Data culled from this “Boston Globe” article.
Long article. So, I am summarizing some of the key data so you can get a snapshot.
But, please read the original if you have the time. It is very good & informative.
♦ Met at ‘Palmer College of Chiropractic‘ in Iowa.
♦ Got married in 1997. [He would have been 26, she 28. No details of prior relationships, children or where they came from.]
♦ Established ‘Innate chiropractic’ in South Portland in 1998. [There is also, coincidentally or otherwise, an ‘Innate Chiropractic’ in Iowa.]
♦ Owned a ‘big house’ on a lake in Gray, Maine — the lake being ‘Little Sebago Lake’.
♦ One biological child, a daughter (born before 2010, probably around 2004).
♦ Adopted two boys (NOT twins) from a Russian orphanage in 2010 via ‘KidsFirst Adoption’ agency in Indiana.. The youngest, the 11-year old shooter, would have been 2-years old at the time. The older brother was probably 4 or 5.
They violated Russian adoption rules, which require mandatory yearly updates, by ceasing to send such reports after the third year.
♦ Believed to have had, c. 2010, $100,000 in credit card debts & $250,000 in student loans.
But, had not stopped them from buying a boat, a timeshare and a Mercedes Benz camper.
♦ 2009 IRS audit on ‘Innate chiropractic’ that resulted in the IRS asking for $100,000+ in payments.
They contested the IRS in court.
♦ August 2011: With battle with IRS ongoing they file for bankruptcy: over $2 million in liabilities, just $600,000 in assets.
♦ March 2012: Stopped paying mortgage.
♦ July 2012: Dismissed bankruptcy proceedings. Not going as they had hoped. They were now liable for all of their ever mounting debt.
Move to Alton
♦ Late 2012: They abscond from their Gray, Maine house (with its unpaid mortgage) at night — taking with them, among other things, the water heater from the house.
♦ Farmhouse, at 76 Dobbins Way, Alton, where the shooting took place, was supposedly built-in 1770. It sits on 19-acres.
It was purchased in October 2012 for $140,000 — supposedly by Lizette Eckert’s father.
♦ Lizette started working for ‘Sanctuary Bodyworks and Sauna‘ in Pittsfield, NH, as a chiropractor.
♦ James ran a chiropractic business, from home, in Alton, called “The Big Idea“. [I can’t find any details about it or whether he was licensed to practice in New Hampshire.]
UPDATE: His NH license supposedly lapsed in 2015. Possibly her’s too. Check this April 11, 2019 post.