Authorities revealed suicide notes on Thursday, written by a South Carolina woman who killed her two children, her estranged husband’s girlfriend, and then herself on July 18.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office released three letters written by Jessica Edens, a woman accused of shooting her son and daughter, Harper, 5, and Hayden, 9, in the head, while they were in the backseat of an SUV at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Afterwards, she shot her husband Ben Eden’s girlfriend, Meredith Rahem, in the head while Rahem was sitting in a parked car in a driveway in Greenville. Edens then shot herself.
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“I hope you rot one day for what you have done to me and my kids,” she wrote to Ben Edens, who was fighting her for custody of the children. “You can no longer hurt us. We are at peace. I hope you live with pain and shame and guilt for the rest of your life.”
Inside Edition reports that Edens also sent a note to her first husband, Nate, the father of her oldest child, Hayden.
“To Nate, I don’t know what to say. You gave me my first child. I will forever be greatful (sic) because of you. I never meant to cause you as much pain as this. I am sorry.”
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She followed up with another note to Bed Edens, who she apparently blamed for the incident.
To Ben, you have caused me more pain than I’ve ever been in my life. You have caused my children pain. I hate you.”
Court documents indicate that Edens used a.40 caliber handgun that she stole from her parent’s home while they were out of town. Voicemail records obtained showed that Edens became extremely upset after a meeting in family court regarding custody issues, which likely sparked the incident.
Edens then wrote text messages over the course of the next few days expressing she was making plans that she “felt would cause everlasting consequences for her husband, Benjamin Edens.”
Investigators said Edens shot the children before she placed a final call to Ben Edens.
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