Glenn Grassett killed wife before killing self, AG says
Investigators said a marriage headed for divorce ended violently in Barrington over the weekend when a man shot and killed his wife before killing himself.
Officials said Glenn Grassett, 61, and Pauline Grassett, 44, were found shot to death in their home on Layne Farm Road on Saturday. The Attorney General’s Office said Glenn Grassett killed his wife and then turned the gun on himself.
Friends said Pauline Grassett had two sons and custody of a 5-year-old granddaughter. One son is in the Navy and arrived back in New Hampshire on Tuesday.
Her other son is finishing a prison sentence, and friends said they are working to get him released in time to attend his mother’s funeral and say goodbye.
“A friend of Mrs. Grassett was concerned when she couldn’t reach her and had gone to the residence and called police when she couldn’t find anyone there,” said Senior Assistant Attorney General Janice Rundles.
Investigators said Pauline Grassett’s body was found in one room and her husband was found dead in another with a 9mm handgun nearby.
“She was shot once in the head and a few more times about the body,” Rundles said.
Officials said the two were in the midst of divorcing, but investigators weren’t able to recover many clues in the house that explain the murder-suicide.
“I don’t believe investigators have located a note,” Rundles said. “There was no real sign of a struggle at the residence.”
Pauline Grassett worked at Liberty Mutual in Dover. Her coworkers left condolence messages on a memorial webpage describing her bright smile and willingness to help anyone out.
She also fostered dogs for a local rescue organization, which is now planning to build an outdoor play area for dogs in her name.
“The next of kin have been notified, and investigators are wrapping up their review of the evidence,” Rundles said. “But basically, it appears we know what happened here.”
Visiting hours for Pauline Grassett are scheduled for Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at Kent and Pelczar Funeral Home in Newmarket.