The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on December 17, 1989 · 278
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14NH THE BOSTON GLOBE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1989 'Police haven't surrendered on unsolved killings D MURDER Continued from Page NH 1 j "The easy part is identifying who we feel the perpetrator is," Barth-elmes said. "The difficult part is developing the information for an ar-rjest and conviction. That's the nuts ajrid bolts of what we do here." Many of the 68 unsolved cases still command police attention. Last month, for example, an investigator traveled out of state to interview someone about Danny Paquette, who was shot in 1985 outside his Hook-sett home while welding a dashboard plate to a bulldozer. Police say they TROTTER THE ORIGINAL TREADMILL Our new Trotter CXT is the perfect g fitness trainer where V space is limited. With speeds up to 8 mph and a grade to 10, the CXT has a digital display showing time, speed, distance, and pace, a calorie indicator, and I - all the standard Trot-U. ii "Mer features includ ing electronic incline control. 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Route 16 (603) 447-6331 Lincoln, nil The Depot at Lincoln Station. 10 Kancamagus Hwy, (Rte. 112) (603) 745-6770 do not know if Paquette was the victim of murder or a freak hunting accident. Hunters commonly sited their rifles at a sand pit behind his home. - A few years ago, police got some new leads and reactivated an investigation into the 1971 killing of Kathy Gloddy, a 13-year-old girl who was raped and strangled near her Frank-, lin home. "We did new interviews and reinterviews and spent a considerable amount of time on the case," Barthelmes said. It is a particularly troublesome investigation for Lamy. "I feel strongly that I know who the killer is," he said. "If we could get just a small amount of more evidence, we could bring him to court" Barthelmes said he recently asked his staff to review the unsolved murder list and determine which cases should be worked on actively - whether police should rein-terview old informants and put a fresh set of eyes on the case. Lamy, the senior homicide investigator for the state police, and Barthelmes have a hand in investigating many of the 20-plus murders each year in New Hampshire. State law gives their unit the job of investigating major crimes in towns of less than 3,000 residents. In cities and larger towns, they get involved when local officials ask for help. Barthelmes said New Hampshire police solve between 85 percent and 90 percent of murder cases, while the national rate is about 70 percent. He credited the high success rate to the relatively small number of homicides in New Hampshire, which he said, gives police the luxury of spending significant time on each one. Last year .there were 26 murders in the state; the all-time high was 32, in 1987. But each year, several cases go unsolved, including five this year. Victims of unsolved cases include: An unidentified woman and child, found wrapped in heavy plastic near Bear Brook State park in Al-lenstown in 1985. After an 18-month investigation, police organized a burial for the two females without ever learning their names. Everett Delano, who was shot while working at a Wilmont gas station in 1966; and Craig Lane, a high school senior who was stabbed to death this January N.H. murder rates This chart compares the number of murders reported in New Hampshire during the past 10 years. No. of Rata par Cats Yaar murdtrt 1,000 dewed 1988 26 0.02 23 1987 32 0.03 23 1986 22 0.02 17 1985 21 0.02 12 1984 13 0.01 11 1983 19 0.02 16 1982 19 0.02 14 1981 , 26 0.03 20 1980 20 0.02 16 1979 20 0.02 16 Murders per 1,000 residents Cases that ended in an arrest or suspect's suicide. Listed in the year in which police cleared them, not necessarily the year in which the murder occurred. SOURCE: New Hampshire State Police Globe staff chart while working at a Peterborough gas station. Five women stabbed and left along the Vermont-New Hampshire border between 1984 and 1986. Three of the women were nurses. Investigators have studied whether three other unsolved killings dating back to 1968 could be related. Until last month, the list included Sharon Johnson, 36, whose body was found at a Bedford construction site on July 29 of last year. She was seven months pregnant As in the Watson and Gloddy murders, police developed a solid suspect - in this case, Johnson's hus-band, Kenneth. But it took 16 months for police to sort through the possible killers and to gather the evidence needed to arrest Kenneth Johnson and two 19-year-old men he had allegedly paid to kill his wife. Local police took the lead in the first seven months of the investigation, but by February the work appeared to be stalled. So authorities decided to give the case to Lamy, a 25-year State Police veteran and a physically imposing man, whose bald head and tough talk are reminiscent of television's Kojak. 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B ANGEL HAZELTON, 21 months old, of Meredith, died at a Boston hospital from head injuries on Aug. 12, 1989. D PAMELA WEBB, 32, of Winthrop, Maine, disappeared on July 1, 1989, on her way to visit her boyfriend in New Hampshire. Her pickup truck, which had a flat tire, was found on Interstate 95 in Maine. Webb's body was found July 18 in Franconia. ' O LUCIENNE LAMAIRE, a 63-year-old widow who lived alone in Manchester, was found strangled in her television room on July 2, 1989. 1 D CRAIG LANE, 17, a high school senior, was stabbed while working at a Peterborough gas station on Jan. 8, 1989. The assailant apparently took $50 and fled on foot . D GREGORY G. LEFEVRE, 34, of Salem, was found dead from head injuries on Feb. 6, 1988, in a small building at the Double D Ranch in Alton, a home for mentally disabled men. Lefevre was living at the home but was not a client D JUDITH WHITNEY, 43, of Amherst Mass., disappeared while reportedly on a camping trip. Her body was found on Nov. 8, 1987 in Winchester, five months after she was reported missing. D RAYMOND BREAULT, 17, was found dead on April 22, 1987, along some railroad tracks near his home in Berlin. He had been killed by a single stab wound to the chest. LISA SNYDER, 20, of Bow, was reported missing in 1985 after she left her sister's home in Dover to go to a club, which she did not know was closed. A fisherman found her body in the Rollinsford woods on April 18, 1987. B MICHELLE LAFOND, 23, was found strangled in her Dublin home on March 4, 1987. She was nearly three months pregnant AARON ZITNEE Johnson family. Police never had learned who had fathered a baby by Lisa Johnson, Ken Johnson's stepchild from a previous marriage, who was still living with him. Lamy's search led him to call Anthony Pfaaf, a former Manchester man who was living in North Carolina. Lamy said that he called to question Pfaaf about his relation to Lisa Johnson and her family. Unexpect edly, Lamy said, Pfaaf "volunteered the information that he had moved Sharon's car the night after the killing, at Ken Johnson's request" i The police flew Pfaaf to New Hampshire .and put him up at the tony . Sheraton Wayfarer in Bedford while they solicited more information, much of which police later determined was designed to hide Pfaaf s alleged role in the killing. Through the spring and into the fall, police checked out Pfaaf s information and his contacts, which led them to James Carroll, who had worked with Pfaaf cleaning restaurant exhaust systems for a Hooksett company. After Thanksgiving, Pfaaf againj flew to New Hampshire. "We believe he was thinking he would come up here fully expecting to continue to mislead us and be comfortably put up in surroundings he would enjoy," .said State Police Sgt Neal Scott,: who had joined Lamy on the case. ' Instead, on Nov. 28, Pfaaf found himself, Carroll and Ken. Johnson under arrest for capital murder, which could lead to execution by lethal injection. , ' Police had gathered enough information about Pfaaf, Carroll and Johnson to present Pfaaf with inconsistencies in his story on his arrival in New Hampshire. Lamy and Scott will not say what that information was or how they got it But they said the inconsistencies led Pfaaf to give them details of how he and Carroll allegedly kidnapped, stabbed and strangled Sharon Johnson for a $10,000 payment from her husband. "We're only at the halfway point as far as the investigation is concerned," Scott said. "We will continue to follow leads until there is a conviction." Two officers were recently added to the case, bringing the force to six. In addition to performing forensic work on a knife that may be the murder weapon, the police are trying to trace portions of the $10,000 payment that Carroll and Pfaff allegedly spent Last week, some investigators were following leads in North Carolina while others were in Rhode Island, where Ken Johnson was working at the time of his arrest Lamy and Scott say there was no celebration at the arrests, just more work They will not celebrate until there is a conviction, and even then, "it's not one that's jubilant" Lamy said. "There's a family out there that's a victim, too. They've been, robbed of.someone they love." JOY TO THE WORLD CELEBRATE WITH BYERS CHOICE CAROLERS Wit's End ROYAL RIDGE MALL. NASHUA. 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