BAR HARBOR, Maine — For more than a decade, John Busby lived in this seaside resort town with his family while they worked to rebuild their lives.
Busby, a former police officer in Falmouth, Mass., had been shot in the face years before while driving to work in the Cape Cod town and was worried that whoever did it still wanted him dead.
Now, after having recently written a memoir with his daughter about what happened to them in the years immediately after the 1979 shooting, Busby is telling his story on national television. Busby and his daughter, Cylin Busby, are expected to appear on the CBS program “48 Hours Mystery” at 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14.
The Busby family lived in Bar Harbor for 14 years, from 1986 through 1999. The book about their ordeal, “The Year We Disappeared,” was published last fall by Bloomsbury USA.
John Busby was never able to prove who shot him, but suspected it was an alleged criminal in Falmouth, Mass., who had ties to the local police department. One shot blew off part of his lower jaw, forcing him to go through multiple reconstructive surgeries and extensive physical therapy to learn how to talk again.
The CBS program is expected to focus on how the lives of the Busbys dramatically changed after the shooting. It also is expected to tell the story of the man believed to be behind the shooting.
John Busby could not be reached for comment.
When contacted this week by e-mail, Cylin Busby indicated her family lived in Tennessee for five years before moving to Mount Desert Island in 1986. Her mother, Polly Busby, worked as a nurse first at MDI Hospital in Bar Harbor and then at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor while her father drove an oil delivery truck for Dead River. Cylin Busby went to MDI High School, graduating in 1988, while her older brother Eric Busby attended College of the Atlantic.
“We loved living on MDI because we missed New England so much when we were relocated to Tennessee,” she wrote in the e-mail. “We knew we could never live on Cape Cod again, but Bar Harbor reminded us of the Cape, and we felt very much at home there. The small, close-knit community welcomed us and made us feel safe. The years that we lived there were happy ones, to be sure.”
Cylin Busby, a writer and former senior editor for Teen magazine, now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son. She requested that the Bangor Daily News not indicate where her parents are now living.