A Chicago father was found guilty of murdering his family in their SUV on the way to a water park. He reportedly wanted to ditch his wife and kids to live in the Canadian wilderness by himself — read on for more of the tragic details.
It took just one hour for a jury to convict Christopher Vaughn, the man accused of killing his wife and three kids in their family SUV on the way to a water park in 2007.
The suburban Chicago computer specialist, who murdered his wife Kimberly and kids Abigayle, 12, Cassandra, 11, and Blake, 8, by shots to the head and chest, showed no emotion as the verdict was read on Sept. 20.
Christopher killed his family because he wanted to live alone in Canada in the wilderness, prosecutors argues. He saw his family as a mere inconvenience.
“He was held back by four major obstacles,’ prosecutor Chris Regis said. ‘Those four obstacles were eliminated on June 14, 2007.”
Although Christopher was eligible for the death penalty when the case began, Illinois has since abolished capital punishment, which means he faces a life sentence. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 26.
“This case is not just a murder, it’s an atrocity,” said Will County States Attorney James Glasgow. “To annihilate your family, I can’t think of a more despicable crime.”
After the guilty verdict, family members of the victims hugged each other and cried in the hallway outside the courtroom.
What a tragedy. What do YOU think of the crime HollyMoms?
— Christina Stiehl
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