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Sheriff DiPaola's Suicide Note Impounded

Sheriff DiPaola's Suicide Note Impounded

Middlesex County Sheriff James V. DiPaola

The Boston Herald via YellowBrix

November 29, 2010

MIDDLESEX – Middlesex Sheriff James V. DiPaola told his wife Friday he was going to his office in Medford to clean his desk and then — bringing only a .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic and a laptop computer — drove 80 miles north, checked into a seacoast resort in Wells, Maine, dead-bolted the door and within the span of an hour shot himself in the head, police and sources told the Herald.

Those partial details of DiPaola’s matter-of-fact execution of his own death were released yesterday by Wells police, but his suicide note was impounded pending completion of the medical examiner’s investigation — leaving few immediate clues for friends who were stunned by the sheriff’s sudden fatal act.

The remains of DiPaola, 57, a father of three daughters who sources said spent his last Thanksgiving with loved ones, were being held at Bibber Memorial Chapel in Wells, where it’s expected they’ll be released today to Spadafora Funeral Home of Malden.

Police said that DiPaola checked into a second-floor room with a view of a parking lot in the Ledgeview Inn at Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort between 5 and 6 p.m. Friday, closing the door for the last time on a career in public service spanning more than three decades.

By 7 p.m. he was dead, Wells police Chief Jo-Ann Putnam said, citing investigators’ estimates. He lay down on the bed, muffled his pistol with a pillow and pulled the trigger.

A multipage note DiPaola wrote on a legal pad and left on a dresser has been taken into evidence by the Maine medical examiner’s office, Putnam said. “I have not read it,” she said. “We try to be considerate to the family.”

Among many friends who said they are mystified by DiPaola’s suicide was Rep. Colleen Garry (D-Dracut). She credits DiPaola with getting her legislative career started, and said she hopes his note has some answers for his family: “Hopefully that will help them deal with it.”

Putnam said no alcohol was found in the room, only a note, laptop and gun. The “Do Not Disturb” sign had not been displayed.

Police have not been able to nail down any history between DiPaola, the resort or the state of Maine to help explain why he chose a hotel in Wells, Putnam said. Real estate records don’t show he owned any property there, although friends have said they believed he may have had a place in Maine at some time.

“He checked in for one night and was due to check out Saturday morning,” Putnam said. “I just find it hard to believe that anything would be so terrible.”

From the DiPaola Family:

The entire DiPaola Family wishes to acknowledge the outpouring of support and condolences they have received from colleagues, friends, and acquaintances regarding the loss of their beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother.

We as a family have decided that all funeral and internment services for the Sheriff will be private.

We request that both the public, as well as the media, respect our decision.

No further communications on this matter will be forthcoming.

We thank you in advance for respecting our decision and our privacy.

The DiPaola Family

  • Thumb_skulls_20_16__max50


    over 4 years ago


    RIP Brother. I pray your family will be blessed and God will grant them comfort.

  • Snoopy_18_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest In Peace.

  • 412-4_max50


    over 4 years ago



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    over 4 years ago



  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace.

  • Heores_max50


    over 4 years ago


    So very sad

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    verry sad. R.I.P Brother. Our deepest condolences to the Family, Friends and Co- Workers. We are there at you with our thought and Prayers in this difficult Time.

  • Dolphins_fantasy_max50


    over 4 years ago


    R.I.P. Deepest condolences to family, friends and coworkers.

  • Monday_march_3_police_blotter_max50


    over 4 years ago


    R. I. P

  • C1__67__max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace Sheriff DiPaola, My thoughs and prayers are with his family, friends, and co-workers. May you all get the answers that you are looking for. If the family wishes to keep it as a private matter everyone should respect that this so sad

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    RIP Sheriff James V. DiPaola.May You fly high with The Angels watching over Your Loved Ones and Fellow Officers doing the job You Loved so.I will light A Candle in Your Honor.God Bless You and Your Family Always & Forever.You will never be Forgotten for who You are and all You have done.God Bless You Sheriff James V.DiPaola

  • Andrea_and_i_max50


    over 4 years ago


    RIP sir. Thoughts go out to family, friends and colleagues during this time.

  • 1_max50


    over 4 years ago


    RIP. Sheriff DiPaola, My thoughs and prayers are with his family, friends, and co-workers. May you all get the answers that you are looking for. If the family wishes to keep it as a private matter everyone should respect that.

  • Wind_therapy-_angel_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in peace Sheriff DiPaola, may your family get the answers they seek to begin healing.

  • Night_of_blue_lights_1_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Leave it with the family. The only people that have a right to ask why may be his closest friends but other than that the family has made their decision and it should be left at that... RIP BROTHER

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