James Moulton and Anne Durand

Questions re. Moulton and Durand:

a) Where are these two today?

b) Where was James Arthur Moulton from?

c) Any possibility they killed any other NH folks in 1985? Did James Moulton have a wife and kids that they disposed of like they disposed of Durand's common-law-husband? Or maybe the family of one of their drug-dealing friends? Maybe stuffed them in barrels? Anyone who could snap the neck of three year old Deara Whalen with his bare hands could be capable of anything.

Excerpt from the 2000 book Rough Trade by Steve Jackson:


Most inmates portray themselves as `battered' victims                                                                       Ginny McKibben, Denver Post, 12 Sep 1993


CANON CITY - Nowhere is the struggle for identity more desperately waged than among women in prison.

Still, many inmates quickly and willingly embrace one wide description: They portray themselves as victims of incessant battering who fought back and are being punished for it.

Psychologist Lenore Walker claims inmates like Anne Durand, Lori McLuckie and Donna Avery are classic examples of the "battered woman syndrome."

Walker, an author and highly paid expert witness in criminal cases where women are on trial, has built a national reputation through her theories about relationships, abuse and what causes some women to snap.

"The women I am talking about are women who have, in a broader context, killed in order to stay alive themselves," Walker said.

Since the mid-1980s, Walker's "battered woman syndrome" has been used successfully to win acquittals or reduced charges in numerous trials. Juries also have rejected it in some cases, such as the murder trial of Jennifer Reali. She shot and killed her lover's wife in a darkened Colorado Springs parking lot, then tried to claim abuse by her own husband as a defense at her trial.

Durand, 37, is one of the women whom Walker portrays as a victim of horrible domestic circumstances. Durand says she was under the sway of an evil boyfriend, Jim Moulton, when she helped him rob and murder a man at an Interstate 25 rest stop north of Pueblo. Durand says Moulton attacked the victim in the bathroom. The man ran into the parking lot with his pants below his knees and blood on his face. Durand then picked up her boyfriend's gun and shot the stranger.

"I don't know how many times I shot him. I was in fear for my life," she says.

In a 1986 plea bargain that reduced the charges against her from first-degree murder to conspiracy to commit murder, Durand was sentenced to 48 years in prison.

She later pleaded guilty to charges that she conspired in the murder of her 3-year-old daughter, Deara Whalen. She blames Moulton for killing the child as the three walked in the mountains of Gilpin County on May 10, 1985, Walker said.

Moulton is serving two life sentences for first-degree murder in the killings.

Asked why she didn't quickly implicate him in her daughter's death, Durand replied: "I have learned over the years that I am a woman who loves too much."

Walker maintains that Durand feared for her life and was in shock when the crimes were committed. 

By the time police arrested her, Durand was too immersed in grief to summon a defense, Walker said.
Then, like many battered women, Durand caved in on advice from her defense attorney that she should plead guilty to reduced charges, Walker said.

Prison social worker Henry Ybarra sees danger in explanations that allow inmates to absolve themselves of responsibility.

By attributing their crimes to abusive relationships, inmates are hampering themselves by not dealing realistically with their problems and their own behavior, Ybarra said.

"We try to redirect that kind of thinking and focus on how they can become productive citizens and change their self-concept. We teach them to care (more) about themselves before going into relationships," Ybarra said... 




  1. While no suspects are being sought in this case, longtime residents will recall perhaps the town’s most sensational crime for generations – the shooting and decapitation of New Ipswich woodcutter John Timothy Whalen, whose headless body was found by a teenage girl riding her horse near Pratt Pond in December 1984.

  2. I remember most of these people. I remember the woodcutter Tim Whalen, tall with a lot of fluffy red hair back when we all wore it long. He was one of those pot smoking with beer-in-hand types that were always around back in the 70's & 80s.
    I remember his dad, a nice guy who I saw often at the Wilton Recycling Center.
    I remember Jimmy Moulton when he lived in Greenville. He was a relatively little guy, married to Debbie, who was one of those soft spoken motherly types with fluffy blonde hair. I always felt sorry for her, as Jimmy was sleeping around with other married women I knew on Pleasant Street. I worked with her and the guy she now lives with in nearby Massachusetts, at Oil Recovery Systems , in an old chair factory on Mill Street.
    I don't remember Tim's "wife", Anne Durand, or their little girl. I probably saw them with Tim in passing or at the Greenville Inn or at Lizotte's Market (Greenville was a small town, less than 2000 pop but had more stores and restaurants than the more rural next door New Ipswich), but never spoke to her...so have no remembrance at all now, more than 30 years after.
    I remember Pratt Pond, used to canoe there, but stayed away after Tim's body was found as the two are forever linked in my mind. I also remember where it was reported that Tim's head was found, not far from the Mass. border.
    Anyway..the more I write about this, the more these people's faces come to mind, so I will stop. I just google their names every so often to see if there is any "news" and there rarely is.

    1. Joanie, I am Tim's sister and I miss him more than words can say. I just want to say that my Dad missed Tim til his dying day. And, me and my 5 remaining brothers will miss him the rest of our lives. He was very loved and cared about by all his siblings and many relatives.

  3. When I was in college, my brother and his friends stole a bunch of pot plants they had growing next to our property. This was before Whalen got killed. They lived in the red apartments next to Barry's General Store in Highbridge. When they found their pot missing, both of them were walking in the field above our house like angry hornets - one with a huge hunting knife and the other with a chrome .45 handgun. I just ignored them - but I'll remember it forever. Moulton was known as "Mad Dog". These were NOT good people.

    1. Moulton was NOT Mad dog! You are sadly mistaken and as far as I'm concerned, Moulton is another Charles Manson.

  4. Thank you for providing the interesting background.