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Fake Samaritan Convicted in Death

May 18, 2000

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) _ A man who feigned being a good Samaritan when he picked up a woman whose car had broken down was convicted Thursday of fatally stabbing her.

Michael Gentile of Falmouth was convicted of first-degree murder for the death of Melissa Gosule, who called her mother on a cell phone after being picked up and joked: ``I hope I’m not with a mass murderer.″

The conviction carries an automatic sentence of life without parole.

Gosule, a 27-year-old substitute teacher from Boston, was last seen alive July 11 after accepting a ride from Gentile when her car broke down near the Cape Cod Canal.

Her body was found eight days later in a shallow grave near Gentile’s boyhood home.

Gosule’s mother, Sandi Glaser, testified during the trial about her daughter’s cell phone conversation. It was the last time they talked.

Prosecutors said Gentile killed Gosule that night.

Assistant District Attorney Paul Dawley said police found Gosule’s blood in Gentile’s truck.

Defense attorney Robert Jubinville told the court that Gentile offered Gosule a ride but said no physical evidence linked Gentile to where her body and her belongings were found.

Police, he said, had presumed Gentile’s guilt all along.

``He was a perfect patsy _ he fit the part,″ Jubinville said. ``He wasn’t Cary Grant, and he wasn’t successful. He had a menial job of delivering papers at the age of 32. He fit all the stereotypes.″

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