Canfield community reacts to arrest in cold case murder

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The horrific details of a brutal triple murder shocked the entire Canfield community nearly 40 years ago.

The ranch home that was the scene of the Marsh family murder is across the street from Donald Shelley. He said living across from the home always makes him nervous, especially when rumors start circulating.

“This was years ago and how brutal it was, but now things are a lot more violent,” Shelley said.

Shelley first heard of the Marsh murders from his son.

“He had a friend, his grandparents lived there originally, and he went over there and played with him and they told him about it,” Shelley said.

Shelley said he and his neighbors are close-knit and look out for each other, which is something that makes him feel safe. He also thinks interest in the case and the infamous home may increase following Thursday’s arrest.

“I think it brings closure, but the people who didn’t know nothing about it, I  think that brings more curiosity,” Shelley said.

That curiosity has been ongoing for Bill Baker, who is happy with Thursday’s developments.

“It was a big relief. I grew up in the neighborhood. My father knew Ben, worked with him at General Motors,” Baker said.

Baker has been following the Marsh murder case for years. He had trouble getting information on the open case, but that didn’t stop him.

“So I kinda conducted my own investigation with security guards at General Motors, friends of Ben’s, co-workers of Bens, who were a wealth of information,” Baker said.

Baker has been trying to write a book on the case, and was missing a key part until Thursday.

“I just have the preliminary outline since basically we did not have a third act, we did not have an ending,” Baker said.

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