SALEM — Three times now, Brian Brailsford has faced the pain of sitting through a parole hearing for the man who killed his wife a quarter-century ago.

But on Tuesday, an already-devastating process was made even worse as Thomas Maimoni, now 71, appeared to blame the widower of Martha Brailsford for her death — a suggestion a Parole Board member called “offensive and insulting” and a prosecutor called “disgusting.”

Brian Brailsford hadn’t planned to speak during the hearing. But he rose to address the panel after hearing Maimoni’s latest claim, that he knew his wife was on the boat with Maimoni on that summer day in July 1991.

“I’m sure the board realizes Tom has come up with yet another version,” Brian Brailsford told the panel.

“Tom should definitely be in prison for the rest of his life,” said Brian Brailsford. “It is tough coming here every five years.”

Investigators believe that Maimoni, enraged after Martha Brailsford rejected his sexual advances while aboard his sailboat, repeatedly struck her, either knocking her unconscious or killing her. They believe he then tied a diving belt and anchor to her body and threw her overboard.

Maimoni’s latest version of events: he now claims that not one, but two rogue waves knocked Martha Brailsford off of his sailboat, which, he claimed, was off the coast of Gloucester, near Magnolia, at the time.

He went on to say that he thought Brian Brailsford would have been out on a boat with a “flotilla,” because, he insisted, Martha Brailsford had told him that her husband knew where she was. If his own wife had gone missing, Maimoni said, that’s what he would have done.

So, he told the board, he waited some seven hours before dumping her body, naked and weighed down with diving weights and an anchor. He claimed to be suffering from trauma that clouded his judgment at the time, and says he still suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

He also claimed for the first time that he’d left her watch there, off the coast of Gloucester. “I left it there as proof of the timeline,” he insisted.

Won’t admit guilt

He still denies killing Martha Brailsford.

“I would like the family to know I accept full responsibility for my actions,” said Maimoni. But his actions, he claimed, amounted only to allowing Martha Brailsford to go on the deck alone to bring down a sail, then failing to get help right away when she went overboard. He blamed that decision on his claim that she would have “drifted away” in the water while he went to call for help on his radio. 

“I feel their rancor and their anger directed toward me,” Maimoni said of Martha Brailsford’s husband and sister, as well as nearly a dozen others, sitting behind him, all opposed to his release. “I’ve had losses in my life, and death, and I understand it fully. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and I respect that.”

His testimony left board members frustrated.

“I’m afraid to ask any questions,” said Charlene Bonner, who was also on the board at Maimoni’s last hearing. “I think it’s an exercise in futility.”

Board member Tonomey Coleman repeatedly asked Maimoni what happened on the day Brailsford died.

Maimoni kept avoiding the question, telling Coleman, “I’m getting to that.” Eventually he offered an elaborate account of plans to meet a couple of friends on their boat, sailing up the coast to Gloucester, then switching on the motor for the return trip.

“So what happened?” Coleman asked over and over.

‘Incapable of telling the truth’

By the end, Chairman Paul Treseler voiced his frustration. 

“I’ve been sitting here for over an hour and I still have no idea why you appeared for a hearing. I still have no idea of what the facts are,” he said.

“I think you’re incapable of telling the truth,” said Bonner, who went on to say he’s simply told more “incredulous, fantastical stories that are offensive and insulting.”

Maimoni insisted several times that he could not offer his version of events because of a “mandate” from the First Circuit Court of Appeals, which last year upheld the dismissal of his latest federal appeal of the case. Maimoni apparently misunderstood the legal language used to describe the order as some type of gag on him.

In that appeal, and in his testimony Tuesday, however, he also took issue with what he referred to as the “official version” — one he said was ginned up with salacious and untrue details, including the prosecution’s theory that Maimoni made sexual advances to Brailsford on the boat, as he’d done with other women.

He even wrote to the District Attorney’s office last year, said prosecutor Elin Graydon, asking that they remove any sexual references from “the official version.” That request was denied.

It was only after that and the loss of his appeal that he finally, after 25 years in custody, enrolled in a sex offender program — though he insists he’s not a sex offender.

Maimoni also took shots at the board’s former chairman, Josh Wall, calling him “very hostile.” And Maimoni blamed his failure to win parole in 2012 on the publicity over another parolee, Dominic Cinelli, who shot and killed a Woburn police officer.

Bonner assured him that was not true.

“It appears you’re trying to portray yourself as the victim,” board member Sheila Dupre told Maimoni. 

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