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Seven motions were filed in the case of Commonwealth vs. Karen Read today – three by the defense, and four by the Commonwealth. The first two were the defense’s motion for all GPS data from Canton DPW plows on the morning of John O’Keefe’s murder, and an affidavit from a private investigator. My interview with Brian “Lucky” Loughran is cited heavily throughout the motion.
Last month I interviewed Loughran on the record during a phone call, which I transcribed using my photographic memory. Lucky told me that he had plowed Fairview Road at around 2:30 and said that John O’Keefe’s body was not on the front lawn of Brian Albert’s house. When he came back an hour later he was going to plow Fairview again but couldn’t because a Ford Edge was parked where the body would later be found by Karen Read at 6 AM.
During our interview Loughran told me that he had been confronted by the FBI with GPS data from his plow, proving that he had gone by the house at 2:30 AM. He told me that they had recently picked him up, and had him retrace the route he took that night. He also told me that he had told this same thing to Karen Read’s private investigator over a year ago.
We are now seeing that PI’s report for the first time.
Paul Mackowski retired from the Medford Police Department in 2021.
Like a lot of retired LEO’s, Mackowski started his own PI business. He was hired by Karen Read, out of her own pocket, shortly after she was charged and realized she was being framed. One of the first things he wanted to do was speak with whoever plowed Fairview Road. On February 14, 2022, he went to speak with Billy Walsh, the Highway Department supervisor I met with two weeks ago, who told Mackowski something Walsh had been instructed not to tell me, but I already knew – Lucky Loughran plowed Fairview Road that night.
Mackowski knew that the conspirators would likely say that just because Loughran hadn’t seen John’s body, it didn’t mean John wasn’t there. For that reason he specifically asked Loughran if he WOULD HAVE SEEN a body if it was there. Lougrhan unequivocally stated that he would have seen the body, and explained that this was because he “always looks in front of him and from side to side.”
When asked about where he saw the Ford Edge parked he clearly stated – “exactly where the body was found.”
Since Mackowski interviewed Loughran we have learned that Colin Albert also drives a Ford Edge registered to his mother Julie, and he has been served with a federal grand jury subpoena by 2 FBI agents.
Michael Proctor is on record in an official police report stating that Canton DPW Director Michael Trotta told him that the GPS on plow trucks was broken on January 24, and not fixed in time for the blizzard on the January 29. This is at odds with Loughran’s testimony to me, because he said that the FBI confronted him with GPS data from January 29, indicating that it was not broken.
Attorney Alan Jackson summarized in his motion just how damning this testimony is for the Commonwealth and the State Police. He also cited my interview with Loughran corroborating this story several times, and emphasized how Colin Albert regularly drove a car matching the exact description of the Ford Edge that Loughran saw parked in the exact same location where O’Keefe’s body was later found.
Additionally, Attorney Jackson pointed out that Loughran’s testimony aligns with the testimony of Matt McCabe, Jen McCabe, Sarah Levinson, Julie Nagel, and Brian Higgins, who all said that they left before 2:30 and did not see John O’Keefe’s body on the lawn. The body did not appear on the lawn until AFTER the Ford Edge matching the description of the car Colin Albert drives was seen parked outside the house at 3:30.
Not a single witness saw Karen Read back up into John O’Keefe with her car.
Not a single witness saw John O’Keefe lying on the lawn.
Not a single Ring camera video from the neighbors homes were looked at by police.
But at a MINIMUM of 8 times, witnesses testified that O’Keefe’s body was NO on the front lawn.
Lucky Loughran told me that he had never spoken with lead investigator Michael Proctor, but that he would be happy to tell him everything he told me. On the day after I published my interview with Loughran, two sources from the Canton DPW contacted me to alert me that Proctor had visited Canton DPW headquarters that day and was seen interviewing Loughran.
This “blog” forced him to do that. We gave him no choice. Once he realized that Loughran was no longer going to be muzzled by his bosses he realized that it directly contradicted his report:
The fact that Proctor interviewed Loughran the day after we published parts 93 and 94 in our series, proves that he regularly reads our award winning news stories. He realized that the only way out of this for him was to play dumb. His report says that Trotta told him that Canton DPW drivers like Loughran don’t plow Fairview Road, so he would be able to plead ignorance and throw Trotta under the bus. Either Proctor or Trotta is lying about who plows Fairview Road. We know that Trotta lied directly to my face about the broken GPS.
The PI’s report may help Proctor blame this all on Trotta. If PI spoke with Trotta, then Trotta may have steered him away from Loughran. But luckily Trotta was not available, and the PI was referred to Billy Walsh, who was much more forthcoming and said something he was later directed not to say – Lucky Lougran plowed Fairview Road.
None of this would have come to light without the work of Karen Read, her defense team, and your favorite local award winning journalist. It’s horrifying to think that we live in a society where the people tasked with arresting and prosecuting murderers are actively covering up for murderers. I was disgusted on Wednesday to see people in suits and polo shirts going to a function with Michael Morrissey, knowing full well what he has done to an innocent woman and John O’Keefe, and sipping cocktails with him like life was normal.
What’s horrifying is their willingness to put an innocent woman in jail for the rest of her life, knowing full well she committed no crime. In doing so they are willing to allow these dangerous psychopaths to go on living amongst us, knowing that they can kill again with no consequences.
It is not my job, Karen Read’s job, or Alan Jackson’s job to pay with our time, money, and/or labor, to solve murders in Norfolk County. But unfortunately we had no choice, because Michael Morrissey, Adam Lally, Michael Proctor, Michael Trotta, and many others deliberately gave false testimony in order to frame an innocent woman.