New Hampshire man gets 40 years after nearly decapitating mother and setting her body on fire over PlayStation

Thomas Humphrey (Goffstown Police)
Thomas Humphrey (Goffstown Police)

A quiet New Hampshire town was rocked by a horrific crime that left the community reeling. Thomas Humphrey, a 47-year-old man, was sentenced Tuesday to 40 years to life in prison for the brutal murder of his own mother, Linda Tufts.

The circumstances surrounding this tragic incident shed light on the devastating consequences that can result from unresolved conflicts and the escalation of domestic tensions.

The events occurred on November 28, 2023, when Goffstown Police received a disturbing call to a single-family home on Joffre Street.

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Upon arrival, they discovered the lifeless body of Linda Tufts, 70, and an active fire in the home.

The investigation soon revealed that the catalyst for this heinous act was a dispute over the volume of video games Humphrey had been playing on the PlayStation his mother had given him for his birthday.

According to prosecutors, Humphrey, who lived in the basement of the shared home, violently lashed out at his mother after the two had a heated argument about the noise level of his video game sessions.

In a fit of rage, Humphrey brutally stabbed Tufts multiple times, nearly decapitating the woman. The attacker added to the tragedy by setting his mother’s body on fire, further exacerbating the brutality of the crime.

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When police arrived on the scene, they discovered Humphrey at the bottom of the basement stairs, nursing self-inflicted wounds and still holding the knife used in the attack. Authorities immediately arrested the suspect and transported him for medical treatment, where he eventually confessed to the heinous act.

On Tuesday, Humphrey faced the consequences of his actions when he was sentenced by Judge William Delker to 40 years to life in prison.

“This is, as I said in my more than a decade on the bench, one of the most brutal murders I have presided over,” Judge William Delker said, according to WMUR.

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Initially, Humphrey had pleaded not guilty to the murder and arson charges. However, he later changed his plea to guilty, likely in an attempt to receive a more lenient sentence. Interestingly enough, this was not Humphrey’s first encounter with the criminal justice system, as he has faced charges before, although the details of his previous legal troubles remain unclear.

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