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Another Alienated Mom-Ended in Tragic Death
« on: May 07, 2011, 11:25:19 AM »
New here  - horrified with this news story....I thought I'd post this here. My heart goes out to her friends and family and praying for justice, for this mother's family. PA should be recognized as a criminal act.

Here is the clipping of the article:
Court Papers: Buried Mom Feared Ex Would 'Chop Me Up'
Son, 17, Charged In Connection With Mom's Death
BOSTON -- A woman whose body was found buried in a shallow back yard behind her home feared for her life, according to court documents.
Beth Spartichino was found buried in a grave behind her house at 7 Union St. on Thursday after a missing persons report was filed the afternoon before.
Spartichino's son, Matthew Worster, 17, was arraigned on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and intent to murder in connection with the case. He was ordered held on $500,000 bail. More charges may be filed in the case after an autopsy is completed, the Bristol County District Attorney's Office said.
"Her children were very important to her, and I'm sure from above, they will continue to important to her and to us," said Spartichino's aunt, Lorna Slysz.
Worster's parents had just gone through a bitter divorce before she was slain.
According to court documents, officers had been called to the Worster home for "several prior domestic related incidents."
The report said police were called in May of 2010 when Spartichino "stated that (ex-husband) Michael told her that he would kill her and bury her in the yard where no one would find her. Beth also stated that Michael was coaching the three children to treat her with contempt."
In the affidavit she filed at the time, Spartichino said her husband, "Threatened to chop me up into pieces and bury me in many places over our property so I would never be found."
She went on to say, "I fear for my childrens' emotional health. I believe they are being poisoned emotionally because my husband wants me dead and he and my children back in our home."
Spartichino did apply for and was granted a restraining order from her husband at that time. The couple's divorce had only been finalized a few weeks before she was slain.
Her body was found shot in the back and buried in a grave that was 3 feet wide by 9 feet long and dug prior to her death, Assistant Bristol County District Attorney William McCauley said.

Copyright 2011 by TheBostonChannel.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The other article reads:
Picture emerges of a woman in fear Restraining order details family troubles

By Meghan E. Irons Boston GLobe

Globe Staff
May 7, 2011
EASTON — Grief and disbelief stood outside the home of the mother of Beth Spartichino yesterday, as family members and a friend tried to comprehend her killing.
The 42-year-old woman’s body was unearthed from a grave in her Union Street backyard early Thursday, and her 17-year-old son, Matthew Worster, has been charged in the slaying.
“It’s just not comprehensible,’’ said Rick Kraemer, a family friend. “How can anyone comprehend such a disaster. It’s just horrible.’’

But a restraining order Spartichino took out against her former husband, Michael Worster, in May 2010 depicts a woman who was growing terrified of Worster and their teenage children.

In the handwritten document, Spartichino wrote of her fears of Worster’s impact on her children each time he would visit them at the Union Street home they once shared.

“After each visit, I was subject to increasing verbal abuse from my two teenage sons,’’ she wrote in the document. “They have increasing contempt for me, stating that ‘this is Dad’s home, not yours. You’re a dumb, stupid bitch. . . . I could kick you in the head now and you’ll die.’ ’’

In the document, she also wrote that on May 22, 2010, her husband had threatened to “chop me up in pieces and bury me in many places over our property so I would never be found.’’

Spartichino noted in the document Worster’s lack of parenting and said she feared for her children’s emotional health when they came in contact with their father.

“I believe they are being poisoned emotionally because my husband wants me dead, and he and my children back in my home,’’ she wrote. “I believe he will hurt me when he realizes I am talking about his behavior towards myself and my children.’’

The couple’s divorce was granted April 22, according to a Bristol County Court clerk.

A call to Michael Worster’s home was not returned last night.

Yesterday, Spartichino’s family said she was trying to get on with her life. She had been taking dance classes and courses at Massasoit Community College, where she was working to get a nursing degree.

Spartichino had been active in Alcoholics Anonymous for over five years, family members said, and she sold homemade soaps at a farmer’s market.

Late Wednesday afternoon, police said they took a 911 call from Michael Worster, who said: “I think my son may have done something to my ex-wife. I heard he shot her.’’

When asked where he thought his former wife was, he said, “In a freshly dug hole in the garden,’’ according to a police report.

Police found her body in a 9-foot by 3-foot grave behind her Union Street house. She had been shot in the back; authorities said the grave had been dug in advance.

Matthew Worster, who police said was bitter over his parents divorce, was charged with armed assault with intent to murder and was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail. He is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on June 10. Prosecutors said charges against him may be upgraded to murder. His lawyer, Joe Krowski Jr., has entered a plea of not guilty on his client’s behalf.

Yesterday afternoon, Beth Spartichino’s mother, Linda Spartichino, came outside her Pond Street house briefly to deliver a photograph of her daughter and a brief statement that said the family was deeply saddened by her death.

“Beth would want to be most known for her love for her children,’’ the statement said.

Lorna Slysz, recalled her niece as someone who sparkled with life and radiated around her.

“She was bubbly, vivacious, and loved life,’’ she said. “Her children were very important to her.’’

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