It was Thursday, January 27, 2011 when…
Julie Schenecker raised the .38-caliber pistol with heart pounding, hand shaking and fired. Twice.
Up the stairs she crept, straight to her daughter’s bedroom. Calyx was at the computer, doing homework. The 16-year-old never felt the bullet that struck her in the back of the head. Or the one that smashed into her face.
Those kids would never “mouth off” again.
Picking up a pen, the soccer-mom told her story. She planned the whole thing; bought the gun five days earlier, would kill the kids, than take her own life.
Yet, she is still alive.
Life was good when the Scheneckers first moved into the trendy neighborhood at Royal Park Court in Tampa Palms.
A month ago Julie Schenecker had a terrible accident and husband, Colonel Parker took over her carpooling shift. Recovery forced her to stay indoors.
Homebound and restless, Julie spent time on the phone with her mother, who lives in Texas. Her mama said she was depressed, complained a lot about the kids.
Long distance is hard on mothers. Unable to reach Julie on Friday, her mama called the police.
Officers found her daughter on the back porch; inside a gory scene of Julie’s nightmare.
“I think we will never understand how or why a mother could take the lives of her children,” declared police woman Laura McElroy. “That was the only reason she provided to our detectives.”
The Scheneckers moved here two years ago and “fit right in,” said Charanun Soodjinda, the neighbor across the street. Julie Schenecker seemed to be at home a lot.
“They seemed like a nice family,” he frowned. “I never thought this would happen. How could you do that to your children?”
Beau and Calyx were so loved by friends and community that they held a special candlelight vigil Friday night in their memory.
“As soon as we found out, we felt there needed to be something done because both of them are so amazing,” stated one friend. “They both had very big hearts and they helped everybody and they really expressed their talents through every single thing they did.”
Two things stand out to me in all of this: Julie Schenecker seemed to be at home a lot.
Aaand, described her nightmare in detail to the detectives.
Nurture the positive and love will grow—feed the negative and it will destroy. Maxi Malone
I choose to dwell on the wonderful people in this story: Those who came forward to honor Beau and Calyx. Showing us the majority of our young people are giving and caring and honorable.
May Your Glass Always Be Half Full
Intro to Maxi’s coming novel:
Lance Legouri is devastated when Isabella ends their affair and turns to his best friend. Marci Wentworth hides her own heartache as she advises Lance to leave.
In his months away on the Pacific Island of Yanga, Lance slowly recovers. Only his separation from Marci brings about a new discovery—she is the one he truly loves. It is Marci who holds the key to his heart, she always has.
Lance writes her a letter, sadly Marci has just accepted André’s proposal. She has been under a lot of stress lately and this news is more than she can handle; the Wentworth twin disappears. When Marci is found she has lost her memory…
Read Chapter Five: http://maximalone.com