August 31, 1979, was the day that changed everything for the Busby family. The kids were completely devestated when they found out that their father was too tired to bring them to the movies as promised. While it wasn’t without reason — he was tired from waiting all day to testify in a trial after working the night shift as a police officer — kids don’t always get the big picture when they are feeling let down.
But, of course, this cancelled trip to the movies was not what turned this family on its head. It’s more what happened when their dad was heading in to work that night. A local criminal, Raymond Meyer, ambushed John and tried to kill him with a shotgun blast to the head. Instead of dying, John managed to drive himself to a nearby house and get help. Despite the fact that most of his jaw was blown off, John lived to tell the tale. And despite the fact that John had a good idea of who had tried to kill him, the local police were too afraid to move forward with an honest investigation.
When it got too expensive to provide the Busby family with protection, the people of Falmouth raised money to help the family relocate to an undisclosed location. This is an awe-inspiring story of how one family’s love and dedication to one another was enough to get them through one of the toughest, scariest, and most dangerous times anyone could imagine.