Murder on the trail…Louise Chaput’s tragic death

52-year old Louise Chaput was a self employed pyschiatrist and mother of two daughters that lived in Sherbrook, Quebec. She was self-employed and worked primarily in marriage counseling and with prisoners at local prison. Reportedly work had been hard, and she was looking forward to a trip with friends to explore the Middle East but this was 2001, and after 9/11 those plans were abruptly canceled.

Louise still sought a break. A capable outsdoors woman and hiker, she called around to see if anyone could join her for a trip to the mountains but when no one could join her, she thought nothing of going alone. She dropped her 18 years Louise reserved a room at Joe Dodge Lodge and started out on her drive.

Louise crossed the border in Vermont at 11:45 AM, and stopped briefly at the Pik Quik at 12:50 pm in Colebrook. She arrived at her destination around 3 pm – just before check-in time at her hotel.

Louise stopped by the information Center at the Appalachian Mountain Club Visitor’s center where she sought information about a short hike that would take her back to the hotel before dark. During the conversation, she was directed to a trail called the lost pond trail. The trail is a short, easy hike and she seemed to be in Agreement with that route when she left. This was the last known sighting of Louise alive.

Louise never made it back to check into her hotel. Her boyfriend reported her missing when she did not arrive back home on Monday. Her silver ford focus was found across from the Direttisma , and it contained items that she would have typically brought with her such as her hiking shoes, chocolate and water bottle. What was missing was her Blue Kanuk Backpack with a down sleeping bag, her car keys with a silver S pendant. Police have asked that hikers keep an eye out on the trail incase something is ever uncovered.

Louise’s body was found fully clothed, burned and stabbed . Autopsy reported that she has multiple stab and clean slice wounds. Her body was found just a quarter mile from the visitor’s center on the far more complicated Glen Boulder Trail that tracks to Mount Isolation but she didn’t make it far. No one knows why she changed her mind but it appeared to be a fatal decision. It appears she died just as she was starting her trek.

A few things about this case were immediately clear – robbery did not appear to be a motive as the items that were missing were low value. The car keys were missing but the car was still there, her credit and bank cards were not stolen or used and she was not sexually assaulted. Due to her work with marriage counseling and at the prison, police even ruled out that she was stalked or followed but there was no indication that occurred. Police are working with the theory that the attack was random but a local who knew the area. The case still remains unsolved, and I have found all of the information that I could. While there are many articles on this case there is not a lot of information. After 20 years the case remains a unsolved. If you have any information that might be helpful in solving this case, you can reach the NH Cold Case Unit 603-223-3856.

Louise Chaput | Cold Case Unit | NH Department of Justice

New Hampshire unsolved case file: Who killed Louise Chaput? (wmur.com)

Death in the Whites: Quebec woman’s murder on N.H. trail still a mystery | Appalachian Trail: Trials and Tragedy (wordpress.com)

Ten years later, murder of Louise Chaput still unsolved | News | conwaydailysun.com

Investigators implore hikers to look for possible clues in cold case (wmur.com)

Clues sought in hiking cold case 13 years later – News – seacoastonline.com – Portsmouth, NH

New Hampshire Cases Page 2 – Savagewatch

White Mountains Murder of Louise Chaput | Missing on Acast

NH Unsolved/Cold Cases (websleuths.com)

New Hampshire unsolved case file: Who killed Louise Chaput? (wmur.com)

Tragedy in Oxford, MA

Calm was shattered in the small town of Oxford, Ma when the police received 2 9-1-1 calls from the couple living at 234 Old Webster Street. Gun shots range out during the call and police found tragedy when they arrived at the scene.

The 4 bedroom home was shared by Jamie Dickenson, 34, known in the neighborhood as a mom who loved gardening and 38 year old JesseBrooks, an electrician. The couple had 2 children together and Jamie’s 13 year old son from a previous relationship.

The 13 year old boy was able to climb out the window with his 4 year old sister, and flee to the neighbors for safety. The neighbors also called 9-1-1.

By the time the police got there it was too late. Jamie Dickinson was found dead in the kitchen, and Brooks was found dead in the backyard from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. A 3 year old child was found in the house after the shootings but was physically unharmed.

Neighbors say they often heard the couple fighting but were shocked by the tragedy.

The children are reportedly now in the custody of relatives and are receiving trauma services. The couple’s 2 dogs have been taken by animal control.

https://whdh.com/news/da-identifies-couple-involved-in-apparent-murder-suicide-in-oxford/

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2021/06/23/oxford-murder-suicide/

https://cbsloc.al/2U0xPGJ

https://www.masslive.com/worcester/2021/06/jesse-brooks-and-jamie-dickinson-identified-as-couple-killed-in-apparent-oxford-murder-suicide.html

Thomas Mortimer IV – Winchester, MA Family Annihilation

Neighbors reported that the family at 2 Windsong Drive seemed to be a close family. Ragna Ellen Stone, know as Ellen, had lived in the home since 1986 and was well known by all of the neighbors. She lived in the home with her daughter Laura, her husband Thomas and their 2 small children, Finn age 4 and Charlotte age 2. There were no outward sounds of any difficulties in the home. Described as a quiet man, Thomas Mortimer IV was known as a stay at home dad and was very often seen playing with the kids in the yard.

43- year old Thomas Mortimer IV had just started a new job after having been unemployed for 18 months. He had reportedly left a good job for another one that lasted less than 5 months just prior to the extended unemployment stint and was bitter that job did not last. He had recently been hired as Senior Sales Executive and was doing very well in his first 2 weeks of his new job.

Meanwhile at home, his wife, Laura Stone-Mortimer got the mail. She was incredibly upset to find a check for $2499 to the Internal Revenue Service had bounced. This was probably related to being unemployed for so long and having just started a new job.

The argument reportedly went into the evening when Thomas returned from work. The timeline from the records I have read seem to indicate that Thomas smashed his wife in the face with a frying pan before stabbing her 60 times.

His mother in law ran to the front door but didn’t make it. She was stabbed 18 times and covered by an Oriental rug in the Living room.

Thomas “Finn” Mortimer, just 4 years old witnessed these murders according to the note left by his father, before his throat was slashed and he was also killed. He was found under a blanket near his mother.

Charlotte was standing up in her crib when her father came in for her, slashing her throat and leaving her in a pool of blood in her crib.

Thomas might have had the intention to kill himself but was unsuccessful. He left two notes detailing his actions and fled the home. The bodies were discovered by the authorities on June 16, 2010 after Laura’s sister called them. Mortimer had written and printed out detailed confessions left at the scene. He was caught and arrested the next day near the Vermont border.

Thomas pleaded guilty and will serve the rest of his life in prison. I am glad he spared the rest of the surviving family the trauma of a trial.

http://archive.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/09/22/killing_of_winchester_family_unfolds_in_case_summary/

https://www.wickedlocal.com/article/20100617/NEWS/306178904

https://www.wickedlocal.com/article/20100921/NEWS/309219285

https://patch.com/connecticut/avon/avon-native-thomas-mortimer-iv-pleads-guilty-to-murde55e08199b4

https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/mortimer-family-murder/

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2212533/Father-slashed-throat-son-4-daughter-2-repeatedly-stabbing-wife-mother-law-frenzied-attack-argument-bounced-check.html

https://people.com/archive/i-murdered-my-family-vol-73-no-26/

https://www.wickedlocal.com/article/20100618/NEWS/306189137

https://winchester.wickedlocal.com/x1237304200/Winchester-neighbors-recall-tiny-clues-as-they-struggle-to-move-on-after-murders