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Safeguards failed, so evil got another chance

There were many chances to stop John Burbine, accused of abusing 13 children — decades after he devastated a couple and their 3 little boys

Even after a quarter-century, it does not take much for Kevin to summon the rage that consumed him in April 1989 after learning his 5-year-old son had been molested by a baby sitter.

Kevin’s first impulse that day was to track down and kill the man who cared for the Woburn family’s three boys, the oldest of whom was 7 years old. But before he could get out the door, his wife, Gail, persuaded him to instead call the police. Within hours, John Burbine was taken into custody.

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