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a murder in wellesley 187 Belinda and her mother rode the elevator down for a bracing drink and dinner. Watching the late news, snuggled under the blankets, they watched with some amusement Marty Foley leading Dirk into his arraignment. A little earlier that evening, the detective had to stifle some amusement of his own. Calling Tom Young after getting home from work, Foley could tell right away that he was going to like Dirk Greineder’s college friend. “Leave it to an Irish cop from Boston to wait until I had a couple of martinis in me before calling,” Young had boomed good-naturedly over the phone. Being careful with what he told the victimized attorney, Foley felt confident that Young would help him. “He sounded like a pretty good guy and he sounded somewhat receptive ,” Foley recalled. “He was going to talk with us and give us some information . He was a little upset his name was being used in the way it was. He was pissed at all that.” 1 8 Listening to her mother’s side of the telephone conversation with Britt Greineder, Belinda Markel could see the day was turning bad before they had even left their hotel room for a Thursday morning meeting at the Greineder home with attorney Marty Murphy. “I’ve been reading the papers and I have a lot of questions for him,” Ilse Stark replied when Britt called with the meeting time. This stoked her niece’s ire. “You may not read the newspaper and you may not watch the television,” Britt barked at her aunt, almost like a mother punishing a toddler. “Excuse me?” Ilse countered, taken aback by the harsh words from her niece. “You heard me,” Britt replied defiantly. “We do not read the papers. We do not listen to the news. You are not allowed to do that.” Having held her tongue too many times before, Ilse unloaded her fury on her disrespecting niece. “Nobody is going tell me what to do,” she screamed into the phone. “I’ll read the goddamn papers if I want to. If you don’t want to read them that’s your business.” 188 tom farmer and marty foley A short time later when Ilse and Belinda walked into the Greineder home, Britt acted like nothing had transpired. Settling into the basement family room for their meeting with Murphy, the attorney innocuously began with a call for family unity, unaware—as the Greineder children still were—that Belinda and her mother were not allied with them. Ilse quickly took control of the conversation. “I will do whatever it is I need to do to help my nieces and nephew, but that will be the extent of my help,” she proclaimed firmly, snapping Murphy’s focus. Tentatively searching the faces around him, the attorney tried to shake off the comment by returning to his agenda. Telling the expressionless relatives from New York what it would take to get Dr. Greineder out on bail and what his fee entailed, Murphy tried to rally their support. “This is a man who has been treated terrible,” Murphy implored. “The police have framed him with this, and he needs your help.” He did not get the reaction he wanted. “I am now presented with a person that I don’t know,” said Belinda, referring to the sexual allegations swirling around her uncle. “Did you know about this?” she pointedly asked the lawyer. “I found out a little while ago,” Murphy replied sheepishly, “but this is the same man he has always been. Dirk did not kill May.” Staring at the attorney, Ilse was more frank in stating her position about her jailed brother in law. “I will pay for tuition for these kids,” she began. “I will make sure they have a roof over their head and food to eat, but I will not put one penny toward his defense.” Reading the expressions on Murphy and her cousins, Belinda was surprised that they still did not grasp the New York family’s defection. “I thought Ilse was pretty clear but I don’t think they got it,” Belinda said with amazement. Watching the rattled attorney, Belinda realized her cousins had probably told him he could count on their full support. “The wheels were turning really fast in Murphy’s head because he thought he was going in there to find this united front with outrage over Dirk’s arrest,” said Belinda. “He was panicking. You could...


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  • Greineder, Mabel, d. 1999.
  • Greineder, Dirk.
  • Murder -- Massachusetts -- Wellesley -- Case studies.
  • Murder -- Investigation -- Massachusetts -- Wellesley -- Case studies.
  • Trials (Murder) -- Massachusetts -- Norfolk County.
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