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Tragedy of a real-life Weeds mom: Young mother 'brutally murdered and dumped in pond after arriving at house for drug deal'
The tale of the suburban mother sucked into the seedy world of drugs has made millions laugh in the hit Showtime television comedy Weeds.
But the realities of dabbling in drugs brought a nasty ending for Krista Dittmeyer when the 20-year-old mother was brutally murdered in New Hampshire after an alleged drug deal at a house.
Like the Weeds character Nancy Botwin, her apparent respectability masked a grim connection to the violent world of drugs. Police believe she was killed by a gang of men desperate to steal her stash.
Tragedy: Krista Dittmeyer, 20, left, of Maine, was found dead after three men allegedly wanted to steal drugs and money from her. Comparisons have been made to Mary-Louise Parker, right, in the TV series Weeds
Dittmeyer, of Portland, Maine, was found dead in a pond last month. Her 14-month-old daughter Aliyah was found alive in her abandoned car by the Cranmore Mountain ski resort in New Hampshire.
WEEDS: The mother turned pot dealer
Weeds is a TV comedy starring Mary-Louise Parker and is about suburban mother Nancy Botwin who becomes a marijuana dealer.
Following her husband's unexpected death and financial problems she finds, Ms Botwin becomes a pot dealer for the neighbourhood.
Everyone in the community secretly wants what Ms Botwin is selling and she has to keep her family life in check and her business secret.
The mother was robbed of her drugs, hit with a rubber club, bound with duct tape and drowned or suffocated in a pond, prosecutors say.
Anthony Papile, 28, Trevor Ferguson, 23, and Michael Petelis, 28, have all been charged over her murder and robbery, with authorities believing they wanted to steal drugs and money from her.
The case has brought up comparisons to the U.S. television comedy Weeds, starring Mary-Louise Parker (see panel), where a seemingly respectable suburban mother becomes a drug dealer.
Dittmeyer was lured to Petelis' home in Ossipee, New Hampshire, on April 22 and ambushed by Papile who hit her on the head with a rubber club as she climbed the stairs, prosecutors allege.
Investigation: Police remove a blue tarpaulin from the edge of a pond at Cranmore Mountain ski area in New Hampshire after the body of Dittmeyer was found by divers in a retaining pond near to her car
Papile and Petelis allegedly bound her with duct tape, put her in the boot of her own car and Papile drove it to the car park of Cranmore Mountain before putting her in the pond.
Ferguson allegedly gave Papile a ride to his home from the ski area in return for money and drugs, according to a criminal complaint and submissions in court on Wednesday.
Prosecutors would not say if Dittmeyer was alive when she was submerged in the pond, whether she was weighted down or held in the water, or if she died from suffocation or drowning.
Dead: Dittmeyer was allegedly robbed of drugs, hit with a club, bound with duct tape and suffocated or drowned
Her car was left running with its hazard lights on and her daughter Aliyah was found alive inside the next day. The stolen drugs and cash were split up between the three men, prosecutors alleged.
Petelis was Dittmeyer's friend and claimed he was her ‘protector’ while her boyfriend, Kyle Acker - her daughter’s father - served an 18-month sentence for cocaine trafficking, prosecutors said.
‘If he can do this to his friend and woman he vowed to protect, what could he do to anyone else?’ said Jane Young, prosecuting, arguing for a 0,000 bond. ‘(He) was setting up her final demise.’
Papile, of Ossipee, has been charged with second degree murder, while Ferguson, of Tamworth, and Petelis, also of Ossipee, were both charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.
In court: Anthony Papile, 28, of Ossipee, left, is charged with second degree murder, while Trevor Ferguson, 23, of Tamworth, and Michael Petelis, 28, of Ossipee, right, have been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery
Papile, Petelis and Ferguson did not have to enter pleas on Wednesday. Papile was ordered to be held without bail, while Petelis and Ferguson were both held on 0,000 bail.
Dittmeyer's daughter is now being cared for by her grandmother. Her family are ‘pretty distressed’ by the arrests and allegations, Ms Young said.
Dittmeyer's mother, LaNell Shackley, sat in court with other relatives and friends. Her body was visibly shaking as each of the defendants were brought into court, reported MSNBC.
Remembered: Mourners attended a candlelight memorial for Dittmeyer on April 28 in Bridgton, Maine
It is unclear what drugs were involved or the amount of cash and drugs that were taken from Dittmeyer, who had been working as a waitress in a South Portland restaurant.
‘It's a great day for law enforcement,’ a police spokesman said. ‘I think it brings some closure (for the Dittmeyer family), but I'm sure they'd rather have different circumstances.’
More than 300 mourners gathered at a funeral in Maine last week to remember Dittmeyer at Lake Region High School in Naples, where she stood in her graduation gown just three years ago.