Student’s killer proclaims innocence in jail call
Seth Mazzaglia leaves Strafford County Superior Court in Dover, N.H., Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014. Mazzaglia, who was convicted of raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student and said he didn't want to listen to the victim's family "yell and whine" at his sentencing hearing about what a monster he is, has dropped his bid to skip the hearing. Lawyers for Mazzaglia withdrew their motion contending that he had a right to skip Thursday's sentencing. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
The man convicted of raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student proclaimed his innocence in a recorded prison phone call with his mother as she sympathized with the victim’s family and tried to convince him to face them in court when he is sentenced to life in prison.
In a transcript of the Aug. 6 call released yesterday, Seth Mazzaglia also complains that he doesn’t want to listen to the family of Elizabeth Marriott “bitch and moan” for an hour and a half.
Mazzaglia, 31, was convicted in June of first-degree murder in the death of the 19-year-old Marriott, of Westborough, Mass. Prosecutors say he killed the teen nicknamed “Lizzi” after she rejected his sexual advances and that he and his then-girlfriend, Kathryn McDonough, threw her body in a river. The body has never been found.
The call came up Tuesday when Mazzaglia asked a judge to excuse him from the sentencing, set for today. He later withdrew his request.
In the call, he tells his mother, Heather Mazzaglia, that he has asked his lawyers whether he can skip the sentencing.
“I already know what everyone’s gonna say there, so why the hell do I have to be there? And it’s a waste of my time,” he said.
“Yeah, well, it’s, it’s for them,” his mother answered.
Seth Mazzaglia said he’s not feeling “particularly gracious” at the moment then tells his mother it might be different if he had been exonerated.
“If I had been found innocent of the big stuff like I should have been, and like I am, now then it might be a different story,” he said. “Then, then I might have some sympathy.”
“But I’m gonna have to sit there for an hour and a half listening to them yell and whine and bitch and moan and scream about how I’m a monster who killed someone when I’m not,” he continues. “That’s what I’m literally gonna have to listen to for the whole time. It isn’t gonna be like, oh, you took away our chance of burying her. It’s gonna be you’re a monster and that’s what it’s gonna be over and over and over again.”
A call seeking comment from Bob Marriott, the victim’s father, was not immediately returned. After Tuesday’s hearing, her mother, Melissa Marriott, called Mazzaglia a “selfish coward.”
During the phone call, Heather Mazzaglia told her son to think of Marriott’s family.
“They’re, they’re in misery,” she said. “I mean they’re in agony. Their, their daughter is lost. I would be the same if it were you but, you know, you have to sympathize with what they’ve lost.”
Mazzaglia was found guilty of strangling Marriott then raping her lifeless body Oct. 9, 2012, after she rejected his sexual advances. McDonough, his ex-girlfriend, was the prosecution’s star witness, testifying that Mazzaglia was the dominant partner in a sexual relationship that included bondage and discipline.
Initially, McDonough told investigators that Marriott died while the two women were engaged in rough consensual sex. After she was granted immunity from prosecution, she changed her story and said Mazzaglia killed Marriott. McDonough is serving 1½ to 3 years in prison for hindering prosecution.