“Dedicated” New Hampshire Teacher Set On Fire, Murdered

HOLDERNESS, N.H. (AP) – School officials in Holderness, N.H., say a woman who died after apparently being doused with gasoline and set on fire was a dedicated teacher who worked closely with students with reading challenges.

Fifty-seven-year-old Evelyn Spodnick of Wentworth died Friday, and authorities plan to charge 60-year-old Barry Winters with first-degree murder. Winters, who lived with Spodnick, has not been charged yet because he remains hospitalized with self-inflicted burns.

Spodnick recently finished her final year teaching reading at Holderness Central School. Principal William Van Bennekum says she did her job so well that the community rallied behind her to keep her position funded for years.

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  1. Willow says:

    How terribly sad and tragic. Domestic violence in this country is out of control. Legislation is needed to create stiffer jail sentences for abusers and for those who violate a protective order. Restraining orders just don’t work.

  2. Jack Bouchard says:

    How did you get to that from anything in this article?

    1. petem says:

      Did you READ the article?

      “and authorities plan to charge 60-year-old Barry Winters with first-degree murder. Winters, who lived with Spodnick, has not been charged yet because he remains hospitalized with self-inflicted burns.”

      Jeesh!

      1. Derek Brooks says:

        @petem I also must have missed the part in the article that you reposted where it said that Barry Winters had a restraining order against him, or had been previously accused of domestic assault. In any matter, its a very sad story. My heart goes out to her family.

    2. MarineMom682 says:

      It’s called reading comprehension!

  3. Me says:

    You should have been in her class, I guess…

  4. Tom Holbrook says:

    Again…I, too, have NO clue where anyone extrapolated “restraining order” and “domestic violence” from this article. So to those of you who are piling on the other posters for not noticing the indistinct, maybe it is you who should have benefited from the victim’s dedication as a teacher. Morons.

  5. Smitty says:

    This article does NOT mention that they had a “domestic” relationship or anything about abuse. Wihters could have been a tenant in an apartment where she lived. Yes, reading comprehension is not too highly regarded here.

  6. Joe says:

    Think we have problems in this country???? A woman is murdered and people are arguing over whether it is Domestic Violence and calling each other morons.

  7. jerrylud says:

    Joe ,8/23 2:15 pm you are so right

  8. Bess says:

    There is a sentence, “Winters, who lived with Spotnick….They lived together in a house or apartment. More than likely this is domestic violence, but, there is no proof that he was a partner or roommate. Let’s try and be a little bit nicer to one anotherIt is not necessary to be condescending or use name calling.

  9. Merrilee says:

    You poor thing. You really think you are one of those with a brain, yet your spelling, grammar and puctuation are way off.
    If these two people lived under the same roof, it was a domestic situation whether or not it was a romantic relationship. Dousing a woman with gasoline and setting her on fire IS abuse, therefore, it is domestic abuse.
    How interesting it is that mostly men don’t see this as domestic abuse, but women do.

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