An 83-year-old New Hampshire woman was heard joking about the murder and dismemberment of her son’s ex-wife in recordings played in court on Monday.
The New Hampshire Union Leader reports Pauline Chase said “Got a meat grinder?,” after being asked how the woman’s body would be disposed of. Chase and her 63-year-old son Maurice Temple are each facing charges of conspiracy to commit murder, solicitation to commit murder and attempt to commit murder for allegedly hiring a hit man to kill Temple’s ex-wife Jean, to whom he owed $18,000.
Maurice Temple was arrested and spent time in jail last June for failure to pay his ex-wife per a court order. While he was behind bars, Chase contacted Mark Horne, who served with Jean Temple as a member of the Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department. She said she wanted her “money hungry” former daughter-in-law dead and would pay Horne handsomely to do the dirty deed. Instead, Horne contacted the police.
Police tape recorded several telephone conversations between Horne and Chase, as well as video tape meetings with them, which also included Maurice Temple. According to The Boston Globe, Horne asks Chase during one call if she’s sure she wants Jean Temple dead, to which she responds, laughing, ‘‘Yes, that’s right.’’
Prosecutors claim at one point Chase paid Horne $5,000 with the promise of more after he had gone through with the murder. In one of the videos, Maurice Temple asks Horne if this is being set up and searches him for a wire, saying that if Jean is murdered, he would be the first person questioned by police.
Pauline Chase and Maurice Temple were arrested on Friday, July 25. Both are currently being held in jail with their bails set at $1 million.
According to New Hampshire Public Radio, Mark Horne has not been charged with anything and is cooperating with prosecutors.
[Photo: Plainfield Police Department]