Is the Connecticut River Valley Serial Killer Still Out There?

On August 6, 1988 Jane Boroski escaped death when she barely survived an attack from an unknown man just outside a small market in Swansea, New Hampshire. She was brutally stabbed twenty-seven times. It is believed that she is the lone survivor of a serial killer that killed at least six women. All six of the women were stabbed to death in the Connecticut River Valley near Route 91 in both Vermont and New Hampshire.

The victims were Mary Elizabeth Critchley.  She was found deceased on August 9, 1981 in some woods that are located off of Unity Stage Road, in the town of Unity, New Hampshire.

Bernice Courtemanche, a 17-year-old nurse’s aide was last seen May 30, 1984 in West Claremont, New Hampshire. Her remains were found in Kellyville, New Hampshire on April 9, 1986.

Ellen Fried, a nurse was last seen in West Claremont, New Hampshire on July 20, 1984. Her remains were found in Kellyville, New Hampshire on September 19, 1985.

Eva Morse, a single mother was last seen hitchhiking after leaving her place of work on July 10, 1985 in Charlestown, New Hampshire. Her remains were located by a logger on April 25, 1986 in Unity, New Hampshire.

Lynda Moore, was murdered in her home outside of Saxtons River, Vermont, on May 15, 1986.

Barbara Agnew, a 36 year old nurse was missing for two months from a highway rest stop in Hartford, Vermont. She was found deceased near Advent Hill Road in Hartland, Vermont on March 28, 1987. All of these women were stabbed in similar areas and had their throats cut.

There are a few suspects in the murders and Boroski has indicated that one of these suspects physically matches the description of the person who attacked her.  That man is Michael Nicholaou.

During the time of the murders, Nicholaou lived in the Holyoke, Massachusetts area. His wife at the time had relatives that lived in Vermont. His residence was also very close to Interstate 91. A few years ago in Florida, Nicholaou committed suicide after murdering his stepdaughter and wife. He is also believed to be responsible for the disappearance and murder of his former wife, Michelle Ashley. So far, Nicholaou has only been proven to be responsible for two murders.
Below are pictures of Michael Nicholaou paired with a sketch of the suspect that attacked Jane Boroski.

Who is the Connecticut River Valley Serial Killer?

[Source:  CT Cold Cases]


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