Benjamin and Kristi Strack and three of their children dead

January 29, 2015 2:05 am

A couple and three of their children were found dead at home after
taking a cocktail of drugs in a tragic ‘murder-suicide’ – to escape “the
evil in the world”.

Benjamin and Kristi Strack and three of their
children, Benson, 14, Emery, 12, and Zion, 11, were found dead in
Springville, Utah on September 27 2014.

On Tuesday police
said they often discussed religiously-held notions of the apocalypse
&orchestrated a multi-drug suicide using methadone and other
medication.


Springville
Police Department detective Greg Turnbow, the lead officer on the case,
said:

“It was a fairly common theme for the parents to talk about, the
apocalypse, the end of days, final judgment. Their surviving son,
when he was interviewed, indicated that his mother had made comments
that if things got bad enough she would much rather take herself and her
family out in a comfortable way, rather than a painful way.”

The
information was released at a press conference yesterday Tuesday Jan. 27th that covered
information from a medical examiner and broader information about the
case, Turnbow said.

The parents deaths were ruled suicides. The
children ages 11 and 12 were ruled homicides, and the 14-year-old son
had a note in which he was aware of his “possible impending doom,”
Turnbow said.

The father had heroin in his body and the others had
methadone and over-the-counter medication, Turnbow said, citing
coroner’s findings. There was no sign of a struggle.

Speaking on
Tuesday, Springville Police Chief J. Scott Finlayson indicated that
people who knew the family were worried about “evil in the world”.

Relatives
told investigators that the family had spoke about “leaving” this world
to escape “impending doom” leading up to their deaths.

But they thought it meant they would be moving to a sparsely populated area and living “off the grid”, KSL reported.
The family all died of a lethal cocktail of drugs, which had been prescribed to Kristi, local media claim.

Investigators
believe the children all drank from a small bucket that contained the
lethal cocktail which first put them asleep before killing them.

Kristi
died of a combination of drugs and her husband Benjamin died from toxic
levels of heroin, according to a report from the Utah State Medical
Examiner’s Office.
Chief J. Scott Finlayson conceded: “There are some questions we can’t answer and may never be able to answer.

“There
is no evidence any of the family members were forced to take lethal
doses of any drug combinations, nor was there any evidence they took the
drugs willingly.”

It is unknown whether the youngest children knew what they were drinking but police said there were no signs of struggle.

Culled from Mirror UK

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