48Hours! Almost 30 years Ago!

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.


19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Little Miss
    Aug 26, 2008 @ 21:08:34

    Wow, that is freaky, indeed. I’m glad the police officer and his daughter survived, but what a nightmare!

    Freaky it was. It was amazing that he did survive.


  2. Hannah
    Aug 26, 2008 @ 22:19:40

    Wow, it certainly does read like a novel! I’m glad he was okay – it could have been quite a different outcome.

    The daughter who wrote it is a writer and has written children’s books. She really did a great job with this book.


  3. 2lazydogs
    Aug 26, 2008 @ 22:35:27

    Yikes. I can’t believe you were a witness to a shooting. I’d be shakin’ in my shoes and unable to talk if that happened to me! Now I’m intrigued and will probably buy the book. I’m glad everything turned out well…despite the fact that the killer never got caught.

    The shooter is now in a mental institution with dementia. At least he isn’t on the streets anymore, intimidating people.


  4. Joy
    Aug 26, 2008 @ 22:38:15

    Holy Moly. I’m very intrigued as well and will also probably end up getting that book. I love a good book like that. I would have been scared to death.

    It’s a night I won’t ever forget. I can remember it like it happened yesterday.


  5. tw
    Aug 26, 2008 @ 22:40:50

    Wow, that is a freaky story, Joan.

    Having been there yourself I bet it is great to know that things worked out OK for John and his family, instead of being left wondering forever.

    It was nice to talk to him the other day. He looked good. I guess he went through years of surgeries to reconstruct his face.


  6. boundandgags
    Aug 27, 2008 @ 08:38:24

    Amazing. I’m looking forward to it. I have many friends in law enforcement, including some who have been shot, and this sounds like an interesting book.

    Thanks for the story links.

    I think you will enjoy the book especially knowing that it is all true. It’s amazing John survived.


  7. Just a Mom
    Aug 27, 2008 @ 10:57:59

    That is unbelievable! Your life is certainly not boring!

    Weird stuff has happened before on my street. It’s like a magnate for weirdos. Yet, it is a beautiful little street with only 10 houses on it in a small resort town. You can put a search on my blog for police or cops and you’ll find many stories of weird stuff happening on my street.


  8. Peter Parkour
    Aug 27, 2008 @ 12:42:32

    OMG how gruesome. Did you see him right then, after he was shot? How horrible. OMG.

    My wasband ran right over to the house to help. I was too scared to go. I just kept peeking out the windows. I was afraid the shooter would come back. I finally went into my yard once the police came. My wasband said there was blood everywhere. It’s amazing John lived.


  9. Emerald
    Aug 27, 2008 @ 14:19:12

    OMG what an amazing story! I can’t stay long cause I’m just relieving the receptionist for break, and my own computer is haunted by Corporate Big Brother. But when I’m at home, I have much to blabber about!

    My niece has that problem where she works on an air force base.


  10. birdpress
    Aug 27, 2008 @ 14:49:47

    Wow! Awful story. Are you going to be on TV? And did you mean the show, “The First 48”? If so, J watches that all the time. I haven’t heard of a show called “48 Hours” but thought this might be what you meant.

    You know I looked on the internet and found two 48 hour shows. A&E makes “The First 48 Hours”. CBS makes “48 Hours-Mystery”. They sound very similar in content and I don’t know which one it is. I won’t be on TV. The woman whose house John Busby went into after being shot refused to be interviewed. I still think she is afraid of the shooter’s family. He has two sons that are always in trouble. It is suspected that they killed their father’s second wife.


    • Barbara G. Fitzpatrick
      Mar 25, 2009 @ 10:11:49

      I have no sympathy for the Father’s second wife. Call me heartless but she is one of the reason’s my Cousin died and she was there to witness his death! She revealed some of it to my Aunt at my Cousin’s Funeral. My Aunt was infuriated and slapped her. Who knows how many other of the crimes Reine commited and got away with, was she there and maybe a participant if not only a witness. With her help, the police could have put Reine away and Officer Busby would not have been shot, not to mention other crime would not have happened. I feel very bitter towards Her, Reine, and anyone else involved.


  11. sheng
    Aug 27, 2008 @ 21:21:07

    Are you going to be in the film too? I’d like to watch if you were there, even if an extra… the book seems interesting, I love stories like that, morbid but challenging detective stuffs…

    No, they didn’t interview me though I was on the news the day after it happened. The book is very well written.


  12. thegirlfromtheghetto
    Aug 27, 2008 @ 23:02:25

    Very, very interesting … I enjoy true crime stories very much … and I’m so sorry for your cop neighbor. What a drag to have to upset your life just for your job. no one appreciates cops and it makes me so mad sometimes!

    The book goes into some detail about how much corruption was going on at the time in our little police force. Crazy stuff.


  13. caryn
    Aug 27, 2008 @ 23:08:34

    wow joan, the whole thing sounds absolutely CSI-ish. it sounds like a good read 😉

    If they had CSI at the time they might have caught the shooter. It is really a good book. I was just checking out your blog and I will be back to leave comments. I love your photos of Kyoto. Mu son-in-law is 1/4 Japanese. His grandfather is full Japanese and visited Japan last year to see relatives and came back with some great photos.


  14. mrsvierkant
    Aug 27, 2008 @ 23:23:37

    What a strange story. I want to read it now!

    Definitely worth reading. I thought I knew everything about what happened but I learned quite a few new facts.


  15. duskydi
    Aug 28, 2008 @ 13:08:14

    Shootings – Urgh !! Not nice – scary. It looks so quiet and peaceful where you live Joan. I’ll click on the link and have a look.

    Guttered you left your camera at home Joan. You could have filmed it. How cool would that have been . !! Oupps !! Sorry, Shootings and all the stuff to do with them is NOT COOL is it.

    Was it drug related…. Glad he never shot you but sorry for who he got.


    Its A World Isn’t.

    From reading the book I gather that the shooter shot the cop because the cop was a true good cop who wouldn’t take any crap from the shooter and his outlaw family. It seemed the shooter had some of the police department in his pocket including the police chief. Plus the shooter was nutty anyway.

    It should be peaceful and quiet where I live. It’s a beautiful small town in the off season. During the summer the population quadruples and it gets a little crazy.

    Honestly, if I had a camera then I probably would have taken photos of all the police cars surrounding the house.



  16. threeboys1mommy
    Aug 28, 2008 @ 13:21:59

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve confused gun fire for fireworks.

    I’m glad I can say it has only happened that one time that I know of. At least I hope all the other fireworks that I have heard were real fireworks.


  17. thebeadden
    Aug 28, 2008 @ 21:31:21

    I’m going to look for that book the next time I’m in the city. That’s pretty scary, happening so close to home for you!

    It really is a well written book. I would also like to see John make some money from the sales of the book. His life and his family’s lives were changed forever because of what happened. He endured years of surgery and had to rip his family from their home to go into hiding. In the book you read what happens from his 9 year old daughter’s point of view besides John’s point of view. No child should have to endure the fear that she went through.


  18. Emerald
    Aug 29, 2008 @ 16:33:01

    Okay, I’m back! This is the most fascinating story ever! Very unfortunate, but an interesting glimpse into the not-so-nice-side of human nature, law enforcement, and etc. I did a year of Forensic Psych at the University of Toronto before going a little nutty and leaving to “find myself” (turns out I’m awesome, so that turned out okay) and I am still fascinated with all things of this nature.

    I once came home early in the middle of my 7pm-7am shift at my then-job at a bubble gum factory, and I was awoken the next morning by banging below my apartment. In the alley underneath there was crime tape and cops everywhere. I watched them for half an hour, and not one of them noticed me. Then I went outside to ask what happened but they wouldn’t tell me. An hour later, they were gone, but a forensics investigator was walking around in the snow, avoiding footprints and taking pictures. Within a minute he stopped, stood very still, and then turned around and looked right up at my window where I was watching, and said “Hello.” I asked him what had happened since I lived there and all, and he said that it was a possible sexual assault. Turns out, it had occurred about fifteen minutes after I had walked by that alley on the way home.

    I got the hell-ass out of that apartment ASAP, and took the abandoned crime tape as a reminder. The forensics people, they have my kudos.

    Holy Crap! That could have been you. That’s way too close for comfort. I’m glad you got your ass out of that place. Forensics now is like an art. They can find out so much from the tiniest little clue. I always wanted to be a private detective, probably because I am so nosy and would love to be able to watch people and get paid to do it.

    I’m glad you found yourself to be awesome. I think you are awesome too. I also am awesome. It just took me longer to find out.


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