Connecticut river valley killer

A composite of the Connecticut River Killer

Real Name: Unknown
Aliases: None Known
Wanted For: Murder
Missing Since: March 28, 1987


Details: During the mid 1980s, a suspected serial killer murdered at least six women along the New Hampshire/Vermont border. Jane Boroski could have been the seventh victim but she survived an attack by a man she encountered near a market in Swanzey, New Hampshire on April 6th, 1988. Like the six other women, she was attacked by a knife wielding assailant, but miraculously survived twenty-seven stab wounds. The suspect attacked all seven of the women in the Connecticut River Valley near Route 91 in both Vermont and New Hampshire.
Jane boroski

Jane Boroski

Cathy Millican, the first known victim, was found murdered in New London, New Hampshire on October 24, 1978. The next victim, Mary Elizabeth Critchley, was found murdered on August 9, 1981, in Unity, New Hampshire. Then, Bernice Courtemanche, a seventeen-year-old nurse's aide vanished on May 30, 1984 in West Claremont, New Hampshire. On April 9, 1986, her remains were found in Kellyville, New Hampshire. Another nurse, Ellen Fried, vanished in West Claremont, New Hampshire on July 20, 1984; her remains were also found in Kellyville, New Hampshire on September 19, 1985. Eva Morse, a single mother, was hitchhiking from work in Charlestown, New Hampshire when she vanished on July 10, 1985. A logger found her remains on April 25, 1986 in Unity, New Hampshire. In Saxtons River, Vermont, the killer changed tactics to murder Lynda Moore during a home invasion on May 15, 1986. Thirty-six year old nurse, Barbara Agnew, was missing for two months in Hartford, Vermont before she was found dead near Advent Hill Road in Hartland, Vermont on March 28, 1987. Not only had all of these women been stabbed in similar geographical areas; all had their throats slit.

  • Cathy Millician
  • Mary Elizabeth Critchley
  • Bernice Courtemanche
  • Ellen Fried
  • Eva Morse
  • Lynda Moore
  • Barbara Agnew

There are a few suspects in the murders and the police have indicated that one of the suspects, Michael Nicholaou matches the physical description of the person who attacked Jane Boroski. Nicholaou killed himself in Florida in 2005 after he murdered his wife and step daughter. During the time of the murders, Nicholaou lived in Holyoke, Massachusetts. His wife at the time had relatives living in Vermont. His residence was also very close to Interstate 91. He is also believed to be responsible for the murder of his first wife, Michelle Ashley. Police have had difficulty linking Michael Nicholaou to the killings as there has been no evidence other than Jane Boroski's description to tie him to the case. Also, Nicholaou was living in Virginia at the time of the Courtemanche, Fried, and Morse murders.
Extra Notes: The original airdate for this case is October 9, 1991.
Results: Wanted

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