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Grandson fighting to inherit millions says aunts nixed pricey pickup

New Hampshire Union Leader

May 30. 2018 9:40AM
Nathan Carman 

Members of the Chakalos family voiced “angry and persistent complaints” after learning that the patriarch, John Chakalos, was going to buy a new pickup for grandson Nathan Carman but only a used car for another grandchild, Carman wrote in court papers.

Carman detailed the spat in written answers to questions, termed interrogatories, posed to him by lawyers whose clients are suing him in Concord Probate Court.

“Partly because of the pressure not to buy me a truck which my aunts Valerie (Santilli) and Elaine (Chakalos) exerted on my grandfather, and partly because I swore at my grandfather for the first and only time in my memory ... my grandfather withdrew his promise to buy me the new Ford F-150 Platinum and instead helped me pick out a more reasonable, used pickup truck that I was satisfied with,” he wrote.

Carman also detailed the financial support he received over the years.

Judge David King unsealed the interrogatories late last week in the court case he is overseeing in Concord Probate Court. He did so after the New Hampshire Union Leader and the New England First Amendment Coalition filed court action calling for their disclosure.

The case — brought by Chakalos’ heirs — will decide whether Carman, who has never been charged criminally, murdered his grandfather to gain an inheritance worth millions.

King also unsealed a Connecticut police affidavit, written in 2014, that details the police investigation into Carman in connection with John Chakalos’ December 2013 murder in Windsor.

Although a Connecticut judge granted search warrants of Carman’s home and computer equipment, a judge has refused to sign an arrest warrant in July 2014 and asked for further information. Police wrote the investigation is continuing.

According to the affidavit, Carman gave inconsistent statements about his actions on Dec. 20, when Chakalos was found murdered. Police said the inconsistencies cover the time between 2:57 and 4 a.m., which can’t be accounted for based on his interviews, video surveillance, and cellphone records. Carman eventually stopped talking to police.

In his interrogatory, Carman wrote that Chakalos was on the telephone when he left him the night of Dec. 19. Carman said he drove home, played computer chess and bought ice cream at a supermarket. He was an hour late for an early morning fishing trip with his mother because he got lost on the highway, he wrote.

Police also said:

• Carman destroyed the hard drive of his computer and the GPS he was using on Dec. 20.

• Police consulted an expert on Asperger’s syndrome to get insight into Carman’s way of thinking.

• Relatives said Carman held another child hostage with a knife once. Acquaintances termed him a “time bomb waiting to go off” and “murder boy” because of a propensity for violence.

• Police said they learned that Carman purchased a Sig Sauer 716 Patrol .308 caliber rifle from a “gun store in New Hampshire,” the same caliber gun used to kill Chakalos. But they did not disclose the source of the tip or name of the gun store.

Carman has consistently refused to address questions about a New Hampshire gun purchase, claiming a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

The documents can be viewed below:

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