Laci Petersen, Nicole Brown (there
was a man killed alongside of Brown
as well, but here again, what's
the murder of another man), for example, were
horrendous killings that deserve attention
but there is example after example
of men being murdered horrendously
by women with story after
story buried in the back pages.
This story is getting some attention
but not the same if the gender roles
were reversed and no where have you
seen the term domestic violence used
to describe this horrendous abuse
on a man.
N.H. -- Bonnie Meroth figured the
small, red sedan held yet more curiosity
seekers drawn by the sensational
tale of a neighborhood woman accused
of killing a man and then incinerating
his body. But then the blond woman
sitting in the passenger seat spoke.
''I'm his mother," Suzanne
Countie of Tewksbury told Meroth.
Countie was there to see the location
where prosecutors say Sheila LaBarre
killed Countie's son, Kenneth, 24.
The chance encounter between
Countie and Meroth took place
yesterday afternoon at the beginning
of Red Oak Hill Lane, a dirt road
leading to LaBarre's horse farm.
''I told her that my heart hurts
for her and her family,"
said Meroth, a neighbor. ''God
bless her for pursuing this."
Earlier yesterday, Suzanne Countie
watched as LaBarre was arraigned
in a Massachusetts court on charges
of marijuana possession and being
a fugitive from justice. Then
Countie traveled to New Hampshire
to see the farm, still cordoned
off by investigators.
LaBarre, 47, is scheduled to
be arraigned today in Portsmouth
District Court on a charge of
first-degree murder. Kenneth Countie
had recently moved from Wilmington,
Mass., to LaBarre's farm. His
family reported him missing March
Officials allege that LaBarre
killed Countie around March 21
in Epping and then set his body
New Hampshire prosecutors declined
yesterday to discuss the details
of the investigation.
LaBarre was carrying $30,000
and a $50,000 cashier's check
when she was arrested Sunday at
Northgate Shopping Center in Revere,
In court yesterday, LaBarre appeared
calm, though her lawyer said she
was ''shell-shocked," and
one of Countie's relatives held
up a large picture of him.
''She was trying to sort out
what the accusations are,"
defense attorney Jeffrey Denner
One of LaBarre's neighbors yesterday
described a woman prone to rages,
who had talked about picking up
men. ''She told me . . . how she
picked out ones she liked and
would bring them home," said
the neighbor, Bruce G. Allen.
Allen said over the years he
has seen a number of men coming
and going from the LaBarre farm
located up the road from his dairy
farm. He recalled one incident
in which a man he said was living
with LaBarre showed up at his
farm bloodied and disheveled,
asking for help. Allen said he
drove the man to a nearby town.
Allen said that long-running
tensions between him and LaBarre
for many years made him concerned
about his personal safety. ''I
didn't dare walk down that road,"
Allen said he thinks he saw Countie
driving LaBarre's pickup truck,
but he never had any face-to-face
interaction with Countie.
Police spent yesterday searching
the rolling farmland and rural
subdivisions for possible evidence,
a procedure that unnerved some
residents. ''I didn't move up
here from Massachusetts to run
into this," said one neighbor
who did not want to be named,
fearing retribution from LaBarre.
LaBarre was living on a horse
farm that was originally owned
by her common-law husband, a chiropractor,
Wilfred LaBarre. The doctor was
known for driving around Epping
in his horse and buggy and offering
rides to children. She inherited
the farm when he died in 2000.
LaBarre's brother Richard Bailey,
of Chattanooga, Tenn., was stunned
to discover the accusations against
his sister. He learned of accusations
when he was routinely checking
news on the Internet, he said
yesterday. In a telephone interview,
he said his sister is the youngest
of six raised in a Baptist family.
Their father was an equipment
operator for the state highway
department and their mother worked
in housekeeping at a hospital,
Sheila met Wilfred LaBarre through
a personal ad in a magazine, her
brother said, and a few months
later, she moved to New Hampshire.
Bailey said Wilfred LaBarre told
him Sheila had turned around his
chiropractic business by helping
to collect unpaid bills from clients.
Bailey, who last saw his sister
at their brother's funeral in
2005, said his sister had mood
swings but was not violent. ''Our
church members are praying for
the family of the boy, and also
for my sister, that nothing she's
been charged with is true,"
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I know that it's no big deal that
another man has been killed but
WHERE IS THE MEDIA OUTRAGE??