teens, were charged in February 2001 with 1st degree murder
for the January 2001 stabbing deaths of husband-and-wife Dartmouth
College professors, Half and Susanne Zantop. Half was an earth
science professor, and Susanne was the chairwoman of the German
department. The teens were arrested at an Indiana truck stop two
days after fleeing Vermont.
killers of two Dartmouth College professors in their home a year
ago had unsuccessfully targeted 4 other families. In the 6 months
before the murders in Hanover on Jan. 27, 2001, Tulloch and Parker
went to 4 other randomly chosen homes planning to talk their way
in, get the residents' ATM cards and PIN numbers and then murder
was the motive in the slaying of two Dartmouth College professors
who were stabbed in their home, prosecutors said. An indictment
is the first statement from prosecutors alleging a motive for
death. The jury for Robert Tulloch will be asked to consider two
theories of first-degree murder; that it was "purposeful," with
no motive specified, and that it was committed during a robbery,
Attorney General Philip McLaughlin said in a statement.
for Tulloch filed documents giving notice that they will rely
on the insanity
defense when the 1st-degree murder case against him comes
to trial April 2002.
W. Tulloch, 17, of Chelsea, pleaded innocent to two charges
of first-degree murder on Tuesday, less than two weeks after a
Grafton County, NH grand jury handed up the two indictments against
to fingerprint evidence, court documents describe 2
knives Parker bought over the Internet in early January, 2001.
Deputy Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson analyzed identical knives
and found they were consistent with the Zantops' wounds.
town grasps for explanation -- The community of the two teens
charged with murders struggles to believe they were involved.
One way or another, Robert Tulloch and James Parker have been
partners for nearly a decade - rafting rivers, climbing mountains
and debating for their high school team. According to friends
and neighbors, the pair did everything together. According to
authorities, that included murder.
Warrant -- New Hampshire Attorney General Philip McLaughlin, State
Police Colonel Gary M. Sloper, Hanover Police Chief Nicholas Giaccone
and FBI Special Agent In-Charge Charles S. Prouty announce an
arrest warrant has been issued in the double homicide investigation
of Half Zantop and Susanne Zantop, who were murdered in their
residence on January 27, 2001, in the town of Hanover, NH.
object to defense claim that forensic
evidence is unreliable because lab is unaccredited -- Prosecutors
objected Thursday to claims by lawyers for a teenager accused
of killing two Dartmouth College professors that forensic evidence
in the case is unreliable because the state police laboratory
is not accredited. The motion filed by lawyers for Robert Tulloch,
18, does not cite any specific case in which the Concord lab has
produced flawed tests.
Ridge by Dick Lehr (Author), Mitchell Zuckoff (Author)
The harrowing story of the murders of Half and Susanne Zantop,
two beloved Dartmouth College professors who were savagely butchered
in their home on January 27, 2001. The messy crime scene soon
led investigators to James Parker and Robert Tulloch, a couple
of popular teenagers from nearby Chelsea, Vt. But after being
interviewed by detectives, the two promptly fled, leading authorities
on a three-day manhunt that ended abruptly at a truck stop in
Illinois. While the stunned and bewildered residents of Chelsea
muscled their way through choking crowds of reporters (the already
sensational story was made all the more lurid by the suspects'
youth and the sleepy, idyllic setting) and came to terms with
the unimaginable (two of their own townspeople were murderers),
Parker and Tulloch were remanded to New Hampshire and arraigned
on murder charges that were supported by an arsenal of incriminating