Thursday, February 10, 2011

News Of The Day: Mother Kills 'Mouthy' Teens

Yikers. I guess they won't talk back anymore, huh?

Those of you with surly teens might want to show them this cautionary tale. I'm saving a copy for when my child becomes a teenager. Just as a reminder.

Mother kills ‘mouthy’ teens, police say

TAMPA — The wife of a military officer shot and killed her son on the way to soccer practice, then drove to their upscale home and shot her daughter in the head while she studied at her computer, police said yesterday.

The woman said she killed the teens for being “mouthy,’’ detectives said.

Julie Powers Schenecker admitted the slayings after officers found her covered in blood on the back porch of her home yesterday morning, police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said.

Schenecker’s mother had called police from Texas because she was unable to reach the 50-year-old woman, whom she said was depressed and had been complaining about her children.

Schenecker’s husband, Parker, is an Army colonel stationed at the headquarters of US Central Command in Tampa. CentCom spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Michael Lawhorn called him a career Army intelligence officer. Police said Parker Schenecker was overseas.

Julie Schenecker left a note detailing her plans to kill her disrespectful children and then herself.

Source: AP/Boston Globe.


  1. Wow. That is so tragic. I was certainly mouthy (my mom called it "sass") and I got my share of slaps, but shooting your kids? Gee, lady, was it just too hard to pop a Xanax or Valium and chill?

    Teenagers are mouthy. ALL OF THEM. It's factory-issued, deal with it -- preferably not with a gun.

  2. This woman is a good argument for legalizing marijuana. I dont dare say more about this murderer.

  3. My dad always handled it with his foot. No gun needed.

  4. Not that I was mouthy. I meant my sisters. I was an angel.

  5. Oh my! So sad. Teens have to test the limits. That's part of growing up and learning to be independent. Part of being a parent, though, is knowing how to keep yourself under control when they mouth off and push your buttons. This lady sounds like she is more than just a little depressed. She needs some major psychological help. Such a tragedy.

  6. I don't think it was just the teens that drove her to says she had been depressed. If her hubby was an officer, chances are she was a career military wife (read: completely dependent on him, moved every three years to some god-forsaken places AND having been left alone for months at a time when hubby's away on training or deployment, very little respect or opportunity for any kind of identity outside of Military Wife). AND he was overseas at the time. It doesn't say anything about the sort of man her hubby was, but this kind of thing doesn't just pop out of the blue.

    Having lived with these types for the past 11 years of my life, I can't say this doesn't surprise me, but I completely grasp the mentality. I've heard (and seen) so much marital strife and worse with the wives of the enlisted and the officers that it would fill volumes and shock most people.

  7. This was not the result of rebellious kids getting what was coming to them. This, my friends, was the result of a woman who wasn't competent enough to have kids in the first place.

    The evidence is self - evident.

  8. Quick question - why didn't she follow through with the plan to kill herself. That would have been the happy ending this story needs.
    My heart breaks for their father.

  9. Gah. Blanks might've done the trick.

  10. This bitch left a note saying the three day waiting period would "delay the massacre". The daughter was sitting doing homework when she killed her. This was pure evil.

  11. This happened not far from me. You should have seen the news video coverage of them leading this lady into jail. Talk about C R A Z Y. Her eyes were wide open and wild as hell, and she was shaking uncontrollably all over, walking all herky-jerky like she was in a paint shaker or something. They ended up having to take her to the hospital for some 'unknown condition.' Looked like Parkinson's disease gone wild.

  12. she definitely exhibits several symptoms of parkinson's, like the shaking, poker face, jerky gait, and slurred speech. the parkinson's drug, mirapex, can cause compulsive behavior, and has been linked to violence. i know many people who have taken this drug, that have become "crazy." fortunately for them, they had loved ones that informed the doctor before a tragedy occured. mrs. schenecter's husband appears to have been abroad for a while, so he wouldn't have been able to see the behavioral changes first-hand.

  13. If I'm not mistaken, this'd be the same drug that contributes to compulsive sex and gambling. I heard a Radiolab podcast about it. Fascinating.



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