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Boston woman charged in connection with cemetery vandalism

April 19, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — Boston police have arrested a 53-year-old woman they say tried to vandalize gravestones in a city cemetery and may be responsible for several previous acts of vandalism in the same cemetery.

Police say Deborah Gideon got their attention at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday when she was spotted tossing red powder in the air and onto the street. They followed her car to Mount Hope Cemetery where they say she approached some headstones and made “a tossing motion with her hand.”

They stopped her car and found a gallon of a reddish liquid, containers of various colored salt, powdered juice mixes, and olive oil.

She said she was “anointing” the headstones.

Not guilty pleas to several charges were entered on her behalf Friday and she was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

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