DA: West Roxbury death a murder; son arrested

Mark Regan, 33, was arrested overnight on charges of murdering his adoptive father, also named Mark Regan, in his 105 Perham St. home, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Police discovered the elder Regan's body yesterday after somebody called them to ask for a well being check on him.

The younger Regan is scheduled for arraignment on Monday in West Roxbury District Court.

Innocent, etc.



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Was it necessary to mention that he's adopted? When crimes are committed by non-adopted people, it isn't mentioned that they grew up with their biological parents. Are you trying to perpetuate the stereotype that adoptees have problems?


If Adam had said he murdered his father this would be untrue so making a note about it being his adoptive father is for clarification not editorialization. Perhaps he should have left out any family connection entirely but that would be missing a notable and important fact (he killed a family member) about the story.

It would not have been untrue

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It would not have been untrue. When a man adopts a child he legally becomes that child's father. Mentioning that he was adopted serves no purpose.

Just how is it untrue to say

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Just how is it untrue to say that he murdered his father? If my 6 year old son were to run over my foot with his scooter, would you not say that he ran over his mother's foot? Irrespective of where he was born or the way I petitioned for his birth certificate, I am my son's mother as much as the deceased was his son's father. There is no untruth in that statement.

My Point

I know some people who were adopted after they were very young and their biological parents are known to the greater community. I also know people who were adopted and do not like to refer to their adoptive parents as "mother" or "father" and would prefer to use their first names or at least append the adoptive part.

Presumably where ever Adam learned of his situation they made a point of noting that it was his adoptive father which might be relevant to the situation beyond the example you gave in which you did not die as a result to the injuries inflicted by your daughter's collision. I would completely agree that in cases in most cases it is unimportant to note.


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I think that perhaps you're fishing for a reason to be offended.

I think the media like to

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I think the media like to perpetuate stereotypes against anyone considered "other." A few years ago The Globe reported a story about a young deaf man accused of sexually assaulting some kids at a church in Allston. The fact he was deaf was completely irrelevant to the story.


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I saw this comment earlier...and thought to myself, hmmm, reaching much? This tragedy happened and instead of simply expressing sorrow for his loss and perhaps wondering what the cause of this happening could be, you felt the need to make it about the wording.

RIP to the victim, and hope some peace can come to what is bound to be a broken family now.

This comment thread is about the wording, sure,

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But I don't think anyone believes the wording is important relative to the events being described.

The wording may be trivial in comparison, but if it is going to be brought up it seems it has to be now, otherwise it might as well be never. Personally I did not think about the wording when I read the story, but I can see how it contributes to 'othering' this group. This may be small beer, but if it is unnecessary to the story, then fair enough.

death in West Roxbury

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What kind of society are we when we can comment about language, and not comment on the tragedy? It is very sad when someone dies, but when it is murder it is more sad, and when family kills family, it is the saddest of all. My thoughts and prayers for all who grieve for the Father.RGA


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As a friend of the family (and a person with an adopted father), I know full well how much this man is actually considered family. When the man's cousin talks about him, he doesn't refer to him as "my uncles adopted son" but as his cousin. I wouldn't want people to go around and say that my adoptive father isn't my father, because legally he is and he's also someone I would choose to call my father, regardless of whether or not he legally was...