... According to Courant archives, prosecutors said Richard Crafts bought a large freezer on Nov. 17, 1986. The next day, Nov. 18, was the last time anyone saw Helle Crafts.
On the morning of Nov. 19, Richard Crafts drove their children from their home in Newtown to his sister's house in Westport. On Nov. 20 he rented a wood chipper and a truck, which he used to haul the wood chipper.
The state said Crafts killed his wife, froze her body, cut it up with a chain saw and used a wood chipper in several areas of Newtown and Southbury to do away with the body. He then disposed of the freezer to prevent authorities from finding any evidence.
On Nov. 20, several witnesses saw the truck and the wood chipper in different locations in Newtown and Southbury, including on a steel bridge in Newtown between 3 and 4 a.m. Crafts told someone he was clearing limbs downed in a Nov. 18 storm. However, no tree limbs fell on his property during the storm.
State police later searched the area near the steel bridge and found among the piles of wood chips an envelope bearing the victim's name, pieces of bone and tissue, a human fingernail and crowns to the victim's teeth, prosecutors said.
Police also recovered, underwater near the steel bridge, Crafts' chain saw and a saw blade. ...