Sunday, June 26, 2016

Mom Who Killed Kids in Reincarnation Case Gets Life | U.S. News | US News

A year before the latest killings, Suzanna Simpson spent six days in the hospital for severe mental illness and her doctors urged her husband to get all of the guns out of their house for safety.

But about a year later, Simpson woke up at 4 a.m., put on a headband with a small light, worked the combination on the gun safe and ambushed her husband, and their 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son as they slept. She said she tried to kill herself but loaded the wrong ammunition in the gun. Simpson told a psychiatrist she thought the whole family would be reincarnated in a better world.

Simpson had little reaction after being sent away for life, mouthing "bye" to her family as she walked out of court. Psychiatrists said she is on medication to treat bipolar disorder and other conditions.

In Simpson's case, prosecutors said there are clues that show while she was mentally ill, she knew what she was doing. She wore the headlamp and loaded the gun in the laundry room to not wake anyone up. She shot her husband first so he couldn't save the kids. And after loading the gun right, she managed to put in the wrong ammunition when it was time to kill herself.

"She might not have been able to control herself," prosecutor Betty Strom said. "But she knew what she was doing was wrong."

Mom Who Killed Kids in Reincarnation Case Gets Life | U.S. News | US News

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