So why would a man kill his family? It seems that there is always another woman in the picture and his family is the only thing that stands in the way of his new life. The thought of having to go through a divorce and paying child support for the next 18 years was not an option for these self-gratifying monsters.
Some of these creeps even took out an extra life insurance policy which basically gave them a huge windfall profit for ending the life of the person they vowed to love and protect.
It’s called Familicide
It happens more often than you think. In fact, there are more than 120 cases of this happening just in the USA alone. According to Wikipedia, the following cases are just a few examples from the list.
Christopher Lee Watts
It was very early in the morning on Monday, August 13th, 2018, in Fredrick Colorado. When 34-year-old Christopher Lee Watts thought it would be a good idea to kill his wife Shanann, and two daughters, Bella and Celeste. At the time of the murders, Shanann was pregnant with his third child.
At first, Christopher denied any involvement in the disappearance of his family but later confessed after failing a polygraph test. On November 6, 2018, he pleaded guilty to multiple counts of first-degree murder as part of a plea deal when the death penalty was removed from sentencing. He was sentenced to five life sentences without the possibility of parole, three to be served consecutively.
How ironic, Chris thinks that after killing his daughters, four-year-old Bella and three-year-old Celeste, by smothering them with a blanket over their heads, he should be allowed to continue to live. It seems that Chris had a mistress on the side named Nichol Kessinger, and his family stood between him and his new life with his girlfriend.
Ronald Gene Simmons
This charmer killed 16 people over a period of a week, including 14 members of his own family. During that week, he also injured 4 other people. Two of his victims were his daughter, whom he had sexually abused, and the child he had fathered with her.
Shortly before Christmas 1987, Simmons decided to kill all the members of his family. On the morning of December 22, he first killed his wife Rebecca and oldest son Gene by shooting them with a .22-caliber pistol and then killed his three-year-old granddaughter Barbara by strangulation.
Simmons dumped the bodies in a cesspit he had forced his children to dig previously. Simmons then waited for his other children to return to the house, and after their arrival, he told them he had presents for them, but wanted to give them one at a time. He first killed his daughter, 17-year-old Loretta, whom Simmons strangled and held under the water in a rain barrel. The three other children, Eddy, Marianne, and Becky, were then killed in the same way.
Around mid-day on December 26, the remaining members of the family arrived for their Christmas visit. The first to be killed was Simmons’ son Billy and his wife Renata, who were both shot dead. He then strangled and drowned their 20-month-old son, Trae. Simmons shot and killed his oldest daughter, Sheila (whom he had sexually abused), and her husband, Dennis McNulty.
Simmons then strangled his child by Sheila, seven-year-old Sylvia Gail, and finally his 21-month-old grandson Michael. Simmons laid the bodies of his whole family in neat rows in the lounge. All the corpses were covered with coats except that of Sheila, who was covered by Rebecca Simmons’ best tablecloth. The bodies of the two grandsons were wrapped in plastic sheeting and left in abandoned cars at the end of the lane.
After the murders, Simmons went for a drink in a local bar, then returned to the house and, apparently oblivious to the corpses lined up around him, spent the rest of the evening and the following day drinking beer and watching television.
On the morning of December 28, Simmons drove into Russellville, walked into a law office, and killed the receptionist, a young woman named Kathy Kendrick. Simmons had previously been infatuated with Kendrick, but she had rejected him.
He next went to an oil company office, where he shot dead a man named J.D. Chaffin and wounded the owner, Rusty Taylor, and then drove on to a convenience store where he had previously worked, shooting and wounding two more people. Afterward, Simmons went to the office of the Woodline Motor Freight Company, where he shot and wounded a woman.
Simmons then simply sat in the office and chatted with one of the secretaries while waiting for the police. When they arrived, Simmons handed over his gun and surrendered without any resistance. Simmons was charged with 16 counts of murder, found guilty, and sentenced to death.
George Emil Banks
This wasted soul killed 13 people. On the night of September 24, 1982, Banks drank large quantities of straight gin and took prescription drugs at his home on Schoolhouse Lane in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The next morning on September 25, 1982, he used an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle to kill eight people in his house, including three women in their 20s (all girlfriends and mothers of his children) and five children, four of them his.
Two of the women were sisters. Banks dressed in military fatigues and went outside, where he saw 22-year-old Jimmy Olsen and 24-year-old Ray Hall, Jr, who was leaving a house across the street. He shot at them both, reportedly yelling that they “would not tell anyone about this,” before he fired. He hit both men, fatally wounding Hall; Olsen survived. Banks drove away.
Banks went to Heather Highlands mobile home park, where his former girlfriend Sharon Mazzillo and their son Kissamayu lived, of whom he had been trying to gain custody. Banks forced his way in and shot Mazzillo. He then shot and killed his sleeping son. Banks killed Sharon’s mother, who was trying to call the police, and Sharon’s 7-year-old nephew, who was also in the home. Hiding in the closet was Sharon’s brother, whom Banks did not see. He was the only survivor and called police, identifying Banks as the shooter.
When police examined the victims at the mobile home park, they made the connection to the shooting of Olsen and Hall, who had been discovered at Schoolhouse Lane. They next found Banks’s victims in his house. Police began to search for Banks, who abandoned his car and carjacked another vehicle. After abandoning the stolen vehicle, Banks stopped in a grassy isolated area to rest and fell asleep.
After Banks awoke, he visited his mother’s house (also in Wilkes-Barre.) He was said to confess his crimes to her. She drove him to the house of Jacob Whitt, a friend of Banks, where he sent her away and prepared for a standoff with police.
This is when a standoff between Banks and police began. The police brought his mother to their base to talk with Banks. They tried various tactics to get the murderer to surrender (including having a false news report played over WILK radio saying that the children were alive and needed blood to survive.) The police tried other tactics to draw Banks out of the house.
Finally, Robert Brunson, a former co-worker of Banks, was able to talk him out after a 4-hour standoff. As of September 30, 1982, Banks was charged with 8 counts of murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, grand theft auto, armed robbery, and felonious theft. Banks was held without bail. Of course, Banks was found guilty and on June 22, 1983, the jury recommended the death penalty
Banks was examined more than once incompetency hearings by the court to determine if he was competent for execution, and he has been found mentally incompetent. He now is located at State Correctional Institution – Phoenix where he lives on death row.
David Ray Conley
On August 8, 2015, a mass shooting occurred inside a home in northern Harris County, Texas, near Houston. David Ray Conley, 48, allegedly broke into his former home and held hostage Valerie and Dewayne Jackson, along with six children, including his own 13-year-old son. Over the course of nine hours, he reportedly shot and killed the entire family. He then engaged in a shootout with responding police before surrendering.
At around 10:30 a.m., Conley arrived at a house in the 2200 block of Falling Oaks Road, in northern Harris County, Texas, near Houston. This was the home of his former girlfriend, Valerie Jackson, where he had previously lived with her. As Jackson had changed the locks on the house, he entered through an unlocked window. He then confronted Jackson, her husband, and their six children with a 9mm handgun, forcing them to the master bedroom. There, he tied up some and handcuffed others to the bed. While Conley was distracted, Jackson was able to text her mother, saying she was being held at gunpoint by him. Afterward, over the course of nine hours, he allegedly shot Jackson’s husband and children in the back of the head, with Valerie being forced to witness everything. She was the last victim to be shot.
During the course of the shooting, police officers were sent to the home several times to perform welfare checks. The first occurred at 10:42 a.m. when dispatchers were notified by Jackson’s mother. They knocked on the door and checked the house, but reported no response from the home an hour later. They returned to the home twice in the afternoon after being alerted by Jackson’s siblings, but they never received any responses during both visits. It was not made clear if officers attempted to obtain a search warrant that would have allowed them to make a forced entry into the home.
At about 6:00 p.m., while performing a fourth welfare check, the officers obtained information that a man inside was wanted on a warrant. They then began circling the perimeter and spotted a dead body from a window. Four police officers forced their way into the home at around 8:00 p.m., which prompted the suspect to begin firing on them. The officers retreated and waited for backup to arrive; Conley surrendered an hour later.
Prior to the shooting, Conley had an extensive criminal record dating as far back as 1988, including arrests for domestic violence, DUI, and drug possession. His latest charge was assault, relating to a July 28 incident where he allegedly bashed Valerie Jackson’s head repeatedly against a refrigerator. The case was pending at the time of the shooting. He had previously been arrested and charged in 2000 and 2013 for being violent towards Jackson.
Conley was said to have been physically abusive towards her and jealous of Dewayne Jackson. According to Valerie Jackson’s brother, Earl Yanske, he suffered from bipolar disorder. At the time of the shooting, Conley had an estranged wife, Vernessa Conley, to who he was also abusive towards. According to his criminal history, Conley had a history of faking mental illnesses to get himself out of legal troubles.
Though he did not appear in court, Conley was charged with three counts of capital murder and had his bond denied. He was held in Harris County Jail. Prosecutors announced that they are likely seeking the death penalty. In February 2016, Conley’s lawyer indicated they would seek a mental disability defense.
As of today, he is still locked up awaiting trial.
I could tell you about dozens of more cases, but I think you get the point. I do have a message for anyone wishing to kill their entire family, why don’t you start with yourself first?