GUILTY NH - Mara Pappalardo, 39, & Mason Smeltzer, 4, murdered, Auburn, 7 Nov 2010

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  1. Joe Friday

    Joe Friday Active Member

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    Man Beats His Wife to Death for Understandable Reason

    There are almost no occasions in which beating a spouse to death is an appropriate response. But for one father in New Hampshire who returned to find his children seemingly murdered by their mother, it kind of makes sense.

    Last year, Christopher Smeltzer returned home one day to find his 4-year-old son strangled to death, his 7-year-old daughter seemingly also strangled (though she was only unconscious), and the guilty party -- his wife, Mara Pappalardo -- trying to hang herself.

    Understandably, the man lost control. And what he did next may make him spend the next decade in prison. He picked up a flashlight and he beat his wife to death. Is it bad that I don't even blame him?

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  3. joe jones

    joe jones New Member

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    did the 7 year old survive, I still think he should have been tried for the murder
     
  4. Jaxson

    Jaxson Your barkin' up the wrong tree

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    Well that's a 'crime of passion' if ever there was one! I don't think I could find him guilty if this is in fact what happened.
     
  5. MagicRose99

    MagicRose99 Watch out for my thorns!

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    If you follow the link in the article to the Huffington post article, it says that after he killed his wife, and thinking both his children dead, he took all the pills he could find in the house trying to kill himself... the next morning his daughter woke him up and he then called 911.
     
  6. UdbCrzy2

    UdbCrzy2 New Member

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  7. Kimberlyd125

    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    IMO there is never an understandable reason to beat someone to death.

    Just my opinion.
     
  8. UdbCrzy2

    UdbCrzy2 New Member

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    I could see temporary insanity upon finding his children (thought both were dead) murdered. What jury could convict him of not being emotionally traumatized under those conditions. But, he's pleading guilty so there won't be a jury.
     
  9. Kimberlyd125

    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    I totally understand your points.
    I totally understand wanting her dead.
    Crime of passion, I get that.

    But IMO, there is never an "understandable reason" for beating someone to death with a flashlight.


    It's JMO.
     
  10. annmarie62

    annmarie62 New Member

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    If I came home and found that my husband/boyfriend/significant other had murdered one of my children and attempted to murder the other one- I would try to kill him so fast it would make one's head spin. I would like to think that I would just call 911 and let justice take its course, but I know myself better than that. If I were on a jury re. this case, this man would (with proper mental health counseling) W-A-L-K!!
     
  11. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Agreed 100%. Or more than that if that's possible.
     
  12. Joe Friday

    Joe Friday Active Member

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    I'm wondering what evidence there was to suggest that he didn't commit all the murders and make it look like his wife did.

    One of the articles I read said he returned from a cocaine-snorting outing, killed his wife then took a bunch of pills and tried to kill himself as well but woke up later the next morning.

     
  13. joe jones

    joe jones New Member

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    I wonder if there is any evidence that his wife killed his son, Mercy the daughter from the above post does not appear to corroborate his story, as it seems she woke up in the morning to find her mother and brother dead and no knowledge of how it had happened

    seems very odd to me and to some members of his wifes family, unless the state has more evidence than provided in that article then there is reason to doubt his story,
     
  14. Kimberlyd125

    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    Ahhhh
    Starting to hear "the rest of the story".

    So maybe it wasn't a crime of passion. Maybe it was a drug induced rage.
     
  15. georgiagirl

    georgiagirl Opinionated Southern Belle

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    This sounds kinda familiar.... Didn't Christian Longo try to use this defense?
     
  16. AmyinTheHam

    AmyinTheHam New Member

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  17. LietKynes

    LietKynes Well-Known Member

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    Like Mr. Sweat who killed those two young girls -- I forgot which state --- this man may have seen things which 'weren't'. Supposedly drugs can cause people to do things that they later have no knowledge of commiting.
    Hopefully they thoroughly 'scoured' the crime scene for evidence !
    Sad for the little girl.... I don't know what to think of the father yet.
     
  18. angelmom

    angelmom The love stays...forever in our hearts

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    Okay, I'm sooo glad I'm not the only person who thought that!
     
  19. fran

    fran Former Member

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    I don't believe him!

    But LE appears to want to, so case closed.?

    just sayin'

    fran
     
  20. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140602/NEWS03/140609803

     
  21. CHERIE.T

    CHERIE.T Former Member

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    What a troubled family.
     

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