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Feb 10, 2016 3:50 PM

History of depression, domestic abuse allegations in Bedford murder-suicide report

The AG's Office released a six page report of the investigation of a Bedford murder-suicide.

Nina Obukhov, and her two daughters Katherine, 8, and Elizabeth, 6 were found dead by Alexi Obukhov, father of the girls and Nina's estranged husband.

The report includes the text of Alexi's 911 call. He's described as being in distress, yelling, wailing and howling and saying:

"She killed my kids ... She shoot [sic] my kids, killed them ... They all dead."

Police have ruled out any possibility Alexi played a role in the shootings. They found a note in the home with handwriting consistent with Nina's. Translated from Russian it says:

"How did you not expect a different outcome? It was amusing to me to watch all your rat race."

Investigators interviewed close to 50 witnesses. Dating back to August 2013, they heard from family friends Nina had a black eye and told them her husband Alexi hit her. In November of that year, police responded to a domestic call at the home, but no charges were filed.

Fast forward to February 18, 2015, Nina purchased a handgun. Just over a month later, on March 27th, she made calls to cancel upcoming appointments. The three were found dead the following morning on March 28th.

The report concludes Nina's behavior in the days and weeks before the incident are consistent with her committing this act. It goes on to say her mental health issues and marital situation were major contributing factors.

The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (NHCADSV) sent out a press release responding to the report. They released a statement that reads:

“The information laid out in the report on the Obukhov Murder-Suicide in Bedford reflects a tragic situation which must not be repeated. We will never understand how a mother could feel like her only option was to take her own children’s lives; however, the information in the report helps shed light on the circumstances leading up to this event. Sadly, many of the issues raised in the report including physical and financial abuse paint an all too familiar picture for victims of domestic violence. It also reminds us that domestic violence can happen anywhere, even in a wealthy community, and that all of us play a role in helping victims.

As a community we must do better to support victims of domestic violence who are isolated and feel like there is no hope. Reaching out to a friend, relative or co-worker you suspect is in abusive relationship can be difficult and emotionally challenging but help is available. Anyone looking for advice on how to start the conversation is encouraged to call the statewide domestic violence hotline which is available 24 hours a day at 1-866-644-3574. You do not need to be a victim to call.”

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