by Amanda J. Spedding
Innsmouth, MA – Mystery continues to surround the death of Dale Liam McCarthy. A finding of ‘accidental death’ was issued by Dr. John Bellicose, ME, today. Initial reports indicated that McCarthy took his own life in the early hours of April 1, 2009, although this was neither confirmed nor denied by Innsmouth General Hospital spokesman, Adrian Lumley at the time.
No further details regarding the “accidental death” were issued, and calls to the Medical Examiner have not been returned. It has been confirmed that no further investigations into McCarthy’s death are required.
A hospital source disputes Dr. Bellicose’s finding, stating nursing staff found McCarthy with deep lacerations to both wrists: “Dale took his own life. No doubt about it. We know the difference between an accident and a suicide.”
Lumley issued a short statement: “The Medical Examiner has made his ruling. We extend our deepest sympathies to the McCarthy family during this time of loss.” When asked if the hospital was concerned over a lawsuit, Lumley said he was “unaware of any legal proceedings.”
Dale Liam McCarthy will be buried with Honours this Sunday in the McCarthy Family Crypt alongside his military serving ancestors. The service will be presided over by a U.S. Army Chaplain at Mrs. McCarthy’s request. A close family friend of the McCarthys who asked to remain anonymous said, “Dale never spoke much about Afghanistan, but he always said it was an honour to serve his country – it humbled him. Jenny said this was what Dale would have wanted.”
April 1st is an ominous date within the McCarthy family’s history. Four of the McCarthy clan have perished on this date, and all four had distinguished military careers. A McCarthy has fought in the War of 1812, WWI, Vietnam, and the “War against Terrorism”. All men served diligently and with honour, yet speculation surrounds not only the dates on which they died but the manner of their deaths.
Liam Wilcox McCarthy, the first McCarthy to perish on April 1st, served under Major George Armistead in the siege of Fort McHenry. Armistead, famed for his commission of the “Star Spangled Banner”, died of unknown causes in 1818 at the age of 38. As with most men of the time, death at an early age due to war and/or disease was not uncommon. Liam McCarthy, however, appears to have defied all odds.
No records of Liam McCarthy’s birth can be found, however Town Hall archives list two marriages. His first, to Nancy Louise Garner in 1749, lists his age as 25. His second marriage to Olivia Reed Cornish in 1805, also lists his age as 25. Although no portrait exists of McCarthy’s first bride, a sketch of the couple was found in the “Society Pages” of Innsmouth Free Press. The sketch of McCarthy taken at his second wedding is startlingly similar, right down to the birthmark on Liam McCarthy’s left cheek.
McCarthy died from injuries sustained from a fall on April 1, 1913. Should the age listed on his second marriage certificate be correct, Liam Wilcox McCarthy was 133 at the time of his death. While this is undoubtedly incorrect, further searches into members of the McCarthy clan before the 1900’s are impossible to find. However, those with April 1st deaths died before reaching the age of 50:
James Liam McCarthy – no birth records found, drowned April 1, 1929 after falling from his fishing boat. James McCarthy served with the United States Navy during World War I, and was one of the survivors of the USS Chauncey that sank November 17, 1917. James McCarthy’s death certificate states “death by misadventure”.
Liam James McCarthy (b. Aug 16, 1915, d. April 1, 1965). Liam McCarthy, a career soldier, served with the 101st Airborne during WWII. Rising to the rank of major, he was due to be deployed to Vietnam when he was killed while cleaning his service revolver.
Dale Liam McCarthy (b. March 21, 1962, d. April 1, 2009). Dale McCarthy served with the 75th Ranger Regiment, deployed to Afghanistan in 2001. Another tour in 2003 to Iraq earned McCarthy a Purple Star. He retired from the US Army with honours in 2005.
Investigations into the April 1st deaths of the McCarthys contain scarce or conflicting information. What cannot be disputed is the date each man died, and the subsequent cover-up of the cause of death. Only those McCarthys who served in the Armed Forces share the April 1st date of death. What legacy has Liam Wilcox McCarthy passed to his descendants? What is the importance of April 1st? And why the cover-up?