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Parole Denied For Ex-Doctor Convicted In Wife's Death

A former Mansfield doctor convicted of killing his wife more than 20 years ago faced a parole board for the first time.
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A former Mansfield doctor convicted of killing his wife more than 20 years ago was deniedparole on Tuesday.

It was the first parole hearing for John Boyle, 67, 10TV's Andy Hirsch reported.

In 1989, Boyle suddenly stopped his practice and moved in with his pregnant girlfriend after hiswife, Noreen, vanished, 10TV News reported.

He was later convicted of suffocating his wife, wrapping her body in a tarp and entombing itinside another home that he owned in Erie, Penn.

The case made headlines, Hirsch reported.

"It was a, kind of a frenzy," said Boyd Addlesperger, Mansfield librarian and historian. "Peoplewanted to know about this.  It was like they had to know about it."

The couple's children have sent letters to the parole board in support of parole.

One of the key witnesses, Boyle's son Collier, was just 12 at the time he testified abouthearing his mother scream the night she was murdered. 

Collier Landry Ziegler, now 32, lives in Los Angeles.

"Nobody wants to believe their father is a murderer," Ziegler said. "Nobody wants to believethat they come from someone who has done something so horrific to them."

During a summer visiting to the Marion Correctional Institute, Zeigler said his father confessedto the crime.  After 20 years of uncertainty, Zeigler called it a relief, and asked the paroleboard to let his father out of prison. 

"I need to put closure on this situation," Zeigler said. "And the best thing that I know and thegreatest gift that I think anyone can give anyone in this type of situation is forgiveness."

Noreen Boyle's family argued against parole.

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