Like the conviction of Adam Lee Hall before him, the conviction of David Chalue for the brutal murders of three Pittsfield men in 2011 enables a terrible saga to end with justice accomplished. That doesn’t bring the men back but it should at least give their friends and families some degree of peace.
Hampden Superior Court Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder Monday sentenced Mr. Chalue to three consecutive life sentences, the maximum under state law, for crimes he accurately described as "depraved." The details of the murders of David Glasser, Ed Frampton and Robert Chadwell were painful to read in the Eagle, as they were during the Hall trial, but there is no hiding from the evil that is done around us -- it must be acknowledged and confronted. Mr. Chalue compounded his crimes by bragging about them, completing what Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless described as a "cowardly and loathsome display."
The victim impact statements read in court Monday were powerful and moving, and beyond giving voice to friends and families they gave dimension to the lives of men who should not be remembered as victims. They should be remembered for their humanity -- it is their killers who should be forgotten.