There seems to be more comments added to the Insider story that appeared in May of 2013..
Things you need to know about CVH patient David Messenger:
|David Messenger (photo credit Hartford Courant)|
1) In 1998 Messenger beat his pregnant wife Heather to death in their Chaplin home as their 5 year old son Dane watched. Heather was pregnant with twins and according to police, the argument was over the fact that "Messenger was upset because he only wanted one baby, " according to testimony at his trial.
2) He currently lives at Connecticut Valley State Hospital
3) Because he was found not guilty of his wife's murder, under probate law David Messenger, 60, was allowed to remain as the beneficiary of Heather's estate. She had specified him as beneficiary in the will she signed five years before her death, probate records show.
4) When Travelers Property and Casualty, which held the homeowner's insurance on the couple's Chaplin home, agreed to settle the wrongful death lawsuit for $600,000, the money became part of Heather Messenger's estate. After legal fees, $424,627 remained, with David Messenger as the beneficiary. In simple terms: Messenger made money by killing his wife.
5) Messenger was acquitted of the crime in 2001 but committed to Connecticut Valley State Hospital for 20 years.
6) David Messenger is worth approximately $2,000,000
7) According to The Providence Journal: " Doctors who have been treating David Messenger testified it would be appropriate to move him from the Connecticut Valley Hospital into a Hartford-based community treatment program, where he would be allowed to spend much of his time unsupervised and allowed to travel freely around three Connecticut counties.
Dr. Kevin Trueblood, a forensic psychiatrist from Yale University who has treated Messenger since 2007, testified that Messenger has been stable for several years and has no active psychiatric issues that would require him to continue living at the Middletown hospital.
"He's here because the board has required that he be here, and we've hit a wall with transitioning him to the community," he testified.
8) In 2012, Messenger was allowed to travel off site for various treatments. But it did deny his application for the supervised release program.
9) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22XH7TnIJ9Q - David Messenger Hearing (9/12/2008)
10) According to The Middletown Press (May 3, 2 013) on the subject of Messenger's release: "The application in question would clear the way for Messenger’s gradual transition from hospitalization and full-time occupancy at CVH to a supervised residential living situation in Hartford, during which he would have a curfew between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., check in daily with CVH by phone and make weekly in-person appointments at the hospital. He would be allowed to travel but would be restricted to Hartford, Middlesex and New Haven County and could take public transportation or be driven, but not drive himself."
11) . Pastor John C. Hall (Also chair of the Jonas Center) speaks of visiting Messenger here in a published sermon, but also concludes it is not up to the Church to decide Messenger's release: http://www.firstchurchucc.org/sermons/s030216.html
Hall states in his sermon regarding Messenger: ""He appears (to me at least) fully recovered. He’s on no medication. And even though these memories and experiences are still quite painful he is willing to speak quite openly about them."
Question: Would Pastor John C. Hall be willing to take David Messenger home to live for a few weeks to test out his hypothesis on Messenger's mental state? Here are Hall's reflections on his visits with Messenger: http://www.firstchurchucc.org/sermons/s030216.html
Question: Why did the so-called village people who claim to be so into Middletown not gather together and fight city hall on this issue. Answer: There is no money involved in this issue. It's easier to fight the Landino land deal and make yourselfs look like the good guys, when in reality the Blue Housers and Non-Profits are making crazy money.. Remember, it's all about the Benjamins.
12) It was Hall's goal to let Messenger worship at the church while under the supervision of parisheners. Gee, I'm sure Messenger is match for two church goers in their 80's.