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Serial Rapist and Convicted Murderer of Orla Benson- Dead at MCI-Norfolk?
i usually refrain from upping very old posts but today this one from january of 2011 drew an anonymous comment i have yet to be able to verify- and i tried all afternoon:

"Subject: Rosario
Rosario [Pedro A. "Tony",] is dead.He was found unconscious in MCI Norfolk at 9-40 am 0n 5th May 2012 and taken to hospital where he was declared dead and turned over to the medical examiner for autopsy.
His body was returned to the Dominican Republic where his family buried him."


"lovely on the water, posted 1/9/2011

in the 90s i lived in allston MA on brighton ave. it was life amid the transient, free ranging rage filled savages. drunken assholes from BC and BU flowed out of the plentiful bars at closing time, slapping their girlfriends, puking on the sidewalks, and very often beating the shit out of each other. my accidental apartment, high up above the street over looking the corner where women disappeared, last seen alive. the central building fire alarm was forever going off.

in 1995, orla benson, a student from ireland, was viciously raped and murdered a few blocks away , found in ringer park. the beast that killed her had previously been sentenced to 10 years in prison for kidnapping, beating, and raping a woman, a crime to which he had pled guilty. he was released on probation inexplicably after serving only 2 years and change. while on probation, he kidnapped, beat and raped a woman at knife point. he was not sent back to jail. he committed an unarmed robbery in cambridge. his probation was not revoked. he was caught driving without a license. his probation was not revoked instead he was fined with community service which was fulfilled at a community center for teens. the city center did no background check and was unaware they had placed a sexual predator deemed by the courts to be at a 'high risk to re-offend' in charge of vulnerable young people. pedro 'tony' rosario was in fact a blossoming deadly sociopath about to take that leap from serial power assertive rapist to serial killer.

as explained by the useless tool boston stupidly keeps rechristening mayor, tom 'mumbles', menino, "We never thought we needed it [it being free background checks that could have in 7 days or less given the city a complete run down of rosario's long violent criminal record including all pending charges.]". as to the parole board's gross negligence in not following up on where their little rapist pet was working and why his having been fingered in a brutal sexual assault wasn't enough to stuff him back in the pokey for violation of his parole, then attorney general scott harshbarger 'could not be reached for comment'. the parole officer in charge of rosario's case could not comment because of 'privacy' concerns. the family of orla benson would later sue the parole board.

having done such a great job with the city's youth while slaving away serving out his community service, rosario would be given a recommendation from the city and an actual job with the parks and recreation department- overseeing another pool of potential teen victims. he then proceeded to rape a 15 year old special needs employee. again, his parole was not revoked. any of the crimes he was even just alleged to have committed- the robbery, the driving without a license, and the rapes- were enough to have sent him back to prison to be forced to serve out his previous 10 year sentence if any judge had a mind to do it. if this had been done, orla benson would be alive today. but this was in massachusetts, which doesn't even care enough about your children to ensure they are not placed in the care of serial rapists and child molesters. because that would be mean to the rapist who must be protected and kept out of jail at all costs, even the cost of other innocent lives.

orla benson was by all accounts a wonderful person who was about to graduate from college. she was in boston on a work visa, due to return to ireland days after her murder. after a night out with friends, she was last seen on the corner of brighton ave and allston street, right under my window, near the silhouette lounge which was on her way home. she was stabbed over 30 times, her throat slit. she had been savagely bitten. DNA and the bite marks would fit pedro rosario. in 2004, nearly 10 years after he was convicted of killing orla, his DNA would be further matched to 2 additional rapes in boston and brookline in 1990 and 1989 previous to the 1991 crime for which he had been on parole. seeing how rape is the most under reported of all crimes, there is no way of knowing how many women rosario violated before the death of orla benson finally stopped him.

pedro 'tony' roasrio is serving 2 life sentences for his brutal rape and murder of orla benson. he is currently in mci norfolk, a medium security prison. a whiny cowardly bitch as all such predators once caught prove to be, his lawyer at the time of the trial complained that " his client is 'scared to death' because he was ' threatened by some Irish nationals' at Old Colony House of Corrections"....

have at it boys. well done. here's hoping there are still some ' Irish nationals' with long memories in mci norfolk.

"My wish would be to exterminate this creature as one would put down a crazed animal." orla's brother, aaron benson.

several years later, rita hester would last be seen alive at the very same corner.

january 7th marked the beginning of egyptian new year, the birthday of the dreadful beloved Sekhmet, the Destroyer, who gives life eternal.

when the world became unspeakably evil, Sekhmet, an aspect of Hathor, was sent to destroy the evil humans. she raged ceaselessly. she was only stopped when the fields were flooded with beer tinted red which she mistook for the blood she craved.

oh, thou who lives on the water, goddess of judgement... so lovely on the water...

... justice is love. bring it forth."

the public relations and victim services departments of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections were closed for the day so i was unable to confirm what i think-considering where the comment came from- is true, he really is dead. neither "the boston globe" nor "the boston herald" noted his passing. one would think that inmate deaths while in custody should be of the utmost importance to the media and the public particularly in a commonwealth overseen by pro-criminal governor deval "i ♡ rapist-murderers" patrick ("shout out to Benjamin LaGuer, best pen pal forever <3<3!"). the mass dept of corrections is apparently under no obligations to make such information public and easily accessible unlike other states such as california. hack haven MA never has been much for accountability to the tax payers nor has it ever been much beholden to crime victims aka speed bumps the the road to freedom for the incarcerated.

and let me add that the mass.gov site is a dead link graveyard - an all around hot mess and waste of time and you get to pay for it. if you're a citizen of Mass and need some answers or aid from your government-good luck. with a geocities template , an apple track pad, and a small pile of cat nip my mentally unstable siamese could create a more helpful, well designed site. when you click one of mass.gov's many dead links they have the nerve to boast about how snappy their recently redesigned site is.

the only proof online i could find of the death of Pedro A. Rosario is that vinelink.com no longer lists him as an inmate in the state of massachusetts and this bit of obituary wherein the actual link has been disappeared or never existed in the first place:

i'll call tomorrow or try to prod people with far more juice than i have into ponying up more info. my nobody blog, probably viewed by 2 people on a good day, is one of the only sites google pops up in regard to the murder of Orla Benson and the criminal negligence of the state of massachusetts when it came to serial rapist pedro 'tony' rosario.

is this history- the ugly facts of serial predators and the disappearing of their victims from the dialogue about crime and punishment- hidden on purpose or do people really not care?

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Yes,I can confirm he is definitely dead.Orla was my daughter.
"May he rot in hell"
This is what I posted in the condolences section on the funeral home web site before the site was closed down.
Tom Benson

first, i want to thank you for taking the time to tell me about his death. it's important- your daughter was important. some of us have never forgotten nor have we forgiven what happend to your precious daughter in our community. she was a guest- she deserved our hospitality and respect . she deserved to be protected from scum like rosario whom we both know should never have been free. his parole should have been revoked.

i scoured the news for any mention of his death- nothing except a cached copy of the obituary which, really- there's no place for it in the public forum- to mourn for this monster. it was like pulling teeth to get the MA department of corrections to confirm he died- which they finally did on the phone to me around the time you posted this message ( i was not signed up for CORI so i guess unless one makes a point of calling and asking, the state of massachusetts feels no compunctions about not informing the community of the whereabouts, dead or alive, of convicted serial rapists and murderers.).

why they feel they need to protect a prisoner and criminal- a dead one at that- more than they ever felt the need to protect women from him while he was free and alive...it infuriates me.

all of this pains me- that you lost you daughter, the circumstances of the malfeasance of the parole board that allowed this to come to pass, that she was our guest in a community and state with such strong and long sustained connections with ireland. my grief at orla's death, in no way compatible with your own which i can in no way imagine, is mixed with shame that she was murdered in my community where she had every reason to expect to be shielded from such a dangerous deviant. that the state of MA enabled this malicious evil creature to live let alone be free on the streets haunts me- there's no way to adequately express my sorrow to you for this. it should never have been.

Edited at 2012-06-26 11:54 pm (UTC)

Re: Rosario

I was in Boston when I met Orla.
I too was working there for the summer. I got a job in a bank, due to Orla telling me about a temp job which was coming up ( she was happy in the job that she had at a golf club, so told me to go for the job she knew about.).

I came home.
Orla didn't.
It still breaks my heart. I'm 39 years old now. Orla should be too.
I still scan the web once in a while to remember her and see how others are benefiting from awards in Orlas' name.

Pedro Rosario was allowed to live for so long. Where is the justice in that ?
I hope he's in hell and burning in flames.

Mass. Institutions

WE,Orla`s family, appreciate your thoughts ,thanks.There is one point which I would like to make.We did sue the Mass probation department whose ineptitude contributed to Orla`s death.We agreed a settlement which comprised a full apology,a copy of the full report and recommendations of the enquiry and a donation to the "Orla Benson Memorial Scholarship" in the school of Biotecnology at Dublin City University where she graduated.The donation was to match that of the Allston/Brighton community thousands of whom contributed to the fund in April 1996.A few days before the agreement was to be implemented the state passed a law giving the Mass. probation dept.
immunity from prosecution.They renaigued on the agreement subsequent to this and so they cannot be called to account and continue to allow dangerous animals to walk the streets with impunity.
Tom Benson


The schoolgirl raped by Rosario under his supervision agreed a settlement of 300,000$ with The City of Boston on Sept28th 2001.
See Verdictsearch site ,Brimage versus City of Boston and Pedro Rosario.
Had she pursued her case after the rape -----------------


Orla was one of my closest friends at DCU. Not a week goes by that I stll don't think of her. She was truely a wonderful person - selfless, kind, gentle, generous to a fault, honest, innocent, so humorous, bursting with happiness, fun and love of life. She only saw the good in people. I also write her name into Google every now and then as I feared the despicable monster that killed her might be released early. I got the shock of my life today when I entered her name on Google and found this article and realised that the monster died in prison last year. I have been completely overwhelmed with grief, relief and release ever since. I guess i have never gotten over her death like so many dozens of people who knew and loved Orla. To know Orla was to love Orla. In all the time I spent at DCU I never heard one person say anything bad about her. Lecturers and students alike were charmed by her. Orla was a unique, hugely special irreplacable person who would have changed this world for the better had she been given the chance. She was someone who really could have made a difference. The part I find the hardest to swallow is that rapist-murders like Rosario are still being released early on parole and set loose to rape, torture and kill more innocent people like Orla! How can this possibly be allowed to continue?! It is not just the victims of these terrible crimes that suffer. Each crime affects hundreds of people....the victims family, friends and all of the people they have ever met. We all need to get together and march in protest of this crazy government negligence. What will it take to provide adequate prison space for all of these crazies on parole. Higher taxes? Surely it is worth it so that our children can go on a night out and return home alive. What kind of messed up world do we live in....I despair :(

I still have the three letters Orla wrote me that Summer she was in Boston, I have read them so many times I know them off by heart by now. She had so many plans and hopes for the future. She had spent so many years studying day and night at DCU to get her degree and was so looking forward to getting out into the real world and having a life again. She adored her family and told me her Mum was her best friend. In the short time she spent in this world Orla changed the lives of everyone she met no matter how brief the encounter. She lives on through our memories and in all the little ways we changed as people just for having spent time in her lovely presence.
Gwen Bennett

Only today, February 2016, did i discover that Pedro Antonio Rosario was dead. Thank God.

I too was in DCU studying Biotechnology and knew Orla well. She was great Craic.

She was great friends with Deirdre, also in DCU and now my wife; they worked in HARP together.

I will never forget the time of that murder; the image of Pedro Rosario with the title Community Care Worker giving an interview on RTE News saying "nothing like this ever happens in our community."

A couple of years ago we brought the family on a house swap to Providence and on our way back to Logan Airport in Boston set time aside to try to find the place where Orla passed and pay our respects.

The night before on the computer in the house Google located an Alston Park and we went there but could find nothing. I called into a Police Station nearby and asked if anyone remembered Orla and one cop remembered her case. He told me it was another Alston Park and gave some basic directions.

We drove and drove and then on my right hand side I saw a building with something like Our Ladies Boys Club....I cannot quite remember. But something gripped me and made me pull over the car and tell Dee and the kids to wait there. Something brought me up steps, around the building, down more steps and then under a tree where there were briars and cans and rubbish. I kicked away the debris to discover a little circular mosaic of tiles with the name Orla Benson on it.

There was no phones, no Google no nothing except Divine Intervention that could possibly have brought me to that spot. And I'm not a religious type!

I ran back to the car, I remember feeling more scared than ever in my life, and told Dee I had found the place. She was in shock. We paid our respects and cried. It was the most remarkable inexplicable thing to happen in my life.

Today finding out that Rosario is dead doesn't bring any closure. Sure how could it? Orla was denied her life. And died in a horrible way. It was a time i will never forget. Standing in a circle outside Orla's house holding candles while her poor Dad grieved through the window. The absolute ineptitude that led to Rosario being in that position. The time delay before the trial. But at least he was found guilty.

Orla's line telling her friend Shirley on the phone that she'd be home in a while....it's all burned in there.

We now have 4 kids, the eldest also a girl like Orla is Naoise 17. She reminds me so much of Orla, so friendly to all, so trusting, almost too trusting. We tell all the kids about our friend Orla and urge them always to be wary of who they are with.

I just would like to pass on my condolences again to the Benson family and assure them that there's people out there, even down in Cong County Mayo!, that remember Orla fondly. I hope that my story of how i was brought to that exact spot, although i haven't done it justice, might show that there is a Divine presence up there somewhere and someday there will be happiness with Orla again.

Donal Hughes, Cong, Mayo.

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