Plainfield Mother and Son Charged in Murder-for-Hire Plot

  • Maurice Temple and Pauline Chase.

Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, July 27, 2017

UPDATE: Police Say 83-Year-Old Plainfield Woman Paid $5,000 As Downpayment to Kill Daughter-in-Law

Plainfield — A mother and her son have been arrested in connection with what police are calling a “murder-for-hire” plot.

Maurice Temple, 63, and 83-year-old Pauline Chase are charged with conspiracy to commit murder, solicitation to commit murder, and attempt to commit murder, according to a New Hampshire State Police news release. They will be arraigned today in Claremont District Court.

On Thursday evening, law enforcement officials — including Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway — were at the pair’s Old County Road home, where Temple has run an excavating business.

Details about the alleged plot were scant. An “extensive investigation” led to Temple and Chase’s Thursday arrests, according to the release. Plainfield police, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, state police Troop C, state police Major Crime Unit and the Sullivan County Attorney’s Office all were involved in the investigation effort.

Asked on Thursday night whether an actual violent act had occurred, Plainfield Police Chief Paul Roberts said he could not comment.

He said the case was “still fluid” and an “active investigation” is underway.

Anyone with information is asked to call Roberts at 603-469-3344.