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October 8, 2012

Bradford man's first book recounts shocking Wellesley murder

From the crime scene to the courtroom, Boston Herald reporter Tom Farmer covered every twist and turn in the Halloween murder of Mabel “May” Greineder, a Wellesley mother of three killed by her husband, Dr. Dirk Greineder nearly 13 years ago.

It was a case that captured national attention, with the trial aired on Court TV. From Halloween 1999 right through the end of Greineder’s six-week trial, Farmer dogged the story. Today, Farmer’s first book, “A Murder in Wellesley,” a chilling account of Greineder’s murder and her husband’s conviction, is officially released.

“From the day of the murder on, I worked the story,” says Farmer, 51, a Bradford resident for the past 21 years. “I thought it would make a good book.”

So did State Police Det. Lt. Marty Foley, the lead investigator in the Greineder murder case. He and Farmer spoke little more than pleasantries to each other during the investigation and trial. But after reading Farmer’s accounts of the case in the Boston Herald, Foley later decided to collaborate on the book with Farmer.

“I liked what Tom was writing. He was compassionate toward the family ... He was there everyday. You could tell he had an interest,” Foley says. “He was very accurate and articulate in what he wrote.”

Foley said the book research was intense and thorough. Foley himself is a major character in the book, along with May Greineder’s sister, Ilse Stark, and niece, Belinda Markel, and prosecutor Rick Grundy. Police officers, crime scene investigators, chemists and jurors who decided Greineder’s fate are also quoted.

“We didn’t say anything that wasn’t absolutely positively true,” Foley says.

Dirk Greineder, a renowned Boston allergist, was convicted of savagely murdering his wife as they took a walk that morning on a local trail. The couple, married in 1968, appeared to have a perfect life and wonderful family. But the murder investigation uncovered Dirk’s secret double life that included prostitutes, pornography and internet hook-ups.

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