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James & Lizette Eckert, Alton (NH) Shooting Victims: Vital Data Culled From Excellent ‘Boston Globe’ Article.

by Anura Guruge

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.

Click image to access the original post.


♦ 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.

Legal Woes

♦ 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.

Click here to access my last post.

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by Anura Guruge

Alton (NH) Shooting By 11-Year Old: Outstanding, But Also Disturbing, Article By ‘Boston Globe’ Writers.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to access original. MUST READ. Well written.

Click here to access reproduced article in
The Laconia Daily News“.

Click here to access my last post.

Outstanding journalism. Bravo.

MUST READ. Please read it — especially if you are in Alton or have an Alton contacts.

As I am reading this I started thinking “I have never seen this level of investigative reporting in the Sun“. Made me look at the byline. Bingo. ‘The Boston Globe‘. You could just tell. I appreciate good writing and diligent research. I was so impressed that I contacted the lead reporter to offer her my sincere congratulations.

Some very disturbing elements in the story. ‘They’, the two victims, are no the demi-saints they were portrayed to be by some in Alton. They had issues; serious issues — legal, financial and ethical.

The irony of their sign warning government agents from entering their property is sublime. I guess our wonderful State Troopers and local Police, quite rightly, ignored their ‘threat’.

I had a quick check of the local Facebook ‘channels’. NO mention of this article. Made me smile. I could be wrong, but I think that some posts have even been taken down.

I never knew these folks and it would appear I didn’t miss much. As I have also made clear my main concern and thoughts are with the poor 11-year old. As the State, quite rightly, is beginning to realize, 11-year old is way too young to understand all the ramifications of what has transpired.

I have asked it before, and I will ask it again: “how did he get his hands on a loaded gun?

Something else that crossed my mind today: “was he licensed to practice in New Hampshire?” I tried to look it up just now but did not have much luck.

Well, this article has at least given us a better insight as to the background and demeanor of this family.

I am so glad that ‘The Boston Globe’ invested in this article and assigned to gifted reporters to cover it. This is what I call GREAT NEWS.

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by Anura Guruge

Alton (NH) Shooting By 11-Year Old Boy (UPDATE): Both Victims Are Now Dead, Boy Adopted.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access ‘Concord Monitor’ coverage. Google for more.


Click to access this April 3, 2019 post.

Boston & overseas media (e.g., U.K. ‘Daily Mail‘) have now disclosed her, viz. Lizette Eckert’s, Facebook profile and even some of the pictures therein.

I do NOT feel comfortable doing that. So, I am only showing PIXELATED versions. You can go looking in Facebook if you so wish.

Click to ENLARGE. Faces pixelated.

Appears that the father, James Eckert (48), died Friday evening following the shooting that took place around 7:30am. He had been shot multiple times!

The mother Lizette Eckert (50) was dead, when the police arrived, from a single gunshot injury.

As soon as I saw the pictures of the three kids I had a hunch that the two boys may have been adopted. That has since been confirmed in the media (e.g., U.K. ‘Daily Mail’). They look like they might be brothers. So, they might have been adopted together.

I can’t stop thinking about the poor 11-year old kid. That I have a 12-year old that I devote much of my life has much to do with it. Just trying to work out what is going through his head and how he is coping with it all. I even had to look up New Hampshire juvenile detention laws. I am not clear. Appears that they would have to have, under normal circumstances, released him. But, they say he remains in custody. Oh dear. I think of him wanting breakfast!


11-year old.

That he had easy access to a gun makes me livid. The father, I assume, was responsible for that.

We will never know the details.

I have to think that it had to have been serious for a 11-year old to do what he did. I hope there was no ‘abuse’. They lived in the woods and the kids were homeschooled. Not sure who saw the kids on a regular basis.

That he took off into the woods, in 35F weather, in his pjs, in what is deep snow bothers me too. He thought he could run. He thought he could get away. He had to have been scared. Not right for a 11-year old.

If you are thinking that my thoughts are mainly about the 11-year old, you are right. Last year I was taking care of a 11-year old. I know their demands and needs. All I can think is this poor kid.

I would love to know where he is from. He has, at a minimum, a lot of Indian (as in Far East Indian).

Very close to home on two counts. The shooting happened about 2.5 miles away, as the crow flies, from our house. We had driven by the road on Tuesday.

A 11-year old did the shooting. We have a 12-year old.

Though ours had been homeschooled for a year, she had gone to the local school, viz. ACS, for nearly 8-years. Was this a classmate? Somebody she knew? I knew of at least one child, albeit a 12-year old girl, who lived in that vicinity.

I am sure the other two kids are being well taken care of. They appear to have a ton of family. She has 875 Facebook friends!

The poor kids are orphans. This is such a shame.

I am so fed up of mindless folks talking about prayer as it relates to this tragedy. Too late now.

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by Anura Guruge

Fatal Shooting, By 11-Year Old Boy, In Our New Hampshire Town, Alton, This Morning.

by Anura Guruge

March 16, 2016, UPDATE.

Click image to access.

From the ‘Union Leader’. Google ‘Alton shooting’ for plenty more. Click to ENLARGE.

This morning, around 8:40am, I was trying to watch and digest the horrific news out of New Zealand when we got a call from the school to say that they were in LOCKDOWN because of a nearby shooting!


By 8:55am we knew some of the details. As the day progressed we managed to piece together more.

It was unreal.

Very close to home on two counts. The shooting happened about 2.5 miles away, as the crow flies, from our house. We had driven by the road on Tuesday.

A 11-year old did the shooting. We have a 12-year old.

Though ours had been homeschooled for a year, she had gone to the local school, viz. ACS, for nearly 8-years. Was this a classmate? Somebody she knew? I knew of at least one child, albeit a 12-year old girl, who lived in that vicinity.

Around 1pm we were informed by the school that the 11-year was never registered at the school. So, I assume he was being homeschooled.

The names of the two victims were released this evening. Don’t know them. Might have seen them around.

I was wrong. I assumed that it would be the father that had been shot dead. No. The mother. The gun probably belonged to the father. Aren’t they supposed to be kept locked?

11-year old. Keep on trying to imagine what our 12-year was like last year. What would prompt a 11-year to do such a thing? Then take off into the woods, for 2-hours, in pjs. It was warm today, but not that warm and there is a lot of snow on the ground.

I have to say poor kid. His life will never be the same again.

He has been charged with murder! I am not sure how you can charge a 11-year old with murder? Isn’t he too young?

Just can’t imagine what must have been going through his head. I just hope he was not being abused.

Not sure what is more shocking Alton or NZ. Not sure that you can compare them or that a comparison is valid.

Both are horrific. Both are shocking. Both should never have happened.

What is happening to the world.

I am, however, pretty damn sure of one thing. Prayer is not going to fix either of these sad situation.

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by Anura Guruge

So Proud Of UNH For Taking Lead On Exemption For “Peaceful Protest” Post Parkland, FL, Shooting.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access New Hampshire WMUR TV coverage. Google ‘UNH’ for more.

Way to go ‘University of New Hampshire’. I am so proud and happy.

Peaceful protest is a human right and one that shows character.

That students are taking the lead after the Florida “Stoneman Douglas High School” shooting is great — though, at the same time, a SHAME that they have to do so.

But, in terms of College admission peaceful protest should be PLUS. Somebody who cares and wants to do something about a cause.

This is GREAT.

I have always liked UNH. This made me even prouder.

Thank YOU, UNH.

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by Anura Guruge

The Tragic Kansas “Swatting” Shooting — Where Was 911 “Caller ID”?

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. From CNN. Google “swatting” for CNN article & MUCH more.

This is so sad and tragic. What a shame. An innocent life lost — and he was UNARMED. It is NO consolation, but it is an huge indictment on current society, that some of us are just ‘relieved’ that he wasn’t black … because that would just make matters worse. A shame. A shame.

I, however, have had a nagging question from the moment I managed to work out what happened and UNDERSTOOD that it was a FAKE CALL.

What happened to CALLER ID?

Caller ID is the first thing that pops up, at the ‘Emergency Center‘, when you make a 911 call.

Did Caller Id indicate it was a California number? If so it is possible that they assumed that it might have been a cell phone.

Wouldn’t they — shouldn’t they — have been a bit more cautious IF it was an out-of-state Caller ID or if Caller ID had been blocked?

I have NOT heard anybody address this.

I really would like to hear what attention was paid to the Caller ID.

Wouldn’t you.

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Olympus Provides Photographic Tips For Shooting Fall Color — Shamelessly Advocating Post-Processing Cheating!

by Anura Guruge


Click here to access Olympus original IF you like to CHEAT.

Post-processing of Fall Color pictures seems particularly WRONG.

What is the point.

If you are going to alter color, temperature, ambience etc. WHY bother going out and shooting.

Just grab some pictures off the Internet and go to town.

I find post-processing kind of offensive. Kind of like doing a TRUMP to your photographs.

I see on Facebook, to my intense amusement but also subject to my derision, some folks who ONLY like post-processed images. SMILE.

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With Polling Stations Open For Another 5 Hours, German Cinema Shooting Could Sway Brexit Voting!

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access Reuters original.

Crossed my mind as I was watching the breaking news. We don’t know the details BUT if it was in any way ‘immigration-related’ it could have an impact on the Brexit referendum.

Food for thought.

Polls don’t close till 10pm London (GMT) time (today).

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Pope Francis Mum About Charleston, South Carolina, Shooting — But Still Strident About Climate Control.

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Francis says the darnest things 

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From “Catholic News Agency” (CNA). Click to access original. Mention of S.C. Catholics — BUT nothing about Pope.


From “Vatican Information Service” (VIS) for Friday, June 19, 2015. Day after the shooting (made the news). Nothing from pope though he actually delivered a message to U.S. Bishops visiting the Vatican. Click to ENLARGE and read here. VIS can be found here: http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/

Pretty AMAZING. A CHURCH shooting and Pope Francis stays MUM — even when addressing a group of visiting U.S. Bishops.

And he claims to be Christ’s Vicar on Earth — meaning Christ’s representative on Earth.

Do you think Christ would be silent? A church shooting.

And Pope Francis doesn’t even have the decency to try and stay out of the news. He is busy pontificating about Climate Control.

This is bad.

Oh ….

Why is he acting like a petulant kid. Wrong church. Well not the fact that it is black, more that it isn’t Catholic.

Amazing isn’t it?

The Circus Elephants Arrived In Manchester, NH, This Morning, Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>>>>  ‘circus in town (with elephants)‘ posts.  >>>>>>

Click to access WMUR video and coverage.

Click to access WMUR video and coverage.

So the next chance to see them walking ‘up’ Elm on the way back to the train
will be Sunday, October 6,
most likely between 5:30 and 6:30.