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Be forewarned: I don’t intend to play nice or tiptoe around this write-up so if you’re worried about your precious baby feelings I suggest you show yourself to the door.
I’m sure most of our readers probably remember the tragic story behind the brutal murder and decapitation of Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino last year in Lawrence, MA. If not, I’ll give you a quick refresher:
Last November, 16 year old Paulino was reported missing by his parents after he didn’t come home the night of 11/18/16. Efforts to search for the teenager were significantly delayed because the LPD treated his disappearance as a run-away and received false information that Paulino had recently been spotted within city limits. Subsequently, the Lawrence police department and sergeant Scott McNamara were crucified by the media and the outraged family of the missing teen.
On December 3rd, a woman was walking her dog along the Merrimack River when she spotted Paulinos mutilated body on the riverbank. His head and both arms had been cut off and the body was so badly deteriorated that it took 11 hours for coroners to complete an autopsy.
Once local video surveillance was pulled it showed Paulino leaving his house around 5:30 p.m. with Borges. LPD then confiscated cell phone records, copies of text messages, both teenager’s Facebook account information and first questioned Mathew on November 23rd (which they recorded.) Now defense attorneys want to have Mathews cellphone evidence thrown out AND are pushing to have his statements suppressed because Borges was home alone at the time of questioning.
Here’s my stance:
You wanna know why Mathews parents weren’t home when the police showed up to question him? Because they had no clue that their son was a psychotic, murderous piece of shit who dismembered his friend. Yes, between the 18th and the 23rd they probably caught wind that Paulino was missing, but the two of them weren’t exactly best friends. I’m not surprised that mom didn’t opt to skip Zumba and rush home to greet officers and supervise their exchange of dialogue. He’s an evil monster who violently murdered his friend and didn’t have enough common sense to keep his mouth shut until he had his parents or a lawyer present. If you’re waiting for me to feel bad for him or be sympathetic to the idea that he was somehow duped, you’re shit out of luck. On top of the fact that he shouldn’t have ANY of his statements or physical evidence wiped from the record, think about the fact that he accompanied the police to the river yet didn’t show them where he dumped Paulino’s body like a piece of trash. Lee’s body wasn’t found until December 3rd, remember? So while he had every opportunity to utilize his pathetic excuse for cognitive thinking skills, he chose to let Paulino’s body rot, exposed to the elements for 10 more days. Why? Because this teenager, for whatever reason, is completely void of any and all rational thinking. Think about what kind of mental “hole” you’d have to crawl into to be able to commit the crimes that he did. Then take a step back and question what sort of upbringing he was graced with for his psychological state to manifest towards murder at 15 years old. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill, chopping Barbie’s head off, burning ants with a magnifying glass behavior. This was a sinister act of violence.
And yet we’re supposed to cater to what’s best for him in this scenario? Mmm..No thanks.
There are still a ton of questions yet to be answered.
Borges told police that he and Paulino had gone down to the river to smoke weed and that he leftand went home around 7 p.m. Now, if Borges stabbed Paulino and cut his head and forearms off, wouldn’t he be COVERED in blood? It took 11 hours to piece him back together so there’s no way he wasn’t a mess. Granted it’s dark outside in November so no one would notice on his walk home, but he successfully slipped by his parents when he got there and cleaned up? Were they home? Where did his bloody clothes go? Was it really just a 1 person scenario, or was someone else with them? Were Paulino’s severed arms ever found?
Fellow students have described 15 year old Borges as smart but emotional and prone to fighting. If he was, in fact, in good academic standing then why haven’t any of his teachers chimed in? Where are his parents and/or extended family during this ordeal? What’s the motive here? What was used as the murder weapon? Is it maybe possible that the weed they smoked was laced with spice? Was it a random killing, gang related or could the motive have anything to do with Paulino’s sexuality, making it a hate crime? Only time will tell as more information is released but this case has been pulling at my guts for months.
I cannot find a single shred of compassion for Mathew Borges. Deep down my heart hurts for his mother because she also lost a son in a sense. But his lack of regard, emotion or ability to express remorse for what he did is something that speaks volumes.
And while he’s spent the last 9 months at the DYS center in Dorchester, working on his friggin’ high school academics and getting 3 square meals a day, Paulino’s family is left emotionally bare-boned with zero answers. That alone is why I cannot even remotely entertain the idea of the defense asking for statements and evidence to be removed. Even if it were, it’s already public knowledge. You can’t just pull a “psych!” and pretend like you didn’t admit to killing and mutilating another human being . There’s no denying that he’s to blame for murdering an innocent kid, destroying a family and shattering a community. We need to stop doing favors for criminals.
Think about it, these lawyers are spending more time weighing the options of what paperwork to include than Mathew spent weighing the outcome of ending a life.
Let that sink in.
Justice for Lee Manuel.