Woman murdered by husband after declining restraining order
A Boston-area mother found dead last month withdrew a restraining order against her abusive husband only days before she was killed, it has been revealed.
Florence Beaulieu, 37, was found dead May 16 in her Brockton apartment by one of her four children, according to reports, and husband Jean-Michel Beaulieu, 42, was arrested Sunday at the Vermont border while trying to flee to Canada.
Authorities have not publicly named him as a suspect, but a series of restraining orders and a divorce filing last month hint at the couple’s troubled past. Family members have told local media he often beat and put voodoo curses on her.
‘Anytime Florence tried to communicate with us, he beat her up,’ grieving mother Sylia Saint Louis, 57, told the Brockton Enterprise. ‘He tried to kill Florence all the time, with voodoo.’
Saint Louis told the Boston Globe that Jean-Michel Beaulieu beat her and ‘treated her like an animal.’
He faces three counts of violating a restraining order, the second taken out against him by Florence Beaulieu, but she declined to extend the latest order of protection when it expired May 14, relatives told the Globe.
She was found dead by her children only two days later, bringing a violent end to their 15-year marriage. An official cause of death has not been announced.
‘On many occasions I had to call the police as a result of physical abuse ,’ the battered woman wrote in an application for the second restraining order taken out against Jean-Michel Beaulieu.