Connecticut River Valley Killer – Eva Marie Morse

The victim we’ll discuss today has a stunningly little information available about her despite an astounding amount of articles that rehash and rehash the same few facts about the case and very little to humanize the victim or say anything about the person she was or the daughter she left behind. I have rationalized that this could be because this victim came from limited financial resources or because her family chose not to speak out in their grief.

Eva Marie Morse was born on May 6th, 1958 in Springfield, VT. Eva was a single mother to a daughter and frequently hitchhiked to and from work because of her financial circumstances. Eva was last seen by passing motorists on Route 12 in Charlestown, NH near Claremont, NH on July 10, 1985 in the morning. I could not locate where she worked.

Eva was missing for almost a year when her body was found by loggers in Unity, NH in the woods 500 ft from where Betsy Critchley’s body was found in 1981. Autopsy indicated that her cause of death was stabbing with knife wounds to her neck.

Eva was buried in Pine Crest Cemetery in Charlestown, NH. Eva had an older half sister, Marie Crocker, who seemed to keep away from talking much about the case. She reportedly did not believe that Michael Nicholau was Eva’s killer.

https://www.doj.nh.gov/criminal/cold-case/victim-list/eva-morse.htm

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/36616406/eva-marie-morse

A Serial Killer in the Connecticut River Valley?

https://www.reformer.com/local-news/stabbing-victim-ids-attacker-years-later/article_a65b823a-5286-5f75-848c-199ad28eb88d.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connecticut_River_Valley_Killer

https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Connecticut_River_Killer

https://mysterynh.blogspot.com/2019/01/connecticut-river-valley-killer_18.html

https://www.frontpagedetectives.com/p/connecticut-river-valley-case-murder-serial-suspect

https://player.fm/series/crimestuff/episode-31-the-connecticut-valley-serial-killer

https://www.websleuths.com/forums/threads/nh-connecticut-river-valley-killer-1980s.154206/page-6

Connecticut River Valley – Bernice Courtemanche

Another case that has been tied to the Connecticut River Valley killer was Bernice Courtemanche.

Bernice was born on December 24, 1966 to Robert Byron Courtemanche, Sr and named after her grandmother on her father’s side. I could not locate her mother’s name but she did have 2 brothers.

At the time of her disappearance she was just 17. She was a Nurse’s Aide at the Sullivan County Nursing Home in Beauregard Village

Sources indicate that she was last seen by her boyfriend’s mother at approximately 3:30 p.m. on May 30, 1984 hitchhiking in West Claremont, NH after leaving work.

At the time of her disappearance she was believed to be hitchhiking to her boyfriend’s house. She was reported missing the day after she was last seen.

Two years later, on April 19, 1986 her remains were discovered by fishermen just off Cat Hole Hill Road in Newport, NH. Autopsy found that she had been stabbed to death with knife wounds to the neck and some type of injury to her head.

Her body was laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery in Claremont, NH.

https://www.doj.nh.gov/criminal/cold-case/victim-list/bernice-courtemanche.htm

https://www.wmur.com/article/new-hampshire-unsolved-case-file-bernice-courtemanche/21089031#

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/82324105/bernice-courtemanche

A Serial Killer in the Connecticut River Valley?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connecticut_River_Valley_Killer

https://webkinzwate.blogspot.com/2015/09/connecticut-river-valley-killer.html

https://darkmatter69.blogspot.com/2019/12/where-is-michelle-nicolaou-and-who-was.html

“Betsy” Mary Elizabeth Critchley

I found myself putting off writing about this case because I was frustrated with the lack of information that I could find despite the potential tie to the Connecticut River Valley Serial Killer and the sheer number of articles that Betsy is mentioned in. So like many of the other articles, this is just going to be a retelling of the most basic facts in this case.

Mary Elizabeth Critchley, known as “Betsy” was born on December 25, 1943 and was the oldest child of James Joseph Critchley and Elizabeth McLaughlin Critchley. Betsy has 2 younger sisters.

Betsy was a 37-year old student at the University of Vermont at the time of her suspected murder. She was in Massachusetts for a dental appointment and was last seen on the evening of July 25, 1981 when she was dropped off near Exit 13 on the Mass Turnpike with the intention of hitchhiking home to Waterbury, VT where she shared an apartment with a friend. She never made it home that night.

Betsy’s body was found on 8/9/21 in a wooden area off Unity Stage Rd in Unity, NH . Due to significant decomposition, her cause of death could not be determined but foul play is suspected. Her body was fully clothed but her backpack and sandals were never located.

Betsy is buried in St Joseph’s Cemetary in Plainville, CT

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/81983103/mary-elizabeth-critchley

https://www.doj.nh.gov/criminal/cold-case/victim-list/mary-elizabeth-critchley.htm

https://www.wmur.com/article/new-hampshire-unsolved-case-file-mary-elizabeth-critchley/22677217

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connecticut_River_Valley_Killer

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