One abuser too many ends a Provincetown life
Growing up isn't easy for anyone. It was doubly hard for Nathan Miksch. A smart, cute boy who might have flourished under better care, was instead forced to survive and surrender to sexual abuse and perpetual trauma from a young age--at the hands of his mom, a female babysitter and, finally, a long list of men. That is, until one eerie October night in Provincetown, MA when he met up with one abuser too many.
This week people at the Cape tip were still puzzled at the murder, but despite the conviction of Nathan Miksch last month for the 2003 murder of Timothy Maguire (above) in Provincetown, many, many questions questions remain. What happened that October night? How has this affected Provincetown as a community? How did this even happen in the first place? These questions and more are the subject of a new documentary by Tim McCarthy called "Crossing the Lines: Murder in P’town."
Miksch, who took the stand himself in the trial, managed to evade the first degree murder charge sought by Assistant District Attorney Sharon Thibeault which would have come with life in prison without a chance of parole. Instead Miksch, 31, was sentenced to life but is eligible for parole in 15 years.
(Right: Jurors learned that, after the murder, Miksch, above crying on stand, had at least two casual sex dates in the bedroom where he allegedly killed the victim.)
Winter roars back for the second time in a week
On this date in 1997, the Boston Globe reported that the second powerful northeaster of the month swirled off the New England coast yesterday, battering Cape Cod with hurricane-force winds, dumping a foot of snow in the mountains and sending rivers flowing over their banks.
"Winter is back," announced the recording at the Killington Ski Resort in Vermont, where the summit area received 16 inches of fresh snow, but, unlike the April Fools' Day storm earlier this month, most of New England received only a few inches.