Archive: Leslie Buck Case

Charles Buck Led From Courthouse

Charles Buck is led from Superior Court in New London in January after being arraigned on a charge of murdering his wife, Leslie, in 2002. (MARK MIRKO / HARTFORD COURANT / January 22, 2009)

Timeline: A Strange Tale On The Shoreline

May 2, 2002: Leslie Buck, 57, is kidnapped and beaten, but escapes. Russell Kirby, a handyman who worked for the Bucks, is charged with kidnapping and other counts.

6:10 PM EST, December 13, 2010

Closing Arguments Expected Today In Murder Trial Of Schoolteacher's Husband

NEW LONDON — Closing arguments are expected today in the murder trial of the husband of a Mystic schoolteacher who was found dead in her home two days after being abducted by a handyman.

July 3, 2009

A Death In Stonington

After a lengthy recap of a seven-day hearing that was scant on physical evidence but had buckets of possible motive, Judge Susan B. Handy on Thursday ruled that Charles Buck will go on trial on a charge of murdering his wife in 2002.

January 23, 2009

Stonington Man Charged In Death Of His Wife, A Popular Teacher

From the beginning, police were suspicious about the story Leslie Buck's husband told about her death nearly seven years ago.

January 15, 2009


Attorney Says Husband Focus Of Homicide Probe

No one has ever been charged with killing Mystic schoolteacher Leslie Buck. A state medical examiner's autopsy does not label Buck's death a homicide.

October 11, 2006

New Twist In Case Of Intrigue: New Trial

The state Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for the Ledyard handyman convicted of kidnapping and assaulting Stonington teacher Leslie Buck in May 2002, the day before she mysteriously died in an apparent fall down a flight of stairs at her home.

May 20, 2005

Suit Filed In Death Of Teacher

A lawyer representing the estate of Leslie Buck, the popular Stonington schoolteacher who died mysteriously after being abducted in May 2002, filed a lawsuit Thursday in Superior Court blaming her husband for her death.

July 28, 2004


Kidnapper Guilty, But How Did Leslie Buck Die?

There was some sense of satisfaction among those close to Leslie Buck that the Ledyard handyman convicted Tuesday of kidnapping and beating her will pay for his role in the terrifying ordeal.

May 8, 2002

Probe Continues In Teacher's Death

Detectives questioned Charles Buck for four hours about the suspicious death of his schoolteacher wife on Tuesday in what police were calling a routine part of an investigation into a highly unusual incident.

May 7, 2002


Two Days After She Survived An Attack, A Teacher's Body Is Discovered At Home At The Bottom Of The Stairs

It is a mystery that has this small community known for its historic seaport buzzing.

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