The mother of two children shot dead by their twisted father took her own life six months later as she battled with her agonising grief.
John Edwards shot dead Jennifer, 13, and her 15-year-old brother Jack, in July 2018 at their home in West Pennant Hills, Sydney, Australia.
Edwards had a “premeditated plan” to shoot his children as he followed daughter Jennifer home from school before chasing her into the house where the massacre occurred.
Jennifer and Jack were found huddled under a desk in Jack’s bedroom.
Their distraught mother Olga and Edwards’ ex-wife took her own life six months later as she struggled to handle life without her children.
On the day Edwards shot his children, he hired a car to stalk his daughter on her way home before he followed her inside.
A neighbour heard five shots over about a minute and saw Edwards walking out before asking him ‘what have you done,’ an inquest heard.
The neighbour said he did not receive a reply, but that Edwards did not seem in a rush to get away.
An inquest into all four deaths has uncovered the abuse and manipulation the teens suffered at the hands of their own father.
The teenagers had allegedly told a court psychologist they didn’t want to see their dad several times before their tragic deaths.
They alleged he was violent towards Jack and cruel to Jennifer.
But reports say there were doubts around their allegations.
Olga had also previously reported that her husband had assaulted Jack and Jennifer three times in 2015.
On one of the occasions, she claimed he had hit and kicked Jack as he played with his dad’s iPod.
The mother also alleged that Edwards had slapped Jennifer on an occasion when she wouldn’t go to sleep.
Olga and Edwards had separated in 2016 and the kids had gone to live with their mum.
She had reportedly told police the kids didn’t want to be with their dad and they were scared of him- which ‘made him angry’.
Olga began custody proceedings in court in April 2016, claiming Jack slept with a cricket bat in his room as a defence.
But Edwards was still allowed to see the kids as part of a limited contact order, according to reports.
The inquest continues.
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