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Bombs Explode at Home of 2 Partners in Law Firm that Was Site of Unsolved Murder

Posted Oct 4, 2010 7:03 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Another mystery is unfolding that involves the suburban St. Louis law firm now known as Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs.

In 2006, 57-year-old Ernest Brasier was found dead of a single gunshot wound in his third-floor office at the insurance defense firm. The murder was never solved. Then in 2007 and 2008 came the unexpected deaths of a 48-year-old lawyer who had abruptly left the firm and a 51-year-old lawyer still there. Both deaths were later attributed to heart disease.

Now police are investigating two pipe bombs that exploded outside the home of law firm partners Beth and Thomas Boggs, according to stories by Fox2Now, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Missouri Lawyers Media. No one was injured. Beth Boggs is the firm’s managing partner.

Both bombs exploded a little after 1 a.m. on Friday, breaking several windows and damaging the vinyl siding.

A former associate at the firm and a neighbor told the St. Louis Post-Dipatch that the Boggs’ home had also been burglarized in the last year or two.

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