Ethel Marion Naramore age 9
Charles Edward Naramore age 7
Walter Craig Naramore age 6
Chester Irving Naramore age 4
Elizabeth Naramore age 3
Lena Blanche Naramore age 6 months
Elizabeth Ann Craig and Frank Naramore lived in nearby Coldbrook, where they raised six children. Desperately poor and fearing the separation of her family, Elizabeth murdered her children on March 21, 1901. She attempted to take her own life, but did not succeed.
In his funeral oration for the children, Barre Congregational Church Minister Charles Talmadge condemned the act, and put the blame on Frank Naramore's inability to properly provide for his family and the failure of the community to prevent the tragedy.
Elizabeth Naramore stood trial for the murder of her eldest child and was found not guilty by reason of insanity. She was committed to the State Lunatic Asylum in Worcester, and was released five years later. Both Elizabeth and Frank Naramore disappeared into society, never to be heard from again.
Today, many of the laws in the commonwealth regarding child protection find their origin in the Naramore Case.
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