Was it depression or revenge against her husband that drove a Texas mother to kill her family….
On Monday June 27th, a mentally unstable mother from Texas called a “family meeting” and shot and killed her daughters.
According to reports, the Texas woman told her husband while shooting her kids that, “This is about punishing you.”
Neighbors of Christy and Jason Sheats told KTRK-TV that the shooting at their home followed the couple’s frequent arguments. As gunshots were released by Christy, the estranged husband pleaded with his wife and begged her not to do this, and that these were their kids. At one point he said, “Just shoot yourself; why the kids.” But her chilling response to her husband was, “No, that’s not what this is about, this is about punishing you,”
A neighbor also told authorities that they knew something would happen, but they never thought she would do this. Neighbors also believed that Christy was toxic for the family and mentally unstable.
When NBC News spoke to her previous employer, John Hollis, owner of Clean Canvas Laser, a tattoo removal clinic in Houston, Texas. He stated Christy Sheats worked for him from January 2015 to May 2015 as a part-time receptionist. He also mentioned that she was having some troubles at home at the time. He knew that she was separated from her family and was living in an apartment while her husband and daughters lived in the home where the tragic incident occurred.
Hollis also revealed in his interview that, “I fired her due to irregular attendance and things just not adding up. She didn’t steal from me or anything; she just seemed to get her facts mixed up.”
Law enforcement does not know what the motive was for the shooting. However, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Caitilin Espinosa told NBC News that Jason Sheats is cooperating with the investigation.
Unfortunately, statistics have shown that separation and/or divorce places women at greater risk for suicide and depression. One recent study by the National Institute for Healthcare Research in Rockville, MD indicates that divorce ranks as the number one factor linked to psychological disorders, family deaths and suicide.
If you’re ever in doubt about someone’s actions or worried they will harm themselves or someone else, here are a few signs to keep in mind and to make an attempt to say something before it’s too late:
- Giving away prized possessions.
- Speaking in an unusual way about deep feelings for a person.
- Increased drug or alcohol use.
- Sleeping too much or too little.
- Withdrawing from friends.
- Making funeral arrangements, etc.
- Risky behaviors
- Dwelling on death, suicide, or interest in homicide via research, poetry, music, art, or creative writing
- Paradoxically, a suddenly elevated mood (sometimes people actually cheer up when they’ve made up their mind to kill themselves, as if a burden has been lifted).