Bad: Truro writer faces accusations concerning weapons
As reported by the Cape Cod Times:
Truro writer faces accusations concerning weapons
By Mary Ann Bragg
January 09, 2008
TRURO — An errant burglar alarm that went off the day after Christmas at a Longnook Road home has a well-known and controversial local resident over a barrel.
Police found two illegal rifles and an illegal revolver and ammunition when they searched the home of writer Peter Manso on Dec. 27, while he was in California, according to court records.
While no charges had been filed against Manso as of yesterday, he is facing accusations of criminal activity.
Police allege Manso let his Massachusetts firearms identification card lapse in 2000 and that his license to carry a gun was revoked in 2000, according to court records.
Manso said by phone yesterday that he had no comment until he returned home to Truro today. Truro police Chief John Thomas was not available for comment yesterday.
A court officer in Orleans District Court issued the search warrant for Manso's 18 Longnook Road home after a Truro police officer — during a walk-through of the house conducted because of the burglar alarm — noticed a rifle sticking out of a closet in the master bedroom.
The weapon — a Browning BLR .22 caliber rifle — was loaded and unsecured, according to court records. When the police called Manso in California to inquire about the rifle, he told them about other firearms in the house. Police also checked state records for whether he or the one other resident of the house had state-issued certificates to carry the weapons. No one did, court records indicated.
The second rifle police found was a Colt AR-15 with ammunition. The handgun was a Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolver, also with ammunition, court records state.
Manso, who has been twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, has written biographies of Marlon Brando and Norman Mailer. He has also irked and entertained readers with his book on Provincetown, "P-town: Art, Sex and Money on the Outer Cape." His book on the Christopher McCowen murder trial is due out this year. McCowen was convicted more than a year ago in the 2002 rape, murder and burglary of Christa Worthington, a former fashion writer and Truro resident.
A court hearing on whether racial bias entered into jurors' deliberations in the McCowen case is set to begin tomorrow.
Mary Ann Bragg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Material from the Times archive contributed to this report.
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