Manchester man charged in 1987 Boston homicide

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MANCHESTER, NH –Boston Police believe a Manchester man arrested on a parole violation last week by Manchester Police is the murder suspect that has eluded them for decades, responsible for the 1987 homicide of  a 19-year-old Roxbury woman.


James Paige, 50, of Manchester, was arrested on June 23 by probation/parole officers for a probation violation. He was subsequently detained at the Hillsborough County House of Correction since June 23.

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Boston homicide detectives notified Manchester Police that an extraditable warrant was issued late on June 27, so Paige was subsequently charged with being a fugitive from justice. He appeared in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on June 28.

Boston Police Homicide detectives indicated the charge stems from an almost 30-year-old case.

According to NECN, Paige is wanted in connection with the 1987 brutal murder of Dora Jean Brimage, who was 19 when her body – beaten, strangled and partially clothed – was found by workmen in a vacant storefront in Roxbury.

Officials believe Brimage was killed after leaving a party and accepting a ride from Paige.

At the time of the murder police were unable to identify a suspect, but in 2014 preserved evidence gathered from the scene was submitted by Boston’s cold case squad for testing, which matched Paige, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley.



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