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Mother 'kills sons before committing suicide'

The Local · 19 Aug 2012, 09:53

Published: 19 Aug 2012 09:53 GMT+02:00

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The children’s father discovered the bodies of his wife and children when he returned to the family home in the village of Emmering, west of Munich, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police sources say Hannes, six, and Moritz, four, were suffocated in their beds. Their mother was found hanged. The exact details of crime are still unknown, but police say the dead 38-year-old woman, known only as Catrin F, is the prime suspect.

Her motive for the killings has left locals in the quiet town of 6,400 inhabitants baffled. A polices spokesman said there weren’t known to have been recent family quarrels and the family appeared to have had a happy home life.

The children’s father, 45-year-old Karl F., is said to be in shock and is yet to be questioned by police. He is currently under the supervision of a crisis management team and in the care of relatives.

Karl F. will be questioned in the coming days. According to a police spokesman, authorities are keen to know where he was before arriving back at his home on Saturday morning.

It’s the second family tragedy to strike the state of Bavaria this month. Last week a 44-year-old craftsman from Ostallgäu was found to have strangled his sons, aged four and ten. He then hanged himself on an industrial site near Kempten.

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His wife, 37, and daughter, 16, were found safe at their family home shortly afterwards.

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17:22 August 19, 2012 by sally#
It's universally acknowledged that no one is capable of hurting his own children.Vicious as a tigress can be, she never eats her own clubs.But there is a mother who accually killed her flesh and blood.What on earth causes the mother to suffocate her own sons?
22:31 August 20, 2012 by grazhdanin
Of course it's a 'crisis'. Every incident is crisis, for some.
09:35 August 21, 2012 by zeddriver

That's because animals operate on instinct, And instinct only. We as humans operate mostly on emotion.

You said, "It's universally acknowledged that no one is capable of hurting his own children." Ever hear of abortion?

Seems to be a very popular thing among mothers.

So. why would it be so foreign a concept to think a mother couldn't kill her children once they were born. We are taught daily to devalue life. How else could a mother think to her self that life is not worth living. And since my boys will be without a mother I must kill them first. Raising your flesh and blood should be reason enough to want to live. No matter what the external circumstances around her may have been.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
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