Christy Sheats: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Christy Sheats fatally shot her daughters before she was killed by an officer near Houston, Texas, police say. (Facebook)

A Texas mother fatally shot her two daughters at their Katy home before she was shot dead by a responding police officer, authorities say.

Christy Sheats, 42, killed Taylor Sheats, 22, and Madison Sheats, 17, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office says.

She was shot once by a Fulshear Police officer after she refused to drop her gun, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said. The responding officer saw her shoot one of her daughters in the street, the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

Jason Sheats, the girls’ father and Christy Sheats’ husband, was at the home at the time of the shooting, but was not injured. Police said he was hospitalized because of his emotional state after the incident.

Katy is located near Houston. The shooting happened about 5 p.m. Friday in the 6000 block of Remson Hollow. Sheats and her daughters were identified by police on Saturday.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Sheats’ Husband Told Her ‘Don’t Do This, They’re Our Kids’

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Christy Sheats with her daughter, Taylor Sheats. (Facebook)

Christy Sheats called a family meeting at their home prior to the shooting, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

She was joined in the living room by her husband, Jason Sheats, and her two daughters, Taylor and Madison, the sheriff’s office said. Jason Sheats told police he thought the meeting was to tell their daughters they would be getting a divorce. She had also recently had an argument with Taylor, trying to prevent her from seeing her boyfriend, the sheriff said.

During the meeting, she held up a gun and shot both of her daughters, police said.

“Jason Sheats and both daughters managed to get out of the house house by going through the front door,” sheriff’s office said Monday in the press release. “Madison collapsed and died. Jason ran to the end of the cul-de-sac. Taylor ran into the street and Christy Sheats followed, shooting Taylor again. According to a witness, Christy Sheats went back inside the home to reload the gun. Christy Sheats returned and shot Taylor once more.”

It’s not clear if she fired at her husband police said.

Her husband watched as she shot Taylor, neighbor Fazz Zainuddin told KPRC-TV.

The neighbor told the news station he heard him say, “‘Don’t do this. They’re our kids.'”

Police have released 911 calls from the shooting, which you can listen to at the link below:

A police officer responding from nearby Fulshear, who was assisting the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, shot Christy Sheats while she held the gun used in the shooting, police said.

“The cops were behind the trees and behind the cars, and they told the mom to put the gun down and obviously she did not,” Zainuddin told KPRC. “She walked towards the body, I think Madison, already on the ground and I guess the cop was afraid that she was going to shoot her again.”

Christy Sheats and Madison Sheats were pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Taylor Sheats was taken by a medical helicopter to a local hospital, where she later died.

The murder weapon, a five-shot .38 caliber handgun, was recovered at the scene, police said.


2. Police Have Been Called to Sheats’ Home 14 Times in the Past, Including for 3 Suicide Attempts

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Christy Sheats with her daughter, Madison Sheats. (Facebook)

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office has been called to the Sheats home 14 times since January 2012, according to a press release.

Some of those calls were for alarm issues. Sheriff Troy Nehls told the Houston Chronicle three of the calls were for suicide attempts by Christy Sheats. A list of the calls can be seen below:

Nehls said none of the previous calls indicated Sheats was a danger to anyone but herself.

A police spokeswoman told People that Sheats had a history of mental illness. Caitlin Espinosa told People the “previous altercations” involved Sheats’ being in “mental crisis.”

Jason Sheats said the killings were to make him suffer:

Christy Sheats had been suffering from depression and was seeing a therapist, her husband said. He also said she was a heavy drinker, according to police. She had been admitted to a mental health facility in the past, the sheriff said at a press conference.

“It just seems like an argument — a domestic disturbance in a family, that turns into a shooting where a mother went out and shot her two daughters — somebody would say she’s got mental health issues because who in her right mind would do that,” Nehls told the Houston Chronicle. “That will be our job here, that will be the investigators’ focus now for the next coming days, to try and pinpoint the motive. And if she was suffering from some type of mental illness, what type of outreach, what type of help she was getting.

“I think you want to know, did the system fail her? Did we fail her? Did her family fail her? I would want to know. I would want to get to the bottom of it,” Nehls said.

Neighbors told reporters they had never heard of any problems involving the family.

“They were always cheerful and never depressed. You never heard anything bad about them,” Austin Enke told the Houston Chronicle.

“This is sad knowing a good family and this is what happened,” neighbor Fazz Zainuddin told KPRC-TV.

Another neighbor told the news station, “The mother was nice. You wouldn’t expect it if they told you this is what was going to happen. I don’t think anybody, at least a sane person, would do that.”

Christy Sheats’ friend, Catherine Knowles, told KTRK-TV, “This is not the Christy that I know. It’s just not. I thought it was the wrong person. It had to be.”

Knowles told the news station, “When you meet her, you know she’s a mom within the first minute. I couldn’t imagine anything in her life that could’ve made her snap. Your own children, I don’t know what could possibly go through someone’s head.”


3. She Posted on Facebook About Needing to Have Guns to Protect Her Family

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Christy Sheats. (Facebook)

Christy Byrd Sheats, who described herself as a Baptist and conservative on her Facebook page, made several posts about her love of guns and her need to own them to protect her family.

In one post, which you can see below, she posted a meme in January and added “That’s right! #merica.”

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(Facebook)

In another post, in March, she shared a gun advertisement video, and wrote, “It would be horribly tragic if my ability to protect myself or my family were to be taken away, but that’s exactly what Democrats are determined to do by banning semi-automatic handguns.”

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(Facebook)

Police have not said if the gun she used in the shooting was legally owned. It is also not known if she owned any other guns.

A family friend, Madison Davey, told KTRK-TV the gun used in the shooting was a family treasure that had been passed down by her great-grandfather to “protect the family.”

The sheriff said it appears Sheats had been denied a handgun license in the past.


4. Sheats’ Daughter Taylor Was Planning to Marry Her Longtime Boyfriend on Monday

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Taylor Sheats and Juan Sebastian Lugo in 2013. (Facebook)

Taylor Sheats worked as a caregiver for Care.com, and studied art at Lone Star College, she says on Facebook. In addition to her father, she is also survived by a longtime boyfriend, Juan Sebastian Lugo. They had been dating since 2011. He gave her a promise ring in 2013 when they celebrated their second anniversary, which can be seen in the photo above.

The couple was set to marry in a small ceremony Monday, with a larger wedding to follow after they graduated from college, her grandmother said on Facebook.

Lugo’s sister, Maria, posted a photo of Taylor and Madison, paying tribute to them in a Facebook post.

“Y’all were apart of our family, and that will never change,” Maria Lugo wrote. “The greatest in laws any one could ever have, and the sweetest, most wholesome and caring girls in my life. I look up to y’all so much. Y’all were a light in the midst of this crazy world. We will all love you two until the end of time.”

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Christy Sheats posted this photo of her daughters on Facebook in September.

Christy Sheats wrote a loving Facebook post in September, which you can see below, on Daughter’s Day, telling Taylor and Madison, “I love and treasure you both more than you could ever possibly know.”

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(Facebook)

Christy Sheats’ daughter, Taylor, wrote a Facebook post on Mother’s Day in 2013, sharing an old photo of them from and saying she is one of the biggest influences on her life:

Mom, you are so selfless, as you always put our whole family before yourself and never ask for anything in return. You’re so kind and loving, as you always remind us of just how much you care and how proud you are of everything we do. You’re so intelligent and fun to be around because I feel like I can talk to you for forever now about anything. You’re one of the strongest people I know, if not the strongest, and you have had to overcome so much in your life but you still manage to love us and put your everything into being a mom. You’re so encouraging, as you always push us to do our absolute best, even when we can’t muster up the strength to do it ourselves. You’re such a blessing to have as a mother and friend and I truly appreciate you and all that you do. Happy Mother’s Day to my amazing mommy and I love you.

Madison Sheats was a high school student and worked as a babysitter, according to her Facebook page. She would have been entering her senior year.

“My heart is broken this morning to find that my sweet Madison Sheats lost her life,” Whitney Mae Bruce, her former teacher, wrote on Facebook. “Always positive and smiling, Madison quickly became one of my favorite students four years ago while teaching for the first time in Katy. A wonderful student/person/babysitter will be missed enormously. Please pray for her father.”


5. She Recently Reunited With Her Husband, Who Was Celebrating His Birthday on the Day of the Shooting

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Christy Sheats. (Facebook)

Christy Byrd Sheats was born in Decatur, Alabama, according to her Facebook page.

She wrote on Facebook two years ago, “I am truly a Southern gal. I was born in Alabama, but have been living here in Texas for 15 years. I have two amazing daughters I simply adore. … They are my everything! I thank God for every breath he allows me to take!!”

Sheats had various careers, including most recently as a receptionist, according to her Linkedin profile. She previously worked as an executive assistant for the vice president of a transportation company and as a stylist at a salon.

She worked part-time at Clean Canvas Laser Tattoo Removal in Houston briefly last year, from January 2015 to May 2015, when she was fired, the business’s owner, John Hollis, told People. He said he initially thought Sheats, who he described as having a “sweet Southern Alabama look and sound about her,” was a good fit.

“She was very pleasant when she wanted to be. That was in front of customers,” Hollis told People. “The times when she wasn’t pleasant were times when I assume that whatever was going on at home was getting to her.”

He said Sheats was living in an apartment away from her family and repeatedly changed her story about whether she was getting divorced or was separated from her husband.

“It was erratic; it was highs-and-lows.” he said of her behavior while working for him. “I wouldn’t say it was deterioration, I would say it was peaks and valleys.”

The sheriff said at a press conference Sheats had mainly been unemployed since her grandfather, who raised her, died in 2012.

Her husband, Jason Sheats, works as an IT consultant at Oxy, a Houston-based oil and gas company, according to his Linkedin page. He was also originally from Alabama. Friday, the day of the shooting, was his 45th birthday.

Neighbors told KTRK-TV that the couple had only recently reunited after a separation. It is not clear how long they were apart or when exactly they got back together. Their marriage had been strained by the deaths of her grandfather and mother:

“He loved his daughters,” family friend Alick Arnold told the news station. “They were like best friends for sure. It crushed him. I know it’s hard for the family.”

A family friend, Madison Davey, told KTRK that Jason and Christy were arguing the day of the shooting. Jason told Davey what happened.

“He told Christy, ‘Just shoot yourself. Make it easy on all of us, just shoot yourself,’ and she said, ‘No, that’s not what this is about, this is about punishing you,'” Davey told KTRK. “I always knew something would happen, but I never thought she would do this. Christie was toxic for the family. She was mentally unstable.”

“He would do anything to protect them and he tried to, but Christie was out to kill that day,” Davey said.

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D

With a husband who wouod reccomend that she shoot herself, clearly this was a toxic relationship. Oild engineer? Fighting and/or selarated from his wife all the time? Sounds exactly like my parents. Minus the gun part. I want to know,if she was taking psych meds.

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Allen

I bet your a female to say that ……..clearly the mother was mental and he tried to keep the family together for years…..wow …you must be a man hater

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GuruSoldier

I bet your assumption is 100% correct too! Sounds like an armchair psychologist wanna-be man hater liberal loser…. You know, a millennial!

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knmiller618

I don’t think (or at least I hope not) that D was trying to blame the father. Given all we know, it WAS a toxic relationship. That in no way puts any blame on the father.

I was raised in a home with a mentally ill and, at times, scary/out of control mother. My father is a fantastic man and one of my best friends. Absolutely NONE of what happened during the course of their relationship was his fault. He did the best he could under extremely difficult circumstances (he finally walked away from the marriage and got his life back). That said, the relationship WAS toxic…and my mother brought out the worst in him- that’s what toxic relationships do. Again, not his fault.

And GuruSoldier, I am both a female millennial and a liberal. But I am in NO way a man hater. In fact, I think it is complete bullsh*t the way the system is stacked against fathers/men. I had to watch my kind, amazing father get arrested for Domestic Violence because of lies my mother told (luckily the charges were dropped). I had to tolerate the courts treating my mother like a “victim” during the divorce, even though she was the one that was abusive- my father never lifted a finger against her. And it killed me that the courts didn’t demand my mother get a job to support herself post-divorce, despite the fact that my father had paid for her to go to law school. Nope…instead, he’ll never be able to retire because he has to support her sitting around and doing nothing all day.

TL;DR: Don’t make assumptions about liberal millennials. We’re not (all) man-haters.

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IntelVetGal

Hey, GuruSoldier and Allen…talk about gender-hating! Pots…meet kettle!

I’m a vet myself, and if your posts are any indication of your true sentiment toward women, I’ve seen your kind plenty. I had to deal with the kind of cr@p you’re spewing here in the military–despite being an old-school, hard working, never ask for or accept special treatment kind of chick–and yet STILL men like you couldn’t handle that I was smarter and quicker and better at my work than them–so they loved to throw innuendo around, like…”sleeping up the chain of command” and so forth (if you’d seen my chain of command, you’d know why that was particularly disturbing).

Why don’t you boys get a grip already? There are easily WAY more woman-hating men than there are men-hating women (the entire GOP…HELLO??? And I’m not even liberal).

Maybe if either of you treated women with even a modicum of respect you’d realize that we can be quite pleasant. But if you think that we should just sit back and take your insecure, misogynistic rantings without any retort, you’re clearly not only hateful, but also grossly naive.

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Kathy Haught Weeks

I’m female and I’m with you, Allen. She is a sociopath. Jason’s big mistake (besides marrying her in the first place) was that he didn’t take the girls and go far, far away.
But she had everyone fooled into thinking she was a loving mother – she would have made him the bad guy.
He was right. She should have shot herself.

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Donnie Wagenbach

good point. women these days always blame us males. all I can say it takes two to tingle or tangle and we all will pay a price for not only what we do but also for what we don’t do.

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Grammar Police

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Kstarlite79

As a female, this woman’s husband was not the problem. In telling her to shoot herself, he was trying to stop her from murdering her children. She was clearly a mental case. Upon being denied for a firearm license, though, I do believe that should have been Dad’s que to hide the hand me down she owned.

To the woman who believes this was his fault, I don’t know what, aside from one line of a story, that you saw this as his fault, but its only obvious that when you have a depressed alcoholic, who cannot hold down a job married to a man who works daily, keeps his affairs (no not cheating affairs, the important day to day kind that keep the family moving smoothly) in order, was about to marry off a daughter and send the other off to college the following year …. yeah, mom was the only problem this family had.

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Emerald Cross

The mother appears to suffer from narcissistic personality disorder. She cannot leave her relationship because she cannot have a marriage that fails. She also didn’t like her liberal leaning daughters so she killed them in an honor killing. Her husband sounds manipulative and abusive, but living with someone who is manipulative and emotionally abusive doesn’t cause you to kill your own kids. [I’ve lived with abusers and you don’t tell them to kill themselves; that is off too.] She did that because her kids were not living up to some idea she had about what the perfect daughter would be. I lived with a mother who has narcissistic personality disorder. They have no compunction about harming their own daughters as soon as the daughter exhibits her own will away from mother’s control. Mother is selfless because being selfless makes her look good. Her daughters are reflections of what a good mother she is. When her daughter does something to make her look bad in her mind, she is justified in punishing the daughter because the daughter is not a deserving person in her own right. She is an object for the benefit of Mom’s image.

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Lovie

His statements are not bizzare at all, after years of dealing with a severely mentally ill person.

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IntelVetGal

Covert Abuser? Where on Earth do you get that?? He was telling her to just shoot herself because she previously attempted suicide numerous times before, and I would assume, based on my mental health background, that she was acting just as irrational and out of control those times as this time. It would be a very reasonable assumption to conclude, as her husband likely did, that she was feeling suicidal again. Not that he was perfect–no one is–but to imply he caused her mental imbalance is cruel–especially since there is no evidence to support it.

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Alicia

PLEASE READ and repost. Hey guys- to some degree WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE for this (indirectly that is). As a psych professional, you should know that this lady suffers from borderline personality disorder- a disorder which affects about 6-8% of the US population- yet as a society, we continue to hide and stigmatize this disorder, which largely goes unchecked in most people. It can affect any class or race- and is usually accompanied by observable behaviors. We needed to all learn how to see the behaviors, so help can intervene before it’s too late. The truth is that many of you may know someone with borderline. Christy Sheats shows classic signs of borderline- her state of psychosis after her husbands leaves temporary- triggering a fear of abandonment, planning this on her husband’s b day as a form of vengeance, inability to feel sympathy ( black and white thinking), leveraging her family for so a small argument, and previous suicide attempts. My question to you is, how many more times does something like this need to happen before we start to recognize borderline as something we need to publicly recognize???? I

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dthomas

Interesting. I didn’t read anything that would suggest she had a personality disorder. Yes borderline is a mental health issue like many others nut there is so much not known. Regardless this woman was unhinged but to react with this forensic diagnosis I’m not sure helps.

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JW

My wife is a Borderline. And that was my first thought, having lived with a (thankfully) non-violent one for 26 years.

It took me 10 years of research and debate with various mental health professionals before she was correctly diagnosed and appropriately treated. And only because she was assessed by a psychiatrist who had experience with borderlines and a therapist who WAS one, herself!

Truth be told, it is un (and mis-) diagnosed frequently. Many Borderlines go through life diagnosed as Bipolar or Schizoaffective disorder. Sadly, almost all Personality Disorders are frequently mis-diagnosed by the mental health community.

The US especially is behind the rest of the world in diagnosing and treating Borderlines. No other country considers Borderline to be a “”Personality Disorder.”

One of the keynotes of Borderlines is an insidious self-destructive behavior that makes addiction, abuse and opposition symptomatic, rather than pathological. Sadder still is that most Borderlines don’t survive past 40, having killed themselves through drug / alcohol abuse, suicide and other self destructive acts.

The majority of Borderlines are female and an overwhelming majority have a history of extreme abuse in their upbringing.

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cyndi

Yes…..I would totally agree the majority have history of extreme abuse in their upbringing and would go with why it acted up after her grandfather and mother died as they say. She didn’t know how to deal with this. Someone in this situation…is it right to say “just kill yourself and do all of us a favor”? Is this the way to diffuse the situation? In her state, I think she needed compassion and this is the route that many psychologists are going now. I know because my daughter has one more year and she will have her PhD as one and they are now rethinking things. Compassion has the ability to change people’s way of thinking. She was obviously struggling and needed help….and in his state of mind….if he could have stepped away from his emotions for a bit for everyone….and thought it through, which I know can be hard too, the situation might have been different. As they say….it takes 2 to tangle.

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Dana

I see the BPD clear as day too, Alicia as it mimics the life of a bipolar friend of mine. Dthomas, it is so true that there is a lot of unknowns and it really is dire that we get the knowledge of these disorders out there. My friend is the most genuinely sweet person when she is not in her manic phase, then it’s like she’s been kidnapped by her other personality when the mania sets in, not the same person, but can get through everyday life with people not realizing she’s not herself. The police have called me several times because they don’t understand exactly what is wrong with her. In school, I thought bipolar meant that a person was just really happy or really sad with no middle ground, but it is MUCH MUCH more complicated than that. With 6 million people in the US suffering from bipolar disorder, it really is pertinent that we learn more about it as a society.

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Anthony

Borderline BPD is completely different than Bipolar. One is a mental illness and the other is a personality disorder that lacks empathy.

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Rich

Both are considered mental illness. Bipolar is a mood disorder and borderline is as you say a personality disorder. Indeed, they are distinct conditions, but not completely different in manifestation…many of the symptoms are similar. Sufferers of both conditions can lack empathy.

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Courtney

100% borderline! I said the same thing before an of the details came out. BDP is an evil illness, and borderline mothers are the worst. Look it up-this commenter is on point.

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Nancy

You are very cruel in saying that. I have BPD and I am the mother to 4 amazing and very much loved children. You’re part of the problem…sheer ignorance!!!

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Sleepless, CA

I was ABOSLUTELY thinking borderline too when I read this story. Thank you for commenting & validating my feelings. Borderline is often mis & underdiagnosed. I’ve been trying to get the diagnosis myself from therapists but I think perhaps they have a hard time diagnosing me because I have immense empathy for people. I’ve gotten diagnosed instead with PTSD, but I think the med professionals don’t realize Borderline is just how my PTSD has manifested. Or perhaps they don’t believe in borderline, and are instead relying on PTSD. Who knows, I’m still trying though.

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IntelVetGal

While I agree with the assertion that BPD is often misdiagnosed, there are a number of hallmark symptoms of BPD that seem to be missing. There is no evidence of repetitive self-injury, no evidence of addictive behavior, and no evidence of any attempt to pit each family member against each other, making herself the center of attention. All of these are fixtures in BPD diagnoses. i suspect we’ll never know now one way or the other, but if I had to hazard a guess, based on all available evidence, I’d say she was Bipolar with narcissistic tendencies. She may even have had NPD in comorbidity with Bipolar. But the cyclothymic behavior seems to have spanned over periods more indicative of Bipolar than BPD, where rapid cycling tends to pervade.

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IntelVetGal

While I agree with the assertion that BPD is often misdiagnosed, there are a number of hallmark symptoms of BPD that seem to be missing. There is no evidence of repetitive self-injury, no evidence of addictive behavior, and no evidence of any attempt to pit each family member against each other, making herself the center of attention. All of these are fixtures in BPD diagnoses. i suspect we’ll never know now one way or the other, but if I had to hazard a guess, based on all available evidence, I’d say she was Bipolar with narcissistic tendencies. She may even have had NPD in comorbidity with Bipolar. But the cyclothymic behavior seems to have spanned over periods more indicative of Bipolar than BPD, where rapid cycling tends to pervade. All

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AROL (@aliciaarol)

To all of you who are making “blanket statements” about people who suffer from the DISEASE of BPD I have just one question=EXACTLY how often do Borderlines actually COMMIT MURDER-especially MURDER as HORRIFIC as murdering one’s own child?

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victoriouslifeword

Some completely snap. Many think this….but wouldn’t but some it builds so much….they snap. Do we know her history? Do we know if she suffered and how much as a child that might have been building? Many have suffered horribly and found some kind of release and some don’t and then “snap”.

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Valis

Absolutely, 100% agreed. As I was halfway reading through this article, I told myself: OMG, she obviously had BPD, and maybe she was misdiagnosed and thus family had no idea. Very sad story, we should stop stigmatizing BPD, increase awareness and offer effective treatment to these people. Not only for their own sake, but for the sake of the whole society, as this story shows.

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Anonymous

Thank for your comment and support. I am a woman who suffers from BPD and it saddens me when I see people who have a mental illness being vilified for being sick. Awareness and knowledge is the answer. We’re not monsters. Our brain are wired differently by no fault of our own. Our emotions are unregulated and we feel things more strongly than a normal person. We don’t lack empathy, actually it’s quite the opposite.

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Rhiannon Chance Hanson

As a psych professional? How could you as a psych professional make a diagnosis of someone you have not met. And if you have met and made such a diagnosis you have broken the laws of confidentiality.

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IntelVetGal

While I tend to agree, as a mental health specialist, that she displayed, retrospectively, some signs of pathological behavior that would align with BPD, there is more evidence that she was bipolar–likely Bipolar I, based on the case history. And since we don’t see any evidence of self injury aside from suicidal ideation and numerous “attempts” (the degree to and circumstances of which we don’t know), and there also hasn’t been any mention of addictive behaviors, nor of creating severe interpersonal conflict between members of her family in an effort to pit them against each other and make herself the center of attention (all classic hallmarks of BPD), I’ve got to go with Bipolar with Narcissistic tendencies.

Her ex boss relates that her moods cycled very high and low, and the fact that she especially wanted to hurt her husband and was willing to sacrifice the very children she purported to love just to make that happen is classic narcissistic behavior.

I guess it’s moot at this point, but I hope that incidences like these offer a wake-up call to every family member of someone who is mentally imbalanced: don’t think you are immune to tragedy. Most of the time, you can’t force your family member to seek or maintain help, but you certainly CAN act to protect others from that person’s harmful behaviors.

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Melanie

You are disgusting and dispicable. This story ends in tragedy and that is all you contribute. I bet your significant other doesn’t get to see a side of you that isn’t about sex. That’s all it’s about for peole like you. Let’s talk about another waste alright….look in the mirror.

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Anonymous

If this is not eneough evidence as to why gun control laws are required in the U.S. I don’t know what is

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Dave

What gun control measure, pray tell, would have kept an inherited pistol out of this insane woman’s hands?

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Anonymous

Periodically renewed licensure of guns. If the police have been to your house 14 times for domestic issues, including 3 suicide attempts, you don’t get your license renewed.

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Cinbato

They have not determined if the gun she had was legal, or even hers for that matter. Its not about gun control, its about mental illness people. When the hell are YOU going to learn THAT?

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RoFel

It IS about gun control, you moron. When are YOU going to learn that it’s ignorant idiots like you that exacerbate the age-old epidemic of mental illness by stigmatizing it? Look at the statistics in America, and compare the gun deaths with ANY country with gun control. It can happen bc ppl are divorced from the heinous crime of killing when all you have to do is pull a trigger . Even if you are going to be amongst the masses that do stigmatize, rather than help, the issue of mental health— how can you blatantly disregard her access to the gun without making an argument for stricter background checks? You make me sick.

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RoFel

@Cinbato It IS about gun control, you moron. When are YOU going to learn that it’s ignorant idiots like you that exacerbate the age-old epidemic of mental illness by stigmatizing it? Look at the statistics in America, and compare the gun deaths with ANY country with gun control. It can happen bc ppl are divorced from the heinous crime of killing when all you have to do is pull a trigger . Even if you are going to be amongst the masses that do stigmatize, rather than help, the issue of mental health— how can you blatantly disregard her access to the gun without making an argument for stricter background checks? It’s toxic culture [including laws]— not coincidence, and not a disproportionately high rate of mental illness— that our obscened gun violence rates in Americ speak to

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Brando

Its not an amazing coincidence that Canada, Australia and other countries don’t have a rash of mental illness homicides, its because they have sensible gun laws. Only in the USa do so many crazy and violent people allowed access to firearms.

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IntelVetGal

I completely agree. And I own guns! But everyday, I read about more and more people being shot in tragic situations, and every single time, I think to myself, “How different could this outcome have been if guns were heavily regulated?” Because there are waaay too many killings occurring by guns LEGALLY purchased to ignore.

Gun freaks like to say that all the killing is being done with stolen and illegal guns–but statistics don’t lie. And as a mental health specialist, I can attest that there isnt nearly the amount of scrutiny over a prospective buyer that there should be.

Equally, my issue with Americans and guns is that everyone wants to yell and stomp about their second amendment rights, yet no one seems to want to address what basic RESPONSIBILITIES come with being a gun owner and, as an owner of several guns, I can attest to the level of responsibility one must take when owning any firearm. Firstly, trigger or unbreachable barrel locks–it should be against the law to not have your weapons secured with them when not in use. Also, gun safes–preferably built into the floor or wall, but definitely a, safe capable of ensuring the gun cannot easily be acquired by the wrong hands. Same goes for ammo.

We have several high-power guns in my household–some for their historical significance, others for self-defense and training. And we keep them ALL locked away, stowed additionally with trigger or barrel locks, and we stow ammo separately. If someone wants to try to use my guns, they are going to have to work like hell to get them. And that’s how it should ALWAYS be.

Unless you’ve got it out on the nightstand for middle of the night protection, your gun should be holstered and on your person, or locked away. Think of how many lives could have been saved, if only our legislators grew the balls to stand up against the gun industry and pass legislation requiring proper stow– Both accidental and crimes if so-called “passion”. The number is mind-numbing.

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JW

Suicide attempts that involve police action usually end up with the person being involuntarily committed. That is, UNLESS THE POLICE AREN’T DOING THEIR JOBS.

If she was involuntarily committed for suicide attempts, then she was AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED FROM PURCHASING A FIREARM UNDER CURRENT LAW. If the Police were involved, they are OBLIGATED, UNDER CURRENT LAW, TO REPORT THE ISSUE TO THE FEDERAL FIREARMS BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM. Further, UNDER EXISTING LAW, they had the authority to seize all firearms in her possession and require adjudication to determine if she could get them back!

So,if existing, so-called inadequate laws covered this and were not enforced correctly, explain to me how additional laws that further impact law abiding gun owners would prevent this?

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IntelVetGal

Actually, you’re wrong. It’s not the police’s fault. Police have neither the expertise nor the time to properly assess anyone’s mental state. They do all they can to mediate the situation–step in, secure the individual if necessary, call for medical support, and be stuck the rest of the night writing out reports about the call for everyone and their brother.

Only with an evaluation from a skilled mental health specialist can a request for involuntary commitment be made in most states. And then it usually only occurs if the individual shows up to the emergency room (which is where potentially suicidal persons are taken initially for evaluation) and they are demonstrating severe behaviors that are indicative of either self harm or harm to others. Then a mental health professional will quickly assess the patient and make a recommendation for course of action. Even if they can obtain an involuntary committal, in almost every single state in the union, they are good for 72 hours, with mandatory hearing of evidence to support further commitment. And that’s only if the ER docs find them potentially harmful. The vast majority of unsuccessful suicide attempts are cries for help or attention and, thus, usually conclude with either voluntary committal or the treating doctor doing a tough assessment of threat of harm, and releasing them once they are stabilized and logged.

So DON’T blame it on police not doing their jobs! Being a peace officer is extremely arduous and thankless as well. Yet they show up day in and day out, trying to make the world a safer place–despite all the grief and disrespect they are given. That’s not saying there aren’t bad cops–just that they are few and far between.

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Lovie

She tried to buy a gun and was denied. So I’m not sure how more gun laws would have prevented this.

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Brando

Take a look at the laws of other countries. Most don’t allow inherited firearms. You have to have a valid gun permit to possess any firearm or buy ammunition. its not that hard.

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Steve

IDIOT liberal comment there are GUN control laws,its MENTAL HEALTH CONNECTION THAT NEED S TO BE INCORPORATED INTO BACK GROUND CHECKS If YOU TRY TO kill yourself you should be denied any gun Period> and I am vet and gun owner

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Brando

Steve you are exactly right, its not a tough issue to figure out. You put a mentally unstable person or a violent person and give them access to a gun, its not going to turn out well. Its like leaving a chocolate cake with your fat friend.

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Anonymous

Even if no mental health involved, when people get into arguments, they lose control of their actions. If they have a gun in the house that is available, they simply get it and start shooting. People who defend the right to own a gun say that it protect us from harm from crazy people. Well, if somebody is attacking other people, this innocent will not have time to reach out his gun and protect himself. So, no guns should be allowed in this country specially where people are too much into drugs, drinking etc.

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JRS

She’s been depressed and I’m wondering if she was put on strong medication and having the rare, terrible side effects to them? I was put on a high dose of the anxiety medication, Xanax for over 2 years and they were living hell years. I’ve never had any issues my life with suicidal depression, extreme anger, 911 calls, cops etc… but being on this changed me and our lives completely. I tried to commit suicide many times and 911 was called. On the advise the time my counselor told my husband to call 911 for help and the cops hauled me off to jail. (they are not trained in this at all) Long story short, I should be dead and when I was admitted to a hospital it was finally found out after 2 1/2 years living thru this hell that I was reacting to Xanax. I was weaned off the medication and have not had one incident. My suicide thoughts and actions, major depression, anger etc, have all subsided. I thank God I lived through those years as I should be dead. I never had thoughts of hurting anyone else but it’s horrible to have the rare side effects and no one thinks of that. Just a thought. Such a very sad situation with this family.

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Ron Noname (@SEESTHROUGHIT)

I really do want to know why the husband/father didn’t have the courage to stop this.
It is obvious that there was time, even if the interval was only a couple of seconds during which he could have taken action.
This is on him even more so than the woman who was obviously deranged.
I could not have sat there quivering and watching without taking action to stop it, even at my own peril butt, that’s me.

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AROL (@aliciaarol)

Purely out of curiosity & not even remotely in order to cast blame anywhere but where it deserved to be cast (ie on the DERANGED MOTHER) I asked my mom the same thing you asked in your comment: When his 2 wounded daughters RAN OUTSIDE why didn’t the dad RISK HIS OWN LIFE to try to jump on his wife and knock the gun out of her hand or something since, according to what heard on “Inside Edition”, Christie actually went inside to get more bullets and that is when she shot Taylor a second time-this time IN THE BACK. Maybe Taylor would have lived had Christie not had the opportunity to RELOAD HER GUN & shoot Taylor again? (Where was the 100% uninjured dad when the mother of his 2, bleeding from gunshot wounds, daughters WENT BACK INSIDE THE HOUSE TO GET MORE BULLETS in order to make sure she completely finished the job of MURDERING her 2 daughters? (BTW: My mom’s response was simply that Taylor & Madison’s father must have been in SHOCK & unable to react in a manner where he might have been able to save one or both of his daughters.)

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IntelVetGal

I think your mom is right. And I’m sure it’s those very moments that he has been looping inside his head, feeling absolute guilt over not stopping her. In that regard, and in many other regards, he was her third victim.

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Pinky

I have to agree with with Ron’s comment. Instead of running to escape I would have gladly taken the bullet for my kids. Gun or no gun, it doesn’t sound like much of an effort was made by the girls father/protector to disarm this woman. If so there may be two innocent girls still alive and a potentially injured father who at least would have attempted to give his own life to protect his childrens. That being said, I have total compassion and sympathy for this man who has lost his family. I’m sure he is in his own personal hell thinking of how things could have ended so much differently. :(

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Tony

The report said he ran down the street while his daughter, who was already shot, was struggling down the street. “Mom” came out and finished her off. WTF? How does he do that?

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Yep

Been wondering the same exact thing and no one seems to ask. How do you run to the end of the street with your daughters lying on the ground? He could have rushed her in the house before she was able to kill both. You’ll never convince me he couldn’t have had time to do something. The leaving them there while he is at the end of the cul de sac part —-I can’t get past that. He could have scooped her up and taken her away from the house once psycho went back inside. Something way off here.

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Anonymous

A very startling reminder of the final nail in the coffin for my marriage 4/7/2013. Scariest day of my life could have turned out like this… Don’t question it – get out.

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Anonymous

Can someone tell me why the husband was down the cul de sac. He should have charged her to protect his daughters and give them a chance to escape. Yes that means risking his life but to run away my god. I am mother and I would never do that, I would die for my kids.

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Pinky

I couldn’t agree more…The final moments of these girls lives must have been of utter horror and disbelief at being so miserably failed by both of their parents…

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Sean

That was my first and main thought while reading the article, what kind of father runs in a different direction while letting his daughters take bullets? I’d have holes in my entire body till my last dying breath before even one of those shots hit my daughters. His crazy wife even had time to reload and he was still only making comments in the distance. They were failed by both cowardly parents.

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britishdebs

My reaction also, why didn’t he TRY to do ANYTHING to help those poor girls except run away as fast as he could. I would do anything to protect my kids and jumping on that crazy lady would of been the first thing I would of done and got that gun away from her and put her down to stop any further violence towards towards my family but this man didn’t he chose to turn and run away and let them die at thier mothers hands and that I don’t understand at all and now he has to live with his decision and that in itself has to be completely heartbreaking and the guilt must be overwhelming.

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hlhschool2015

Thank you.. No excuse, the only thing i can think of was he was a battered husband behind the scenes. He had no fight in him. he was afraid of her. I kept wondering why didnt he get in the helicopter.. He allowed her to wear him down to nothing.

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uriarte

This most be a hoax white people don’t do this, that horrible culture only comes from south of the border.

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K.T.

Quit making excuses for this spoiled southern narcissist. She was taught to put on heavy make up (In order to manipulate men.) When manipulation by looks, didn’t get he what she wanted, she threw a tantrum. Adding to this, she was a drunk southerner, with a gun. I hope that the NRA is reading about her “protecting her family” with a gun. One more spoiled southern belle, who didn’t get things her way, resorted to drinking and shooting people. It’s as simple as that. There is no excuse for her.

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hlhschool2015

I agree.. Stop giving excuses.. She shot her kids dead on her husband’s birthday. There are so many more women out there that are like this and we have to stand up to it.. Manipulating, threatening suicide, threatening to kill their husband if they ever divorce them. threatening to ruin them.. I wish she would have lived and spent the rest of her life in jail as an example to other women just like her. IF this were a man who did this to his daughters.. all of these people would not be claiming mental illness.

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Lovie

Right, because there is an epidemic of us spoiled southern belles, going around murdering people. We should all be on a list.

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John

After being with a mentally ill woman for a few years, I can say that probably not everybody in her life saw the real person. The ones at home know. Even long-time friends don’t know. When they’re up, they’re social and that’s the version the outside sees; when they’re down, they stay home and wallow, so that side becomes a secret. If they care about their job, they’ll wear a mask for work and coworkers may never see. Gushing posts on facebook when they’re up; silence when they’re down. There’s the public persona, then the private persona.

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Pinky

Very nicely articulated and so true. No one ever knows what truly goes on in another persons mind. I have known several people who have committed suicide and they have held up a brave facade right up until the end. I do believe this woman was mentally ill and it is very sad that she didn’t get the help she so desperately needed. It would appear that she loved and adored her children. No one will ever know the trigger that made her snap and destroy what she had ultimitely had a hand in creating….

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K.T.

She didn’t suffer from mental illness. She was simply a self indulgent woman who grew up thinking that if she put on enough makeup, and flashed her eyes, that guys would make her dreams come true. It didn’t happen, so drinking was her reaction. A spoiled drunk, disappointed that life didn’t give her what her pretty made up face should warrant, threw a tantrum and shoot people. It is as simple as that. The mental illness argument doesn’t make sense. She was just a spoiled southern girl with a bottle and a gun, period.

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Gray

Another gun-hugger who used her “protection” to slaughter her own family. Thanks NRA, you’re truly doing God’s work.

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Brando

Who is to protect us from ourselves. Borderline personality disorder is a mental illness. Sensible gun laws would have prevented this woman from having access to any type
of firearm in her home and her family would be alive today. just her police history, would have resulted in the removal of firearms from the home. combined with her medical history,her household would have been disqualified from owning and storing firearms. We need to use common sense.

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nlcatter

narcissistic stupid BITCH – guns to protect? TO KILL when people didnt do what she wanted, I see them all over , Gun nuts.

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Sean

Anyone confused why the dad didn’t take the bullets for his daughters? Why did he run the other way up the street and just make comments in the background? If those were my daughters, I’d have taken each and every bullet while letting them escape.

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Tom

I think you’re mixing up reality with shit that happens in dramatic action movies.

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victoriouslifeword

Good for you!! Thank you for being the knight and shining armor and know a bit of Chivary. We need this in men these days!! I thought I was the only one who thought “He RAN! Extreme Anger and Alcohol just don’t mix well.

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Derrick

So why is it that we “need to know” these 5 facts? None of them, except perhaps that the police were called to the home 14 times, have anything to do with why she did this. What about the make of her automobile? Is that something we “need to know” too?

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Tokstolle

Check out her Facebook profile. She was posting pro-gun laws and kept mentioning that she Obama was trying to take her guns away from her, and that she had the right to keep her family safe. Turns out, Obama was trying to protect her children and she as a mother wanted and did kill them.

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victoriouslifeword

I think in her state of alcohol and anger….she snapped. These things happened even ages ago but to take them away from the rest of us who aren’t in that state of mind and want to protect our families is wrong. We have the right to choose. That is freedom. Some abuse the freedom just as all kinds of other things and pay the consequences for it. That is part of learning personal responsibility which we don’t know much about anymore. It is always the other person problem or fault. What ever happened to the buck stoppers and leaders who took personal responsibilty and accepting wrong. We all do wrong in our lives. Why are we so afraid of it? Society has taught us it isn’t okay to be wrong sometimes. It is all just common sense.

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Aras

Can you say it louder for the people in the back please? We need more people to take responsibility for their own actions.

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hlhschool2015

I am so tired of excuses for her. She shot her daughters and they died. She knew what she was doing. There is no excuse. She is violent and lethal. Giving women excuses and outs for their behavior allows it to escalate to this violent point. To prevent this in the future arrest women who are acting out and being to their families. Support men and children when they say the mother of the family is being abusive. People don’t want to believe it.. Happens every day.. all of those little threats come from a violent place. Believe them. If you are in a violent relationship, get out now , ask for help. There is safety in numbers. YOu have to let people know what is going on. Praying for you!!!!

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Anonymous

THREE SUICIDE ATTEMPTS AND THERE WERE STILL GUNS IN THE HOUSE. THIS IS JUST AS MUCH THE FATHERS FAULT AS THIS BITCHES. WHAT THE HELL WAS HE DOING LEAVING GUNS AROUND A SUICIDAL PSYCHO.

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Unicorn Hypnotist

“I think you want to know, did the system fail her? Did we fail her? Did her family fail her? I would want to know. I would want to get to the bottom of it,” Nehls said.
The system didn’t fail her. Her religion failed her.
Christy Byrd Sheats, who described herself as a Baptist and conservative on her Facebook page, made several posts about her love of guns and her need to own them to protect her family
“They were always cheerful and never depressed. You never heard anything bad about them,” Austin Enke told the Houston Chronicle.
And yet there were all those suicide attempts by someone in the home.
When your religion teaches that depression is a sin, those who believe it are forced to fake it. They can’t allow anyone to know they are depressed.
Baptists are the worst when it comes to attempting to control the church members with ridiculous rules.

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Kai D. Patterson

What about the fact that she was recently released from a mental institution but was allowed to continue to own a gun and be an active gun advocate? That should be the most important fact that’s not listed.

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sally flores

The friend Alick Arnold said it all: ” she was just out to kill that day”. Her ex employer described her behavior as irratic: highs and lows. “She was usually good with customers but other times irratic in her behavior” which the employer attributed to family problems. Neighbors described her in the same way: “always friendly and caring mother to her daughters”. This woman was a heavy drinker, and her facebook picture projects a woman who just spends too much time on her makeup. She is overcompensating forwhat sense of insecurity and unhappiness or even self- denigration with all that makeup? Her daughter’s appeared to have survived this toxic mother’s parenting. Their father appears to have provided enough normalcy in his daughter’s lives to allow them the happiness they deserved in their short lives. He may suffer long and hard but God knows the truth and he has to let God help him forgive himself and anyone else involved in this horrible tragedy.

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Anonymous

Thank you Alicia!!! As a woman who suffers from BPD myself, I instinctively knew off the bat that Christy must have been a suffer as well. Just reading some of the comments here shows me the lack of help, attention and compassion this disorder gets. This woman was mentally ill and as tragic as her actions were, my initial thought was “why was she not getting the help she was in desperate need of?” Very sad indeed!!!

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Canadian

Yet another shooting by a person owning guns. I am proud to reside in a nation- just north of you all, it is called Canada- where the latest statistical comparison I could find showed 172 firearms related murders in 2012 vs 8, 813 in the US.

Seriously? What does it take? Read any comparison of any western nation and the US far exceeds any civilized nation in terms of firearm fatalities.

I do not know anyone who owns a gun. Nor do my friends. It is not part of our nation’s fabric. What will it take for you to cut that part of your fabric out and join the rest of civilization?

America is beautiful and has much to offer the world. However, as long as guns remain rampant in your country, the rest of the world just shakes its collective head and wonders when it will stop.

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Canadian

Yet another shooting by a person owning guns. I am proud to reside in a nation- just north of you all, it is called Canada- where the latest statistical comparison I could find showed 172 firearms related murders in 2012 vs 8, 813 in the US.

Seriously? What does it take? Read any comparison of any western nation and the US far exceeds any civilized nation in terms of firearm fatalities.

I do not know anyone who owns a gun. Nor do my friends. It is not part of our nation’s fabric. What will it take for you to cut that part of your fabric out and join the rest of civilization?

America is beautiful and has much to offer the world. However, as long as guns remain rampant in your country, the rest of the world just shakes its collective head and wonders when it will stop.

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tess

His timing to tell the Mom he wanted a divorce sucked….a few days before the wedding of her daughter of course an emotionally charged time and should have been done with another non family member there (not the mysterious ‘female family friend’ ….so he knew that she had psych issues…YOU do not tell someone to kill themselves!!!!!

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Ann HAYES

some one should have got her instead now talking about she was sick. It always comes down she was sick. whatever some one should have got her some help and they too should be responsible since they know she was sick.

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truthbearer

@tomwcleary. MK mind control….the whole story does not make sense

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Anonymous

parents are a team, both play a part in this im sorry for the greiving father BUT he RAN away rather than stay and protect his children from the unstable mother
it says so in the report!

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Anonymous

as for motive she wanted to hurt husbband but also i think she was jealous of her daughters youth and beauty. look how she made herself up and posted selfies like a teenager

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