Julie Schenecker spent her Monday in court, at her trial for killing her own children.
Schenecker, 53, was a military vet of ten years and average soccer mom. She seemed like a normal wife and mother.
Until the day that she shot and killed her 13-year-old son Beau and her 16-year-old daughter Calyx.
In an opening statement by the prosecution in the Tampa, Florida courtroom, they read an excerpt from her journal, detailing the premeditated murder of her kids:
"I was planning a Saturday massacre, but had to wait on the waiting period… I offed Beau on the way to practice. There was a shot to his mouth, because he became so mouthy, just like Calyx. Calyx drove me to drink."
Omg… that's so horrible. She was referencing the mandatory waiting period of five days after she had purchased a .38 revolver.
This whole, awful court case is about whether or not this woman was a narcissist whose deteriorating marriage and contempt for her children (whom she had a strained relationship with) led her to plan their murder or not.
The other option seems to be the defense's plan of attack, claiming she was not only chronically depressed, but a bipolar woman who lost her battle with mental illness and did something she can never take back.
When driving Beau to soccer practice one day, she shot him twice in the head. She returned home to find Calyx doing her homework on the family computer. She shot her once in the back of the head then again in the mouth.
That's so horrendous, we can barely stand to read it.
Her defense attorney tries to paint her in a different light, saying life at home was rough dealing with her husband Parker and her debilitating depression. The lawyer said:
"This is a tale of two mothers. She was sick. She battled depression. The disease transformed Ms. Schenecker's life. She was molested at 6 years old, and she testified in the trial. She was again sexually assaulted at age 17. She left the military after 10 years because depression was kicking in and because she wanted to start a family. She wanted to have six children, but Parker wanted to have two. After Beau was born, Parker had a vasectomy; she always wanted to have more children. It tore her to her soul. A mother and former soldier lost her battle with chronic mental illness. It took everything from her, including her children."
It's going to be an uphill battle trying to prove insanity.
This was clearly premeditated, now it's all about proving whether or not she was too crazy to know right from wrong during the killings.
We hope justice is served.
[Image via AP Images.]
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