Hyde Park woman now charged in Mount Hope Cemetery vandalism

Deborah Gideon, 53, faced eight additional charges in courts Friday.

Update: Deborah Gideon was ordered Friday to undergo a 20-day mental health evaluation, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. She now faces eight additional counts of vandalizing a memorial stemming from damage to some memorials at Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan last month. She’s set to return to court on May 8 and bail discussions are slated for then.


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A 53-year-old Hyde Park woman is accused of attempting to vandalize gravestones in Mount Hope Cemetery on Thursday.

Deborah Gideon is being charged with attempting to commit a crime: vandalism of a gravestone and malicious destruction of property over $1,200, Boston police said. Gideon was expected to be arraigned in West Roxbury District Court.


Around 4:45 p.m., officers allegedly saw Gideon “toss what appeared to be red powder in the air and into the street” near 19 Millstone Road in Hyde Park, according to police.

“Further surveillance of Gideon led officers to the area of Mount Hope Cemetery where they observed her exit her motor vehicle, approach some headstones and make a tossing motion with her hand,” police said. “Gideon got back into her motor vehicle and drove further into the cemetery where officers initiated a traffic stop.”

When officers went up to Gideon’s car, they allegedly saw a spray bottle, a gallon of a “reddish liquid,” and containers with different colored salt, powdered drink mixes, and olive oil.