Feedback: Wife Speaks To 7 News About Bodies In Backyard


The wife of the man who told police he buried an elderly couple in his backyard says she sensed something was wrong soon after she moved onto the property with him from Connecticut in June 2012.

"In my heart I knew somewhere in that backyard Alvin was there," said Shawn Jensen Bartlett.

In a nearly half hour exclusive interview, Shawn denied any involvement in the bizarre situation and told us she was victimized herself.

She said her husband, Robert Bartlett, controlled her both sexually and emotionally.
Shawn is staying in a safe house with a close friend and fears for her safety.

She told us she was offered bribes to keep quiet about what she knew, had overheard or put together on her own.

"He just blurted out, 'Alvin is alive, okay? So I'm just gonna tell you Alvin's alive and this money that I'm getting is him paying me back for all the care that I gave him when he was here," said Shawn.

Shawn says she wasn't living with Robert Bartlett when 84 year old Alvin Babcock and his 82 year old wife, Betty, were staying at the 733 May Road property.

But soon after Shawn moved in with her husband and his mother, she said sensed something ominous had happened to the elderly couple.

According to Shawn, it wasn't until she saw bank statements, involving what she said was Babcock's retirement and Social Security pension, that her suspicions were confirmed.

"I was offered money to go and never mention the Babcocks again in one lump sum and then I was offered money - a monthly allotment of $500. I said, 'I am absolutely not getting involved in your sketchy money," said Shawn.

While the Babcocks' remains were found in shallow graves, Robert Bartlett denied killing the elderly couple when questioned by state police investigators.

Shawn says no one believed her when she first told authorities.

She claims officials originally thought she was being psychotic, but she kept pressing and she's glad she did.

Shawn also told us there is a lot more to the story she didn't want to talk about now.

Meanwhile, Robert Bartlett remains in an Ogdensburg mental health unit undergoing evaluation.

No criminal charges have been filed and authorities are still looking at whether the Babcocks may have died of natural causes or fell victim to foul play before being buried in Bartlett's backyard.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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