Family-related suicides, more commonly referred to as familicides in the media, have seen a rise in recent years.
Of the roughly 16,000 murders committed annually in the United States, almost 2,000 of them involve parents or family members. Shocking research has discovered that a child is more likely to be killed by their own parents than by a complete stranger.
Men most frequently take the lives of their family members when they feel as though they have let their families down and can no longer take the mounting pressure of being the breadwinner. Women, on the other hand, are three times more likely to attempt or commit suicide. Familicide wreaks havoc not just on families, but on entire communities. The following story is a testament to that.
Christopher Cadenbach took to the comforting arms of his mother with his two kids Ethan and Owen following legal drama associated with his estranged wife.
Cadenbach was issued a $100,000 bond following his arrest related to domestic violence charges filed by his wife.
After a day out on the town trying to forget his legal woes, Cadenbach returned to his mother’s home, borrowed her car, and took the two kids.
His erratic behaviors throughout the day led his mother to call the police, and eventually, an Amber Alert was issued.
A park ranger at Cliff Cave Park spotted the woman’s car with Cadenbach and the kids inside. He approached the vehicle alongside police.
Upon ambushing the vehicle, Cadenbach shot and killed his two sons before turning the gun on himself.
Motives for the murder-suicide are still under investigation, but it can be inferred that Cadenbach's constant legal struggles with the boys' mother pushed him over the edge.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts or has shown violence toward their children, please talk to someone at the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. One phone call could save lives.
(via Fox4 News)