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6 found dead in a murder/suicide due to economic problems

10:05 pm - 10/06/2008
LOS ANGELES — An unemployed accounting industry worker who was despondent over financial problems shot and killed his wife, three children, mother-in-law and then himself in an upscale home in a gated community, police said Monday.

The bodies were found by officers making a welfare check Monday morning when the wife failed to show up at a neighbor's home to go to work, Deputy Chief Michel Moore said.

Officers entering the large, modern home in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Porter Ranch found the older woman shot to death in bed, he said. The other bodies were found throughout the house but not in bed.

A handgun, purchased on Sept. 16, was found where the father's body was located, Moore said.

The family members' names were not immediately released because police wanted to make sure schools attended by the slain children had time to make grief counselors available.

The children were sons ages 19, 12 and 7, the wife was 39 and the mother-in-law was 70. The father was 45.

Investigators found envelopes containing a suicide note to police, another to friends and relatives and a will.

The father had a master's of business administration in finance, formerly worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Sony Pictures, but had been unemployed for several months, Moore said.

Moore did not specify what financial trouble the man had been in. He noted that the family did not own the home.

In the suicide letters, "he attests to some financial difficulties, takes responsibility for the taking of the lives of his family members and himself as a result of those financial difficulties," Moore said. "We believe that he has become despondent recently over financial dealings and the financial situation of his household."

The man had no record of mental disabilities or contacts with mental health professionals in Los Angeles County, Moore said.

PricewaterhouseCoopers spokesman Steven Silber had no immediate comment. Sony Pictures Entertainment spokesman Steve Elzer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The killings happened sometime after 6 p.m. Saturday, Moore said.

The gated community, called Sorrento Pointe, is among several developments along curving lanes and cul-de-sacs set on the foothills of the Santa Susana Mountains in Porter Ranch, about 23 miles northwest of downtown.

Ryan Ransdell, who lives across the street from the house, said it had been occupied by the family for about a year.

"They didn't socialize too much," he said. "They kept pretty much to themselves."

Ransdell said he didn't hear any gunshots on Saturday night.

The letter also said that the father thought this would be the most honorable way out.

Source: My television and http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,433461,00.html

A more detailed report here: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-porterranch7-2008oct07,0,7425239.story
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dearmisterecho 7th-Oct-2008 05:19 am (UTC)
Oh, shit. I heard about this earlier today on the news, but I never heard the economic context.

Fucking. Christ.
dearmisterecho And P.S.7th-Oct-2008 05:21 am (UTC)
Hello, Japan.
deja_vu822 Re: And P.S.7th-Oct-2008 05:52 am (UTC)
Aw, that guy that tries to stop everyone is pretty awesome.
ex_irelands 7th-Oct-2008 05:22 am (UTC)
jesus FUCKING christ
my_private_muse 7th-Oct-2008 05:22 am (UTC)
Fuck you Palin. Fuck you McCain for your non-stop attacks on Obama. Not to mention the hate rallies that sparked, "TERRORIST" and "KILL HIM!" today.

So, is the economy worth talking about you worthless, hate-mongering, pieces of SHIT?

mindrtist 7th-Oct-2008 06:55 am (UTC)
i'm furious about that, if anyone had said anything like that at an Obama or Biden rally they'd get pisse.d
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automat 7th-Oct-2008 05:22 am (UTC)
Holy shit! that's awful. D:
endearlings 7th-Oct-2008 05:23 am (UTC)
Christ, this is absolutely terrible.
randomneses 7th-Oct-2008 05:24 am (UTC)
It's starting...
evilgmbethy 7th-Oct-2008 07:08 am (UTC)
That's my thought, too. I actually feel like poor people like me will handle the coming recession/depression better, because we already know how to be poor. But it's going to be a really jarring shock to the systems of people who lose a lot.
fancifull 7th-Oct-2008 05:24 am (UTC)
schexyschteve 7th-Oct-2008 05:25 am (UTC)
That's horrible! :(

He did everything he was supposed to do too. He had a master's in business, after all.
tilfinningunni 7th-Oct-2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
that's one thing ive always told myself. just because you've got a 400,000 degree, doesnt mean you're employed or eating.

laurie_springs 7th-Oct-2008 05:26 am (UTC)
raychel86 7th-Oct-2008 05:27 am (UTC)
Jesus - what a fucking coward. It's bad enough to kill yourself, but then to slay your entire family? Sheesh. Rest in peace dude.

What a terrible thing to happen. The economy needs to get back on track.
spiffystuff 7th-Oct-2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I feel really sorry for his family, but the first thing I thought was "this dude's priorities are way, way, WAY out of place"
jodifer 7th-Oct-2008 05:29 am (UTC)
RIP Bastard's family

P.S. Gun Control, pleeeease!
7950 7th-Oct-2008 05:32 am (UTC)
but, but, guns protect you from criminals! even though criminals are often people you don't suspect and know very well, sometimes even using the very gun you bought to protect yourself!
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newpsie 7th-Oct-2008 05:31 am (UTC)
economic seppuku. holy hell.
7950 7th-Oct-2008 05:34 am (UTC)
I will never, ever, ever understand what could drive anyone to murder their own kids. That's not just economic depression, that's stress bringing out a deeply-felt mental disorder...probably one allowed to fester via societal distaste and lack of mental health coverage.
jodifer WAIT..7th-Oct-2008 05:36 am (UTC)
just noticed this:

"The letter also said that the father thought this would be the most honorable way out."

EXCUSE ME?! Shooting 5 people is honorable? Sad that his family didn't notice his crazy crazy mental problems beforehand.
starburstchick Re: WAIT..7th-Oct-2008 05:46 am (UTC)
I just went to see if there was a better article to put a link to and apparently there is. Turns out not only did he kill his entire family, but he went broke due to bad stock market decisions!
He had over a million bucks at one point.

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