Nashua child killer jailed in Florida

NASHUA – Six years after he was released from prison for the 1973 murder of a young Nashua boy, Raymond A. Guay Jr. is back in jail, this time in Florida, charged with armed robbery.

The former Nashua man, now 66, murdered John Lindovski, 12, who had been missing for a month and whose body was found under the snow off Rideout Road in Hollis. His 2008 release from prison sparked a public outcry.

According to Brevard County, Fla. arrest records, Guay was arrested on Nov. 11, 2014 in Rockledge, Fla., charged with armed robbery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The record says he is unemployed and homeless and is being held in lieu of $31,000 bail.

Rockledge Police Lt. Donna Seyferth, in a phone interview, said Guay took some items from a Dollar Tree store in Rockledge, left the store without paying and when two employees approached him threatened them with a long straight-blade knife and rode off on a bicycle. He was apprehended a short while later.

Seyferth said her department was not aware of his prior offenses, and she is informing her state’s attorney generals office.

Guay might also have been living in New Hampshire not long ago. A Nov. 3, 2014 police log item from Concord says a “Raymond Guay, 66, a homeless man now located in Concord, received a summons on Sept. 23, for “consumption of liquor on private property.”

In 1973 Guay received a 18-25-year sentence for the Lindovski murder, the maximum possible at the time.

During his incarceration he was classified as a problem prisoner and served additional time for various crimes, including assault, prison escapes and terrorizing an elderly couple during one escape attempt.

Before he was released in 2008, John’s mother, Charlotte Davis, formerly of Milford and Amherst, campaigned to have Guay remain in prison, but he was released that year.

Plans for Guay to go to California fell through when a judge there said he should complete his three-year probation in New Hampshire.

Plans to stay with relatives in New Hampshire also fell through, and Guay went directly from a West Virginia prison to a private rooming house in a residential neighborhood in Manchester.

For a while he stayed at the home of an evangelical pastor in Chichester, where residents were outraged by his presence in the rural town. He was eventually relocated out of state after then-Gov. John Lynch and then-Attorney General Kelly Ayotte intervened.

At that time Guay said his conversion to Christianity made him a different man.

“There’s nothing I can do to put back what I’ve taken,” he told the Concord Monitor, “but I can do the best I can with what I have to work with for the rest of my life, and I will do that.”

On Feb. 9, 1973, John Lindovski, Jr., a sixth-grade student at the Charlotte Avenue School in Nashua, was walking home from an afternoon square dance when he was picked up by Guay, who was 25 at the time.

Guay drove him to the Lone Pine Hunters Club property in Hollis, and when the boy escaped the car and ran into the woods, Guay raced after him, hit him on the head and then shot him in the eye.

After a massive police search that turned up Guay’s library card near the scene of the crime, and after the murder weapon was found in his possession, Guay pleaded guilty to second-degree homicide and received a 18-25-year sentence.

He served additional time in federal prison for a 1990 prison assault with intent to kill. When he killed John Lindovski, court records show, he was on parole for a 1963 crime of assault with intent to kill to which he pleaded guilty when he was 15.

Members of the Lone Pine Hunters Club found the sixth grader’s body under the snow as they were clearing land near the Rideout Road club on March 11, 1973, about a month after he disappeared. He was dressed only in socks and undershorts, eyeglasses and a watch.

An initial autopsy showed his death was the result of a blow to the side of the head. During another search of the crime scene, however, a .22 caliber shell casing was found near the body.

Then-New Hampshire Attorney General Warren Rudman ordered a second autopsy that found the bullet in the boy’s brain.

In 2008 Rudman remembered the murder as a “very vicious crime, obviously by a sexual predator. Had there been a death penalty, we would have asked for it,” he told The Cabinet of Milford.

In a 1974 letter to the warden of the New Hampshire state prison asking that Guay never be released on parole, Rudman wrote that John Lindovski was “killed in a brutal, cold-blooded fashion after he had been marched by his assailant, approximately six-tenths of a mile, unattired, in the dark, in below freezing weather.”

Rudman also wrote that Guay “has shown absolutely no remorse” and “at one point attempted to implicate his father as the assailant.”

Rudman also told the warden, it wasn’t Guay’s first sex assault. In an incident for which Guay was never prosecuted, Rudman wrote, “he attempted to perpetrate unnatural sexual acts on a 15-year-old boy at exactly the same location on the premises of the Lone Pine Hunters Club on Aug. 23, 1968.”

In that 1968 incident, Guay threatened the boy with a firearm, chased him through the forest and placed a rock on his head and threatened to smash his skull in,” Rudman wrote.

Nashua Police Department records obtained from the state Attorney General’s Office confirmed the report of that incident, which also occurred at the Lone Pine Hunters Club, where Guay had once helped build a skeet range.

Jim Belanger, now a state representative from Hollis, was a special police officer on the scene when the boy’s body was discovered in 1973 and he stayed in the woods for eight hours until rescue equipment arrived.

Guay also tried to escape from prison at least three times, and during one brief escape he broke into the home of an elderly couple in Concord, tied them up and robbed them.

Federal authorities had classified Guay as a sexually violent predator, but at the time of his arrest he was not charged with a sex crime because there was no such category.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100, ext. 304, or kcleveland@