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Remembering Paula ~ April 19th

(Bob Baird has written a letter of remembrance, click here to read it)

Please join us to remember and celebrate the life of Paula Bohovesky. Paula was a 16-year-old student at Pearl River High School when she was murdered in 1980 on her way from the Pearl River Library on Franklin Avenue to her home on Hunt Avenue, where her mother, Lois, still lives. Halfway home, Paula was dragged behind a house and brutally murdered by two young men, one from Blauvelt. Regrettably, every two years in April, her convicted murderers are allowed to apply for parole. A group of parents, named below, created a not-for-profit corporation called Petition for Paula to organize petition drives to urge the state Parole Board to deny these murderers, who have never expressed any remorse for killing Paula, the freedom to walk our streets again.

On April 19, we are hosting the one-hour remembrance to launch this April’s petition drive. There will be no admission charge, but contributions to offset the costs of the drive will be appreciated.  So, please support the effort by dropping the PR Library at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 19th and if you have any questions please email us.

Bob Baird, Lois Bohovesky, Tom Diviny, John Murphy, Betsy Saetre, Bill Schule, Denis Troy, and Tom Zugibe  


Also, visit our Facebook page and share the story with your friends.

Paula's story....

On January 1, 2015, Paula Bohovesky would have been 51 years old, we can only imagine the woman she would have become.

What happened to her? The most tragic event.  34 years ago on the night of October 28, 1980, Richard LaBarbera and Robert McCain savagely attacked and brutally murdered Paula.

She died never having seen her 17th birthday.

Both "men" were tried and convicted for the murder of Paula Bohovesky and received the maximum sentence of 25 years to life. Unfortunately the 25 year term has passed and they are each eligible for parole hearings every two years.  This non-profit corporation was formed in 2008 to assist Paula's family in the grinding process of gathering petition signatures to ensure these two don't ever get the chance to impose their warped will on the public.  They were denied parole in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, and again in 2013, in part to the collective efforts of her family, the Corporation, and of course the petition signers that help keep her memory alive.

We believe that those who commit violent crimes cannot be trusted not to kill again. We do not believe that Richard LaBarbera and Robert McCain should be granted parole and we plead with you to help deny it to them. Society has a responsibility to protect the innocent. We cannot afford to lose another Paula.

This website exists for the sole purpose of keeping her memory alive, and we intend to do everything possible and necessary to see that these two monsters do not see the light of freedom, ever.  Their crime was not just against Paula, it was against the community we live in and all that is precious about it. We hope this site will help ensure that the opposition to the paroling of Paula's murderers goes on for as long as they live. 

Thanks for helping and if you have any questions, please contact us and please donate to the cause at the link above right.

Read some of the letters sent to the Judge and the Parole Board on behalf of the effort:
Almost half of the people who commit sexually violent offenses are returned to prison for committing a new crime."  

NYS Department of Correctional Services, former NYS Senator  Joseph L. Bruno 

Donate to the Cause

Donations will help defray the cost of the organization's long term efforts to keep this website and the Foundation geared to gather petitions and keep them in prison for the rest of their lives.

(Due to the singular purpose of this non-profit organization, your donation is not tax-deductible.)

Concert for Paula

"The Concert for Paula Bohovesky: A Celebration of Life" was held on Saturday May 5th from 7:00-8:30 PM at the PRHS Auditorium.  The concert was simply wonderful.  Please visit the Events Page to see 2 short videos of the night. 

Commemorative T-Shirt

Help support the cause by purchasing a commemorative T-shirt, featuring one of Paula's own Batik paintings she called the "Red Angel".

(click to enlarge)