John Busby was a former police officer in Falmouth. Busby was shot in his face almost 30 years ago in 1979 because he was due to testify against Melvin Reine’s brother, John Reine. Reine allegedly had friends in the police department. Even after Busby accused Reine of shooting him, his department failed to investigate properly and the case failed to proceed.
John Busby’s wife, Polly Busby, was worried when she saw John’s jaw. The couple’s daughter, Cylin Busby, was 9 years old when her father was shot. John Busby, Polly Busby and Cylin Busby went into hiding as they feared for their lives. Melvin Reine and his brother John Reine might come after them so the Busbys decided to go into hiding.
In 2003, John Reine confessed that he was the driver of the car who pulled up to John Busby. Reine claimed his brother Melvin pulled the trigger on John Busby. By then, the statute of limitations had run out in 1989. Melvin Reine was then found to have dementia and lived in Taunton State Hospital.
John Busby came out of hiding to tell his story in September 2008. John Busby and his daughter Cylin Busby wrote “The Year We Disappeared” as an account of their story.
John Busby, of Falmouth/ Massachusetts, has his story retold in CBS “48 Hours Mystery”. Busby’s story is included in “Live To Tell”.
Melvin Reine has been institutionalized in Taunton State Hospital. Although he was a possible suspect in the 1979 shooting of Busby, he wasn’t ever charged.
Busby suffered extensive injury to his lower jaw. He had to undergo reconstructive facial surgeries. After that, Busby went through physical therapy, to learn how to use his jaw, and how to talk again.
Busby moved to a quiet town by the seaside, to have his rehab. He had no idea who shot him and was worried that the criminal on the loose would take another hit at him again. John and his daughter, Cylin Busby, wrote down his story and published it in a book.
John Busby, Polly Busby and Cylin Busby – news link.
“The Year We Disappeared” book details at Amazon link. The book cover has pictures of John Busby and Cylin Busby
“The Year We Disappeared” book at B & N link.
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