I wrote a post back in January about the night I saw a policeman get shot. This is a link to that post. John Busby, who was the cop that got shot, just wrote a book along with his daughter about the shooting and how he and his family had to disappear a year later because they never caught the shooter and were afraid he was going to go after John Busby again.
Whether you live in Falmouth or not it is a riveting book. John Busby’s daughter, Cylin, who was 9 at the time of the shooting wrote the book along with her father.
This is from Amazon:
“The extraordinary true story of a family, a brutal shooting, and the year that would change their lives forever.
When Cylin Busby was nine years old, she was obsessed with Izod clothing, the Muppets, and her pet box turtle. Then, in the space of a night, everything changed. Her police officer father, John, was driving to work when someone leveled a shotgun at his window. The blasts that followed left John’s jaw on the passenger seat of his car—literally. Overnight, the Busbys went from being the “family next door” to one under 24-hour armed guard, with police escorts to school, and no contact with friends. Worse, the shooter was still on the loose, and it seemed only a matter of time before he’d come after John—or someone else in the family—again. With their lives unraveling around them, and few choices remaining for a future that could ever be secure, the Busby family left everything and everyone they had ever known…and simply disappeared.
As told by both father and daughter, this is a harrowing, and at times heartbreaking account of a shooting and its aftermath, even as it shows a young girl trying to make sense of the unthinkable, and the triumph of a family’s bravery in the face of crisis.”
So I am at my computer today and my next door neighbor, whose house John Busby ended up in after the shooting, called me to tell me the people from the TV show “48Hours” was at her house filming and John Busby was there too. Of course, I had to go over. I wish I had brought my camera. John was just leaving so I went over to him and introduced myself. He was very nice and remembered that I was the one who thought the shooting was fireworks going off.
I ended up talking to the woman in charge of the two man camera crew also. They are coming back to do some filming at night because the shooting happened at night and I think they probably want to create the scene somewhat. It will be shown in February.
After the statute of limitations was up the shooter’s brother confessed that he was in the car driving when the shooting happened along with the shooter’s wife who was murdered in May of 2005. Her murder is still unsolved. The shooter left everything he had to his second wife who was the murder victim to the chagrin of his two boys from his first wife who “disappeared in the 70’s.
Here is a link to all of the local newspaper articles about the case.
The book reads like a novel even though it is all true. I should know because I was there.