Dartmouth’s Lincoln Park Killer Gets Parole Revoked For Fourth Time
A man sentenced to life in prison nearly 40 years ago for murdering a security guard at Dartmouth's Lincoln Park in 1982 is being denied parole after getting it revoked four times.
The Massachusetts Parole Board wrote in a unanimous Sept. 29 decision that Charles Chaples is not suitable for parole, after he was accused of stalking and harassing a younger woman following his most recent release from prison in 2021.
Now 62 years old, Chaples was returned to custody each time he was paroled "due to a concerning pattern of behavior with women" and domestic abuse, the board wrote.
After he was released on parole in 2021, Chaples incurred two violations of associating with someone involved in criminal behavior and two violations involving "irresponsible conduct" regarding contact with a woman, according to the parole board.
The woman reported that Chaples stalked her and called her almost 100 times a day to express an unwanted romantic interest.
He was returned to custody in 2021 and his parole was officially revoked in February 2022. A parole hearing took place in May 2022.
Prior parole violations included a substantiated charge of breaking a girlfriend's collarbone, board members noted.
In 2007, Chaples was also the subject of a large-scale manhunt, hiding in the woods in Marion for 20 hours before being caught.
Chaples was originally sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for second-degree murder in the death of Lincoln Park night watchman Raymond Santos in 1982.
He killed Santos with a 12-gauge shotgun and shells stolen from a Dartmouth home he broke into before attempting to rob the amusement park.
According to court documents, he fired at Santos three times after the guard refused to hand over his watchman's keys.
Chaples' brother and father testified in favor of granting him parole, while the Bristol County District Attorney's Office submitted testimony and a letter of opposition to the move.
In its decision last week, the parole board wrote that "Chaples' actions are indicative of someone who takes advantage of vulnerable women," adding that he "minimizes his troublesome behavior and deflects responsibility."
The board recommended that he complete all available domestic violence treatment and counseling before his next parole hearing in 2025.