All Along the Watchtower: Murder at Fort Devens

by William J. Craig


Synopsis – A penetrating look into the controversy that enshrouds one of the most complex criminal cases in US history: a former Green Beret’s murder of his wife.

It was a dreary winter afternoon in Ayer, Massachusetts, a quintessential New England town, the type which is romanticized in Robert Frost’s poems. But on January 30, 1979, a woman’s scream was heard piercing the northeast tempest wind.

In an unassuming apartment building on Washington Street, Elaine Tyree, a mother, wife, and US Army soldier, had her life brutally ripped from her. Her husband, William Tyree, a Special Forces soldier, was convicted of this heinous murder, which he has always vehemently denied.

Some elements of this case seem to be chilling echoes of the Jeffrey MacDonald case, made famous in the book and film Fatal Vision. A military doctor and US Army Captain, MacDonald was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters but always maintained his innocence. As in the MacDonald case, the case against William Tyree raises questions as to whether the government and military suppressed evidence that could prove his innocence.

The Tyree case sent a shockwave through the idyllic community of Ayer, the United States Army, and the judicial system of Massachusetts. This case provoked suspicions of judicial misconduct, government cover-up, clandestine Black Ops by the military, and various conspiracy theories ultimately implicating “Deep State” involvement.

The events that took place that fateful day, the subsequent courtroom showdown, and the ongoing legal battles raise provocative questions that continue to revolve around this case to this day.


My thoughts – A detailed look at such a crazy case in the death of Elaine Tyree, a soldier who was murdered in her off base apartment. A lot of research went into this story of cover ups, poor investigations, and railroading that left her husband Bill convicted. There’s a lot of explanations of military procedures, etc. I received a review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.


All Along the Watchtower

Publisher – WildBlue Press – 275 pages

Publication date – June 7th, 2022

My rating – 4/5 STARS


About the author – I am a full time author. I learned the craft of writing as an apprentice under my cousin William Craig, who wrote The Fall Of Japan, Enemy at the Gates and the Tashkent Crisis. I am always working on one project or another. I am also available for speaking engagements and research. I served twelve years in the military. My first enlistment was in the U.S. Army where I served in Operation Dessert Storm with the 82nd Airborne, then I served with the 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Devens until I was deployed and assigned to 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta in Mogadishu. My next enlistment was with the United States Air Force as a crew chief for the next eight years. After being discharged I attended Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts where I majored in History and graduated in 2005. I currently reside in North Kansas City, Missouri with my wife and two daughters Meadow and Danica. In my off time I enjoy traveling, hiking, camping, boating and playing golf.


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