Criminal Justice

Boston Police Reopen 20-Year-Old Case of Slain Lawyer

Boston police are reopening the 20-year-old case of a Florida lawyer who was killed after checking into the city’s Lenox Hotel.

Karen Edwards, 34, was stabbed in the chest and neck and robbed of $200, the Boston Globe reports. She was in the city for a New England vacation.

Police reopened the case after an old classmate, Brad MacDonald, remembered Edwards’ slaying upon reading about the arrest of a suspect in the killing of a woman he met through Craigslist. MacDonald asked friends and colleagues to contact police and urge action.

“Karen’s case has been going on so long because of lack of evidence,” MacDonald told the newspaper. “It just doesn’t seem fair that the person who did this to her is still at large.”

Edwards had worked as an assistant attorney for Pinellas County, Fla., according to a 1989 St. Petersburg Times story noted by Legal Blog Watch. She had previously worked at Foley & Lardner.

Original news reports on her death said a bloody knife was found on a floor of the hotel beneath Edwards’ room. Police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll told the Globe that investigators are “pursuing several new avenues” and “reviewing some forensic evidence.”

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