Former Middletown man arrested for killing mother at sea in 2016

Nathan Carman took a boating trip with his mother, Linda Carman, in 2016. She never returned.
Published: May. 10, 2022 at 3:22 PM EDT|Updated: May. 11, 2022 at 7:04 AM EDT
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(WFSB) - A former Middletown man has been charged with killing his own mother.

Nathan Carman took a boating trip with his mother, Linda Carman, in 2016. She never returned.

Along with the murder of his mother, a nine-page indictment said Nathan Carman also killed his grandfather, John Chakalos, in 2013.

He has not been charged in that case.

Investigators said the motive for all of it was money.

“If and when this gentleman killed his grandfather, he may have done so for the benefit of himself, thinking that he was going to be the beneficiary of the large inheritance,” explained legal expert Ryan McGuigan.

While Nathan Carman has not been charged with the murder of his grandfather, McGuigan said he faces federal charges in his mother’s death because it happened at sea. The murder of his grandfather is not under federal jurisdiction.

“The reason why it was mentioned in the indictment is because that is the motivation of the murder. They’re pinning the murder of the mother on [him],” McGuigan said.

The unsealed indictment stated that as part of the scheme, Nathan Carman murdered Chakalos 9 years ago.

It said he shot him while he slept in his Windsor home.

Carman got rid of his hard drive and lied to investigators, then collected more than $500,000 after his death, the indictment said.

In 2016, investigators said he took his mother on a fishing trip and purposely sank his boat with his mother on board.

He was rescued, but Linda Carman was never found.

“I would just like to thank the public for their prayers and concerns for my mother and myself. I feel healthy. Emotionally I’ve been through a huge amount,” Nathan Carman said to reporters after the rescue.

Carman is expected to be arraigned Wednesday in federal court in Rutland, VT for the murder of his mother and fraud charges.

He’s looking at life in prison on the federal side and 60 years in Connecticut, McGuigan said.

The attorney for the Chakalos’s family estate said the family did not have a comment as of Tuesday evening.

A former Middletown man is accused of killing his mother at sea.
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