Man Allegedly Kills and Dismembers Wife and Daughter with Ax

The Englewood Police Department in Colorado arrested an 81-year-old man on Tuesday. Reginald Maclaren allegedly killed and dismembered his wife and daughter using an ax and saw.

At 6:03 p.m. on March 25, authorities responded to a residence located in the 900 block of Englewood Pkwy after receiving a call from a man identified as MacLaren. MacLaren reported that his wife and daughter had been killed.

The bodies of MaClaren’s wife, 70-year-old Bethany MacLaren, and his daughter, 35-year-old Ruth Jennifer MacLaren, were discovered in trashcans inside his apartment.

An affidavit obtained by Law&Crime detailed that MacLaren had been planning to murder his family for around ten days before he bought an ax, two “Totter” trash cans, and a hand saw from Home Depot with the intention to use them to carry out the murders.

According to the outlet, police wrote in the affidavit that MacLaren does not regret taking the lives of his family as he believes “they are in a better place.”

Maclaren has been charged with first-degree murder in the double homicide.