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Tuesday, May 11 2004 @ 04:20 PM GMT+4
Contributed by: Anonymous

OpinionLetter sent to the Reformer

To the editors:

The Connecticut River Valley Serial Killer has never been brought to the bar of justice. The crimes, which terrorized women up and down the Connecticut River Valley in the 1970s and 80s, have never been solved.

But new crime-solving techniques are now available. New DNA analysis; new wide-ranging computer data bases are used by law enforcement officers... in other regions.

In Seattle, the Green River Killer was brought to justice. Every other day I read in the Boston and New York City press of cold case squads solving murders decades old.

Why is nothing done about addressing our situation here?

Would it cost too much money for a cold case squad today? Did the crimes slip between the cracks because they occured at the borders of jurisdictions? Do we lack a historical memory that would spur us on in the hopes of resolution? Is it because the victims were considered marginal women in their communities?

The victims cry out for justice. Will they be heard?

(Signed)
Steve Lindsey
Nelson, NH

 

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    The Connecticut River Serial Killer...
    Authored by: dan on Monday, February 28 2005 @ 12:11 AM GMT+4
    hello, let me first say how happy i am that i found this site, i too have been searching for info on the connecticut river valley killer. like many of you,i learned quickly that there is not alot on the internet on this subject. whats really interesting is that i too think it may be a cover up and a cop or some other public figure may have been responsable. ive emailed the eagle times and various police stations asking for info on the cases and never got a response. also id like to ad that if you can find a copy of "shadow of death:the hunt for a serial killer" i recomend it.please email me at dangrffth2@yahoo.com if any new info or discusions come up. thank you, dan
    The Connecticut River Serial Killer...
    Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, May 12 2004 @ 12:13 AM GMT+4
    I don't know. I don't want to be critical of law enforcement or the da's office, they do an outstanding job. But it is a known and documented fact about serial killers that they do not stop their behaviors voluntarily. Because the murders occured so long ago and there hasn't been a related one in a long time, the suggestion seems to have been that the killer must have either died, gone to jail for some other crime, or left the area. In no way does this mean that they should stop investigating the case or put it on the back burner, they shouldn't. And maybe they haven't, we don't know.
    The Connecticut River Serial Killer...
    Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, May 29 2004 @ 10:42 AM GMT+4
    It is possible that he has killed again and some theorize it may have been a police officer who has since moved away and two more women were killed in another NH town (Whitefield, NH) while he was assigned there, he then left and then the killings stopped, the same police officer who also killed his wife and stepson and made it look like an accident. I have been approached to write a novel about this and have documentation and it is shocking. Some of my information was received by a Major Crimes Unit ex-cop who lost his job over this.
    The Connecticut River Serial Killer...
    Authored by: cgrotke on Wednesday, December 15 2004 @ 01:34 PM GMT+4
    Hi everyone,

    If the person who wrote the above comment ("It is possible that he has
    killed again and some theorize....") is still reading the site, could you
    please send me an e-mail at info@ibrattleboro.com?

    No, you aren't in trouble or anything. Someone sent me a note and wants
    me to pass it along to you - but this was back when we had anonymous
    comments so I don't know who you are.

    Thanks,

    Chris
    The Connecticut River Serial Killer...
    Authored by: milly on Monday, December 20 2004 @ 08:46 PM GMT+4
    Whom ever is interested. In 1985 I was abducted. With out going into a long story. My file vanished. I've been told there is no point in any further inquiries... I found many simularities in the last victim... whom survived to my situation..

    I would be interested to hear more about the last comment made... Or if my info is of use to anyone. I maybe willing to share my story.
    The Connecticut River Serial Killer...
    Authored by: Estranged on Wednesday, December 22 2004 @ 12:58 AM GMT+4
    Your entry is quite chilling. Your entry, combined with the previous one about the possibility of it being a cop who was responsible is really starting to bother me. You say that your file "vanished" and that you were told (presumably by the cops) that there was "no further point in inquiry" to the incident of your abduction.

    I tried to find some info on the internet about this serial killer and I'll tell you, there isn't much. Either that or I was looking in the wrong places. But keywords like "I-91" & "serial Killer" and "Vermont" and "New Hampshire" did not pull up much relative to this particular string of crimes. It's beginning to look like there may have been some sort of elaborate cover up. Perhaps you, milly, should go to the FBI with your story.
    The Connecticut River Serial Killer...
    Authored by: elder on Thursday, December 23 2004 @ 03:24 PM GMT+4
    Milly, It's one thing to be violated by a perpertrator. It's a whole other thing to be violated a second time by the system. Shame on them.
    How your life must have been altered by what happened to you. My hope for you and others like you, placed in situations where you share no blame, is that LE's decision will be to show empathy for the victims and families and to reopen this investigation.
    Steve Lindsey raises excellent questions and points of interest in his letter (May 11, 2004) to the Reformer.
    Hopefully, someone will hear Steve Lindsey, act on it and thereby hear you Milly.
    The Connecticut River Serial Killer...
    Authored by: milly on Monday, February 28 2005 @ 09:19 PM GMT+4
    Hi Dan...

    For many reasons we all would like to find some clue or answers to the ct murders and the reason it is kept so secret. Could you please tell me what your interest in the case is ... How did you come to learn of it. Regards, Milly
    The Connecticut River Serial Killer...
    Authored by: GK on Tuesday, March 01 2005 @ 09:56 PM GMT+4
    I read Shadow of Death a while ago...was reminded of it this weekend when story about Edith 'Pen' Meyer appeared in NH paper Sunday.
    The Connecticut River Serial Killer...
    Authored by: EmperorNortonII on Thursday, March 03 2005 @ 08:38 PM GMT+4
    Yep, guess its time to re-submit my letter to the Reformer again...Each year I send one, hoping it will cause authorities to fund a cold case squad, like has been successful elsewhere...Stories in papers...The BTK killer following others to the Green River Killer...

    Yep...Justice cost money sometimes...But I think there are plenty of retired cops out there who would sit in on this...

    New CSI techniques...New DNA analysis...Why won't our political and cultural leaders force this to ahead?

    Why?

    (signed)

    Steve Lindsey
    The Connecticut River Serial Killer...
    Authored by: dan on Friday, March 04 2005 @ 01:34 AM GMT+4
    hi milly, i learned of this case because i live in the claremont area. i think i was 14 at the time and a few years later i read shadow of death. i just wonder about it you know. if you end up finding out any info or just wanna chat contact me at dangrffth2 and the site is the one that sounds like that great chocolate drink.
    The Connecticut River Serial Killer...
    Authored by: milly on Friday, March 04 2005 @ 03:27 AM GMT+4
    Hi Dan,

    I found out about the book whilst inquiring on my own abduction case.. happened 1985... I had no idea that what happened to me was happening to so many others... I will correspond with you, but only via this link.
    The Connecticut River Serial Killer...
    Authored by: Terry Martin on Saturday, March 05 2005 @ 01:25 PM GMT+4
    Hi Steve,

    I "kind of scanned" through all the postings and didn't see if you had made contact or are maintaining contact with those closest to your postings - i.e. the VSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Rockingham?

    Detective Lieutenant Tim Oliver now heads up Detectives working out of Brattleboro, Rockingham and Bethel on the Vermont Side. He may be reached at (802) 875-2112 - his contact info is at: http://www.dps.state.vt.us/vtsp/bcid.html (you may also e-mail him at: toliver@dps.state.vt.us)

    In April 1987 until 1994, I worked out of Rockingham covering this whole Troop "D" area as the Crime Prevention/Public Information Officer and was very close to this case on the Vermont side. Off the top of my head, at that time, there were ten (10) unsolved homicides - three (3) on the Vermont side and seven (7) on the New Hampshire side. The three on our side were: Barbara Agnew, Sarah Hunter and Linda Moore. Amazingly, the majority of the woman were professionals and wore white uniforms or uniforms. ALL, as I remember, were killed by a knife as the weapon.

    Barbara Agnew was a Nurse at the Dartmouth/Hitchcock Clinic and was killed in the first rest area (northbound) on I-89 in Sharon - Sarah Hunter was a Golf Pro and was murdered on the westside of our state, but left in the Woodstock area - Linda Moore was killed in her home (within visible distance of I-91) in Saxtons River.

    In short, then came the case where a woman was obducted when she went into the bathroom at the southbound Putney Rest Area. This woman, under horrendous conditions that followed, was very wise leaving trace evidence in a tractor and trailer rig driven by the perpitrator. This later convicted her assailant.

    Since this arrest, to the best of my knowledge, there have not been any further homicides, at least in the Connecticut Valley area, either side of the river.

    Should anyone have any NEW information pertaining to this case, they should also contact Detective Lieutenant Oliver.

    Terrance D Martin
    Senior Sergeant (Retired)
    Vermont State Police

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    Take Care,

    Terry

    TERRANCE D MARTIN
    Brattleboro
    The Connecticut River Serial Killer...
    Authored by: dan on Sunday, March 06 2005 @ 05:54 PM GMT+4
    thanks milly.
    The Connecticut River Serial Killer...
    Authored by: sophie bean on Tuesday, July 12 2005 @ 12:37 AM GMT+4
    This is the first site I've seen in about four years of looking that has had ANY significant discussion of this subject, which I find strange. I'm glad to see that there are others who find it strange as well.

    My interest in this case happened very accidentally. I used to hike and fish frequently in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, up Pinkham Notch, until November of 2001. I don't know if anyone here is familiar with the "investigation" of the murder of Louise Chaput, a Canadian tourist:
    http://www.eagletribune.com/news/stories/20011202/FP_001.htm

    When I was trying to find out what was going on in that case, I searched for "woman murdered in NH" and while that gave a couple of articles on that case, there were many about the CT River Vally murders - of which I'd been completely unaware.

    The number of missing and murdered women (unsolved murders) in a small area of NH and VT over the last 20-25 years is startling to say the least.
    The Connecticut River Serial Killer...
    Authored by: MerryJo on Sunday, July 16 2006 @ 06:15 PM GMT+4
    Tina and Bethany Sinclair have been missing from NH for over 5 years
    (We greatly appreciate any help anyone can offer. Please visit our website for further details)

    Tina and Bethany Sinclair have been missing over 5 years from West Chesterfield, NH. They were living with a "now-convicted sex offender."

    Tina Sinclair, at the time age 34, and her 15-year-old daughter Bethany, were living in the Chesterfield home with Eugene Van Bowman. They were last seen on Feb. 3, 2001. According to Bowman, the two had a fight, and Bowman told police he ended it by walking out of the house. By the time he came back, he told police, Tina and Bethany had taken their clothes and left.

    Left behind were Tina's car and cat, and both women's possessions.

    On Monday, Feb. 5, an unknown woman called Keene High School to say that Bethany, who was a freshman at the time, would be out sick. The last person to talk to Bethany was her date on Saturday night, over the phone, just before midnight. The women have not been heard from again.

    Chesterfield police were called after the women had been missing a week, and state police were brought in after that.

    Officially, the disappearances are classified as a missing persons case, and no suspects have been named. However, Bowman has been called a "person of interest" by authorities, and his home has been searched several times, including a search of the residence in April and a river search after the river thawed out.

    After five years, it is doubtful that the women will be found alive.

    APRIL 28, 2006 - CHESTERFIELD, N.H. Searchers with dogs were in woods Friday in West Chesterfield, an area that has been searched before.

    State police say the search was prompted by a tip from Canine Alert Search Team

    The family and friends have published a NEW website in attempt to bring new life to their COLD CASE. They are soliciting the public's help in finding the missing mother and daughter.

    http://missingtinaandbeth.org/

    Their contact email address is: webmaster@missingtinaandbeth.org

    Sharon Garry (sister of Tina Sinclair and aunt to Bethany Sinclair) can be reached at: sharongarry@sbcglobal.net
    MerryJo: friend and webmaster can be reached at: webmaster@missingtinaandbeth.org
    The Connecticut River Serial Killer...
    Authored by: deborah on Sunday, July 30 2006 @ 10:35 PM GMT+4
    I lived in NH and VT (at VT Academy in Saxtons River
    during the mid 70's up until the early 80's. My little
    sister's best friend was Caty Richardson,(11 years old) who wasabducted and murdered by that twisted freakGary Schaefer.He also murdered little Teresa
    Fenton was suspected of killing several others.After
    much searching, I finally found this link under "Vermont Serial Killer" Not a thing comes up anywhere else under the 100's of tries I made. I'd
    like to know if he is still in prison or what.I can't believe law enforcement hasn't solved all these other cases. Girls disappear up there, turn up murdered and then what ? Do the reports just keep
    stacking up?Do they stop investigating? It makes me
    sick in my heart for the families and friends of the victims. WE NEVER FORGET !!!
    The Connecticut River Serial Killer...
    Authored by: annikee on Sunday, July 30 2006 @ 10:59 PM GMT+4
    This has been a topic of conversation for the last few weeks at my workplace. Every year, and at least once in the summer, someone is killed around here and nothing is ever heard about the case again. Was anything ever heard about the man who was shot dead in the woods behind TJ Buckley's? Did anybody hear any follow up on the man who was drowned in the Whetstone Brook by Elm St? It has become a kind of sick yearly expectation that a woman will be found dead in a body of water around here. Some call it the "Summer Sacrifice".
    Serial killer or no, it's horrific.
    My heart goes out to the family and friends of Tina and Bethany, and Wayne, we're still praying.

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    BB & 93