Berlin Landlord Charged After Threatening Tenant, Carrying Gun

Police said Fredrick Murphy began arguing with the tenant, who lives above him at his High Road property, and threatened to "put a bullet through her head."

Credit: Patch.
Credit: Patch.
A 53-year-old Berlin resident and landlord is facing criminal charges after police said he was in possession of a shotgun and threatened to "put a bullet through the head" of the tenant living upstairs from him last week.

The Friday afternoon incident, a heated exchange between the female tenant and High Road resident Fredrick Murphy, led to threats from Murphy and his eventual arrest, according to police reports.

Murphy, of 286 High Road, was taken into custody on charges of second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond and is due in New Britain Superior Court for arraignment later this month.

According to the police report, the tenant called police after the heated exchange in which the tenant reported that he "apparently yelled at her that he didn’t care and that he would put a bullet through her head with his shotgun."

Responding officers were forced to search after Murphy claimed he did not own a gun, but eventually found a 12-guage shotgun. The weapon was taken into custody for safe keeping, police said Tuesday, but no charges were filed as it was determined he had possession of the gun legally.

Despite being afternoon, police said Murphy was in a robe and slippers at the time of the incident. He has been ordered not to have any further contact with the tenant.

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Christine October 16, 2013 at 07:16 AM
He was wearing a robe and slippers at the time of arrest-- what does that have to do with anything? Is that an effort to imply that the landlord suffers from mental illness? I'd love to hear Murphy's side of the story-- what did the tenant do to drive him nuts? Tenants have ALL the rights in CT. Unjustly, being a tenant is now an "entitlement." Evictions can take years. A tenant can easily run a landlord into foreclosure..... or insanity. I'd like to hear the whole story on this one. The odds are in favor of the tenant being guiltier than the landlord.
chris choinski October 16, 2013 at 09:23 AM
while it is necessary to hear his side of the story, it is irresponsible and just plain stupid to make any sort of threat if you are a responsible gun owner.
Christine October 16, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Chris, I agree. Threats like that are not acceptable. However, we don't know if he actually said it? And if he did say it, we don't know the context? In the wake of my husband forgetting something important (or whatever), I've said "I'm gonna kill you." I certainly didn't mean it literally, only as a figure of speech. My point, we are only getting one side of the story.
Tamyra Davis October 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM
I hear what you are saying Christine, but I'm gonna kill you said in the context in which you explained is one thing but saying Im going to put a bullet in you during an argument is a bit much. I don't know the situation with the tenant and landlord, but you have to stay professional. It isn't always easy but that's what you sign up for when you become a landlord.
Sally Eigenraam October 16, 2013 at 11:25 AM
I was wondering the same thing about the bathrobe and slippers? What business is it of anyone's what an individual wears while on his property at a particular time of day?
Christine October 16, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Relevance of bathrobe? Maybe the Red Sox won? That's a fact too. Should we mention it in this article? Huge LOL. Lifelong Berlinite is clearly not adept when it comes to landlord issues/law-- "entitlement" has zero reference as to "how" she pays (or doesn't pay) her rent. No clue if she is subsidized. Believe me, I can throw CT landlord/tenant law at you all day long. I've humored your posts many times Lifelong Berlinite-- this is one area you don't want to engage me in. To quote breaking Bad's Walter White, "If you really don't know who I am, maybe your best course of action is to tread lightly." (Gosh, I miss that show already. Sunday nights are not the same!)
Christine October 16, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Why you feel the need to add your political two cents as a chaser to every story I comment on, regardless of topic, is beyond me. Ciao. I'm out.
Christine October 16, 2013 at 05:19 PM
You gotta be kidding me? I certainly did address this topic the very first time you commented on it weeks ago. And you seriously believe nobody disagrees with your political comments! Do you know why? Because you are relentlessly rude and disrespectful and people don't want to waste their breath on your foolishness. Conversing with you is lose-lose, no matter what the topic! I'm scratching my head as to why I even bother? You know darn well you remain anonymous to allow yourself the liberty to slam whoever you want without having to be held accountable. You fear retribution from the many whom you have offended and wholeheartedly disagree with you. You have offended me with your crassness and uncalled for slanderous untruths numerous times. I shutter to think about having anyone with your small minded, immature, vicious attitude in any position of authority in our town. You are despicable. I woke up today-- I do not have one more minute to waste on you. This is the last time I will engage with you in any form of dialogue. Apologies to the folks on this thread for addressing (unrelated) issues with "anonymous" person.


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