Police today charged a Roslindale resident on parole for gunning down a convenience-store owner 38 years ago with the shooting death of Surendra Dangol, a clerk at the Tedeschi store on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain.
Edward P. Corliss, 63, was charged with murder and other crimes and is scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday in West Roxbury District Court. In 1972, Corliss was convicted of second-degree murder for the shooting death of the owner of a small store in Salisbury the year before - while on the lam from a Rhode Island prison work camp to which he'd been sent on a breaking-and-entering conviction.
District Attorney Dan Conley said Corliss's parole officer helped finger him for Dangol's murder when he realized he looked like the guy in surveillance video - and that he drove a a white Plymouth Acclaim, like the one seen driving away from the store as Dangol lay dying on Dec. 26. Because of this connection, the state Parole Board revoked Corliss's parole and he was sent to MCI Cedar Junction on Jan. 7, Conley said.
Conley said that Boston homicide detectives tracked down every single white Plymouth Acclaim built between 1986 and 1992 and contacted their owners. The trail quickly led to a Roslindale house, where a relative told police Corliss had access to a white Plymouth Acclaim.
Dangol, a native of Kathmandu, Nepal living in Somerville, was gunned down even though he fully cooperated with the man, surveillance video showed. He leaves his wife and 9-year-old daughter.
Conley declined to release more details about the case, or even to say what Corliss was out on parole for, pending his arraignment on Tuesday. He said the investigation remains open - the video showed another person in the white Acclaim waiting for Dangol's murderer - and that more details will be released at Corliss's arraignment.
"The murder of this peaceful working man shocked the city and broke our hearts," Conley said, adding that since Dangol's death, five more people have been murdered in Boston.