Family Crimes

83-Year-Old Mom And Her Son Charged In Plotting Murder-For-Hire Of His Ex-Wife

He owed his ex-wife money from their divorce. 

An 83-year-old woman and her 63-year-old son allegedly plotted a murder-for-hire to kill the son’s ex. Pauline Chase and her son, Maurice Temple, both of Plainfield, New Hampshire were arrested on Thursday.

WMUR reported that Chase paid $5,000 to a man as a down payment for killing Jean Temple.

Maurice and Jean Temple divorced in 2009. According to family division court records, obtained by the New Hampshire Union Leader, Maurice Temple had been ordered to pay his wife $17,990 to pay off this debt. However, he was unable to pay the amount and was jailed briefly in June.

Police Chief Paul Roberts told PEOPLE that the details of the alleged plot remain under court seal.

Chase is being held on charges of criminal solicitation, conspiracy to commit murder and attempted homicide. Temple is charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

[Photo: Sullivan County Department of Corrections]

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