A Vermont man has been accused of killing his mother on a fishing boat in order to inherit his grandfather’s wealth – whom he also killed, prosecutors say.
Nathan Carman, 28, was charged with murder on the high seas and multiple counts of fraud in an unsealed indictment on Tuesday. In a disaster Press releasethe US Department of Justice exposed details of his alleged crimes.
“According to the unsealed indictment, in 2013 Nathan Carman shot and killed his grandfather John Chakalos at Chakalos’ home in Windsor, Connecticut, and in 2016 killed his mother Linda Carman and sank his boat. during a supposed fishing trip off the coast of Rhode Island,” the DOJ said. “The indictment alleges that both murders were part of a scheme to obtain money and property of the estate of John Chakalos and related family trusts.”
Mr Carman was also accused of trying to defraud the insurance company that insured the fishing boat, which prosecutors say deliberately sank. If convicted, he faces a mandatory life sentence for the murder charge and up to 30 years in prison for each of the fraud charges.
Mr. Carman has not been found guilty of any wrongdoing and is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The Independent contacted the Office of the Federal Public Defender, which represents him, for comment.
The indictment is the latest wrinkle in the long and bizarre saga of Mr Carman, who was found alone on a life raft off the coast of Rhode Island in September 2016. Eight days earlier he and his mother had left together for a fishing trip. , but only Mr. Carman returned. Linda Carman was never found and is now presumed dead.
Mr Carman told authorities their boat sank after he heard a ‘funny noise’ from the engine and water started rushing into the vessel. He says he tried to save his mother, but as he was grabbing bags of supplies, she disappeared.
“What happened on the boat was a terrible tragedy that I’m still trying to process and still trying to come to terms with,” Mr Carman later said. CBS News.
The 28-year-old’s aunts did not believe his story and two years later took legal action to stop him receiving his inheritance from his grandfather. Mr. Chakalos had left $42 million to his four adult daughters, including the late Linda Carman, and the three surviving sisters believe Mr. Carman killed him – and possibly Linda too – to get his money back.
Mr. Carman vehemently denied killing his grandfather.
“My grandfather was like a father to me and I was like a son to him,” the grandson said. SCS. “He was the closest person to me in the world, and I loved him and he loved me, and I had absolutely nothing to do with his death.”
The arrest of Mr. Carman will take place on Wednesday, May 11.