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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.
Bodies found in Barrington home
New Hampshire state police and the attorney general’s office are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Barrington.
Authorities say the bodies of a man and woman were found in a home Saturday, and the preliminary investigation indicates the man shot the woman and then himself.
Investigators aren’t releasing any names or the exact location of the incident, and no further information is expected to be made public until early next week.
Police say woman intentionally took own life
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. — Police say a Rhode Island woman intentionally shot herself to death at a Massachusetts gun range over the weekend.
The Sun Chronicle reports Monday that police said 22-year-old Ariene DeBarros of Providence shot herself at about 2 p.m. Saturday at the American Firearms School in North Attleborough, where she had gone target shooting with her brother and his girlfriend. She was pronounced dead at Sturdy Memorial Hospital.
The newspaper said a police report said DeBarros left notes about her intention and also posted a comment to her Facebook page.
Someone who saw the posting called police, but the warning was too late.
Police said they were told the woman’s boyfriend recently died, but her Facebook posting said that wasn’t her motivation.
Police said the school is licensed by local police and complies with town regulations.
John Burbine accused of molesting 13 children
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A convicted sex offender who had been awaiting trial on charges of molesting 13 infants and toddlers at his wife’s day care center died after an apparent suicide attempt on Friday morning.
John Burbine, 50, who had pleaded not guilty to the charges, was found by a guard inside his jail cell at the Middlesex County Jail in Cambridge around 8 a.m., officials said.
According to a statement released by the Middlesex County Sherrif’s Office, Burbine, of Wakefield, “was in need of medical attention” when the officer saw him in his cell. Officials said medical personnel immediately rendered life-saving procedures and brought him to Massachusetts General Hospital.
Officials said Burbine died Friday evening.
“As is standard with all detainee deaths, an internal investigation has commenced and this matter has been referred to (Massachusetts) State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office,” Public Information Officer Kevin Maccioli said.
Prosecutors allege that between August 2010 and August 2012, Burbine molested children ranging from 8 days old to 3 1/2 years old at his wife’s unlicensed day care center.
Burbine had offered to be castrated in exchange for a lesser prison sentence, but prosecutors opposed the request.
Marian Burbine, his wife, is facing charges for allowing her husband to have access to the children.
3 Newton teens have committed suicide since October
NEWTON, Mass. — A steady stream of mourners came to Roee Grutman’s home Tuesday where signs posted in the snow honor the 17-year-old. Grutman, a junior at Newton South High School, is described as smart and well liked.
Last week Grutman took his own life, the third Newton teen to do so since October.
“It’s like a nightmare that rears its ugly head again,” said Lila McCain, whose daughter Karen Douglas killed herself in October. “No parent should have to lose a child this way or any way.”
Douglas, a Newton North senior died within two weeks of Katie Stack, a Newton South sophomore.
“It’s so tragic and we can’t prevent every suicide but we can do a better job and a better job means knowing the signs to think about and to look for and having the courage and the language to talk to our kids. That’s what it’s really about,” said Jon Mattleman, director of Youth Services in Needham.
That community also struggled with a string of five suicides from 2004 to 2007.
“It is a problem. If you look at the MetroWest survey of adolescents, approximately 10 percent of MetroWest youths are seriously considering suicide,” said Mattleman. “It is a crisis and we really have to call it that to mobilize support.”
Newton’s superintendent has initiated a signs of suicide program in the schools.
“It’s not just a school issue,” said David Fleishman. “It’s a community issue.”
McCain has launched an online campaign called Get Real Campaign.
“We want people to not Photoshop their lives, and to just be OK with their imperfections and if they need to get help to seek that help,” McCain said.