Jamie Fuller had a turbulent childhood, one marred by domestic abuse, an addicted mother, and extreme financial hardship. Fuller was convicted in the 1991 death of his girlfriend, Amy Carnevale, a fourteen-year-old cheerleader who vanished for five days before police found her body in a pond. For the most part, it appears Jamie Fuller was raised by a single mother in a low-income section of Beverly at 46 Courtney Drive.
When Jamie was arrested for her murder, his father, who left the family years before, came back into his life for a while before disappearing for good. Court records indicate Jamie Fuller often saw men strike his mother violently.
As a child, Jamie Fuller was a frail, quiet student, who did poorly in school and was bullied for years until he reached middle school and became an excellent student, according to a teacher. Smarter and more focused on his studies, his classmates say over the summer Jamie grew taller, gained weight, developed his muscles, and hung with a tough crowd called the Posse. The tables had turned. Instead of fearing others, they feared him.
What people noticed, were his eyes. They said he had the coldest, meanest eyes they’d ever seen. One news journalist who was in court during the murder trial was jotting down a description of Jamie’s clothing for his article for The Boston Globe when a weird feeling came over him. When he raised his head, Jamie Fuller was staring straight through him. His piercing eyes frightened him so much, the reporter put the pen down and didn’t take a single note the rest of the day.
Before Jamie Fuller killed Amy, he was arrested twice in 1990 for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He was placed on probation for the second offense. It is believed the assault and battery charges stemmed from a domestic abuse altercation with a previous girlfriend.
The prosecution painted a picture of how Jamie’s life played out months before the murder: he drank Canadian Mist whiskey day and night, he lifted weights, and he took steroids. Before school, a classmate said he’d stop by the store for a soft drink and replace the drink with more whiskey. He flew into rages, threatened to kill himself, trashed his room, and destroyed property. His own mother was afraid of him at times.
On the day of Amy Carnevale’s murder, Celeste Fuller banned Jamie to his room. She later made a fatal decision—she let him leave the house. Within hours, Amy Carnevale was thrown from a pier.
A judge sentenced Jamie Fuller to life without parole, which was changed to life with parole in later years. A public relations representative for the Massachusetts Department of Corrections told Traciy Curry-Reyes this past Friday that the information found on VINE is correct. Jamie Fuller is still incarcerated.
Amy Carnevale’s mother, Cynthia Gill, aka Cynthia J. ‘Cindy’ Gill, died on April 2, 2009, in Salem, Massachusetts. That same year, on December 15, 2009, Jamie Fuller’s mother, Celeste Fuller, also known as Celeste A. Sauvageau Fuller, died at the age of 55 at Beverly Hospital in Beverly, Massachusetts. Celeste was a longtime employee of Flair Cleaners and was a Beverly High School 1972 graduate. Those who knew her said she was “rough around the edges,” but mostly, she was a “cream puff.”
Both mothers died of heartbreak, friends say.
[Main Image: Jamie Fuller/Photo Credit: No One Would Tell Blog]