Mother’s body set on fire in grisly Cape Cod murder, son arrested

A man was arrested Friday night and charged with murder after authorities found his mother’s body ablaze outside a house.

According to local news station WCVB News, authorities were initially called to a home in the town of Truro, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, around 9:30 p.m. Officers had received separate calls reporting a possible fire and another requesting a health check.

Upon arrival, police found 34-year-old Adam Howe outside as well as a fire on the front lawn. The fire was then quickly discovered to be the body of what was that of Howe’s mother, Susan Howe.

“When emergency responders determined the body was burning, the male ran inside and locked the door,” said Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe and Truro Police Chief Jamie Calise a joint statement cruel discovery.

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Above a representative picture of the police during an arrest. A Massachusetts man was arrested Friday night for allegedly murdering his own mother and setting her body on fire.
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To get Howe out of the house, the Cape Cod Regional SWAT Team was called to the scene. Photos later taken at the scene showed numerous local police vehicles inside the home during the confrontation, as well as vehicles belonging to the Massachusetts State Police and SWAT team. A BearCat armored vehicle belonging to the SWAT team was also spotted at the scene.

Authorities were eventually able to get Howe out of the house, after which he was arrested. Based on information police received from family members, he is said to be undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. The case is being investigated by state police detectives in cooperation with the local district attorney’s office, the Truro Police Department and the state firefighter’s office, according to

Susan Howe was President of the local Truro Historical Society. Her death is believed to be the first homicide in the area in about 20 years, reported. Earlier, in January 2002, fashion writer Christa Worthington was found dead at her Truro home and local garbage collector Christopher McCowen was later charged in her death. He was later sentenced to life imprisonment.

news week reached out to the Truro Police Department for comment.

Truro is far east on Cape Cod, just south of Provincetown and the very tip of the Cape. It has a population of about 2,000 people, with more than half of its landmass being part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, a protected area managed by the National Parks Service. Mother’s body set on fire in grisly Cape Cod murder, son arrested

Rick Schindler

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