Murder of Perley Goodrich Sr.

Jury finds Goodrich criminally responsible for manslaughter

By Christopher Cousins on April 06, 2011, at 10:17 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Nancy Watson wants only one thing from her brother, Perley Goodrich Jr.: an explanation. Why did he beat their mother, Sandra Goodrich, so savagely that she still suffers the physical effects some 17 months after the attack? And most of all, why did he shoot and kill …

Warning notes from Goodrich’s mother did not reach doctors prior to father’s slaying

By Christopher Cousins on April 04, 2011, at 12:59 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Notes from a frantic phone call placed by Sandra Goodrich in which she said she feared that her son, Perley Goodrich Jr., would kill her never made it to doctors at Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center in Bangor who might have used the information to keep him hospitalized. …

Goodrich blames his actions on medical community

By Christopher Cousins on March 31, 2011, at 11:31 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A continued prescription of the anti-anxiety drug Klonopin for Perley Goodrich Jr. might have been enough to avoid the horror that struck his family. That’s what Goodrich told numerous doctors and nurses who treated him in the days and weeks leading up to the slaying of his …
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Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson refers to the first charge against Perley Goodrich Jr. as he presents the State's opening argument to the jury at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Goodrich Jr. is accused of killing his father and pistol whipping his mother in October of 2009 in Newport.

Goodrich claims ‘anger blackout’ during his father’s killing

By Christopher Cousins on March 30, 2011, at 10:58 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Gaunt, dirty and vomiting into a garbage can after three days on the run, Perley Goodrich Jr. tried to explain himself. “I have broken the law.” “I ain’t sure what happened.” “I guess I started hitting her.” “The only help for me is a bullet. I’ve been …
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Perley Goodrich Jr. sits quietly as his attorneys have a side bar with Superior Court Justice William Andrews during opening arguments in which Goodrich is accused of killing his father and pistol whipping his mother at his parents home in Newport.

‘If you’re quiet I’ll let you live’: Mother recounts horrific night in Newport

By Christopher Cousins on March 29, 2011, at 10:02 a.m.
  BANGOR, Maine — Sometimes the simplest questions are the most difficult to answer, such as the one Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson asked Sandra Goodrich late Tuesday morning. Goodrich’s testimony through the morning reached nightmarish proportions as she recounted the night of Oct. 26, 2009, when her son Perley …
Perley Goodrich Jr., 45, (left) with the aid of his defense attorney Jeffery Silverstein (right), entered pleas of not guilty and not criminally responsible by reason of insanity at his arraignment for the shooting death of his father Perley Goodrich Sr., on Monday, Feb. 8, 2010 at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

Judge to decide Goodrich’s competency

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 28, 2011, at 9:48 p.m.
  BANGOR, Maine — A jury was selected on Monday for the murder trial of Perley Goodrich Jr., the Newport man accused of killing his father and pistol-whipping his mother in October 2009. Afterward, a hearing was held to determine whether he is competent to stand trial. Dr. Ann LeBlanc, …
Perley G. Goodrich Jr. (left) of Newport, with the aid of his defense attorney Jeffrey Silverstein (right), entered pleas of not guilty and not criminally responsible by reason of insanity at his arraignment in February 2010 in Bangor in the shooting death of his father, Perley Goodrich Sr.

Bangor attorney to pursue insanity defense in 2009 patricide

By Christopher Cousins on March 27, 2011, at 3:25 p.m.
  BANGOR, Maine — A hearing scheduled for Monday afternoon will determine whether Perley Goodrich Jr. is competent to stand trial, and if he is, defense attorney Jeffrey Silverstein said he will pursue an insanity defense on behalf of his client. Goodrich Jr. faces charges of intentional or knowing murder …
Nathaneal Nightingale (center) and his defense attorney Jeffrey Silverstein (right), requested that his arraignment be continued, on Monday, Feb. 8, 2010 at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. Nightingale, 31, of Burlington was indicted Dec. 28 on two counts of intentional or knowing murder in the shooting deaths of Michael L. Miller and Valerie J. Miller, both 47, of Webster Plantation. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN

Man denies killing father

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 08, 2010, at 11:29 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Newport woman quietly wept Monday in the first floor courtroom of the Penobscot Judicial Center as her son denied killing his father and pistol-whipping her last fall in the …
Perley Goodrich Jr. is escorted from jail to Penobscot Superior Court Friday afternoon, October 30,2009. Goodrich was arrested in the Newport Big Stop after being spotted there early Friday morning.  State and local police spent most of this week on a manhunt for Goodrich who is wanted for questioning following the Monday night murder of his father and severe beating of his mother at their home in Newport.

Newport man indicted, accused of killing father

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 30, 2009, at 10:40 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Newport man accused of pistol whipping his mother and killing his father five weeks ago was indicted Monday by the Penobscot County grand jury for intentional or knowing murder and depraved indifference murder.
Perley Goodrich Jr. bows his head as attorneys confer during his Penobscot Superior Court appearance Friday afternoon, Oct. 30, 2009 in Bangor, Maine. Goodrich was arrested after being spotted in the Newport Big Stop early Friday morning. State and local police spent most of this week on a manhunt for Goodrich who is wanted for questioning following the Monday night murder of his father and severe beating of his mother at their home in Newport. (AP Photo/Bangor Daily News, John Clarke Russ) **NO SALES, INTERNET OUT, MAGS OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT**

Current gun ownership laws could have been factor in Newport slaying

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 18, 2009, at 8:37 p.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — For Perley Goodrich Sr. and his son, Perley Jr., guns were once at the center of a positive aspect of their relationship: a shared love of hunting.
At her home in Newport, Sandra Goodrich pauses to compose herself while reflecting on the life she had with her husband, the late Perley Goodrich Sr. Their son Perley Goodrich Jr. was arrested early Friday after a four day manhunt for him. Goodrich is recovering from the wounds she said her son Perley Goodrich Jr. inflicted on her before he fatally shot Perley Goodrich Sr. Monday night. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS

Mother of accused killer says man bipolar

By Dawn Gagnon on Oct. 30, 2009, at 10:25 p.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — Though still in shock about the events that transpired in her Rutland Road home on Monday night, Sandra Goodrich said Friday she feels blessed by the support she has received from …

Goodrich sister criticizes release from hospital

By Meg Haskell on Oct. 30, 2009, at 10:10 p.m.
Nancy Watson, the daughter of Sandra and Perley Goodrich Sr., says the mental health system failed her family in allowing her brother Perley Goodrich Jr. to leave a Bangor psychiatric hospital on …
The Newport Big Stop was the site of Perley Goodrich Jr.'s arrest early Friday morning October 30, 2009 after he stopped there for a cup of coffee. State and local police spent most of this week on a manhunt for Goodrich who is wanted for questioning following the Monday night murder of his father and severe beating of his mother at their home in Newport. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)

Man charged with murder after capture in Newport restaurant

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 30, 2009, at 6:34 a.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — An intense manhunt that's been ongoing since Monday ended early this morning at the Newport Big Stop, where Perley Goodrich Jr. was arrested while drinking a coffee and a water. …
Members of the Maine State Police tactical team gear up at a staging area on Smith Road in Corinna as they respond to another possible siting of suspect Perley Goodrich Jr. late Wednesday afternoon. A man was seen  along a road in the vicinity of the Pratt and Smith Roads around 3 p.m. Wednesday. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)

‘He killed my father’ says sister of man wanted in connection with Newport slaying

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 29, 2009, at 10:18 a.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — A team of more than 40 law enforcement searched wooded areas in northern Newport until about 3 a.m. today, but were unable to locate Perley Goodrich Jr., who is sought in …
Scott Hudson of Plymouth, a meat cutter at Bear's One-Stop in Newport, said he and other co-workers saw the brother of suspect Perley Goodrich Jr. in their store on Tuesday. The brother said he was on his way to the hospital where Goodrich's mother was recovering from the wounds she sustained Monday night at the the family's home on the Rutland Road in Newport. State police continued to process the crime scene at the Goodrich family's home on Rutland Road in Newport Wednesday afternoon, October 28, 2009. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)

Manhunt continues in mid-Maine

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 28, 2009, at 5:44 p.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — The search for a man wanted for questioning in connection with his father’s death continued Wednesday as authorities sought clues to his whereabouts and urged residents in the …
Members of the state police tactical team wait on the Pratt Road in Newport as other officers search a property and building on the Pratt Road in Newport, as a massive manhunt continued through the day Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 for Perley Goodrich, Jr., who allegedly shot and killed his father on the Rutland Road in Newport Monday night.  (Bangor Daily News photo by Scott Haskell)

Armed and dangerous Newport suspect wanted in shooting death of dad, beating of mother

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 27, 2009, at 9:41 p.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — Authorities advised area residents to be on guard Tuesday as 55 law enforcement officers on the ground and in the air searched for Perley Goodrich Jr. in connection with a Monday …
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