This Mom Killed Her Teen Son & Daughter—Experts Say Warning Signs Were Ignored! How Did This Happen?

Mon, January 31, 2011 11:34am EDT by 9 Comments

So heartbreaking—Julie Powers Schenecker admits to committing the double homicide while her husband is serving in the Middle East!

Tampa, FL police were shaken on Friday (Jan. 28) when they found 50-year-old Julie Powers Schenecker sitting on her back porch covered in blood. But nothing could prepare them for the horror of learning Julie had shot her two teenage children in cold blood the night before. HollyBaby.com asked the experts what could have caused this mom to crack and murder her two children.

Julie, who is married to Col. Parker Schenecker, admitted to shooting her son Beau, 13, twice in the head while driving him to soccer practice. She later shot her daughter, Calyx, 16, in the face while she was doing homework at her computer. Julie told police the children were “talking back” and being “mouthy.”

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“The fact that she had a loaded gun with her while driving her son to soccer practice suggests that this crime may have been pre-meditated,” says Dr. Gilda Carle. “It’s a fact that teens are mouthy as they try to navigate their hormonal swells. And it’s a fact that parents of teens go through challenges trying to cope with their hormonal kids. While parents may want to murder their teens, that’s just an expression, and most parents and kids make it beyond the tough times without incident.”

The horrific double murder has shocked everyone who knows this family because Julie never appeared to be anything but a loving, caring mother. She had no criminal history and her only run in with the police was due to a car accident last year.

But Schenecker’s mother, who lives in Texas, did suspect that something was wrong after getting a troubling email from her daughter, in which she admitted to being depressed and having trouble with the kids. That’s why she called the Tampa police when she was unable to get in touch with Schenecker.

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“Her mom was aware that there were some signs of possible danger before this tragic murder,” Dr. Carle tells HollyBaby.com. “Depressoin is anger turned inward. What was Julie angry about? Military families show another side of war that is often not explored.” Dr. Carle  feels that this may have been a case of severe separation anxiety, as Julie struggled to cope with the teens on her own while her husband was deployed.

Charges against Julie will be held as she’s being treated at a Tampa-area hospital for an unknown condition. Parker was reportedly stationed in the Middle East at the time of the murders.

Dr. Carle says that the horror of this incident will be felt by the entire family, probably for the rest of their lives. “Two children are dead and their father, who is fighting for his country is undoubtedly devastated. I believe Julie’s mother will also need counseling to cope with the guilt of ‘knowing’ without really ‘knowing’ the full extent of what she saw,” she adds.

– William Earl

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Posted at 8:00 PM on May 1, 2014  

What is this Morther thinking! You don’t mix your Medicine with Licker every one knows that! Killing your Children is very stupit I hope she gets what she gets. I think all Parents who kill there sweet Children should die that what God had Sied Those Children where 2 wonderful Children ;-( it was the Mother who was off running her mouth. Richard I’m sorry for your sweet 2 lovely Children. The Mother should of went too the Helth Food stores. They got what you need. Even Chiness people can help.

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jenny

Posted at 3:02 PM on March 27, 2012  

alot of narcissistic mothers hurt their daughters out of pure jealousy but killing the daughter it’s just evil. the fact that she shot her in the face sais alot about how intouch this woman was with her “maternal instinc” she probably shot the son just to avoid him mentioning to others about his sister. but i know this women’s main target was her youthful daughter.

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Grecia Cordier García

Posted at 1:36 PM on April 11, 2011  

Crimes committed within the family in a state of mental hallucination drug, alcohol, or money. In Sorbas, Andalusia, Marina Gijsels hacks killed his mother. In Amatlan, Mexico, Fernando Sandoval Losano like her mother killed, and Licata, Chile, Danilo Soto did the same with his mother. In Peru they are known murders of Eva Bracamonte Fefer, Elizabeth Espino Vásquez, Giuliana Llamoja Hilares and Maria Teresa Cruzado vERA. What happens in the world today never to have seen … These facts raise questions whether it is worth bearing children who will be our executioners.

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Posted at 1:28 PM on February 1, 2011  

It’s awful that people would actually snap like this before they go and seek professional help. I’m sure she was already feeling depressed and angry well before she snapped, but she thought she could handle it.

How terribly sad for the husband. He must have felt absolutely powerless to do anything, if he even suspected her problems from the other side of the planet, and then his worst nightmares came true! Tragic.

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idris_olashile

Posted at 12:24 PM on January 31, 2011  

no mother will be like her i prayed so
rest in peace kids, i wish i can bring them back to life so painful no matter what the children did to mother. mother have to condoned and ignore what the kids doing, bad kids is for the mother while the good one is for the father.am so sad i can’t sleep what a bad news in world

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jenny

Posted at 3:07 PM on March 27, 2012  

no mother???? i wouldn’t be too sure. there are more narcissistic mothers whom get jealous of ttheir daughters youth once they blossom into young women. the “mother” goes through a midlife crisis and tortures her kids emotionally and or physically. since society portrays mothers as being angelic and perfect nobody ever believes the daughter. even proffesionals are quick to side with the mother and excuse her behavior with a simple”she is your mom” “so therefore she loves you” “i’m sure she didn’t mean it” most women have children just to keep the guy they are with and not because they actually want to dedicate their time, love, life to another human being.

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@m00000000000lolp

Posted at 12:22 PM on January 31, 2011  

no mother will be like her i prayed so
rest in peace kids, i wish i can bring them back to life so painful no matter what the children did to mother. mother have to condoned and ignore what the kids doing, bad kids is for the mother while the good one is for the father.am so sad i can’t sleep what a bad news in world

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Moedz$$$$

Posted at 12:19 PM on January 31, 2011  

Wonder never end omg,i cried out when i read this new what a wicked soul mother,she so shamed of all mother, i wish she can kill her self immediatrly

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jenny

Posted at 3:10 PM on March 27, 2012  

their are more evil mothers (narcissistic mothers) then good mothers. i don’t understand why society is obsessed with wanting to put mothers on a pedestal, make them seem angelic and perfect when we hear about cases like this ALL THE TIME! we shouldn’t even have a mother’s day. for what? celebrating that she got horny, had sex, had a baby as a result, and had it to keep the guy she was with??? yeah! what an angel. smdh

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