Indiana woman killed her 3
children and herself, police say
January 25, 2011
(CNN) -- An Indiana woman shot her three
children and set the family's house on fire before turning the gun
on herself, police said.
The bodies of the four were discovered Friday,
when police in Austin, Indiana, responded to the home to conduct a
"Upon arriving, the officer had to make a
forced entry into the residence," Indiana State Police said Monday
in a statement. "Once in the residence, he saw parts of the home
had suffered recent fire damage and also located four deceased
persons in the home."
The state police assisted with the
investigation, which preliminarily concluded that 30-year-old
Amanda Bennett shot the children -- 14-year-old Jasmine Abbott,
9-year-old Katelynn Bennett and 4-year-old Ryan Bennett -- before
starting the fire and shooting herself.
"While the investigation remains open until
autopsy reports are finalized, indications are this case is a
tragic case of murder/suicide that claimed three innocent lives
along with the suspect of the murders, Amanda Bennett," the police
All four apparently died from gunshot wounds to
the head. Amanda Bennett and Katelynn Bennett also suffered smoke
inhalation, police said.
The family's dog was also shot, but survived
and was being treated at a veterinary clinic, authorities said.
Jasmine, the teenager, had made references to
marital problems between her parents and a possible divorce,
friend Karen Barrett told CNN affiliate WDRB.
Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Jerry
Goodin told CNN that authorities examined online content as part
of their investigation, including a posting purportedly from
Amanda Bennett that blamed her husband, according to WDRB, saying,
"You got what you wanted, no wife and no kids."
However, the reasons for the shootings remain
unclear, Goodin said.
"The only person that knows the motive is
Amanda," he said.
Austin is about 35 miles north of Louisville,
for you': Mother left desperate internet message for husband on
day she and three children were found shot dead
January 24, 2011
A mother who was found shot dead alongside her
three children in a partially burned-down house had posted
desperate messages on an internet forum in the days leading up to
Amanda Bennett, 30, who was found with gunshot
wounds to the head in the town of Austin, Indiana on Friday, was
taunted online over accusations her husband was having an affair.
Her children, 14-year-old Jasmine, 9-year-old
Katelynn and 4-year-old Ryan were found alongside her and an
autopsy by the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office showed all had
died from a gunshot wounds and smoke inhalation.
It has now been revealed that Bennett had
appeared extremely anxious during an internet post - entitled
‘Gone forever’ - which she is believed to have made on the day of
One line, which refers to her husband John,
reads: ‘it’s time to take the pain away so John Bennett this is
for you you got what u wanted no wife an no kids’.
Indiana State Police Sergeant Jerry Goodin
confirmed to CNN that investigators were aware of the post and
others that might be relevant to the case.
The message board, The Crothersville Forum, is
used by people at Versatech, John Bennett’s place of work.
Using the name ‘his wife’, Mrs Bennett is
believed to have posted a series of messages detailing her divorce
She had begun posting message on the site after
catching some of its users discussing an affair John was allegedly
having with a co-worker called Jan.
On January 9 one user, posting as Employee,
wrote: ‘John Bennett and Jan need to quit messing with each other
they are both married and she is old.’
A discussion thread followed on from the post,
alleging infidelity on both sides of the Bennett marriage, to
which Mrs Bennett responded the following day, writing: ‘Glad you
all want in are business.’
As the thread moved on, Mrs Bennett later
wrote: ‘he will regret everything he is doing right now . Maybe
not tomorrow but one dAy’.
Mrs Bennett was criticised by several users on
the forum for an affair, which she denied, that contributed to the
break-down of the marriage.
When news of her death broke, one poster on the
site, Team Black, wrote: ‘I guess everyone knows by now that
Amanda Bennett and her kids are dead.
‘I would think that the guilt felt by Jan,
John, and all the people who made fun of her on here and called
her names is very strong.’
Mrs Bennett’s body, and those of her children,
were found when police forced their way into her home at around
4pm on Friday after being asked by a family member to check on
Police found that parts of the home had been
burned and, after a ‘quick search’, discovered the four bodies.
‘This is a very, very tragic situation - a very
sad situation,’ Sergeant Goodin told CNN.
‘We have no reason to believe at this time that
the public at large should be scared for their safety.'
killed her three children
January 24, 2011
AUSTIN, Ind. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Indiana State
Police say they've determined that three children who were found
dead inside a home in Scott County, Ind. were shot to death by
their biological mother.
According to a news release distributed by the
Indiana State Police, 30-year-old Amanda Bennett shot and killed
14-year-old Jasmine Abbott, 9-year-old Katelynn Bennett and
4-year-old Ryan Bennett on Friday while at their home in the 200
block of New York St.
Police say that after shooting her children,
Amanda Bennett started a fire in the home and took her own life.
The family dog was also shot, but is recovering
in a Scott County veterinary clinic.
Police are calling the incident, "a tragic case
of murder/suicide that claimed three innocent lives along with the
suspect of the murders, Amanda Bennett."
The official cause of death has not yet been
determined, as the autopsies have not been completed, but
preliminary autopsy results indicate that all four individuals
died as a result of gunshot wounds to the head.
Friends say there were signs of marital
"This past Sunday night we come home from
church," said Karen Barrett, a friend. "There were two loads of
cops here and the husband and wife I assume had a scuffle because
that's what my niece said, that Jasmine had come to school talking
about her mom and dad getting a divorce."
But other than that, Barrett says you would
never know. "He'd get out and play basketball with the kids, she'd
sit out on the porch and watch 'em play you'd never know there was
any family trouble, never," said Barrett.
Police would not comment on any possible
domestic problems. "That is part of our investigation so there are
some things that we don't want to release," said Goodin.
Debra Davidson is a cook at Austin Elementary
and says she'll never forget 9-year-old Katelynn. "She always gave
me and one of the other cooks a hug every day," said Davidson.
The deaths are something many just cannot
comprehend. "I can't understand it," said Barrett, "I just can't
see it myself, Lord knows all about it."
Austin schools had extra counselors at school