Chilling clues that led cops to charge Nathan Carman with 'killing mom at sea to get his hands on family's $42M fortune'

FOLLOWING years of suspicion, a son has been charged with killing his mom at sea to get his hands on the family's $42million fortune.

Nathan Carman, 28, was arrested on Tuesday – nearly six years after his mom Linda vanished when their boat sank in 2016 off the coast of Cape Cod.

Police believe Nathan killed not only his own mother, but also shot his grandfather John Chakalos dead at his home in Connecticut in 2013, in a scheme to obtain the $42million estate Chakalos left to his four daughters, per NBC News.

The US Attorney’s office in Vermont filed various charges against him, including murder and fraud.

The eight-count indictment comes after several clues led cops to believe Nathan was to blame for his mother and grandfather's deaths.

Questions emerged soon after Nathan was found floating on a raft off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard eight days after his boat had supposedly sunk “during a fishing trip.”


In a civil trial in 2019 a federal judge in Rhode Island ruled in favor of an insurance company that had refused to pay Nathan $85,000 for the loss of his boat.

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The judge found that Nathan had made "improper repairs" to the boat before the fishing trip, with witnesses claiming that they had seen him remove two stabilizing trim tabs from the stern, leaving holes on the boat near the water line, as reported by NBC Boston.

Nathan had denied purposely making the boat unfit to set sail. At the time, he told the Coast Guard that the boat had filled with water and he swam to the light raft. He called for his mother but never saw her again.

"It may just be that Nathan Carman's willingness to talk, his willingness to take proactive steps to collect insurance proceeds, led to his undoing and, ultimately, the murder charges," legal analyst Greg Henning told NewsCenter 5.

Nathan's relatives have also pointed fingers at him in the years since his mother's death at sea.

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And in 2013 police named him as a person of interest in his grandfather's murder.

Nathan, then 22, was the last person to see his grandfather alive, having had dinner with him on the night of the murder.


In an interview with The Associated Pres shortly after his mother went missing at sea, Nathan said he did everything he could to find his mother as their boat was sinking. 

He claimed the vessel went down within minutes of him hearing “a funny noise” in the engine compartment and saw water pouring in.

Nathan said he saw his mother was in the cockpit before grabbing bags of food, flares and life jackets. However, when he looked back, his mother was gone.

“What happened on the boat was a terrible tragedy that I am still trying to process and that I am still trying to come to terms with,” he said.

In the same interview, he denied any involvement in his grandfather’s death.

“My grandfather was like a father to me, and I was like a son to him,” said Carman. 

“He was the closest person in the world to me, and I loved him and he loved me, and I had absolutely nothing to do with his death.”

Chakalos’ estate left more than $42million to his four adult daughters, which included Carman’s mother.

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Prosecutors now argue that Nathan killed his mother and sunk the boat. Linda Carman’s body has never been found and she is presumed dead.

If he is convicted of murder on the high seas, Carman faces a mandatory life sentence. The fraud charges also carry a possibility of 30 years in prison.

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