Yesterday marked the first anniversary of the death of an Ayres victim, from alcohol abuse. He left behind many, many friends. I met some of them at a memorial party last March. I remember how they all talked about his unique laugh.
Sadly, in the five years that I knew this victim, who shall remain anonymous - I never heard him laugh once. I did however, hear him cry on a number of occasions -- always when we were discussing Ayres. The pain in his voice was so acute that it would haunt me for days afterward. In the summer and fall of 2005, when there was no police case against Ayres and it looked as if there never would be, it was the grief and pain in this victim's voice more than anything that made me to resolve to fight for the victims and to try to get a criminal case going against Ayres.
In March 2011, at his memorial party, I learned that before he died, the Ayres victim alleged to his counselor at rehab and to some of his closest childhood friends that when he was about 12, Ayres had given him alcohol laced with a drug and then raped him. His friends told me that the victim recounted how Ayres had said to him, "If you let me do this to you, I will make sure you won't go to juvenile hall."
How many other juveniles did Ayres ply with alcohol and drugs and then violently assault ? How many are afraid to come forward?
Thousands, most likely. Ayres started working for the juvenile courts in San Mateo almost immediately after moving to California in 1963. We know that former Juvenile Judge Marta Diaz was sending boys to Ayres up until December 2003, when the first molestation civil suit against Ayres was filed. (This is the same Judge Diaz who, according to San Mateo DA Steve Wagstaffe told the police to "stop investigating Ayres" in the fall of 2002, as she and Ayres were" friends.") The fact that San Mateo County was paying Ayres all of those years to molest and rape juveniles like this victim is just mind boggling, and the fact that they have so far been disinclined to look at their own role here is just as shocking.
I am glad I got a chance to tell the Ayres victim before he died about that for all of his aloofness with the police who were investigating Ayres, he nevertheless was a key lynchpin in this case. I believe that in his death he is continuing to be a strong motivating force for justice. If there are any victims who were molested as juveniles in Boston or California, and for whom this victim's story resonates, please come forward.
Finally, I want to thank Deputy Police Chief Mike Callagy for paying the Ayres victim a visit at his home just before he died, to offer his help.
If you were assaulted by Ayres at Judge Baker Guidance Center in Boston; Boston Children's Hospital or Rosslindale Detention Center in Massachusetts between the years of 1959-1963, please contact
Sgt. Detective Robin Demarco at the Boston Police Department's Crimes Against Children Unit:
Office number: 617-343-6186 or 617-343-6183.
Photos of Ayres as he looked at a younger age (around the time he was in Boston):