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March 25, 2014

Judge: Husband wanted wife's death to look like a suicide


But while he acknowledged Purcell’s own reported suicide attempts (in which he sat in a running car in the garage with the door closed and a snowblower running nearby, and his thoughts about veering into oncoming cars on the highway), the judge concluded that he was also “profoundly unhappy with his marriage.”

The judge’s order means Purcell will remain in custody at Middleton Jail for up to 90 days.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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