An investigation has just concluded on a disturbing case across the pond. A husband and vice-principal from County Cavan, Ireland murdered his wife and their three children inside their home in 2016 before taking his own life, according to BBC.
Alan Hawe wrote in his lengthy, five-page suicide note, “I am sorry for how I murdered them all but I simply had no other way.”
He asked in that letter to not be forgiven, according to the Irish Times. He concluded the note by asking to be cremated and his ashes to be scattered at sea. He did not want to be buried as a Catholic.
Before killing himself, he taped an envelope on a door of the family home. On it he wrote, “Please do not come in. Please call the gardaí [police].”
Inside that home, police found the bodies of Hawe, 40, his wife Clodagh, 39 and the bodies of their children: Liam, 13, Niall, 11, and Ryan, 6. According to the Irish Times, his wife was murdered with an axe and a knife in the home’s living room while the three boys were knifed to death in their beds. On Monday, a police officer wept in court while describing the gruesome scene.
The BBC reported that all four victims' killings were rendered in a way by Hawe so that they could not scream out for help.
In his lengthy letter, Hawe wrote that killing his sons was the best option. He reportedly said it was better than the anguish they would have endured if they instead lived and had to grapple with the fact that their dad committed suicide.
“I am sorry for my brutality but I had no other way,” he claimed. In his letter, he reportedly expressed anxiety over his performance as an educator.
Hawe’s psychotherapist, David McConnell, revealed that Hawe told him that "people think of me as a pillar of the community” before breaking down crying and adding, “if only they knew.” Professor Harry Kennedy, clinical director of the Central Mental Hospital, said he believes that Hawe was in a state of psychosis when he slaughtered his own family.
[Photo: Hawe Family]
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