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UPDATED | 64-year-old man charged in brutal 1974 Marsh family killings

Published: Thu, June 20, 2013 @ 3:41 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County grand jury today indicted a man in connection with a December 1974 triple homicide in Canfield Township.

Indicted was James P. Ferrara, 64, on three counts of aggravated murder and one count of aggravated robbery.

Killed at their South Turner Road on Dec. 14, 1974, was Benjamin Marsh, 33; his wife Marilyn, 32; and their 4-year-old daughter, Heather. Left unharmed was the couple's son, Christopher, who was 1 at the time.

Authorities announced the indictment at a press conference at the county prosecutor's office. Officials said Ferrara was linked to the crime through fingerprints.

Investigators said Ferrara's name never came up in the investigation until they matched his fingerprints in 2009. He is in the Marion Correctional Institution on a life sentence for aggravated murder, robbery and drug trafficking. He has been in prison since 1984.

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1walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 3 years ago

Anytime a young child is brutally killed, my memory of this crime always comes back. Obviously, with the news of the last week, I had just recalled this days ago and now this. Yes, even the dog was killed. Anyone or anything that could identify the culprit. I have always wondered about the surviving son and what happened to him. I can still remember callers to the Dan Ryan Show on old WBBW talking about it. Tragic!

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2UNCOMMONSENSE(622 comments)posted 3 years ago

Amazing how respectful people looked years ago. Sad that this beautiful family was destroyed.

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3C1(1 comment)posted 3 years ago

I worked at St E's at the time and waited on the 2 grandfathers who came to discharge little Christopher Marsh. It was the saddest thing I can remember having to do then. I've heard he is a state highway patrol officer.
Have thought of this so many times through the years and am so glad they found this dirtbag!!!

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