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How the weight of family ‘truths’ can get heavier with each generation

Officer David Troy c. 1959, from his Stamford Police file
Photo courtesy of the Troy family and Lisa Belkin
Officer David Troy circa 1959, from his Stamford Police file.

Journalist Lisa Belkin spent 10 years retracing the ancestry of three families, over four generations, to understand how a series of random encounters between three men led to the 1960 murder of a Stamford, Connecticut, police officer.

Genealogy of a Murder looks at how family “truths” passed down through the generations can influence the choices of the descendants that follow.

How do family stories, happenstance, and the cultural ethos of the moment shape the people we become?


  • Lisa Belkin: A journalist and the author of Genealogy of a Murder: Four Generations, Three Families, One Fateful Night
  • Doreen Troy Dolan: Daughter of David Troy
  • Kelsey Rose Dolan: Granddaughter of David Troy

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Colin McEnroe, Jonathan McNicol, and Cat Pastor contributed to this show, which originally aired August 24, 2023.

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Betsy started as an intern at WNPR in 2011 after earning a Master's Degree in American and Museum Studies from Trinity College. She served as the Senior Producer for 'The Colin McEnroe Show' for several years before stepping down in 2021 and returning to her previous career as a registered nurse. She still produces shows with Colin and the team when her schedule allows.