What's even worse is while I was looking for this story I came across a bunch more... A Maryland man that killed his wife, three young children then himself (source) A California man that killed his wife and five children in what was called "most grisly scenes Los Angeles police had ever encountered" (source) And there were more!
Why?! Why do these men feel the need take everyone down with them? How could someone shoot their own kids? Their 5 MONTH OLD baby?! Yes, I say fathers because they are the ones that do this kill everyone and then themselves: 'family annihilation.'
"...There is a common profile of men who have killed their wives and children. Most are white males in their 30s or 40s who react badly to stress and who view their families as extensions of themselves. They typically use a firearm or knife that they have owned for some time. Often they're depressed or intoxicated. Invariably they're described as controlling and quite dependent on their families being what they envision, and believing that they are the only ones who can fulfill the family's needs." (source)
And the worst thing is there is no real predictor...these men aren't "mentally ill" (schizophrenic, etc), though psychiatrists warn women to steer clear of the over-jealous man. Or maybe the worse thing is, because of the economy, psychologists are predicting more of these horrific occurrences. (source)
I haven't been able to stop thinking about the 13 year old boy that escaped to a neighbor's house as his father was firing shots after him...and praying he isn't ruined forever despite his narrow survival...