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Rose Chase Convicted of Murder

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Rochester: Rose Chase Convicted of Murder
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The cold, empty reaction, of a woman just convicted of killing her husband.

"She was smirking as usual. What goes through your mind as you see something like that? To be honest, I just wanted to go over and slap her," said Silvia Chase, Adam Chase's mother.

Her son was married to Rose Chase, and a jury convicted the Stanley woman of murder and two other counts for pushing him down the stairs, causing his death, then letting the body decompose in the family's basement for several weeks, before dismembering him and setting the remains on fire.

"I thought for sure they were going to convict her. Mother's feeling," Silvia said.

Before reaching the verdict, jurors asked to again watch a key piece of evidence: A videotaped confession, in which Chase first claims Adam's death was an accident, that he tripped and fell down the stairs. Throughout the two-plus hour interview, her story changes.

"Her initial claim that it was an accident crumbled pretty quickly, until she actually admitted what she had done. So that was a key piece of evidence," said District Attorney Mike Tantillo.

"There is a lot of things... people lied about," said Patricia Mooney, Rose Chase's mother.

Mooney says her daughter was nearly suicidal over a bad marriage. She says the verdict doesn't tell the whole story.

"She was a loving mom. She loved her son. I love my daughter. I'm her mom. I'm going to always love my daughter, no matter what."

For months, authorities in Ontario County treated Adam Chase's disappearance as a missing persons case. It was the work of a private investigator, which is credited for finally breaking the case.

"I guess the word to use is I'm ecstatic. I'm happy she was convicted," said Rodney Miller.

Miller is a former sheriff's deputy who says he had a hunch that Rose Chase killed Adam. He eventually got her to confess.

"My biggest concern was if she walked, what happens to the next person that comes along that she don't like," Miller said.

"He came close. He came close to disappearing. But I played my last hunch and that was the game, and it worked."

Rose Chase faces 25 years to life when she's sentenced in January.

With the conviction, closure, finally for Adam Chase's family.

"Justice was done. My son can rest," Silvia said.

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