Skip to comments.Father kills 4 children, self after spousal dispute (2006 US murder totals - 8788 and rising)
Posted on 07/08/2006 7:59:32 PM PDT by Libloather
Father kills 4 children, self after spousal dispute
Posted on Wed, Jul. 05, 2006
An undated photo provided by the Gustine Police Department shows twins Alyssa Branscum, 5, left, and Taylor Branscum. The twins and their two other siblings were found dead in their Gustine, Calif., home Tuesday, July 4, 2006, officials said. The children apparently died of gunshots to the head, and their father, Trevor Branscum, 38, died of a self-inflicted wound, Mayor Jim Bonta said. Police Sgt. Vince Inaudi said the children appeared to be sleeping when they were shot. The evidence was consistent with a murder-suicide, but the department planned to conduct a full homicide investigation, he said. (AP Photo/Gustine Police Department)
GUSTINE, Calif. A man who was seen arguing with his wife Tuesday later killed his four young children with a hunting rifle before turning the gun on himself, officials said.
Authorities identified the dead siblings as Aubrie Branscum, 12; Jacob, 10; and twins Taylor and Alyssa, 5.
The children apparently died of gunshots to the head, according to Mayor Jim Bonta.
Their father, Trevor Branscum, 38, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities told the mayor Branscum had to reload the rifle before each shot.
Bonta said that the family had lived in Gustine for several years and that police were unaware of any previous problems with the family.
They were happy; they were doing fireworks together last night, Bonta said.
The bloodshed came about an hour after a store owner called police to report that Branscum and his wife, Amanda, were having an argument. Police said that as the woman drove away in a van, her husband dove through the window.
Authorities said that after police were called to the Branscum home before 2 a.m., officers saw Amanda Branscum lying in the road uninjured; the father and children were found dead inside the house.
nope, you burn up.
Hell is eternal...no such luck that you would “burn up”.
This terrible event happened 4 1/2 years ago, but I just now found this website.
I have known Amanda and had know her 4 incredible children for 5 years before that day.
To the person that posted this, whoever you are, I hope you NEVER have to feel the pain and sorrow that she feels every second of every day.
How do you think it feels every time she sees a child that is the same age as her children were the day they were brutally stolen out of her life?
You are the very worst kind of person to put so much judgment on something that you, clearly, know absolutely nothing about.
I knew Trevor, and no matter what it was that “snapped” in him that night, no one ever would have imagined that he could, or ever would do this.
“She will weep her way past any blame, naturally”
WEEP? If someone loses their children in this manor, I hardly believe simply weeping is going to offset any blame that is owed to them.
Her ENTIRE life was stolen away from her in 5 reloadings of that hunting rifle that hadn’t even seen the light of day in years.
I refuse to give you the satisfaction of knowing what kind of person Trevor was before this day, so I won’t be telling you the ACTUAL details of that night, because contrary to popular belief the media rarely get the facts straight.
I hope Amanda never reads what you have written. And I hope that in the past 4 years you’ve “learned something about disputes, arguments and fighting.”