126 Bradford Street

Alden Street Parking Lot

Alden Street Parking Lot. [2013, Dunlap]

Left: The front page of the Banner on 19 September 1996 carried news of Linda Silva’s death. Right: She was commemorated on a sign post at the parking lot in 2020, 24 years after her death. [Stephen Borkowski]

Text last updated on 12 December 2020 | This 32-space lot, which replaced the Central School House, is associated in the mind of longtime residents with one of the more devastating crimes of recent Provincetown history. On a drizzly Thursday evening, 12 September 1996, at about half past seven, 47-year-old Linda Carol Silva was shot to death as she inserted the key into the door of her red Saab parked here. A graduate of Provincetown High School, Silva was working as an investigator for the state Department of Social Services, based in Yarmouth. That night, she’d met friends at the Governor Bradford, then stopped for a moment at the Old Colony before heading home. It was at that moment that she was killed by Paul DuBois of Eastham, a construction worker, whose bid for child custody had been opposed by Silva a month earlier. DuBois was convicted of first-degree murder in Barnstable Superior Court in 2004 and sentenced to life in prison.

In memoriam

• Linda Carol Silva (1949-1996)

Find a Grave Memorial No. 136587221 (Truro).

¶ Republished on 19 September 2023.

126 Bradford Street on the Town Map, showing property lines.

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