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Creator:Harrison, Marcia Scott, collector.
Title:John Salvi papers
Call Number:M97
Volume:0.15 cubic ft. (1 box)
Scope and Content Note:Marcia Scott Harrison, a reporter for the Associated Press, covered the John Salvi case and collected the materials in the collection. The collection consists of correspondence from Salvi to Harrison, writings by Salvi, and newspaper articles about the murders and case.
Historical Note:On December 30, 1994, John Salvi opened fire on two abortion clinics in Brookline, Massachusetts. He killed two women receptionists, Lee Ann Nichols and Shanon Lowney, and wounded five others associated with the clinics. Salvi's associations with radical right-wing organizations and theories about a conspiracy against the Catholic Church led him to believe that he was fighting an "abortion Holocaust." On March 18, 1996, Salvi was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to two life terms without parole. After serving nine months of his sentence, John Salvi was found dead in his cell. Because his death was ruled a suicide, he was cleared of all charges since he was not able to present an appeal to the court.
Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence by subject
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Salvi, John, 1972-1996
  • Harrison, Marcia Scott

  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America – Massachusetts

  • Abortion – Massachusetts
  • Abortion – Religious aspects – Catholic Church
  • Murderers – Massachusetts

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Ellen Lassiter, March 2004