Wealthy Wife May Not Be Shooter In Apparent Murder Of Her Kids

Wed, August 1, 2012 9:28am EST by 3 Comments
Courtesy of Fox2Now

Police are backing away from an original theory that the wife of a wealthy businessman shot her two kids before taking her own life. The husband, who found all three bodies, is ‘cooperating’ with police. Read on to find out the details.

Mitch Murch discovered the bodies of his wife, Cathy Murch, and two kids, Mitch Murch III and Mary Claire Murch, in various rooms of their large St. Louis-area home after hearing gunshots. Mitch told police he was downstairs during the time of the shooting, but he believed his wife shot their kids before killing herself.

Although police were initially treating the investigation as a murder-suicide, they are now backtracking.

“Certainly, there is a possibility that this would be as reported, but again, it’s too early in this investigation to make a specific determination of exactly what happened,” Major Case Squad Lt. Tim Fagan said, according to KMOV St. Louis.

He also said that the results of the crime lab tests and autopsies are stil pending, and could hold other clues to the crime, such as who shot the gun. Investigators also need to talk to more people connected to the family and the case.

Mitch II, however, has not been named a suspect, and has been cooperating with police.

As far as a motive for Cathy, police were not at liberty to say yet. “There’s absolutely nothing concerning her mental state that I’m prepared to release today,” Lt. Tim Fagan said.

What a tragedy HollyMoms. Our thoughts are with their family during this difficult time.

– Christina Stiehl

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Posted at 12:49 PM on August 2, 2012  

You may want to change the yellow tag on the photo where you say the mom shot and killed the kids. Not only does it directly contradict the point of your article, but it is libel.

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Posted at 1:28 AM on August 2, 2012  

He went upstairs after hearing gun shots? So don’t tell me it was only after the third gun shot that he went upstairs?

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Posted at 9:42 AM on August 1, 2012  

No idea if the husband’s account of events is true or not, BUT typically, way more men than women use guns to commit murder. Women who kill children tend to do so by drowning or drugging. Men are the ones who often use guns.

I hope the police are able to sort this out. It could be a triple homicide.

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