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Thomas Mortimer IV – ‘I Murdered My Family’


His run from justice didn’t last long.

Yesterday, an arrest warrant was issued for Mortimer in connection with the murders of his wife Laura Mortimer, his mother-in-law Ellen Ragna Stone, his 4-year-old son Thomas “Finn” Mortimer, and his 2-year-old daughter Charlotte Mortimer.

At first, police only wished to question Mortimer, but as the investigation continued, Winchester Police and Massachusetts State Police obtained the arrest warrant.

Mortimer had been out of work for almost 18 months, but had recently been hired as a senior sales account executive for M&R Consultants Corporation.  He had called in sick around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Mortimer’s boss described him as polite, very cool and calm.

Mortimer, 43, was arrested in Bernardston, MA, about 90 miles from the scene of the murders. A father and son recognized the car he was driving and alerted police.

Police paraphrased the contents of two notes left on the kitchen table in which Mortimer claimed,  ‘I did these horrible things. What I have done is extremely selfish and cowardly. I murdered my family.’

While the cause of death has not been released, Police did announce death was fromblunt trauma and wounds caused by sharp objects.’

Ellen Stone, Laura Mortimer and Finn were found laying in a hallway.  Charlotte was found in a pool of blood in the upstairs of the home.

Mortimer’s mother, Sandra, said her son was a really nice man and must have been at the end of his rope to do this.

Cases involving the murdering of an entire family happen way too often.  James Alan Fox, Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern University, poses some interesting theories.  See, Truth behind mass murder may not surprise.



  1. ritanita
    06/18/2010 at 3:45 pm

    His mother might re-think her statement that her son “was a really nice man and must have been at the end of his rope to do this.”

    Really nice men at the end of their “rope” don’t murder their families. The look for a solution to their problems.

    This so much reminds me of the John List case. He murdered his family because he was out of work and didn’t want them to be humiliated by going on welfare.

    Whatever his so-called “reasons” for doing this, it was the total selfishness of his acts that makes him a special kind of monster.

  2. David From TN
    06/18/2010 at 6:29 pm

    I too, am reminded of John List. They made a TV novie about him with Robert Blake as John List.

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