Bones found are not human remains

Remains discovered on convicted killers’ family property belong to animal
Thu, 06/09/2011 - 9:00pm

Three bone fragments found near the family home of convicted killers Bradfield and Hadden Clark were confirmed as animal bones by an anthropologist Thursday.

Workmen laying a stonewall at the Old Town Road property found a bone last week and turned it over to the New Shoreham Police Department, said Police Chief Vincent Carlone.

They then found two more bone fragments over the weekend, fueling speculation that they belonged to a murder victim.

“An anthropologist will be able to tell me what they are,” said Carlone on Monday, June 6. He confirmed Thursday that they were “definitely animal, belonging to either a cow or a pig.”

Carlone took the bones to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Providence on Thursday. The office can take weeks to return a decision, he said, but an anthropologist gave him a preliminary indication that the bones belonged to an animal not a human.

Since the bones found were not identified as human no further search of the Clark property will be initiated.

Bradfield and Hadden Clark were two of four siblings who grew up in Warren, New Jersey, and also spent time on Block Island with mother Flavia, “Fliv” Clark. Bradfield Clark, Hadden’s older brother, was given 18 years to life for second degree murder and mutilating human remains after killing a female coworker in San Francisco in June 1984.

Hadden Irving Clark was convicted in 1992 of killing a 23-year-old woman in Maryland, then later charged with the 1986 murder of a 6-year-old girl. He is serving two 30-year prison sentences consecutively. He turned 60 this April.

A Navy psychiatrist diagnosed Hadden Clark in 1985 as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. He was convicted of other small crimes, including malicious destruction of a landlord’s house and stealing purses from members of a church choir.

Flavia Clark lived for many years on Block Island, regularly participating in the Crop Walk to fight hunger, which is now dedicated to her memory.