A mother’s gruesome murder of her two daughters last week left the nation horrified. Now, as more details have emerged, authorities are saying there is a disgusting reason why she didn’t kill her own husband as well.
After interviewing Jason Sheats, the killer’s husband, police believe Christy Sheats did it to make him suffer, by seeing his own children die. Madison was 17 years old; and Taylor, 22, was set to be married in a small ceremony on Monday, June 27.
Jason had just informed his wife that he wanted a divorce. It was his birthday, and he had told her, “This is the last birthday you are going to ruin.”
The couple had been having marital problems over the past four years, due to his wife suffering from depression and anxiety. She had made three suicide attempts and had been treated at three private mental health facilities, and was taking depression medications. Police had been called to the residence 14 different times since 2012, due to her mental condition.
After telling his wife that he wanted a divorce, she announced that she wanted to call a family meeting. He thought it was just to tell the girls about the divorce.
People Magazine: Jason and the daughters walked from a computer room to the living room, sitting down with Christy, Nehls says. “She immediately pulled the weapon out and pointed it at Mr. Sheats and wanted to blame him, ‘You made me do this,’ ” the sheriff says, recalling what Jason told authorities.
“Having all the opportunity to pull that trigger, she pointed that gun directly at Mr. Sheats,” Nehls says.
When Jason was asked why he thought Christy didn’t shoot him, he told investigators “he felt she wanted him to suffer,” because Christy knew how much he loved his daughters and how much they loved him.
“This was a way for her to accomplish what she set out to do,” the sheriff says. “He’s very lucky to be alive.”
As the family had sat down together, Christy Sheats pulled out the gun and shot both daughters. Both girls and their father ran for their lives toward the door, but Madison collapsed and died before getting very far.
Taylor made it out into the street, where her mother chased after her and shot her again, then went back inside to re-load her gun, while Jason, unharmed, ran to the end of their cul-de-sac and called for help.
As police officers arrived, they watched the mother shoot Taylor again for the third time. When she refused to put down her weapon, police shot and killed her.
Taylor, who was still alive after being shot 3 times, was life-flighted to the hospital, but she did not survive.
A few days before she was killed, she posted the following on facebook – never knowing it would be her own mother who would take her life.
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