Mallove's widow 'stunned' by arrests in husband's slaying

Police have charged Chad Schaffer, of Taftville, with the murder of Eugene Mallove.
Police have charged Chad Schaffer, of Taftville, with the murder of Eugene Mallove.

In the nearly six years since the murder of her husband, Joanne Mallove had lost hope that someone would ever pay for the crime.

Her husband, Eugene, was killed May 14, 2004. Four years later, charges against two men who were initially charged with the killing were dismissed.

But Thursday, after renewed efforts in the investigation, Norwich police charged a man and a woman with Eugene Mallove's murder.

"We were just so stunned," Mallove said. "We felt we would never see an outcome. We are very grateful that an arrest was made. Police said they would not give up and they didn't."

Mallove said her son, Ethan, was saddened by the news of an arrest while her daughter, Kim, was angry.

Police charged Chad M. Schaffer, 32, of Taftville, with murder, first-degree robbery and felony murder. Candace L. Foster, 30, of Norwich, was charged with accessory to murder, first-degree robbery and felony murder. They are being held on bond, pending their arraignment Monday in Norwich Superior Court.

Police said more arrests are anticipated.

Mallove said she believed the pair rented Eugene Mallove's mother's home at 119 Salem Turnpike, where he was found beaten to death.

"They were told they needed to get out," she said. "Gene wanted to fix it up."

Eugene Mallove, 56, a prominent scientist from Pembroke, N.H., had come to Connecticut that weekend to clean out the house, and he spent much of the day throwing items into a large, rented trash bin. Joanne Mallove said she wanted to accompany her husband to Norwich, but asked him to wait until the next day, a Saturday, so they "could make a day of it."

Mallove said she told her husband that they could clean up the house and then go out to eat and to the casino.

"He refused to do that," she said. "At one point he said he was a bit concerned about those people. I thought at the time he said that to scare me a bit or perhaps get me off his back."

Eugene Mallove was editor-in-chief of Infinite Energy magazine and a prominent scientist who had championed cold fusion.

"You know he had a Ph.D. and a wonderful sense of humor," his wife said.

Mallove said she is contemplating attending Monday's arraignment, perhaps to get a look at the people who allegedly killed her husband.

She said Mallove was taken behind a Dumpster and brutally beaten as if he did not matter or have any value.

Schaffer previously was convicted in Connecticut for second-degree threatening, violation of a restraining order and violation of probation.

Foster does not appear to have a criminal record in Connecticut.

"We are very grateful that the person who killed my husband is no longer going to be walking around and hurting other people," Mallove said. "I always thought that if I found out, if they found the killer, I thought I would feel jubilant. I don't feel jubilant. I still don't have my husband."

i.larraneta@theday.com

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