August 31, 2015

Councilman Arrested For 1979 Murder


Gregory Hopkins (left) has been charged in the 1979 murder of Catherine Caltury Walsh (right)

Some 33 years ago, Pete Caltury was sitting in his living room with police and detectives. He had just finished serving them all a slice of pie, as they began to tell him the investigation into the murder of his twenty-three year old daughter, Catherine Walsh, had stalled. Yesterday, Pete was once again serving slices of pie to law enforcement — They had come to his home to inform him the man they believe killed his child was finally under arrest. It was news that the girl’s mother, who died 7 years ago, would never hear.

Bridgewater Councilman Gregory Scott Hopkins, 65 of 718 Mulberry Street Bridgewater, was charged on Sunday in connection with Walsh’s murder.

Andy Gall, then a Monaca patrolman, was first on scene in September of 1979 after Walsh’s father called police — He had discovered the lifeless body of his child in her apartment on Indiana Avenue in Monaca, where he went looking for her after she failed to show up for work. She was found lying face down on her bed, with her hands bound with white rope behind her back. Police say the murder weapon, a light blue bandanna, was still around her neck. Authorities gathered her bed sheets, nightie, the rope and bandanna.

A criminal complaint signed yesterday by Gall, now a Beaver County Detective, alleges those items have finally given up their secrets — Police say advancements in DNA analysis allowed the Pennsylvania State Police Greensburg Regional Crime Laboratory to match semen found on the sheets, nightie, and rope, with a DNA sample collected from Hopkins in December of last year.

Hopkins, who was interviewed shortly after the murder, claimed at the time he and Walsh had been in a consensual sexual relationship, but said it had ended over a month before the incident.

“This was never a cold case” insisted District Attorney Anthony Berosh. “None of our cases are cold cases, we continue working on them until they’re solved.”

It will now be up to Assistant District Attorneys Frank Martocci and Brittany Smith to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this 33 year old case has indeed, been solved.

Gregory “Scott” Hopkins is being held in the Beaver County Jail without bond on charges of Criminal Homicide. A preliminary hearing in the case has been scheduled for February 6th. Hopkins is being represented by defense attorney James Ross.


The house in Monaca where Walsh's body was found.
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Reader Comments:


Guest
3 years 7 months ago

We went to school together. So glad they finally found out who did this.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Creepy…

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

It scary that a murderer could be walking around amongst for 40 years, acting like a stand up citizen and no one ever know.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Lot’s of people are walking around seemingly normal. That’s why it’s so damn scary. :( Thank you BC detectives for finally catching this bastard.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

He was my landload on henricis st

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

wow that is something

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Well another incident to show up on ID channel.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

I remember that day they found her and I am glad the family will finally get justice.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

I remember the story. Glad it’s solved.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Kudos to all of you that never gave up!!!!! Well done and thank you!!

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

i remember it very well. my prayers go out to both families.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

when you do something bad it always comes back at ya,sometime 3x as bad as ya did, he needs a slow death……

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

So glad they finally caught him !!! So happy for her family can now have closure

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

So glad they solved this. Just a shame her mom wasn’t still living to see justice served.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

That is why I’m going to be a homicide detective. To find closure for families.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

And make sure justice is served.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Hoping there will soon be “Justice for Janet” and her family. Graduated from high school with her.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

lock him away forever

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

I have had drinks , worked for , and broke bread with this man . Went to highschool with his boys and see him at least once a week . You would have never ever guessed . That’s sounds like the typical thing to say but I would have never guessed .

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Awesome. Never give up law enforcement

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

DNA doesn’t lie… Electric chair please…

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

I grew up a few houses down from him!

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

If they had dna how come it took so long to connect him to it?

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

How great is it to hear the case has been solved???

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

different detectives someone probably covered it up back then

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Now she can rest and so can her mother….great work Andy!

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Devils Advocate
3 years 6 months ago

Remember..innocent until proven guilty..not guilty until proven innocent! The presence of DNA just proves Mr. Hopkins was in that room, not when, and not that he committed a murder. If DNA can last on bed sheets and night gowns for 33 years it surely could last a month. Before everyone starts congratulating don’t assume there is a conviction..otherwise why would we need a judicial system or lawyers? I feel for the family of this young woman, but don’t just take the life of another based on assumption..who else was present in 1979? in that room? Too many details are still in the dark. Where was the “estranged” husband?

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

His DNA was found in the rope and her night gown. Sounds guilty like he’s to me….Karma.

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

Correction: Sounds guilty to me

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

I lived in Beaver County at the time of the murder and so remember the case. If nobody credited with solving the case will take any offence by my asking then, why has there been no mention of the shared efforts to solve the case by the then Chief of Monaca Police Larry Conti?

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Infamous
2 years 1 month ago

Who ya no and who ya bl–. I think anyone who believes in justice for all need some Psyc meds for being dylussional!

 

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