from.  That’s happened more than once.  I wrote one story, not this one, where several thoughts came to mind about a murder and the person murdered. Not knowing exactly where they came from, I felt compelled to write them into the story.   People may laugh, and think I am insane, but they have not experienced what I have. I used to think well-established novelists who said at some point the characters actually wrote what they wished to have written, and the writer had nothing to do with it, were themselves insane.  When I wrote a couple of novels, I found out that does happen, that characters take over, and sometimes are quite rude if you don’t write what they want written. Write as many murder stories as I have, immerse yourself in whom the murdered person was, into whom they really were, get to know them as if they are standing in front of you, and tell me not to write what comes to mind from wherever.  I’m not quite brave enough to do that.

Update 6/5/16

I welcome all comments as long they are civil in their tone with no profanity.

Let me tell you how I write a story. First I seldom use one source, even if it is a TV show. TV often times dramatizes a story to gain a better effect. I have to be careful to separate fact from fiction.

I read whatever stories are available, sometimes there are quite a few, most with the writer’s opinion and conjecture.

Often times there are court transcripts available from the original trial. The transcript is normally quite long and boring, but I have to be prepared to find facts tucked away in the corner of some sentences.

If the verdict has gone to an appeals court and the transcript is available, that is an even worse read, because the criminal’s lawyer is laying out to the appeals court every infinite detail where he/she thinks the lower court committed an error that can reverse the case and remand it to the lower court for a new trial. I have to sit there and read the garbage of a convicted killer that the police had conclusive DNA, logistical facts, geographical facts, and time-element facts, all because the criminal had an upset stomach on the day of the decision and was not physically fit to hear the guilty verdict the jury was about to render or other such crap.

In the case of Amy Lord, the convicted killer had access to her driver’s license, which probably had her specific address on it, including her apartment number.

If not, he beat the hell out of her, and she would have told him anything he wanted to know. I don’t think in her remotest thoughts she considered the fact the killer would be kind enough to release her later because of what she had already experienced.

It would be nice if the killer could be strapped into the electric chair or tied down to the lethal injection table and told okay you tell us why Amy didn’t escape, and for that piece of information he would get an extra year of life. The justice system doesn’t work like that.

I’d like to ask Amy, but I have never found séances and an Ouija board to work. I’m still waiting for Houdini to communicate with us, as he promised.

I am left with a preponderance of material I use to draw a conclusion. It was early in the morning, just after six, and there was not much traffic, but there was enough that if Amy had run out into the street, which she had at least two opportunities to do, there was sufficient activity for someone to wonder and be concerned about why she was doing it. I do think the kidnapper, at that point and not a killer, would have been forced to flee the scene. Even if that occurred, Amy still thought he had a hold on her. What was it?

You read everything I’ve read and tell me why Amy did not seek freedom. The killer could not get to Amy’s family, which is often the threat of a killer. Who could he get to before Amy could alert the police?

You tell me why Amy didn’t run, and don’t tell me it was because she thought he would let her go after he had gotten all her money he could from the ATMs.

Killers are sadistic, the most sadistic of all. I hope you never meet one personally.

Original Story 2/26/2016

When I saw the program “See No Evil” on the Investigation Discovery Channel, about the murder of Amy Lord in Boston, one factor kept bugging me. Why did Amy Lord not break away from her attacker and run? She had the opportunity on at least two occasions.

Edwin Alemany was convicted in 2015 of the crime of abducting her, forcing her to withdraw money from five ATM locations, and then killing her.

At least two of the locations, the ATM was positioned in such a manner that Amy had to get out of her black Jeep SUV, go into a building, and come back out, and get in her car, driven by Alemany.

Alemany not only abducted her on that July 23, 2013 morning around six in the morning, but beat her in her residential building before doing so. The videos shown by the “See No Evil” have a clear picture of the bruises on Amy’s face, severe bruises, ruthless bruises.

In the process of withdrawing money at the ATM’s, why didn’t Amy run shouting into the middle of the street or anywhere there were people, and there were people even at that hour who were there and would have come to her aid? Alemany only had a knife, and not a gun.

You want my opinion? Amy was being a heroine. Alemany knew where Amy lived because he had attacked her in that building. Amy was protecting her roommate, because I feel that the hold Alemany had on Amy was that if she tried to escape, he would go back and kill her roommate before the police arrived.

In all the reports that I read, and seeing the show on TV, nobody gave her credit for that, and I think she deserves credit. That’s my opinion. She gave up her life to save the life of her roommate.

The roommate could verify the fact of what time she left for work that morning, and that would solidity my claim.

That is the only logical explanation for why Amy would not try to save herself.

According to Shira Schoenberg of MassNews, Alemany should have been in prison for an attack on a woman in 2012. The woman was assaulted by Alemany and in the process she took his billfold, and with his ID in hand reported the attack. It is not clear what happened after that, but MassNews reported that a detective was demoted. Again one has to speculate to figure this out. It must have boiled down to the detective not believing her story, and not moving the prosecution forward. Had that occurred, Amy in all probability would still be alive today, and I would not be writing this, or a multitude of other stories about the murder would never have been written either.

Again according to MassNews Alemany attacked two other women within 24 hours after he killed Amy.

According to the TV show, when Alemany attacked one of the women, and stabbed her, he cut himself to the extent he had to go to the ER, and that’s where he was arrested. Sometimes TV shows dramatize, so the validity of this particular sequence is left to you to determine if it is correct.

The TV show did have video of him walking down the street with something wrapped around his left hand apparently to stop the bleeding.

“See No Evil” also showed him during the day of Amy’s murder stopping at a gas station to buy gas in a container to burn Amy’s car which was discovered after her murder. He was driving her car during the gas station stop, the car with the shamrock on the lower left side of the back window.

Alemany, again, according to MassNews, used some of the money he forced Amy to withdraw to pay some bills of his girlfriend and his brother.

Girlfriend and brother?  This diabolical killer had a girlfriend and brother who didn’t recognize anything unusual in his behavior? Did they not read the papers or watch TV and begin to wonder if the descriptions or partial descriptions of the attacker, when he did not kill his victims, might bear a resemblance to Alemany?

How many other women did he kill and their murders were never solved? They need a torture chamber in prison to elicit this information from Alemany.

There are those who would holler that is cruel and unusual punishment for the killer. Amy Lord lies dead and buried in a cemetery where she will always be. The 24-year old who had a good life in front of her.

I’m sure her family has pictures of her, but the only other reminder for her parents and her sisters lies in that cemetery.

A cemetery is a place where people never leave with any consolation, only regrets, regrets that they were deprived of Amy Lord, by all accounts a beautiful young lady in all the ways you could think of.

Alemany at first tried to claim insanity in his defense. As for me, if I were Amy’s father I would hire a hit man in prison to kill Alemany, a slow agonizing death with repeated stabbings. But the first stabbings would not be fatal. His killer could graduate to that as he went along.

Amy Lord is a heroine. Make no mistake about that.


  • Um…no. There’s 0 reasons to think he would go back and kill her roommate. He caught her in the vestibule of her building…so how would he even know which apartment was hers? She didn’t run, sadly, because she thought being cooperative would win his favor and he wouldn’t hurt her.

  • She could have been so traumatized and so fearful and in shock that she could’nt think of what to do. And by the time he drove out of the city to that park it was too late. Fear and shock can immobilize you. I too wondered why she did’t run. There have been advice books that say even if the person has a gun, if you run they not get a good shot or they may split for fear of attracting attention. I don’t think she was trying to be a hero–I think she was in such shock that she didn’t know what to do.

    • Exactly right. Shock and severe emotional stress can shut down our common sense. It’s easy looking at the situation from a tv screen thinking running would be a no brainer but it’s much different in real life when you are in a situation like that.

      • Thanks for your comment.

        Unfortunately you are correct.

        The shock factor must always be taken into account.

        The only hope was that the realization of what was going to happen to her overrode the shock factor. It did not. Victims too often believe the criminal telling them they will not harm them if they do as they are told. Young ladies have to have that ingrained in their minds before anything of this nature ever happens to be able to take appropriate action. They should know that the person who would do them harm, regardless of what they say, will do them harm.

        The early morning hour did not help either. At a later time when more people were around, someone might have realized she was in distress and intervened to save her

        I write of too many tragic cases. This one was and still is difficult to put out of my mind.