The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on July 21, 1991 · 10
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10 THE BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE JULY 21, 1991 timer siispeci captured m iviame caom stall in SALEM Continued from Page 1 After his arrest, Maimoni, a 46-year-old engineer, was held at the scene until evening and then transported to the Washington County sheriff s lockup in Machias. He will probably be held in Maine until at least tomorrow morning, when he will be arraigned in a local courthouse on charges of criminal trespassing and being a fugitive from justice, officials said. If he waives extradition, he will be brought to Salem immediately, Massachusetts officials said yesterday. If he fights extradition, hearings may prolong his move for as long as three months. Salem detectives said yesterday they would not go to Maine until they have an indication of whether Maimoni will fight extradition. Maine State Police Detective Joseph Doucette said Maimoni was not questioned about the Salem murder last night, though he made "statements that would be of interest to Massachusetts police." Doucette said Maimoni did not offer a confession. Maimoni's attorney, Joseph Casey of Lynn, said last night that he had not heard from his client since he fled last week. Maimoni's capture in northern Maine, in a town of fewer than 130 residents about 20 miles by road from the border crossing at Vance-boro, led Massachusetts police to believe he was attempting to flee to Canada. For the family of Martha Brails-ford, the arrest brought some sense of resolution to the bizarre mystery. "We're all relieved he was caught," said Paul Brailsford, Martha Brailsford's father-in-law. "We're all relieved the body was found, so there isn't any mystery anymore." Salem police have a murder warrant for Maimoni, who they believe killed Brailsford, an interior designer, while the two took a sailing trip together a week ago Friday on Maimoni's 28-foot boat, the Counterpoint. Brailsford's husband, Brian, discovered her missing when he got home from work the same night and reported her disappearance to police early the next morning, July 13. Maimoni initially told police that Brailsford, an acquaintance of his, never got on the boat, but in a second interview with police he changed his story to say she died in a boating accident and was lost at sea. He did not report her death immediately because he panicked, he said. But Brailsford's body, bound by weights, was found tangled in a lob-sterman's lines off Marblehead on Thursday. When police arrived at Maimoni's condominium minutes later and kicked in the door, guns drawn, he was gone. Brailsford and Maimoni met each other in the spring as they walked their dogs through the Salem Willows section of town, friends said. i ft literal Mr iff Forced to Walls to Pay Fine Diamonds Precious Gems Pearls Gold Jewelry German & French Crystal Maytag Hoover Magic Chef Pioneer General Electric MAKE AMY OFFER! FIXTURES FOR SALE DEALERS WELCOME SALE ENDS SAT. July 27 I If Since 1921 1 ntPMi V IfcAsl . J t r M ' , -?' f ' iV Salem Detective Sgt Conrad Prosniewskl presides over a news conference announcing the arrest of murder 'He didn't touch anything inside the house ... He was just living there. I couldn't believe this was a guy they wanted for murder.' RONALD C. WILLIAMS, Waite resident A member of the state medical examiner's office said Friday that Brailsford, 37, drowned. Police said the autopsy findings buttress their belief that her death was a homicide. Maimoni's arrest brings to an end an intense three-day search, primarily in New England. A Salem police source said yesterday that the department received information yesterday morning that Maimoni might be in northern Maine and immediately sent his photograph and other information to the area. "We had a lot of good leads," said Salem Detective Sgt. Conrad Pros-niewski at an afternoon press conference. "This was just a matter of time. The investigation has just started." When he arrived on the scene in Waite, Deputy Sheriff Gross said, he had no idea there was a murder sus Buy... feSu" !?... Sell to the Bare Bank and Creditors Modern Maid Black & Decker 030 C.irrritt Stroot Monday Friday 9:30 7:00 Saturday 9:00 5 30 547 4236 . All Maior Credit Cvds Accepted Instant credit available lor qualified buyers , .- pect in the cabin. Gross announced he was an officer and ordered anyone inside to come out. Maimoni, a tall, balding man best known in Salem for his love of the sea, surrendered. Within minutes, Maine State Police Troopers Tim Varney, Jeff Parola and Tim McCad-den joined in the capture. Law enforcement sources have said that Maimoni, who had been divorced at least twice, had been making sexual overtures to women around Salem in recent months. On Friday, divers searched the waters off Magnolia at a location Maimoni was known to frequent in his boat but found nothing. There was no further diving for evidence yesterday, police said. Salem and Massachusetts State Police said yesterday they were unsure what path Maimoni followed to arrive at Waite, which local residents 50 End-of-season clearance now in progress! 6 Appleseed's Classic Women's Clothing for 45 Years All stores open Sundays 12-5! Beverly, Dodge Street, 508-921-2651 Wellesley, Church Street, 617-235-3853 Concord, Monument Street, 508-369-4708 Westwood, High Street, 617-329-5190 Marblehead, Atlantic Ave., 617-631-1773 ' Osterville, Main Street, 508-428-6081 Concord, Rt. 117 & Sudbury Rd., 508-369-8883 West Hartford, CT LaSalle Rd., 203-523-4065 Cohasset, Beechjyood St. at Rt. 3A, 617-383-6144 Greenwich, CT E. Putnam Ave., 203-622-1560 . : . f x described yesterday as a quiet logging town, largely supported by the . Georgia Pacific paper mills. Maimoni drove to Maine in his own car, a silver 1987 Ford Taurus with license plates reading T6J, which Maine State Police impounded last night in a search for more evidence. Detectives informed Maimoni's wife, Patricia, yesterday afternoon that he had been captured, and she expressed relief, police said. "I think she was thankful he was in custody," said Prosniewski. "She was worried about him and his safety, and afraid he would hurt himself or wind up in a compromising posi- ( tion where he would act irrationally." But detectives said that the family has learned that Maimoni, a $969-a-week engineer at the Parker Bros, game company, may have told local women that his wife was dead in an attempt to lure ihem onto his sailboat. "After the body had been found, they realized he had lied to them, and they have been devastated since," said Prosniewski. Police said that Maimoni may have lied on his resume in saying he had a doctorate, and that he told . friends he was an Air Force pilot When police checked with the military, they discovered he had been an enlisted man, which would mean he T -75 GL08E STAFF PHOTO MARK WILSON suspect Thomas J. Maimoni. 1 V, -A ft y I - - jKtaM tmmmmmmU THOMAS J. MAIMONI Arrested in vacant house could not have been a pilot. Maimoni grew up in Pawtucket, R.I., where his elderly parents still live. On one resume he said that he attended the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Rhode Island. On Friday, URI officials said they had no record of his attending the school. Brailsford's family has planned a memorial service for her at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the First Parish Unitarian Church in Beverly. Contributing reporter Jeordan Legon and correspondent John Laidkr contributed to this report r o: 2 5 2 D Waite MAINE Calais Bangor Machias J ' Augusta (5) Athsntk' sSOMtlES RASS. GLOBE STAFF MAP Border beckoned to earlier fugitives By Adrian Walker GLOBE STAFF In fleeing toward the Canadian border last week, Thomas J. Maimoni of Salem, charged with the murder of Martha Brailsford, was following a route often taken by fugitives. -: In recent years Canada has been the destination of such high-profile, fugitives as Florida mass murderer, Christopher Wilder and New York subway killer Bernhard Goetz. Maimoni, 46, was captured in Waite, Maine, yesterday aftemooij Waite is near the border crossing at Vanceboro, Maine. Wilder may have lured as many as eight women to their deaths with his promises of fame and fortune in the modeling world. He committed suicide in Cole-brook, N.H., during a shootout with police after being pursued' by FBI ' agents from Florida to California 'to New England, in what agents called "one of the most intense manhunts' ever conducted." "" Wilder, who drove a Porsche and posed as a fashion photographer killed at least four women on his cross-country spree. Four other women who were never found are believed to have been Wilder victims, while three women he abducted and raped managed to escape. Canada was also the destination of Goetz, the vigilante who shot four youths on a New York City subway train on Dec. 22, 1984, after they allegedly accosted him and asked for $5. Goetz surrendered to police in New Hampshire after spending sev-; eral days in a hotel in Bennington; Vt. Goetz was convicted on weaponsi charges; in an emotion-charged trial, a jury acquitted him of attempted murder. More successful in his flight to Canada was Nils Nordstrom Jr" who was convicted of the 1969 murder of an off-duty Cambridge police officer. Nordstrom fled while on "a' 24-hour prison furlough in 1974 and1 was leading a quiet life in Thundef , Bay, Ontario, before being captured on June 3 of this year. Nordstrom, now 61, shot officer Austin Jordan on July 21, 1969, after an argument in a bar on Mount Auburn Street. He served a little more than four years of his life sentence before escaping on his third furlough. He was traced to Thunder Bay' by state police officers who discoV-" ered that his girlfriend had lived' with him there from 1974 to 1979, and were able to learn the last of several aliases he had adopted. ; Acton man dies I in Vermont crash ; ASSOCIATED PRESS ' RYEGATE, Vt. - A Massachusetts man died early yesterday after the pickup truck in which he was riding struck a tree in Ryegate, State Police said. Edward M. Pereira, 45, of Acton, Mass., was killed when the truck, driven by Adam W. Baker, 21, of Ryegate, failed to negotiate a curve on Town Highway 7 at 3 a.m., aii-thorities said. '

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