WARREN, Maine — A Maine State Prison inmate who was serving a life sentence for murder died Thursday morning due to ongoing health problems, the Maine Department of Corrections announced.
The prisoner was 64-year-old Charles Page, the department’s spokeswoman, Judy Plummer, said in a news release issued late Thursday afternoon.
Plummer said Page began serving his sentence on July 2, 1979. She could not be reached for additional information Thursday evening.
The state medical examiner’s office has been contacted, Plummer said.
According to the Bangor Daily News archives, Page’s murder conviction stemmed from the savage 1978 slaying of Diane Titus, a 29-year-old Dexter mother. Page, a former resident of Levant, savagely stabbed Titus to death as her two small children watched nearby.
During his trial, the state medical examiner testified that Titus bled to death from 55 stab wounds.
An article from April 2000 detailed Page’s two decades of involvement in a prison chaplaincy program. After being involved in the program on and off for several years, Page participated in his first Kairos weekend at the prison. Kairos is an ecumenical retreat which helps strengthen prisoners’ faith.
In an interview with a BDN reporter and photographer, Page spoke about how his involvement with the program transformed his life.
“I’d always known that God was always there. But I never would turn myself over to him. It was a wonderful experience. On that weekend, I felt the Lord very close to me. It was the Holy Spirit just falling all around me. …. Before this took place, I was just living from day to day, not really caring one way or the other about anything or anyone,” he said.
“But the good Lord has changed that feeling in me. He has set me free. I care about myself and others today.”
A criminal history obtained from the State Bureau of Identification showed that Page’s criminal history also included a 1973 conviction for unlawful entry, a misdemeanor.
BDN writer Judy Harrison contributed to this report.