Marilyn M. Bandera

Marilyn McCarthy Bandera (September 8, 1946 – March 18, 1992) was a 45-year-old businesswoman who was stabbed to death in her home at 6405 10th Street in the Belle Haven area of Alexandria by Mack Reaves, III on March 18, 1992[1][2]

Marilyn McCarthy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Rumford, Maine, one of three daughters of attorney William E. McCarthy and his schoolteacher wife Helen.[3][4] McCarthy graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in mathematics and worked for the Air Force as a cartographer.

In 1970, Bandera moved to Alexandria and would later open two stores named Canvas Cutters in Old Town Alexandria.[4]


Bandera was married to John A. Bandera, with whom she had three children: son John Derek and daughters Nicole and Bethany.[4]


  1. Seaberry, Jane. "Mount Vernon Woman found Slain at Home." The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext): 0. Mar 19 1992. ProQuest. Web. 2 Sep. 2014.
  2. Jackman, Tom. "Va. Man Receives Life Sentence for '92 Slaying; Va. DNA Database Led Police to Suspect Eight Years After Shopkeeper's Death." The Washington Post: 0. Apr 03 2001. ProQuest. Web. 2 Sep. 2014 .
  3. "Obituaries: Helen McCarthy." Sun Journal [Lewiston, Maine] 17 Apr. 2002: A4. Google News Archive. Google. Web. 20 Apr. 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "MARILYN BANDERA DIES AT 45." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 21 Mar. 1992. Web. 19 Apr. 2016.