Help sought in 1988 cold case

Bod­ies of pro­fes­sor, an­tiques dealer found in Hart­ford

Albany Times Union (Sunday) - - AROUND THE REGION - By Steve Hughes

State Po­lice are ask­ing for the pub­lic’s help in solv­ing a 1988 dou­ble homi­cide in Wash­ing­ton County.

On Sept. 12, 1988, a trap­per check­ing his traps off of Lily Pond Road in Hart­ford found the body of a man and called Wash­ing­ton County Sher­iff’s deputies. When deputies in­ves­ti­gated, they found a sec­ond man’s body.

An ini­tial State Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­ter­mined that the two men, Fred­er­ick Paul­ing, 57, and James Checkush, 37, had been dead for sev­eral days.

Checkush was a Long Is­land an­tiques dealer who lived in Man­hat­tan and Paul­ing was a psy­chol­ogy pro­fes­sor at John Jay Col­lege in New York City.

Paul­ing owned a home on Dick Hill Road, near where the bod­ies were found. Po­lice be­lieve the two men were killed in­side that home and dumped near Lily Pond Road.

Se­nior In­ves­ti­ga­tor Roger Le­claire of the Wash­ing­ton County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment said at the time that Paul­ing had been do­ing re­search for a book, which was to be ti­tled “The Crim­i­nal Mind.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors learned that Paul­ing was in­ter­view­ing crim­i­nals for the book, which was still in tran­script form, Le­claire said. He said that in­for­ma­tion was not linked to the leads in the case.

One of the two was shot to death and the other was killed by blows to the head.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact the Wash­ing­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice at 518-7462475.

Fred­er­ick Paul­ing

State Po­lice pho­tos

James checkush

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