Back in the good old days of 2016, Nathan Carman was discovered floating on a life raft off the coast of Rhode Island after the boat that he and his mother had been on ended up sinking.
However, six years later, he’s officially being charged with the murder of Linda Carman and has also been implicated in the 2013 shooting death of John Chakalos, his grandfather, as part of what case prosecutors are referring to as a “scheme to obtain money and property” from his grandfather’s estate.
Being related to this fellow is very hazardous to your health.
“As a central part of this scheme, Nathan Carman murdered John Chakalos and Linda Carman,” the indictment against Carman states, according to a report from The New York Times. “He concocted cover stories to conceal his involvement in those killings.”
“The indictment was unsealed in Burlington, Vermont, federal court on Tuesday, and accuses Carman of murdering his mother during the boating trip in September 2016 and lying to authorities about the incident afterward. The indictment does not explain how Carman allegedly killed his mother, but they say he purposefully sunk the boat the two were on that day. Carman spent eight days on a life raft after the boat sank before being found by a commercial fishing ship,” The Daily Wire reported.
Carman, back in 2016, spoke with the Associated Press, telling them that he attempted to find his mom when the ship started to sink. He then said he heard a “funny noise” coming from the engine department and then water started to pour in, which led to the boat sinking in a mere matter of minutes.
He then claimed that he saw his mother in the cockpit of the boat and raced to get some food, flares, and a couple of life jackets, but when he turned back, she was gone.
“What happened on the boat was a terrible tragedy that I am still trying to process and that I am still trying to come to terms with,” he said to the AP at the time.
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Suspicions were raised even at the time of the incident, including the death of Carman’s grandfather three years earlier. He told the AP in the same interview that he had nothing to do with his grandfather’s death.
“My grandfather was like a father to me, and I was like a son to him,” Carman went on to say at the time. “He was the closest person in the world to me, and I loved him and he loved me, and I had absolutely nothing to do with his death.”
A search warrant had been issued in 2014 relating to the death of Carman’s grandfather, Chakalos. The warrant, obtained by the AP, explained that Carman was the last person to see his grandfather alive, had purchased a rifle consistent with the one used in the shooting, and that he discarded his hard drive and GPS unit around the time his grandfather died.
The indictment that was released on Tuesday alleges that Carman shot and killed his grandfather as part of a scheme to try and get his hands on the man’s wealth. However, as of this writing, Carman has not been charged in this particular killing.
The AP reported that Chakalos divvied up his $42 million estate between his four adult daughters, one of whom was Carman’s mother. Carman’s three aunts filed a lawsuit in 2018 in which they accused him killing his grandfather and possibly his mother in order to gain the money. In the lawsuit, they asked a judge to block Carman from receiving his inheritance.
Carman is currently facing eight criminal charges, including the murder of his mom and seven charges related to his attempts to gain possession of his inheritance. If he is convicted of murder, he could potentially receive a sentence of life in prison. He also faces a potential of up to 30 years in prison for each fraud charge.