January 1 - 2002: Remembering our 9/11 victims

2003: Michael O'Keefe sworn in as district attorney
Tony Perkins widow, Berry Berenson Perkins, Apr. 14, 1948 - Sep. 11, 2001.

2002: NY Times remembers a Cape Cod 9/11 victim Berry Berenson Perkins

Hers was a life of almost fairy tale proportions. She was a granddaughter of the French couturier Elsa Schiaparelli. She was an intimate of Halston; a photographer for Glamour and Vogue; a model with Vermeer-blue eyes and golden hair; an actress; the sister of Marisa Berenson; the wife of Anthony Perkins; the mother of their two handsome boys.

But ask friends and family members what Berry Berenson Perkins was, and the answer comes to one word: angel.

''If there was ever a person who could be called a living angel, I think Berry was,'' said Gale Parker, a friend. Her sister, Marisa Berenson, used the word, too. ''She touched everybody who met her,'' she said.

Mrs. Perkins, 53, was devoted to her two sons, Oz and Elvis. But she had experienced her share of pain, having nursed her husband for two years before his death in 1992.

Seven years ago, while visiting Jamaica, she met Albert Parchment, whom friends know as Coot. He was guarding the gate to a party, and she didn't have a ticket. She sneaked by, so he went for her and gave her a ticket. ''We stayed up all night talking,'' he said. Then he took her back to her hotel and went home. ''I couldn't wait for daylight to come to get to see her in the morning.''

The two fell in love, and soon she was living between homes on Cape Cod and in Jamaica, where they ran a bar in Treasure Beach. After spending the summer on the Cape, she said goodbye to Mr. Parchment at the airport as he returned to Jamaica. Then she boarded American Airlines Flight 11 to see Elvis, a musician, perform in Hollywood. NY Times.

2003: Cape & Islands get new DA today

On this day in 2003, before a standing-room crowd of 200 people in the main courtroom at Barnstable Superior Court, Michael O'Keefe was sworn in as district attorney for the Cape and islands.

Keefe, right on his official website, was 52 when he succeeded his mentor and predecessor, Phillip A. Rollins, who had held the post for 32 years and decided against seeking re-election in 2002. O'Keefe, Rollins' first assistant district attorney and a prosecutor in the DA's office for 20 years, was elected the preceding November when he defeated Democrat and defense attorney Kevin Callahan of Falmouth after a bitter campaign.

A 1973 graduate of Boston College, O'Keefe received his law degree from New England School of Law in 1981. As district attorney, he assumed control of a superior court, five district courts on Cape Cod and the islands, a staff of 40 and a $2.7 million budget (in 2003).

Since he became district attorney, O'Keefe's office has successfully prosecuted two high-profile murder cases in Barnstable and Nantucket, with juries returning verdicts of first-degree murder in each trial. Barnstable Superior Court Judge Gary Nickerson lordered a hearing to be held Jan. 10 and 11 to determine if alleged racial bias among jurors tainted their deliberations in the trial of Christopher McCowen, who was charged with killing Christa Worthington of Truro in January 2002.

Angers some voters

O'Keefe angered civil libertarians by ordering a voluntary DNA sweep in 2005 of men living in Truro in an effort to find Worthington's killer. He was also the subject of a unflattering profile in author Maria Flook's account of Worthington's death, "Invisible Eden."

More recently he campaigned against a 2008 State Ballot question which would decriminalize anyone caught with small amounts of marijuana, but voters rejected his view overwhelmingly.

Read the other stories about O'Keefe here.

Michael O'Keefe photo credit:his Facebook website.


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