NH's Rich History Includes These Murderers
New Hampshire is rich with history. This means there's plenty of good and plenty of bad moments to look back on and this includes killers.
Here's a look at five of the Granite State's most infamous murder ties.
Sheila LaBarre lured younger men to her farm in Epping, which she inherited after the man who owned the farm, Dr. Wilfred LaBarre, died in 2000.
Although they never married, Sheila said she was his common-law wife.
LaBarre killed Michael Deloge and Kenneth Countie. She stabbed Deloge to death and burned his body. Police also found one of Deloge’s bones on the property. She was arrested April 2, 2006, and was convicted in 2008. She is serving two consecutive life sentences and is currently at a Florida prison.
Some have questioned whether she also killed Wilfred LaBarre, but she denies doing so.
In January 2017, the New Hampshire Attorney General's office announced it had partially solved a decades-old cold case.
Findings of a search of 925 Hayward St. in Manchester in connection with the missing person's case of Denise Beaudin from 1981 revealed that her boyfriend Robert "Bob" Evans killed the four unidentified victims found in barrels in Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown in 1985 and 2000.
DNA evidence confirmed Evans' true identity to be Terry Peder Rasmussen.
Rasmussen died in 2010 in a California prison under the name Curtis Kimball while serving a 15 year to life sentence for killing his girlfriend Eunsoon Jun.
Authorities are still looking for more victims.
Photo — Herman Webster Mudgett/Wikipedia
H. H. Holmes was born Herman Webster Mudgett in Gilmanton, New Hampshire, on May 16, 1861.
Holmes is known as American’s first serial killer, but it’s his link to an England serial killer that really raises eyebrows.
Holmes lured victims to a hotel he owned near the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. He eventually was convicted of killing Benjamin Pitezel and was hanged on May 7, 1896, at Moyamensing Prison.
The link between the killers resurfaced earlier this year leading up to the Royal Wedding. Jeff Mudgett is Meghan Markles’s eighth cousin.
Steven Spader and Christopher Gribble were convicted of killing Kimberly Cates with a machete and maiming her daughter, 11-year-old Jaimie Cates, at their Mont Vernon home on Oct. 4, 2009.
Spader, who was nearly 18 at the time of the murder, received life without parole but a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling found it unconstitutional for juvenile offenders to receive such a sentence.
In 2013, Spader was resentenced to life without parole and refused to attend his hearing or authorize his attorneys to argue for a lesser sentence.
Spader, who is now 26, is currently serving his sentence in New Jersey.
Gribble also received a life without parole sentence and is currently in prison in Maryland.
Quinn Glover and William Marks, the two other men who broke into the home with Spader and Gribble, also are still in prison for their roles in the crime.
On March 6, 1873, Louis Wagner killed two women on Smuttynose Island in the Isle of Shoals. Wagner strangled Karen Christensen to death and killed Anethe Christensen with a hatchet or ax. A third woman, Maren Hontvet, escaped.
Wagner’s trial started on June 9 and nine days later, he was convicted of the murders. Wagner, who insisted he was innocent, broke out of jail but was recaptured. On June 25, 1875, he was hanged at the prison in Thomaston, Maine.