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Police: Man Tried To Blow Up Wife Rather Than Go Through Divorce

August 4, 1990

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) _ A man tried to kill his wife with a car bomb because he had married another woman and didn’t want to face a messy divorce, police said.

″It was a love triangle and rather than go through the bother of a divorce and its resulting complications, he elected to get rid of his first wife by making her go ’boom,‴ police Cmdr. Rodney C. Remblad said.

Ronald M. Harnois, 40, and his second wife, Tammy Petrin, 20, were charged with conspiring to kill Joanne Harnois, 36, said Remblad.

Mrs. Harnois was not injured when one of six pipe bombs attached to the undercarriage of her car exploded Wednesday night as she was driving through Woonsocket, police said.

Petrin did not know Ronald Harnois was married until two months after she tied the knot with him in May 1989, Remblad said

Mrs. Harnois, who married Ronald Harnois in 1983, did not know anything about the second marriage until Woonsocket police told her Friday.

″It was a total surprise ... when I told her,″ Remblad said.

Harnois was charged with assault with intent to murder, conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, bigamy and filing a false document. He was arraigned Saturday and jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Petrin was charged with conspiracy to commit murder. She was arraigned and freed on $10,000 bail.

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