Edith Pen Meyer Case

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In History
  • Carpenter begins his affair with Sandy Merritt

    Date approximate
  • Pen divorces Richard Rankin

  • Sandy breaks up with Carpenter

  • Pen speaks with Carpenter on Sandy's behalf

  • Pen hosts Thanksgiving; Sandy attends with another man

  • Carpenter confronts Pen at Millies re: Thanksgiving

    Meyer's testimony is a brief account of conversations she had with Carpenter on Merritt's behalf on Nov. 23 and Nov.
    26 during which, she said, Carpenter swore at her and told her to back off.
    "Both times, he got really, really angry at me and felt that I was an instigator," Meyer said.
    Meyer said she went to the police and "discussed (Carpenter's) anger and how uncomfortable I was with that." She
    said the police called Carpenter and then told Meyer if he didn't calm down, she had grounds to fil
  • Newport Police interview Sandy about stalking; warn Carpenter to leave her alone

    They met again on Dec 7 for further questioning
  • Pen calls Goshen police about Carpenter

  • Sandy files stalking petition

  • Carpenter confronts Fredrick Evans

  • Newport District court grants stalking petition against Carpenter

  • Restraining order hearing between Sandy & Carpenter

  • Carpenter attends AA on 23rd anniversary of his sobriety

  • Carpenter follows Pen into her driveway, but leaves

  • Carpenter arrested for violating restraining order

  • Carpenter fined $1,500 for violating court order

  • Pen, Purick go to AA meeting; Pen expresses fear

  • Day 1: Pen goes missing

    Day 1: Pen goes missing
    7:00 am Neighbor spots man in car outside Pen's home
    7:40 am Pen calls Sandy and urges her to get back to Carpenter
    10:00 am Carpenter videotaped at T-Bird MiniMart in Claremont
    mid-afternoon Pen fails to pick up Joanne Duford
    9:30 pm Purick finds Pen's house empty, later calls police
    11:30 pm NHSP leave message for Carpenter at Swan's house
  • Day 2: Carpenter burns brush, goes to AA

    8:00 am Logger discovers Carpenter burning brush | 7:00ish Carpenter attends AA meeting smelling like burnt hair | 8:00 pm NHSP interview Ken at Newport PD for the first time
  • Day 4: Police get "anonymous" phone call, discover key taped to payphone; Carpenter tells Sandy the mystery will be over soon

    Afternoon: Police get an anonymous call from Carpenter | Early Evening: Police discover key to safe deposit box taped to payphone with orange duct tape | Evening: Carpenter tell Sandy on the phone all will be revealed soon.
  • Day 5: NHSP discover fire pit

    Day 5: NHSP discover fire pit
    Daytime: Carpenter checks himself into the hospital | 9:30 pm NHSP arrive at Carpenter's house and discover bones
  • Carpenter arrested bedside for Pen's murder

    6:30 PM
  • Probable cause hearing

  • Pen's memorial service

    Memorial services will be held March 18 at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of New London.
  • Indictment deadline passes

  • Phone call between Carpenter and Harve

    Tells Harve about "Phil Waters"; draws a map of the property to show where he dumped the barrel.
  • Harve calls NHSP; further remains discovered in a stump

    Harve calls NHSP; further remains discovered in a stump
  • Harve tells Carpenter she called police

  • Death certificate for Pen issues after teeth identification

  • "The Pen Meyer Bridge" dedicated in Goshen

  • Judge rejects motion to dismiss charges

    NEWPORT - A judge yesterday rejected a motion to dismiss charges against Ken Carpenter of Lempster, who was
    arrested in March and accused of killing a 55-year-old Goshen woman and burning her body. Carpenter's public
    defender, John Newman, asked the judge to dismiss charges because his client had not been afforded a speedy
    indictment and the delayhindered his ability to build a defense.
    In answer to a separate motion, Judge Arthur Brennan approved the defense's request for a bail hearing.
    Carpen
  • Carpenter denied bail

  • Phone call between Harve & Carpenter

  • More evidence recovered from burn barrel

  • Grand jury indicts Carpenter for first-degree murder

  • Carpenter waives arraignment

  • Harve finds memo pad and tree branch

  • Carpenter accused of planning escape

    In October 2005, he wrote friends asking that they have his motorcycle, a rain suit and a full-face helmet ready for
    him. Because of these attempts, corrections officials transferred Carpenter to the Merrimack County House of
    Corrections.
  • Defense argues against DNA testing

    Lawyers argued yesterday over whether the state should be permitted to grind up and test a bone fragment that the
    police say is part of the remains of a murdered Goshen woman. The bone was found outside the Lempster home of
    Ken Carpenter who is charged with first degree murder and accused of killing 55-year-old Pen Meyer and burning her
    body.
    The prosecution wants to conduct a mitochondrial DNA test on the bone, which would be consumed in the process.
    Yesterday, Carpenter's lawyers argued to pre
  • Harve tells police to look in toolbox

    In January 2006, Harvey sent police a letter telling them to look in a toolbox at the Lempster property for additional
    evidence. Inside a black toolbox outside the house, police found a key to a Honda and an Alcoholics Anonymous
    medallion wrapped in duct tape that had remnants of fiberglass insulation stuck to it.
  • State seeks handwriting analysis

  • Sisti takes up Carpenter's defense

  • Original date for jury selection

    2006 trial date set in murder of Meyer
    New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, NH) - Saturday, October 8, 2005
    NORTH HAVERHILL (AP) -- A Lempster man accused of killing a Goshen woman and burning her remains in a fire pit
    will be tried next year.
    A Grafton County Superior Court judge yesterday set a November 2006 trial date for Kenneth Carpenter, who
    allegedly killed Edith "Pen" Meyer because she was interfering in his relationship with another woman.
    Jury selection is scheduled to start on Nov.
  • Aryan inmate tells guard Carpenter planning escape

  • Trial postponed again

    NEWPORT (AP) -- A judge postponed the first-degree murder trial of a man accused of killing a woman and burning
    her body.
    Ken Carpenter, 55, is accused of killing Edith "Pen" Meyer in March 2005, and then incinerating the body. His trial was
    scheduled to begin May 7 but Judge Philip Mangones recently granted a defense motion to postpone it for at least 60
    days.
    Carpenter's lawyers asked for more time to have an expert review handwriting analysis reports and because they are
    awaiting a Supreme Co
  • Carpenter asks inmate "WT" to hide Sandy, kill Purick

    On Monday, an inmate referred to by his initials, W.T., told the state police that Carpenter had asked W.T. to have his
    wife contact Merritt to persuade her not to testify against Carpenter, to get her a bus ticket out of town during the trial
    or to get her "lost" in the woods, according to a motion from the state. In return, Carpenter offered to give the inmate a
    1985 bucket truck, the filing said.
    Carpenter also talked to W.T. about Meyer's boyfriend, Jonathan Purick.
    "The defendant told the i
  • Carpenter appeals to NH Supreme Court over quizzing former attorney

  • Carpenter trial begins; Welker withdraws WT from witness list

    On Monday, an inmate referred to by his initials, W.T., told the state police that Carpenter had asked W.T. to have his
    wife contact Merritt to persuade her not to testify against Carpenter, to get her a bus ticket out of town during the trial
    or to get her "lost" in the woods, according to a motion from the state. In return, Carpenter offered to give the inmate a
    1985 bucket truck, the filing said.
    Carpenter also talked to W.T. about Meyer's boyfriend, Jonathan Purick.
    "The defendant told the i
  • Jury selection begins

  • Harve petitions for divorce from Carpenter

  • Jury views homes, crime scene

  • Opening arguments begin

  • Both sides rest

  • Closing arguments

  • Carpenter convicted, gets life without parole

    Carpenter convicted, gets life without parole
    After about two hours of deliberation, a Sullivan County Superior Court jury convicted Ken Carpenter of
    first-degree murder yesterday for killing Edith "Pen" Meyer and incinerating her body in early 2005.