This is David Traub from Medfield.
David is local boy who graduated from Xaverian before furthering his education at Holy Cross. He tried and failed to be a local news reporter before realizing that becoming a political hack was much more advantageous to his career. He worked as a staffer for then State Senator William Keating (now congressman), and became Keating’s communications director after Keating was elected Norfolk County DA in 1998. He donated frequently to his boss’ campaign in order to keep his pay for play job, and continued to do the same for his new boss Michael Morrissey, who was elected DA in 2010 after Keating was elected to Congress.
On LinkedIn David shares what he believes to be positive stories about his boss, bragging about how Morrissey has the lowest incarceration of all district attorneys.
It seems as if it should be the job of the DA to send bad people to prison, but in liberal Massachusetts the people in charge of law and order brag about the opposite. Ironically this same DA, who brags about keeping guilty people out of jail, is trying to send an innocent woman named Karen Read to jail for the rest of her life while he protects the people who killed John O’Keefe. Morrissey has to work with the State Police and Canton Police frequently, and the last thing an empty suit like him would ever want to do is disrupt The System. It’s why he’s willing to send an unconnected, innocent woman to prison, rather than make waves by using the power of his office to hold the guilty parties accountable.
Like many who work in the public sector, David’s goal in life is to do the bidding of his superiors, not rock the boat, and live an otherwise meaningless existence. Hopefully Maura Healey will pose for a picture with him so he can use it as a new profile picture, and he can use her connections to network and potentially become an even more influential politician’s PR flak.
David Traub’s job is to lie for Michael Morrissey, whose office recently filed a motion to gag Karen Read’s defense attorneys because their statements of truth are allegedly tainting a potential jury pool. But Traub himself has been running his fat mouth about Karen Read and spreading misinformation to whoever asks him about it. An old high school buddy of Traub reached out to him on February 2, 2022, the day after Karen Read was charged with manslaughter, to ask him if he thought Read was guilty. He initially responded by saying “more would come out.”
The friend asked him if he thought it was intentional, and he responded by saying that she was blacked out drunk, and although he didn’t know the full details he believed it was a triable case. According to him he believed that Karen Read thought John O’Keefe would “dust himself off and limp into the house,” but he never got up.
The Commonwealth is ethically restrained from charging someone with a crime if they are not sure the case is triable. Traub said he merely “thinks there is a triable case.” Whatever, they’ll figure that out later. A cop is dead and if his office doesn’t charge someone they’re gonna have a tough time getting re-elected.
According to what the McCabes and Alberts told Michael Proctor, Karen Read was not blackout drunk either. It seems as if the initial plan was to blame it on alcohol and charge her with manslaughter. But that wouldn’t work because Karen Read’s car would’ve beeped like crazy if John was behind her, meaning she did it intentionally. That’s why the Commonwealth began to get away from the “blackout drunk” theory, and turn it into the “angry, conniving, malicious psycho girlfriend” theory.
Most importantly, how could David Traub know that Karen Read thought John O’Keefe would “dust himself off and limp into the house?” That statement alone indicates that she didn’t plan to kill him, or thought that she killed him. It also doesn’t make any sense because if she had actually hit him with her car on purpose, and he walked into that house full of cops, he would’ve immediately told them about it, incriminating her.
On February 10 Traub went on to say that his office was still interviewing people, but that “this is at least one theory to support the manslaughter.” He was confident that “stuff will come out in the grand jury testimony” to further implicated Karen Read.
Karen Read shouldn’t have been charged with manslaughter if they were still workshopping theories. They came up with the charge first and began working backwards from there. Charge her with manslaughter, then figure out how you can charge her with manslaughter.
A Boston Police Officer was dead and they were under pressure to charge someone with the crime. The State Police detective, whose credibility is necessary to convict dangerous criminals in other cases, told them that Karen Read did it. There was no way they were going to cause drama with him by questioning his investigation, and they certainly weren’t going to arrest a Boston Police Sergeant when they could just arrest the drunken girlfriend. They knew that it wouldn’t be huge news if Karen Read did it, but it would be the story of the century if a house full of connected cops did it.
And how did Traub know that “stuff” that would come out in the grand jury would back their assertion that Karen Read killed John O’Keefe? Again, he was working backwards, as they have throughout this entire investigation. They determined that she did it, refused to consider anyone else, and then figured out a way to make the pieces fit. It’s the same thing they did when they told the medical examiner that John was hit by a car, leaving her with the obligation of explaining how a car could do this:
In fact, Traub knew that the people who testified at the grand jury – Brian Albert, Brian Higgins, Nicole Albert, Matt McCabe, Jen McCabe, Michael Lank – would all say whatever they needed to protect themselves.
In April the old friend messaged Traub again after we wrote our story.
“Thank God we have a real reporter Turtleboy doing real investigative work.”
If you were David Traub, and a turtle rider you knew from high school sent you a DM taunting your office for being incompetent, while praising the reporter who was exposing your office’s corruption, what would you do? Personally, I wouldn’t respond. I would assume that the person messaging was not on my side, believed I was working for the bad guys, and that anything I said would be screenshotted. Traub works for an office that wants the defense team gagged for talking too much, and presumably believes that no one should be making inflammatory statements about the legal proceedings.
But David Traub couldn’t help himself, and began to discredit our reporting.
“You have TB regurgitating what the defense attorney told him.”
Everything the defense attorneys have said is backed by documented evidence from experts like Richard Green. I’d regurgitate what the DA’s office has said to back up their theories, but all they have is this:
“Except the defense is wrong.”
The defense is wrong. Because I said so.
He promised big things to come:
“Wait until we respond on May 3, you’re going to see a different thing.”
And this is what they always do.
“Wait until you see the black box! It shows that she struck him with her car. Except we’re not gonna show you any of that, just say that we have it.”
The ace in the hole that he promised on May 3 was basically:
“The Google search never happened because Jen McCabe was actually looking at her kid’s basketball stuff then. We have an expert that says so, and instead of allowing us to present her findings to the court and cross examine the defense’s expert, we’re gonna file a motion to cancel the evidentiary hearing entirely. Also the pictures of Jen McCabe’s kids with Proctor, who are clearly her kids, are not actually her kids. We have no comment on who those two free range feral children in towels are.”
Case closed, bitches!
Then David Traub went full doctor and explained how John O’Keefe’s injuries all came from Karen Read backing into him.
According to David Traub MD, when you fall backwards and hit your head on grass it does this to your face:
Then it does this to your arm:
And the only way to get two black eyes is to have fractures to your orbital bones. John O’Keefe had no fractures to his bones, unless you count his skull, which had many fractures but apparently is not made of bones, or his right third metacarpal that was clearly shattered from punching something.
Cars always do that to people who get bumped into. Duh.
The most telling part was his final line:
“They get headlines for a week or two and then get denied by the court.”
First of all, it’s been a lot longer than two weeks, and we have a long way to go.
Secondly, he knew ahead of time that Judge Cannone was going to give her puppy dog Adam Lally what he wanted. He knew that Lally and Cannone have to have a working relationship moving forward, but she can tell Alan Jackson to pound sand. He knew that Morrissey was politically connected and so are all the major players in this case, and that Judge Cannone wasn’t going to cross any of them.
Again, it’s just wild that the DA’s Office wants to gag the defense from speaking the truth while their official spokesperson is blabbing to random guys he went to high school with on Facebook messenger about sensitive details of a murder investigation.