By: Lucia Moses
Paper Regrets Report From Dartmouth Murder Case
The Boston Globe normally loves to rub its exclusives in the face of its
rival Boston Herald, but its Feb. 16 story on the murder of two married
Dartmouth College professors is one scoop it wishes it never had.
Five days after the story ran, the Globe published a rare Page One mea
culpa expressing “regret” for wrongly reporting that one of the victims had had
an affair, which police thought was a likely motive for the crime.
The story, Globe Editor Matthew V. Storin wrote in the apology, came from
three anonymous law-enforcement sources. After New Hampshire’s attorney general
disputed the story, Globe reporters went back to their sources. As the
investigation shifted to two teen-age suspects, the sources conceded that the
theory was incorrect.
In an interview, Storin said competition didn’t affect the Globe’s
judgment. He said the paper was satisfied it had the best information available
at the time.
Lucia Moses (email@example.com) is an associate editor covering business for E&P.
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