September 9 - 2003: Melissa Gosule's death suit

AAA settles negligence lawsuit with family of murder victim
Melissa Gosule was murdered after accepting a ride from a stranger in 1999.

2003: AAA settles negligence lawsuit with family of murder victim

In court this week in 2003, the automotive club AAA settled a negligence lawsuit with the family of a murdered woman.

Melissa Gosule, had called AAA for road help when her car broke down at the Bourne Rotary at the Cape Cod Canal in 1999. After being told she'd have to wait hours for a tow, Melissa Gosule accepted a lift from a stranger, who raped and killed her.

In a December 2002 interview with Paula Zahn, Les Gosule, Melissa Gosule's father called AAA's advertising "deceitful".

Terms of the settlement, reached one day after the start of opening arguments in the unprecedented suit, were not disclosed.

The back story

On July 13, 1999, authorities began searching for the missing 27-year-old substitute teacher from Boston. Melissa Gosule used the man's cell phone during the ride. Authorities even spoke with the man who said he had given her a ride, but dropped her off somewhere in Plymouth/Carver.

Three days later, police arrested Michael Gentile, 30, of Falmouth after around-the-clock surveillance since the young woman's disappearance. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on