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


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 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 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.


by on Sep. 7, 2012 at 8:13 AM
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by on Sep. 13, 2012 at 8:34 PM

 Hey momma...where in the Hell have you been?

Quoting LiesLiesLies:

So terrible.

My sister and her high school sweetheart almost became victims of a murder suicide but Mikeys dad was only able to get his mom and sister....then himself.

13 years later Mikey still couldn't handle it and we lost him last Tuesday...:(


by on Sep. 13, 2012 at 8:47 PM
In my August/September black hole:(

Quoting maciymommieof3:

 Hey momma...where in the Hell have you been?

Quoting LiesLiesLies:

So terrible.

My sister and her high school sweetheart almost became victims of a murder suicide but Mikeys dad was only able to get his mom and sister....then himself.

13 years later Mikey still couldn't handle it and we lost him last Tuesday...:(


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by on Sep. 15, 2012 at 9:38 AM

After suffering from major depression from 17 years I know what people can do... but I would NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, hurt my kids or anyone, but myself.  My problem, no one else's. Unfortunately sometimes, we do get to the point where we feel that leaving this world is the best for us, but I can't understand these people who would take an innocent child, someone they love with them. If you really, really love someone, you would not do that to them, you would let the ones who could love and take care of them continue to do so if you yourself felt that you could not if you chose to leave this life.  But I guess people are just not all the same, I'll be keeping them in my prayers  :'(

by on Sep. 15, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Nothing is worth taking my life I wouldn't want to miss out on my child's life and I'll never IN a million years understand killing your child or any child. It breaks my heart and makes me sick to my stomach.
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by on Sep. 15, 2012 at 10:31 PM

How sad :/

by on Sep. 16, 2012 at 4:24 AM
How incredibly sad! I have no idea how anyone could kill a child especially their own child. My heart aches for the children, their fathers and their families.
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by on Sep. 16, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Jillian, I didn't want to miss out on my kid's live's either , but there was a time in my life that I actually believed they would be better off without me. Depression had made me feel that I could no longer take care of them the way I believed they should be. I had set very, very high standards for myself and things were going pretty well and the I lost the most important man in my life (next  to my husband) my dad and I was  such a daddy's girl :)  Then the other shoe dropped, in 6 months after she was diagnosed, my mom was gone from lung cancer. The doctors made it sound like they got it all, have some radiation, you'll be fine. Well... no. I honestly thought she would get better. The day she died, I was astounded, how could she be dead?  I lost it, it's like you're watching a movie and you want to say, no that's not  how the next scene goes...  Anyway I got really bad and had to be hospitalized and I just felt my kids would be better off with someone else. That's just my own experience, Thank God I got help and I'm still here :) I'm just saying if she had really loved her kids this should not have ended the way it did. Surely if she would have just stopped and called a friend, her mom, her pastor, but I guess  we may never know. Thank you for letting me vent Jillian :)

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