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a mother killed her three daughters and then herself (this happened yesterday near me)

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HILLSBORO, MO. (KTVI) - The Jefferson County Sheriff's department says days after purchasing a shotgun, a mother killed her three daughters and then herself outside her estranged boyfriend's home.

Authorities have identified the victims as Lisa Cochran, 32, Autumn Cochran, 10, Alyssa Cochran, 11, and 22-month-old Faith Ehlen. Police say Lisa sent an email out just before 8:00 pm Wednesday to family and friends entitled, "Goodbye".

Investigators also say they have evidence Lisa purchased a shotgun from the Arnold, Missouri Walmart on August 29.

Police responded to the home around 12:30 a.m. Thursday off Vineland Road and Wilson Hollow Road in southern Jefferson County.

The estranged boyfriend told police when he arrived home, Lisa's van was in his driveway. But because she had a restraining order against him, he left the scene and called police. When officers arrived, they found the bodies.

All three children were found dead in a van. Lisa Cochran was found on the steps of the home. The shotgun was lying nearby. All of the victims had been shot in the head. Authorities say Faith, the youngest child, was the estranged boyfriend's daughter. The other two children were from a previous marriage.

Sheriff Boyer says the estranged boyfriend was questioned and was very cooperative and gave no indication that he was involved. He was never a suspect, but Boyer says the investigation will continue.

Boyer adds Lisa had moved out of the residence some time ago and was living with her parents.

Alyssa Cochran was in the sixth grade at Antonia Middle School. Officials sent a letter home to parents so they can inform their children about the tragedy. Joe Willis is the school principal. Willis said, "She was a good kid, a good personality, a smile on her face a good student it's hard to comprehend for me I got kids of my own it's kind of hard."

Ten year old Autumn Cochran attended Antonia Elementary. Mark Rudanovich is the principal and he said Autumn was an outstanding girl, "She was a great student one of those little students that was always smiling had lot of friends and a happy kid."

The school district has a special counseling team which will be available to help students and teachers cope.

 

 

 

 

This tragedy just happened w/another family (a very well respected, wealthy, prominent family) in the burbs of St. Louis..about 35 miles away...you might have heard of it.

Glendale, MO (KSDK) - Glendale police held a press conference Friday to give an update on the Murch family death investigation.

Lt. Tim Fagan with the Glendale Police Department said some evidence has been processed, but they're still waiting for the results of some tests.

He says they are confident the situation that 
happened in the 700 block of Hawbrook July 30 is a murder-suicide.

The medical examiner conducted autopsies, and determined Catherine Murch's wound was self-inflicted. Toxicology results are pending, so the final report is not yet complete.

Fagan says 42-year-old Catherine Murch purchased a handgun from ontargetstl.com on July 28, and that gun was used in the killings. He also said the gun was obtained legally and that all bullets recovered in the home came from that weapon.

There is no evidence to indicate anyone other than Catherine shot the weapon.

Eight-year-old Mary Claire Murch was shot once in an upstairs room. Mitchell Murch III, 10, was shot multiple times in a room on the lower level of the home.

Fagan says though the exact chain of events is difficult to determine, the situation happened very quickly.

Catherine's husband, Mitchell Murch II, was also on the lower level of the home when the crimes happened. Fagan says the incidents happened so quickly there was not much opportunity for him to respond.

Catherine did not leave a suicide note.

Fagan says Mitchell Murch II made two 911 calls. One call went to Glendale, and the other went to Kirkwood. He says the calls were made from a cell phone and one call was dropped.

The investigation revealed Catherine had a mental health history, but Fagan declined to comment further. He says over the last few weeks she was having a hard time, and that the family was under some financial strain.

Fagan says there were many internet searches made by Catherine in the days leading up to the incident regarding suicide.

Every aspect of this case was
investigated thoroughly, and every possibility was considered. Fagan says it appears Catherine loved her children very much, and that she had struggled for several years.

NewsChannel 5's Leisa Zigman spoke with a clinical psychologist Friday about mothers who murder their children.

Dr. Helen Friedman says we tend to think of murder as an act of hate. But, as hard as it is to process, she said some people can see it as an act of love.

"Often the thought of separation from ones children is just so painful that she doesn't want her kids to miss her, or doesn't want to be separated from them, or the thought of them going on without her just feels incomprehensible," said Dr. Friedman.

Friedman also added, in some cases, a mother does this to spare her children from what she sees as a threat, either real or imagined. 

There is video of Catherine at a gun shop, but that video has not been released.

The funerals and burials for the Murchs will be held this weekend.

KSDK

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maciymommieof3
by Angie on Sep. 7, 2012 at 8:19 AM
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DE SOTO, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Authorities have identified a mother and her three young children who were found shot to death outside a rural home in De Soto.

 

Sheriff Glenn Boyer said officers were called to a home in the area of Vineland Road and Wilson Hollow Road around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

 

Responding officers found three young girls deceased in a vehicle. Those girls have been identified as 22-month-old Faith Ehlen, Autumn Cochran, 10, and Alyssa Cochran, 11.

 

The mother, Lisa Cochran, 32, was also found deceased near the front porch of the residence. All victims had suffered gunshot wounds to the head. Police found a 12-gauge shotgun adjacent to the mother's body.

 

Officials said the estranged boyfriend of the mother lives on the property where the bodies were found. According to reports, the former boyfriend and Cochran are not allowed to have contact due to a restraining order filed by Cochran. Sheriff Boyer said the estranged boyfriend called authorities to report that Cochran's van was in his driveway when he arrived at his home early Thursday morning. The man said he did not approach the vehicle or the home, but instead, left the property and called police.

 

Police later determined the caller was the father of the 22-month-old victim. He has been questioned by authorities, but Sheriff Boyer said he is not considered a suspect.

Sheriff Boyer said after detectives reviewed the evidence, they determined that Cochran shot and killed her three daughters then turned the gun on herself.

 

According to reports, Lisa Cochran had been staying at her parents house. Police said Cochran sent an email to family members late Wednesday night. In the email, Cochran reportedly tells her family "goodbye" and made several references about 'not being able to take it anymore.' No one who received the email had time to react to it, Sheriff Boyer said.

 

Authorities said the shotgun found by Cochran's body was purchased at an Arnold, Missouri Walmart on August 29th. Investigators are currently working with Walmart managers to obtain a copy of the receipt. Investigators are also hoping to obtain the surveillance footage of Cochran purchasing the gun.

 

Sheriff Boyer said in all his years of service, this crime scene is one of the worst he's ever seen.

 

BL2010
by Bronze Member on Sep. 7, 2012 at 8:56 AM
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That's terrible... Why couldn't she just kill herself and let the kids live.

nova.mommy
by Bronze Member on Sep. 7, 2012 at 9:07 AM
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It sounds like she was trying to frame her estranged boyfriend, but he did the right thing by leaving.

I found this story too:

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/troubled-jefferson-county-mom-couldn-t-take-it-any-more/article_cf31fe14-32c1-5adb-8ae1-d1485f837221.html

"We knew she was unstable," said Tammy Martin, Vincent Cochran's aunt. "She threatened suicide numerous times."

Martin, of Arnold, said judges had ignored his pleas to get the children away from her nephew's ex-wife. She said that her nephew suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from serving in Iraq and that his ex-wife used that to convince a judge that he should get only supervised visits.

Efforts to reach Lisa Cochran's family were not successful Thursday.

"He loved his little girls," Martin said through tears. "And they loved him."

I bet the judges or at least family services or taking a long look at those complaints now in an attempt to prevent something like this from happening again.

Punkie74
by on Sep. 7, 2012 at 9:28 AM
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Ugh that's so sad!! We got a guy on trial here right now that killed his wife and three kids. He lived ing the subdivision next to mine!! 

Barabell
by on Sep. 7, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Very, very tragic.

lovegrandbaby
by Member on Sep. 7, 2012 at 11:28 AM
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So sad, but there are alot of reasons people do what they do.  Obviously she didn't have the proper help she needed.  My heart goes out to all of the families involved.  you never know what someone is thinking or how they feel, and alot of people don't get help because of lack of insurance, or how they are judged by others.  RIP

maciymommieof3
by Angie on Sep. 7, 2012 at 7:15 PM
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 thats what Im sayin

Quoting BL2010:

That's terrible... Why couldn't she just kill herself and let the kids live.

 

maciymommieof3
by Angie on Sep. 7, 2012 at 7:16 PM
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 I get that...but ............there have been family members who went to a judge and told him she should not have the kids, she is unstable, and has threatened to commit suicide before

Quoting lovegrandbaby:

So sad, but there are alot of reasons people do what they do.  Obviously she didn't have the proper help she needed.  My heart goes out to all of the families involved.  you never know what someone is thinking or how they feel, and alot of people don't get help because of lack of insurance, or how they are judged by others.  RIP

 

HOMEBODY777
by on Sep. 7, 2012 at 7:37 PM
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I really hate to here that.. !!!   I listen to Nancy Grace. and  lot of things go on like that.... It just breaks your heart to hear such things.. Did you know the poor lady?  She must have been very un-happy.. Too bad she didnt get some help..  It just seems sometimes  people are beyond help ..They just feel hopeless..  and act on it..   Just so sad...Debbie

dawn080759
by on Sep. 7, 2012 at 8:11 PM

so sad.

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