Martha Babb was 38 years old when her roommate, David Thomas Muir, 39, grabbed her by the throat and strangled her.
Babb and Muir often fought because Babb was a prostitute who would bring clients home.
Babb, also known as John Alfred McDonald, was murdered on December 10, 1983, in their apartment on Wilton Street after a night of heavy drinking and fighting. Babb was shouting at Muir and Muir strangled her with his hands to keep her quiet. When Babb went limp, Muir said he thought she was faking it, and put her into a bathtub filled with water. When Babb was not revived, he covered her in a blanket and threw cat litter on top, then went out to continue drinking.
Muir, described as a long-time alcoholic, met a friend the next day on the street and confessed that he had killed someone and left her in the bathtub. The friend called police, who found Babb in the apartment just as Muir was returning home. He was charged with second-degree murder.
“You strangled a human being. The fact the deceased was shouting or screaming or hollering was no excuse,” said Justice John O’Driscoll during sentencing. “Drunk or sober this was a vicious act on your part.”
Muir pleaded guilty to manslaughter in May, 1984 and was sentenced to five years in jail.
Murder Village Map
Name: Martha Babb AKA John Alfred McDonald
Date of Death: December 10, 1983
Manner of Death: Strangulation
Location: Wilton Street
Suspect Name: David Thomas Muir
Conviction & Sentence: Manslaughter, five years