Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sunday Globe Special: Home in New Hampshire

"A scoundrel finds refuge in family’s N.H. town; He was exultant in his instant wealth, uncanny with his investment tips. There was no stopping Charles Howard, until the law did. He went to jail. And then he went home, to the N.H. town where everyone knew him and some, incredibly, bought his act again" by Sarah Schweitzer, Globe Staff  April 12, 2015

JAFFREY, N.H. — The self-proclaimed king of New England bank stocks once lunched on Wednesdays at Locke-Ober, lived in a hillside fortress dubbed “Fort Howard,” and drove a silver Porsche with red leather seats and a registration plate that read “NVEST.”

Charles H. Howard III was admired and envied as a super-broker of the go-go 1980s until investigators proved that his dynasty had been built on insider trading and fraud. He forfeited his fortune, went to prison, and then made his way back to his parents’ old home in his native Jaffrey....



"N.H. man gets 30 years in estranged wife’s beating death" by Lynne Tuohy, Associated Press  April 04, 2015

NEWPORT, N.H. — A man convicted of beating his wife to death hours after she filed for divorce was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in prison, shortly after his lawyer read a statement about how much he loved his wife.

James Robarge, 45, was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Kelly Robarge, who disappeared from her Charlestown home on June 27, 2013. Her badly decomposed body, with her hands and head detached, was found 10 days later in Unity.

The couple’s two daughters spoke tearfully about losing their mother and best friend but bemoaned the loss of their father as well.

‘‘I love and miss my mom more and more every day,’’ Ciera Robarge said. ‘‘My mom didn’t deserve this.’’

In the statement read by the lawyer, Robarge told his daughters, ‘‘I love you guys more than life itself’’ and called their mother ‘‘the love of my life.’’

Robarge showed no visible reaction as members of Kelly’s family spoke or to the sentence itself. Kelly’s brother, Ron Prouty Jr., faced James Robarge on Friday and told him, ‘‘I hope you rot in hell.’’


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"A quiet neighborhood still blanketed in snow was turned into a crime scene Sunday, as police continued to investigate the deaths of three people found inside a sprawling red-brick home."

"Bodies found in Bedford, N.H., home were mother, 2 children; Officials suspect murder-suicide" by Kathy McCabe, Globe Staff  March 30, 2015

A Bedford, N.H., mother shot and killed her two young daughters, then probably turned the gun on herself in an apparent murder-suicide that has deeply shaken the community and puzzled investigators.

The bodies of Nina Obukhov, 34, and her daughters, Katherine, 8, and Elizabeth, 6, were found in their home on McAfee Farm Road Saturday with gunshot wounds to the head, according to the office of New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster.

“We believe the mother shot her children and shot herself,” Assistant Attorney General Jay McCormack said in an interview Monday night. “That’s what we’re focusing on.”

The state medical examiner determined the girls’ deaths were homicides but is still investigating how Nina Obukhov died, McCormack said. The investigation will continue, and police are trying to determine the circumstances, he said.

“We’re going to continue to investigate why this occurred. . . . Why did this mother shoot her children?” he said.

The girls were in kindergarten and third grade, respectively, at the Riddle Brook Elementary School. Counselors and psychologists were available to students Monday, Bedford Schools Superintendent Chip McGee said.

“Everyone there is pulling together, and that helps,” McGee said in a telephone interview.

The school has also been heartened by “how many people in the community, beyond Bedford, have offered to help today,” McGee added.

He declined to comment further....


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I hope he is working for the Secret Service.