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AG rules Nashua couple’s 2013 deaths a murder-suicide

NASHUA – Reginald Danboise left notes and a substantial amount of money for his daughters before killing his wife and himself last summer and was likely still alive when the daughters visited the Danboise home the morning of July 13.

The state attorney general issued a report Thursday confirming much of what police had already said about how the Nashua couple died in their Middle Dunstable Road home last summer. The report does offer Mary Danboise’s possible interest in a divorce and the couple’s arguments over money as a possible trigger. ...

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NASHUA – Reginald Danboise left notes and a substantial amount of money for his daughters before killing his wife and himself last summer and was likely still alive when the daughters visited the Danboise home the morning of July 13.

The state attorney general issued a report Thursday confirming much of what police had already said about how the Nashua couple died in their Middle Dunstable Road home last summer. The report does offer Mary Danboise’s possible interest in a divorce and the couple’s arguments over money as a possible trigger.

Police were called to the Danboise’s 17 Middle
Dunstable Road home just before 8 a.m. July 13.

Reginald Danboise’s two daughters from an earlier marriage had decided to visit their father after receiving the notes and checks.

They were unable to find him or Mary Danboise, 64, after searching the home’s first floor.

Police found Mary Danboise dead in a bed in the master bedroom on the second floor. She had been beaten and stabbed twice in the chest. Regniald Danboise, 67, was found in a woodworking shop behind the home where he had hanged himself, the attorney general’s office found.

Evidence police gathered in the home indicates that Mary Danboise was killed the previous day, a Friday.

It appeared Reginald Danboise tried to clean up the blood and was “likely alive” in the home when his daughters arrived the morning of July 13, according to the report.

“Once he realized his daughters were there, he apparently went out a back door to the house, into his wood shop, where he (hanged) himself,” according to the attorney general’s report.

Police also found Mary Danboise’s car in the garage stuffed with blood spattered items, including pillows and other bedding materials, along with bloody paper towels, computers and other hardware and documents relating to the Danboise estate. There was also a gasoline container set near the car and it is possible, according to the report, that Reginald Danboise had planned to set fire to the car, according to the report.

Most people detectives spoke with reported that the Danboises’ relationship seemed problem-free. But one person said Mary Danboise had revealed problems the couple had, including that Reginald Danboise had a drinking problem and had tried to kill himself sometime in 2012. Another witness said Mary Danboise was “unhappy,” that the couple’s relationship was a “constant high and low.” That witness said the couple argued frequently, usually about money. Reginald Danboise had grabbed and pushed Mary Danboise during one such argument and Mary had contacted an attorney within the last year, without her husband’s knowledge, to get information about filing for divorce, the witness told investigators, according to the report.

An autopsy showed that Mary Danboise had extensive blunt force injuries to her face and other parts of her body and a fractured thumb.

Reginald Danboise had a stab wound to his left shoulder along with scrapes and contusions, according to the report.

“Based on all the evidence, it is apparent that Reginald Danboise killed his wife, Mary Danboise, and then took his own life,” the report stated. “As for what precipitated the incident, the evidence points to marital discord, possibly over finances and potentially Mary Danboise’s desire for a divorce.”

Following the couple’s deaths, Paul Raciopi, a neighbor of the Danboises, said Reginald Danboise had retired from his dental practice about a year before but continued working there part time.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415 or jcote@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Cote on Twitter (@Telegraph_JoeC).