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Friday, January 12 2007 @ 05:16 PM GMT+4
Contributed by: virgogal55

Questions & AnswersAwhile back (1974, 75, 76) a woman named Roberta Richardson was murdered in her home in Bratt. She was a good friend of my mother-in-law so I've always been interested in the case. Unfortunately, I don't think it was ever solved? Does anyone out there have any information about the case?

 

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    Unsolved Murder
    Authored by: Linaelin on Friday, January 12 2007 @ 05:45 PM GMT+4
    The only thing I can find on it is this:

    The Associated Press
    March 15, 2000

    "Brattleboro police to continue investigation into 1975 murder"

    DATELINE: BRATTLEBORO, Vt.

    It was 25 years ago Tuesday that Roberta Richardson's teen-age son came home from the movies and discovered his mother found bludgeoned to death in her Brattleboro bedroom by her

    The case has always haunted Police Chief Richard Guthrie, who was the town's juvenile officer at the time of Richardson's murder.

    Now, Brattleboro police are reopening their investigation into the 1975 murder.

    "It's been weighing on me," said Guthrie, who said he wasn't reopening the case because of any new evidence. "I owe it to the community to try and solve a murder, even if it is 25 years old."

    Richardson, 49, was a licensed practical nurse who worked part time at the Hinsdale, N.H., racetrack and was also a private duty nurse, Guthrie said. Police believe she was beaten to death with a liquor bottle, but they don't know for sure.

    Guthrie, who has been chief for the past four years, said he knew Richardson when he was growing up in Brattleboro, since she lived only a few doors down from his home.

    While police were never able to charge someone with the nurse's death, the department had several suspects at the time but couldn't narrow down the list.

    "I took the case home last week and read it again," Guthrie said. "Maybe some people will come forward now and remember something that they were holding back something. Now's a good time for them to talk."

    The chief said he hoped anyone with any information about Richardson's homicide would contact the police department.

    Guthrie said the physical evidence remaining in the case would get a modern review, including DNA analysis of any blood evidence.

    Guthrie said Richardson's teen-age son called police when he found the house in disarray. Police found Richardson's body upstairs in her bedroom.

    "She had apparently sought refuge upstairs," Guthrie said.

    Unsolved Murder
    Authored by: virgogal55 on Friday, January 12 2007 @ 06:07 PM GMT+4
    Thanks for your input. Somehow I missed that article. Let's see--
    that was back in 2000. Nothing else was ever written about it.
    Guthrie is no longer Chief. So I wonder what--if anything--came of
    his looking into the murder again. Anyone?

    Another mystery
    Authored by: Jane Doe on Friday, January 12 2007 @ 06:10 PM GMT+4


    The sentence is incomplete or incorrectly ends with a redundant fragment:

    "Richardson's teen-age son came home from the movies and discovered his mother found bludgeoned to death in her Brattleboro bedroom by her"


    Another mystery
    Authored by: Linaelin on Friday, January 12 2007 @ 07:06 PM GMT+4
    The ap report was rewritten to correct the problem you pointed out.

    Here's how the first two sentences should read:

    "Brattleboro police are reactivating their investigation into the 1975 murder of a local woman found bludgeoned to death in her apartment.

    It was 25 years ago Tuesday that Roberta Richardson was found dead in her bedroom by her teen-age son when he came home from the movies and discovered their home in disarray."
    Another mystery among many others
    Authored by: annikee on Saturday, January 13 2007 @ 02:34 AM GMT+4
    There are many unsolved deaths and disappearancces in this area. What's lacking is a community-involved and invested team to question what had been answered in these investigations. A lot of evidence never is disclosed to the public in these cases, and subsequently never known.
    Another mystery among many others
    Authored by: Linaelin on Friday, January 19 2007 @ 02:21 AM GMT+4
    You should start one.