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A first year wedding anniversary vacation for a Northfield, New Hampshire couple ended with the husband, Joseph Ferlazzo, shooting his wife, Emily Ferlazzo, and cutting her body into pieces, he told police.

Joseph Ferlazzo, 41, is being held on a charge of first degree murder after he was arrested in Vermont on Tuesday for killing his 22-year-old wife. The Northfield, New Hampshire couple were vacationing at an AirBNB property in their converted camper over the weekend when Joseph Ferlazzo murdered his wife.

Emily Ferlazzo’s step-father and mother, David and Adrienne Bass, reported their daughter missing on Monday after Joseph Ferlazzo returned to New Hampshire from the vacation without his wife, according to the affidavit filed in Chittenden County Superior Court by Vermont State Police Detective Sgt. James Vooris. Adrienne Bass told police her daughter has been the victim of domestic violence in the past.

Joseph and Emily Ferlazzo left New Hampshire on Oct. 15 for the camping trip, and Joseph told his in-laws the couple argued and that Emily Ferlazzo told him she was taking an Uber back to New Hampshire, according to the affidavit. Soon after speaking to his in-laws, however, Joseph Ferlazzo drove back to Vermont.

There, he tried to get his friend, Spencer Lemons, 35, to drive him to the camper in Bolton, Vermont, which was now being watched by police. Lemons asked Joseph Ferlazzo why police were watching the van, and Joseph Ferlazzo admitted he killed his wife, according to the affidavit.

Lemons kicked Joseph Ferlazzo out of his car and then called police, Vooris wrote. Later, Detective Sgt. Aimee Nolan spotted Ferlazzo at a gas station and brought him to the State Police Barracks in St. Albans. There he confessed to police about the murder, according to Vooris.

Joseph Ferlazzo told police he argued with Emily Ferlazzo on Saturday, and she was hitting and kicking him, particularly in the groin, Vooris wrote. The fight ended with Emily Ferlazzo going to lie down. Joseph Ferlazzo waited five to 10 minutes, got his Glock 19 pistol, jumped on top of his wife, and shot her two times in the head, he told police.

Joseph Ferlazzo told police that he then had an anxiety attack because of the sight of the blood. He put a garbage bag on her head, and then put her body into the camper bathroom. Next, he went to have breakfast with his sister and her boyfriend, he told police.

After breakfast, Joseph Ferlazzo moved the camper to another location, and then proceeded to dismember his wife, cutting her feet, legs, arms, and head from her body with a hand saw, and putting each body part into a separate garbage bag, he told police.

Vooris writes that Emily Ferlazzo’s body was found in the camper in separate bags, and the handsaw and Glock 19 Joseph Ferlazzo used were still in the camper.

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The lawyer for New Hampshire State Trooper Samuel Provenza asked the New Hampshire Supreme Court on Wednesday to keep hidden from the public an investigation into his alleged misconduct.

“Police officers do not have watered down Constitutional rights,” said John Krupski, Provenza’s lawyer.

Provenza is appealing Grafton Superior Court Judge Peter Bornstein’s order that the town of Canaan must publicly release a report on Provenza, which the town had conducted after Provenza was accused of assaulting a town resident during a 2017 traffic stop.

Valley News journalist James Kenyon is seeking a copy of the 2018 report conducted by Municipal Resources Inc., or MRI, and went to court to get it released after being denied.

Crystal Eastman Wright accused Provenza of assaulting her during the 2017 traffic stop, prompting the MRI report. According to Bornstein’s ruling, the MRI report found that Wright’s excessive force allegation against Provenza was “not sustained,” though nothing is known about how that conclusion was reached.

Krupski argued that because Wright’s complaint is unfounded, releasing the report would violate Provenza’s right to privacy. He said releasing personal files on unfounded complaints would open the floor for abuses.

“Unsustained are, shall I say, issues that have no merit. Therefore this would be rewarding, allowing, and incentivizing people to make complaints that are not true,” Krupski said.

ACLU attorney Henry Klementowicz, representing the Valley News, argued that the Supreme Court's recent ruling on police files compel the court to allow for the release of the Provenza report. Last year, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled that some police personnel files, previously kept from public view, could be released under the state’s Right to Know law.

“The statute does not create an exemption for the Right to Know for police officers,” Klementowicz said.

Crystal Wright and her husband Douglas Wright are currently suing Provenza and the Canaan Police department, as well as the town, in the federal United States District Court in Concord.

According to the lawsuit, Provenza had a well-known reputation for use of force when he pulled Wright over on Nov. 30 of 2017.

“Mrs. Wright had heard about his history of and reputation for using violence while carrying out his law enforcement duties. In fact, Mrs. Wright heard that Officer Provenza frequently drew his gun and taser on people he came into contact with. Mrs. Wright had also heard that Officer Provenza had engaged in a pattern of roughly handling women, including pulling their hair,” the lawsuit states.

Wright and her family had issues with the school bus driver and after hearing her daughter had another problem Crystal Wright was following the bus when she was stopped by Provenza, according to her lawsuit.

During the stop, Provenza put his head into Crystal Wright’s car and was acting aggressively, according to her lawsuit. Crystal Wright is a sexual abuse survivor, according to the lawsuit, and she was uncomfortable with Provenza’s behavior. She picked up her iPhone and started recording when she heard a “ruckus,” her lawsuit states.

“It was Officer Provenza grabbing onto the door and ripping on it in an attempt to open it. His eyes were bulging out of his head, his veins were popping out of his neck, and he was visibly enraged,” the lawsuit states.

Provenza then allegedly grabbed the 5-foot, two-inch 115-pound woman by her ponytail and dragged her out of her car as she was screaming and begging for someone to help, according to the lawsuit. He handcuffed her and hit her in the knee, despite the fact she was not resisting, according to the lawsuit. That blow to the knee tore her ACL, according to the lawsuit. Though Provenza’s police cruiser was equipped with a dashboard camera, that camera was not turned on during her stop, according to the lawsuit.

Crystal Wright was eventually charged with resisting arrest for the incident, but was later found not guilty, according to the lawsuit. She was convicted of disobeying a police officer, according to Bornstein’s order, and she lost her appeal to that conviction.

The lawsuit federal claims that the town and the police department knew about Provenza’s violence and that he was never properly disciplined.

Provenza was the only other witness present with New Hampshire State Police Trooper Christopher O’Toole shot and killed Jesse Champney in December of 2017. The shooting was deemed justified despite the fact Champney was running away from O’Toole and died from a gunshot wound to his back, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s report.

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The husband of Emily Ferlazzo, the Northfield, New Hampshire woman whose body was found on Tuesday after she was reported missing, confessed that her murdered her, according to Vermont State Police.

Joseph Ferlazzo, 41, is now scheduled to be arranged in Vermont Superior Court Burlington later today. The exact manner of Emily Ferlazzo’s murder has not yet been disclosed.

Family reported Emily Ferlazzo, 22, missing this week after she and Joseph Ferlazzo went on a vacation to Vermont in their bus converted into a living space. Police were initially unable to find Joseph Ferlazzo when his wife was reported missing.

Police found Joseph Ferlazzo on Tuesday and during an interview he reportedly told officers he killed his wife inside their bus on Saturday morning. Police searched the bus and found Emily Ferlazzo’s body as well as other evidence that they say corroborates Joseph Ferlazzo’s confession.

He is expected to be charged with first degree murder today, and he is being held without bail.

The couple’s dog, a medium-sized mix breed named Remington, was also reported missing.

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