The Boston Globe,
September 2, 1973

Man killed in robbery identified

Boston police said yesterday they had tentatively identified a gunman who was shot and killed Wednesday when Patrolmen confronted him inside a Brigham Circle bank.

The body was identified by a friend as that of Christopher Thain, 25, of Auburn, Wash. His father was en route to Boston to make a positive identification.

The man was shot by a Boston patrolman after he and two companions entered the Roxbury branch of the New England Merchants National Bank.

A bank clerk triggered a silent alarm which brought Patrolmen Daniel Fitzgerald and Maurice Flaherty to the bank minutes later.

Fitzgerald scuffled with the gunman and was knocked to the floor. Flaherty shot the man when he aimed his pistol at the fallen officer.

Arrested minutes later and charged with armed robbery were Mark Frechette, 25, and Sheldon T. Bernhard, 31, both of Fort Hill avenue in Roxbury. They pleaded innocent Thursday and were ordered held on $15,000 each.

Frechette was the star of the 1970 motion picture "Zabriskie Point" and, with Bernhard, lived in a commune-like neighborhood on Roxbury's Fort Hill.


Mel Lyman