Nathan Carman arrested in 2016 murder of his mother on the high seas
Nathan Carman was arrested Tuesday for the 2016 murder of his mother on the high seas.
The U.S. attorney for Vermont said Carman, 28, was arrested on an eight-count indictment charging him with the murder of Linda Carman and related frauds to obtain family and insurance funds.
Carman, who’s from Vermont, will be arraigned Wednesday.
Federal prosecutors said that in 2013, Carman “shot and killed his grandfather John Chakalos at Chakalos’s home in Windsor, Connecticut, and, in 2016, killed his mother Linda Carman and sunk his boat during a supposed fishing trip off the coast of Rhode Island.”
They added that both killings were part of a “scheme to obtain money and property from the estate of John Chakalos and related family trusts.”
Carman, according to federal prosecutors, tried to “defraud the company that insured his fishing boat.”
ABC 6 News spoke with attorney Sean O’Leary, who represented National Liability & Fire Insurance Company and Boat Owners Association of the United States, as Carman attempted to claim $85,000 on his policy.
“Mr. Carman had jerry-rigged the boat, which almost immediately sank. And that was the last time he saw his mother,” recalled O’Leary of the case.
According to the lawsuit, Carman had removed two bulkheads and trim tabs before his boat left Ram Point Marina in South Kingstown.
“It was just an odd set of circumstances which I think then caused a few folks to look back and say, ‘Well, what happened to his grandfather a few years before that?'” said O’Leary.
Carman’s grandfather, who made tens of millions of dollars building and renting nursing homes, left his fortune to his four daughters to be given upon his death. After learning about the money in 2012, Carman talked his grandfather into “convincing Linda Carman to designate Nathan Carman as the beneficiary of her trust.”
Not long after, Chakalos was found shot to death with a rifle purchased by Carman in Hookset, New Hampshire. He inherited $550,000 from his grandfather’s trust following his death.
“There were a lot of people that had been shocked, and this goes back five years, that Mr. Carman hadn’t been charged with murder at that point,” recalled O’Leary. “Today, a lot of people are saying it’s about time.”
If Carman is found guilty, he will face life in prison.