Florida mom kills her two teens, self in murder-suicide month after divorce: cops

There is a famous saying which goes something like, “when 2 elephants fight, the grass suffers.” I guess these two parents were both so eager to score points during the divorce that they were ready to put their children directly in the cross hairs.

Granted, the mother pulled the trigger on those two kids. I am thinking depression (a mental illness which goes way beyond sadness) may have been the main factor. I could be wrong. We have no way of being sure of that right now either so I guess there is really no point talking about it. I do think she should have allowed the kids live out their lives in peace even if she absolutely felt she needed to end hers. But that said, the father, in his evil need to prove a point, pushed his ex wife to breaking point by depriving her AND his children of the bare basics they needed to get by.

How cruel can anyone get? Though the article does not tell us why they were getting divorced, at no point does the story suggest that the man thought the children were not his (which might excuse the neglect). How cheap can anyone get? Well, I hope now that he is rid of all of them he sleeps better at night hugging his money which should provide him plenty of company. How tragic.

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Richard Berman, newly  divorced from Jennifer Berman, found her and their kids, Alex, 16, and  Jacqueline, 15, dead in their West Palm Beach home. Jennifer Berman had deep  financial woes and had even resorted to selling her late father’s watch to buy  gas and clothing for her kids. Her ex, meanwhile, is a prominent realtor.

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–> Her financial woes and personal issues drove a Florida woman over the edge –  and beyond.

The distraught mother of two talented teen musicians shot her kids dead  before turning the gun on herself in a gruesome double-murder suicide.

Richard  Berman, 51, found his bullet-ridden children, Alex, 16, and Jacqueline, 15,  and their mother, Jennifer Berman, 48, dead of a suicide in their West Palm  Beach home Monday morning — just hours after he received an email from the  maniacal mom threatening harm to their shared children.

Cops released the disturbing 911 calls from the moment Richard Berman and a  neighbor discovered the bodies Monday morning.

Richard Berman, newly divorced from Jennifer Berman (right), found her and their kids, Alex (center), 15, and Jacqueline (left), 16, dead in their West Palm Beach home.

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Richard Berman, newly divorced from  Jennifer Berman (right), found her and their kids, Alex (center), 15, and  Jacqueline (left), 16, dead in their West Palm Beach home.

“It looks like she’s laid in bed but she doesn’t have a face,” the shaken  neighbor tells the dispatcher of the suicidal mom. “I think the girl’s up in bed  with her but when I saw what was upstairs I had to run back downstairs.”

Richard Berman tells 911 that he was heading to the house after his “ex-wife  said she was going to harm the kids.”

“She sent me an email that she did the best thing for our family,” Richard tells a police dispatcher as he called 911 en route to  the home. “And then she sent her cousin a text that she was going to kill  the kids and herself.”

Richard and Jennifer Berman had only divorced in December, WPEC-TV reported, weeks after Jennifer’s mother had died  last fall. Their home, on Pershing Way just off the Lake Worth Lagoon, was in  foreclosure, the TV station reports, and the kids and their mother were to move  out in February.

Jacqueline Berman, 16, was an accomplished musician. Her father found her body and those of her mother and brother after getting an alarming email from Jennifer Berman, his newly divorced wife.

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Jacqueline Berman, 16, was an  accomplished musician. Her father found her body and those of her mother and  brother after getting an alarming email from Jennifer Berman, his newly divorced  wife.

“Oh, s–t,” Richard Berman says in the newly released 911 call after he finds his dead son  in the house. “I was just touching his head. He wasn’t waking up. His alarm  was on, he wasn’t waking up, there’s blood in his ear.”

The marital, and financial, woes in the family had existed for years.

Richard Berman originally filed for divorce in 2008 – 16 years after they  first married, the Palm Beach Post reported. The family was living lush for  years, but by early last year, Jennifer Berman was struggling to get by without  her ex-husband any longer in her life. The mom-of-two could no longer pay her  divorce attorney in April and was in such financial straits, she was forced to  sell her late father’s watch, the Palm Beach Post reported.

The family home had actually once belonged to Jennifer Berman’s mother and  had been in foreclosure since 2010.

One dead teen was 16-year-old Alexander Berman, a talented musician. It appears that he was shot and killed by his distraught mother, who committed suicide, say authorities.

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One dead teen was 16-year-old  Alexander Berman, a talented musician. It appears that he was shot and killed by  his distraught mother, who committed suicide, say authorities.

“The husband has not paid the mortgage on the former marital home during the  entire time of the dissolution of marriage proceeding,” read documents filed in  court in May by Jennifer Berman. “He has not contributed to the support of the  wife or of the minor children. In fact, he has refused to pay for toilet paper,  buys food and supplies for himself and keeps them where the wife and children  cannot access them.”

Once a realtor, Jennifer Berman was forced to work 12-hour overnight shifts  as a nurse to make any income to support her children.

Richard Berman is a successful realtor who sells multi-million dollar homes  in South Florida.

On Monday afternoon, police found the bodies of 15-year-old Jacqueline Berman, 16-year-old Alexander Berman and their mother Jennifer. The preliminary investigation suggests that Jennifer shot her own children and then turned the weapon on herself, say cops.

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On Monday afternoon, police found the  bodies of 15-year-old Jacqueline Berman, 16-year-old Alexander Berman and their  mother Jennifer. The preliminary investigation suggests that Jennifer shot her  own children and then turned the weapon on herself, say cops.

Neighbors recalled Jennifer Berman as a normal, loving mother — until  recently.

“A couple of days ago, she was different,” Marian Sklodowski told WSVN-TV. “You could see it in her  face, there was something missing, something disturbed in her mind. The  conversation, the language, the eyes … something was missing.”

The teens were talented musicians attending the nearby Alexander W. Dreyfoos  School of the Arts, a prestigious arts high school in southern Florida. Alex  played cello while his older sister, a straight-A student, played violin.

Grief counselors were made available at the teens’ school this week as their  friends and peers come to grips with a tragedy of which police have yet to  determined a motive.

“Going through a divorce, foreclosure, a lot of that stuff which, it’s an  upsetting thing when you’re going through a divorce and having to sell the  beautiful house in this neighborhood, and it’s just, she just seemed like she  had been upset lately,” family friend Brian McManus told WSVN. “You can’t fathom,  you can’t understand what’s going on in someone’s head for things like that to  happen.”

Culled from nydailynews.com

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