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The father charged in the high-profile slaying of his family at their Florida home near Disney World is blaming his wife for their children's murders.
Anthony Todt, 44, is charged with murdering his wife Megan Todt, 42, and the couple's three children. However, in a rambling letter to his father, he claimed that Megan poisoned the kids before confessing and killing herself.
The 27-page handwritten letter, written from prison and dated June 19, was addressed to Todt's father in Massachusetts; a copy was preserved by the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office as evidence and was provided to Oxygen.com under Florida's public records law.
Todt began the letter by contending "the media and the Sheriff's Department here are making me out to be the next 'Butcher of Baghdad'"; he went on to claim he'd attempted suicide eight times and is currently under protective custody.
The bodies of Megan, Aleksander Todt, 13, Tyler Todt, 11, Zoe Todt, 4, and the family dog Breezy were found in January inside their home in Celebration, Florida, a town originally developed by The Walt Disney Company as a family-friendly community. Investigators determined the family had been dead for weeks and a medical examiner determined that "homicidal violence" and an overdose of allergy medicine played a role in their deaths.
In his letter, Todt contended that his wife gave the children a dessert poisoned with a mixture of Benadryl and Tylenol PM to put them to sleep before suffocating and stabbing them. He said that when he returned home, he found his wife sitting on the stairs and she confessed to murdering the kids.
Megan proceeded to drink an entire bottle of family-sized Benadryl while stabbing herself in the abdomen, according to Todt, who claimed he moved all the bodies to a bedroom and arranged them “in comfortable sleeping positions" before attempting suicide.
Todt claimed he spent the next few weeks in a haze until he was arrested on Jan. 13 for his role in an alleged insurance fraud scheme, which he also denies responsibility for in his letter, proclaiming himself "10000% INNOCENT."
“I don’t remember anything pretty much over Christmas and the first week I got here,” Todt told a relative in a February jailhouse phone call. “I don’t remember coming here. I don’t remember anything after the events that happened, that kind of stuff."
Todt has pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder and prosecutors have said they intend to seek the death penalty. His attorneys have not publicly commented on the claims Todt made in his letter.
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