An Oregon man who was sentenced to 30 years in jail for a California crime has admitted to killing a lady in Boston more than 40 years ago.
According to a news release from Suffolk County, Massachusetts, District Attorney’s Office, John Michael Irmer, 68, is due to face criminal charges for the murder and rape of Susan Marcia Rose in October 1979.
According to prosecutors, Irmer entered the FBI field office in Portland, Oregon, last month to confess to the crime.
68 year old John Irmer of Portland, Oregon arraigned today for 1979 murder of Susan Marcia Rose in a Beacon St townhouse.
Irmer allegedly confessed to FBI and @bostonpolice in August. Authorities say DNA collected at scene is match.
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Over the weekend, Irmer was moved from Oregon to Massachusetts.
On Monday, he was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court Central Division in connection with the long-standing cold case.
John Michael Irmer, 68, hid behind a wall while he was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court today for murder and aggravated rape in the October 30, 1979 death of Susan Marcia Rose, 24. According to Suffolk DA, last month Irmer went to the FBI office in Portland, OR and confessed. pic.twitter.com/7KspQhvDlz
— Bianca Beltrán (@BiancaNBCBoston) September 11, 2023
In 1981, another person was convicted and acquitted of Rose’s murder.
Rose’s loved ones, according to District Attorney Kevin Hayden, have not forgotten about justice in her killing. According to ABC News, she was 24 years old when she died.
“Nearly 44 years after losing her at such a young age, the family and friends of Susan Marcia Rose will finally have some answers,” he said in the news release.
“This was a brutal, ice-blooded murder made worse by the fact that a person was charged and tried—and fortunately, found not guilty—while the real murderer remained silent until now.
“No matter how cold cases get resolved, it’s always the answers that are important for those who have lived with grief and loss and so many agonizing questions.”
A CBS Boston report is below:
According to a news release from the district attorney’s office, Irmer met Rose at a skating rink in Boston before entering a building under renovation, where he allegedly seized a hammer, beat his victim to death, and raped her.
DNA evidence, according to reports, confirms Irmer’s presence at the crime scene.
According to reports, Irmer was not only willing to discuss the Rose slaying.
According to the U.K. Daily Mail, he also confessed to previous deaths during his meeting with the Portland FBI.
His ties to other murders are still being investigated.
According to the Daily Mail, Irmer previously received a 30-year prison sentence for homicide in California.