Couple Found Dead In Apparent Murder Suicide At Haverhill Park

By Jim Armstrong, WBZ-TV

HAVERHILL (CBS) – Two people were killed in an apparent murder suicide at a park in Haverhill on Wednesday.

When investigators left the scene at Winnekenni Castle just before six o’clock Wednesday evening, they took with them the cars that earlier this afternoon were surrounded by crime tape. They are the same vehicles that were spotted by the groundskeeper’s young son and one of his friends around one this afternoon.

Inside, were the dead bodies of a man and a woman. The victims are identified as 37-year-old Mr. Kristen Broderick of Houston, Texas, and 36-year-old Martha McDermott of Hampton, New Hampshire. The two were believed to be married.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports

The larger park is a big draw for locals, even in the winter.

“Normally you have people walking around, you know, with their dogs and people take their horses up here,” explains Haverhill’s Wayne Laplante. “I come up and take bird pictures all the time. It’s usually a nice place to come up to.”

The cars where the bodies were found were two Volkswagens, one with license plates from Connecticut, the other from New Hampshire.

There was an infant’s car seat in the back of one of the vehicles but investigators offered no details about whether or not a child was present at the time of the incident.

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  • Dennis

    The laughing girls and the woman laughing hysterically added so much concern for the situation. I’m glad they got such a laugh,and can go back home to watch “reality tv”, and munch on junk food, tell the kids they are annoying them.

    Sadly the victims don’t have that choice any more.
    Laugh you heartless women, laugh if it happens to you.
    Now back to reality tv.

  • Ellen

    I feel sorry for the innocent child left behind. Guess no one was thinking about that when this took place.

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  • Lucy

    I think the mom was thinking of the child and that’s why she was not with them. I cannot fathom how anyone could do this – what is so bad that it’s worth not only killing yourself but someone else too? These just seem to be too common or are they just being publicized more? My heart goes out to all impacted by this.

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