NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) -- It was 1984 when Mary Badaracco disappeared from her Sherman home. Her daughter's have long thought her husband, Dominic Badaracco, was responsible for her assumed murder.
"It's like, what can I do, to break this case or to bring her home. I'll go dig her up myself," said Beth Profeta, Mary's daughter.
Dominic appeared in a New Britain courtroom Wednesday, facing charges he offered $100,000 to Superior Court Judge Robert Brunetti, hoping to gain information about the grand jury investigation into Mary's death. Well-known attorney Richard Meehan is Badaracco's attorney.
"There was absolutely no finding by the grand jury that there was any reason to charge Dominic Badaracco with anything to do with Mary Badaracco," said Meehan. "So it begs the question, why would he feel the need to interfere with the process?"
The arrest warrant details one conversation in 2010 between Badaracco and Judge Brunetti in which Dominic says, "I'm only gonna say this one time...it's worth a hundred G's." Judge Brunetti notified authorities.
"Our position is these conversations did not take place in this manner, he denies he tried to bribe a judge," Meehan said.
News 8's Jamie Muro asked Meehan if he thought the judge lied to state prosecutors.
"I don't know what the judge did in respect to state prosecutors, because all I've read is what's in an arrest warrant," Meehan said. "Until we read grand jury testimony, I don't know what his position is."
Meehan also says Badaracco is deaf in one ear, and the arrest warrant clearly points out there was difficulty with the clarity of the phone calls. Mary has never been found. Meehan says his client has no idea where she is, but Mary's daughters obviously feel differently.
"Something bad happened in that house, between her and her husband, and they hid her," said Sherrie Passaro, daughter. "She was killed and they hid her and refuses to tell the truth."
And while Mary Badaracco's family continues to struggle with the lack of answers in this case, they are not alone.
There are more than a dozen cold and unsolved cases in our state that continue to perplex investigators and family members. You can read about those cases online .
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