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Oct 1, 2015 7:33 PM

NH1 Exclusive: Nashua cold case alleged killer has New England criminal past


NASHUA - The victim of a 34-year-old cold case that was recently identified as Brenda Gerow is making headlines across the U.S. - especially here in NH.

Gerow, born and raised in Nashua, left the state with John Kalhauser, who is now the person of interest in the case.

“We told her not to go with him because something bad was going to happen but she doesn’t listen,” said Linda Vail, Gerow’s stepmom.

Vail spoke one-on-one with NH1 News but asked to hide her identity. Telling NH1 News shes scared Kalhauser might make his way back to New Hampshire.

“I mean if he killed once, he'll kill again. A killer is always a killer no matter what,” said Vail.

Kalhauser has not been formally charged in Gerow’s case but has a criminal history in New England.

In 1971, when he was just 17 years old, Kalhauser was convicted of shooting and killing a Nashua man, Paul Chapman.

In 1979, he faced an attempted murder charge after following a boyfriend of an ex to his car and shooting him.

Finally in 1980, he was officially charged with murder, was released on $1,200 bail, took Gerow and fled the state.

“He was wanted on some serious charges in Massachusetts,” said younger brother Bill Gerow.

He said when it came to his sister’s death, Gerow had a hunch.

“I immediately knew it was Jack,” said Gerow, referring to Kalhauser.

NH1 News asked Vail if she was shocked to learn of her step-daughters death, to which she replied no.

“We all told her that if you leave with that guy, you'll be dead and she was,” said Vail.


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