70-Year-Old Sex Offender Arrested for Hampton Murder

Peter Bartoloni will be arraigned Tuesday on a charge of second-degree murder.

Peter Bartoloni. Source: Hampton Police
Peter Bartoloni. Source: Hampton Police
A 70-year-old man has been charged with murdering a Hampton man with a sledgehammer last week.

The Attorney General's Office, Hampton and state police said in a statement issued Monday that Peter Bartoloni, 70, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the homicide of Robert Roderick, 56, in Hampton. Bartoloni was one of Roderick's roommates.

Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley told Hampton-North Hampton Patch that the alleged murder weapon was a sledgehammer. He said Bartoloni has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder, and that one count says he purposely used the sledgehammer against Roderick. He would not comment on the motive.

Bartoloni will be arraigned in Seabrook District Court on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

An autopsy showed that Roderick died as the result of "multiple blunt impact injuries to his head." He was found dead on the couch in his home at 19 M St. with a blood-soaked shirt covering his head early Friday morning.

According to the Union Leader, Bartoloni was arraigned Monday in Seabrook District Court on an unrelated charge for failing to report his status as a sex offender to Hampton Police after moving to town five months ago.

The Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry lists a "Peter L. Bartolini" with a last known address of Lowell, MA as a Level 3 sex offender stemming from a 1990 rape charge. Level 3 offenders are those that have been determined to be at a high risk to reoffend and to pose a high degree of dangerousness to the public.
pamela taylor October 07, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Winter rentals and slum lords that do not check references. M Street is a danger zone! So sad that such a great place is spoiled by people who only care about money. One in particular.
Anita October 07, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Welcome back Peter...we will leave the light on for you!!!!!!
eb50 October 07, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Vanessa Cabrera October 30, 2013 at 03:46 PM
All you punk prissy yuppies should shut your damn mouths. Pete is a solid guy, not only plus a veterans the united states marine corp. not easy living with ptsd. So i suggest you pricks show some respect for all us veterans. We fought for this country so you assholes could have your stupid cookouts and summer parties on the beach. Dont get it twisted assholes. 4 time us army combat veteran
Jim Martin October 30, 2013 at 04:21 PM
As a therapist-assistant I can tell you PTSD is a very real and if not treated, dangerous disorder. If indeed your friend suffered from this diagnostic, it sucks that he didn't get the proper help. Seems he'd been a Vet for awhile so has he suffered for years and years? Why wasn't help given before he committed crimes, especially a sex-related crime? Why wasn't help sought after this happened almost 20 years prior?? Did he refuse? did the system fail him? It's too bad that, if that is indeed his diagnostic, a man had to die as a result.


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