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His foster mother died suddenly in March 1949, leaving 8-year-old Fred Boyce heartbroken and homeless. Needing a new home for him, state social workers said the shy boy should be institutionalized, based on an IQ test showing he was feebleminded. Without a word from the child, a judge in Boston committed him to a home for people with …

New book delves into Fernalds cruel past

TAUNTON — A psychologist suggested yesterday that there is no valid way for mental health specialists to predict whether former Catholic priest James R. Porter will commit new sex crimes if he is released from the state prison where he has been since admitting to molesting dozens of children in the Fall River Diocese.

Psychologist uncertain about abusers

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