And it’s no ordinary interview, because Reck points a finger at Robert Kalosky, a man he accuses of murder.
Kalosky maintains his innocence, and has never been charged with the crime. But Reck appeared on national television Thursday, accusing him of murdering his first wife, Paula Kalosky, in 1999.
Paula Kalosky was found dead with a shotgun wound to the head.
Reck appears unconcerned about potential repercussions for his claims. He pressed on when Hansen seemed taken aback by the language he used in the interview.
“I told him that Robert Kalosky got away with killing his wife by shooting her in the head,” Reck said. “I flat out said on national television that he killed her. Chris Hansen said I could be sued for saying that on the air. My response was ‘Robert Kalosky, go ahead and sue me.”’
Reck, a partner with the Law Firm of Stephen P. Reck & Scott D. Camasaar in North Stonington, tried unsuccessfully to build a case against the East Haddam resident by filing a civil wrongful death lawsuit over Paula Kalosky’s death. He accused police investigators of not properly looking at information he uncovered during deposition, and of botching the case by allegedly failing to secure evidence.
Paula Kalosky’s death was ruled a suicide and then the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office changed it to “undetermined.”
Averum Sprecher is the Middletown-based solo practitioner who represented Robert Kalosky in the civil suit Reck brought on behalf of Paula Kalosky’s brother, John Carbo. He told Hansen he believes the cause of death was changed because there was no suicide note and no history of depression.
Reck is renewing his claims after Kalosky’s second wife, Sandra, was found dead in the same home where the first wife died.
Sandra Kalosky died March 23 of blunt trauma. Her death is under investigation, state police told the Connecticut Law Tribune.
The women’s deaths caught Hansen’s eye, and brought the television host to Connecticut.
Hansen sat down with Reck at his law offices for a four-hour interview, of which only a short part aired. Hansen also interviewed Carbo, who told Hansen his sister was “his best friend.” Carbo also told Hansen Paula Kalosky would never take her own life “because she had a lot to live for,” including an upcoming graduation with honors from the University of Hartford.
The show aired Thursday at 2 p.m. on Fox Channel 61. The Kalosky segment took up the first 30 minutes of the one-hour program.
Reck said he sat down with Hansen, formerly the host of NBC’s “To Catch a Predator,” because he wants the case to get national exposure. He hopes investigators reopen Paula Kalosky’s case, because there is no statute of limitations on murder.
Reck said the interview also brought up memories about his work with Mike Malchik, a former detective and attorney credited with securing the confession of convicted serial killer Michael Ross. Malchik, who died in 2016, had worked on the civil suit against Kalosky.
The Defense Speaks
Sprecher told the Connecticut Law Tribune that he considers Reck’s opinions and comments to be “unsupported.”
The defense attorney had no comment on the death of Kalosky’s second wife, but said a slew of evidence in the first case pointed away from his client. His client did not return repeated Facebook and telephone messages from the Connecticut Law Tribune for comment, and was not at home when Hansen knocked on his door.
“The investigative agencies determined that the death was a suicide. The medical examiner that Mr. Carbo hired stated in his deposition that he could not give the opinion based upon the Connecticut evidentiary standard for the claim of homicide,” Sprecher said. “The State Police … at Mr. Carbo’s request re-examined the case after a meeting which included Mr. Carbo, his attorneys and high-ranking officers of the State Police. They … ultimately concluded that the death was suicide.”
But Reck remains unconvinced. And for him, the case for Paula Kalosky’s family is personal. He said evidence from the civil lawsuit should have set off alarm bells for police investigators, but instead strong evidence pointing to Kalosky went nowhere.
“I deposed Kalosky by video and I’ve got him basically saying he can’t remember anything that occurred on the morning of Feb. 13, 1999,” Reck told the Connecticut Law Tribune. “He can’t remember if he even picked up the gun or moved his wife’s body, and he can’t remember if his wife was bleeding to death. It’s just so absurd.”
Reck said financial records and other evidence would have ruled out suicide.
Sgt. Eric Haglund, a police spokesman, confirmed an ongoing investigation into Sandra Kalosky’s death, but said he could provide no information on the death of Kalosky’s first wife.