Newspaper and Magazine Articles


This webpage links to 50 newspaper and magazine articles written about the childhood leukemia cluster in Woburn, the federal trial, and the aftermath of the trial. The articles are listed in chronological order but can be searched by topic and keywords using the 'Search all resource collections' box.

Health Problems Plague Woburn

Articles from 1979

May 7 - Hazardous material found on MBTA site
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Charles C. Ryan, used with permission
September 10 - Lagoon of arsenic discovered in North Woburn
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Charles C. Ryan, used with permission
December 10 - Deaths from cancer increase in Woburn
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Charles C. Ryan, used with permission
December 13 - Childhood leukemia answers sought
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Charles C. Ryan, used with permission

Articles from 1980

April 28 - Three families face leukemia: Part I It happened overnight
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Charles C. Ryan, used with permission
May 1 - Three families face leukemia: Part II 'It was God's Will
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Charles C. Ryan, used with permission
May 2 - Three families face leukemia: Part III It's the environment, feel the Andersons
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Charles C. Ryan, used with permission
July 2 - Workers near waste site complain of headaches, fatigue
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Charles C. Ryan, used with permission

Articles from 1981

April 1 - They are not statistics
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Charles C. Ryan, used with permission
June 9 - 65 chemicals found in subsurface water
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Charles C. Ryan, used with permission

Lawsuits Filed in Federal and State Courts

Articles from 1986

early 1986 - Another family sues W.R. Grace (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 91kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, used with permission
January 9 - '60 Minutes' investigates Woburn water woes (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 97kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Laurel Lucas, used with permission

Federal Trial Begins - Plaintiffs' Present Case

March 19 - Aerial photos shown to jurors (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 98kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
May 7 - Judge Skinner ruling comes as victory to plaintiffs' lawyers (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 88kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Mark Sullivan, used with permission
May 8 - Expert says two companies polluted G & H wells (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 108kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Mark Sullivan, used with permission
May 9 - Charts, diagrams show how chemicals reached water wells (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 87kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Mark Sullivan, used with permission
May 14 - Data shows wells may draw river water (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 37kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
May 15 - Judge Skinner questions credibility of witness (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 53kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
May 16 - 1978 report said aquifer draws from Aberjona River (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 46kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
May 19 - A difficult week for plaintiffs' scientist in toxic trial (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 33kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
May 21 - Chemical findings are inconsistent (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 47kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
May 23 - Pinder calls testifying 'exhaustive, exhausting' (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 37kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
May 29 - Plaintiffs may conclude case today or Monday (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 42kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission

Beatrice Presents Case

May 30 - Cryovac manager requested barrel disposal (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 41kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
June 5 - Judge's ruling has something for all participants (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 59kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
June 9 - Plaintiffs' lawyer knocks biodegradation theory (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 47kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
June 10 - (City) Engineer Mernin testifies (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 47kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
June 11 - City, State concerned about chemicals - Mernin (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 138kB Jul6 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
June 12 - River is a barrier, says Beatrice (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 99kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
June 13 - Beatrice defends groundwater model (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 102kB Jul5 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission

W.R. Grace Presents Case

June 16 - Grace opens its defense (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 110kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
June 17 - Buried barrels did not contaminate site (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 111kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
June 18 - TCE continues to flow off Cryovac site (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 39kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
June 20 - Fish death mystery prompted Aberjona study (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 38kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
June 25 - Grace witnesses' testimony implicates Beatrice (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 110kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
July 2 - Leukemia jurists visit well G and H area (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 55kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission

Closing Arguments

July 15 - Toxic waste case is given to the jury (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 71kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission

Trial Given to Jury

July 18 - Judge rejects request by jury (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 21kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
July 21 - Deliberations enter second week (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 19kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
July 25 - DEADLOCK Judge tells jurors: Keep deliberating (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 41kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission

Verdict

July 28 - Jury finds W.R. Grace liable (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 235kB Jul3 06)

Trial Aftermath

July 29 - Toxic trial: The aftermath (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 171kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
July 29 - City to sue, families will appeal (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 186kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
September 23 - Plaintiffs express bitterness at Grace (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 222kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
September 23 - Jurors say Grace settlement is just (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 77kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
September 23 - 'A clear message to corporate America' (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 152kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
September 23 - Grace lawsuit included 33 plaintiffs (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 104kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission
December - Contaminated Verdict (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 504kB Jul3 06)
copyright The American Lawyer, written by Mitchell Pacelle, ______________

Articles from 1988

June 7 - EPA says benzene may have caused Woburn leukemias (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 86kB Jul3 06)
copyright Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, written by Dan Kennedy, used with permission

Articles from 1989

Toxic Trial: Many Questions, Few Answers (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 772kB Jul3 06)
copyright Dan Kennedy 1989, used with permission