Reginald MacLaren (Arapahoe County Sheriff

Reginald MacLaren (Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office)

An 81-year-old man in Colorado was arrested over the weekend for allegedly killing and dismembering his wife and daughter with an ax, telling police he did not regret the gruesome slaying because he knew his family was “in a better place.”

Reginald MacLaren was taken into custody Saturday evening and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of 70-year-old Bethany MacLaren and 35-year-old Ruth Jennifer MacLaren, authorities announced.

According to a press release from the Englewood Police Department, officers at approximately 6:03 p.m. on March 25 responded to a residence located in the 900 block of Englewood Pkwy after receiving a call from a man — later identified as MacLaren — who reported that his wife and daughter had just been murdered. Police say MacLaren told the emergency dispatcher that “he believed he knew the suspect and that the suspect had used a hammer” to kill the two women.

Upon arriving at the scene, first responders entered the home where they discovered “two victims inside large trashcans that were on the floor of the living room/kitchen area.”

Both victims appeared to have sustained “substantial injuries” and showed “no signs of life.” They were pronounced dead at the scene.

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