4 Hours After Charged with Murder, Thomas Mortimer IV Captured in Bernardston, Massachusetts

Horiffic Disturbing. Unspeakable. Thomas Mortimer accused of killing his wife, two young children and mother-in-law in their suburban Boston home was captured by police, hours after he was charged with four counts of murder. (June 17)

Wednesday, Thomas Mortimer’s 41-year-old wife, Laura; her 64-year-old mother Ellen Stone, his 4-year-old son Thomas and 2-year-old daughter Charlotte were found dead in their two-story home at 2 Windsong Lane, Winchester, Massachusetts. All victims were killed by a combination of blunt force and sharp objects.

Police say a fight between Mortimer and his wife preceded the murders. Police found a note inside the home, saying he murdered his family, and also found signs that he may have tried to kill himself.

With a manhunt underway, Mortimer was first spotted in the town of Montague by a father and son. Mortimer’s car broke down and needed a jump. The father recognized him from news reports, and called 911 after assisting. Police then focused their search in Western Massachusetts and captured Mortimer in Bernardston.