From the outside looking in, the Schenecker’s must have appeared to be a model family. Parker Schenecker is an Army intelligence officer who, until last week, was working in the Middle East. His wife, Julie Schenecker, gave birth to his 2 beautiful children you see there; 16-year-old Calyx and 13-year-old Beau. Calyx was a cross country runner and her little brother was a soccer player with Mama Schenecker toting the kiddies to and from their activities in an SUV like a good soccer mom. Pretty fucking textbook as far as Hallmark commercials are concerned, right? Right up until last Thursday when Julie had enough of her mouthy kids.
50-year-old Julie gunned down both of her children last Thursday. She shot Beau twice in the head as she drove him home from soccer practice. Then, leaving her dead son in the car, she entered the family home and shot Calyx twice in the head as she sat in her room studying on the computer. Her reason for the blood bath? Because the children were “mouthy”. Hmph…. What teenager isn’t mouthy? You take shit away from them, but not their lives!
Prior to this incident, there were small indications of trouble in the home, but nothing to lead anyone to believe that the family was in danger. Neither of the Schenecker’s had ever been arrested. There was no history of domestic violence. No reported drinking problems. No history of drug use. I could go on and on of the things that weren’t wrong with this family. This is not the “normal” family that we see featured on this site. The only indications of this family not being “perfect” were pretty reasonable by any standards.
Calyx told authorities, in November, that her mother had hit her twice. Calyx admitted to saying something that she should not have – in fact, Calyx was in counseling for verbally abusing her mother. Julie struck Calyx in the face. Not my idea of a suitable punishment, but certainly not child abuse. Julie admitted to hitting her daughter to officers. They didn’t observe any marks on Calyx and determined that there was no abuse so they left without charging Julie.
DCFS got wind of the family’s domestic issues and did their own investigation. They showed up at the home sometime before Christmas. The Schenecker’s told investigators that the family was in counseling. They also told investigators that the normal course of action for bad behavior was time-outs or taking away privileges to punish the children. Parker told the investigators that it was the first time that Julie had ever hit one of the children; that Calyx could be very disrespectful and he often found himself being the peace maker. The children said that they felt safe in the home and the case was closed.
Two days later, Julie crashed her car into a trailer hauling landscaping equipment. Officers believed that Julie was showing signs of being impaired – she was glassy eyed and “mushy mouthed”, indicating possible drug use. Officers were not able to conduct sobriety tests at the scene because Julie was taken to the hospital. An officer went to the hospital to obtain a blood sample, but Julie had already left. She was ultimately fined $115 for driving 70 in a 55 mph zone and had to attend traffic school.
Julie’s mother in Texas called police to check on her daughter. She described Julie as “depressed” and claimed that she couldn’t reach her on the phone. When they arrived at the home, no one answered the front door. Julie was eventually found on the back porch, wearing a blood soaked robe and slippers; the youngest child, dead, in the SUV and his sister dead in her bedroom; both shot with a .38 caliber pistol that their mother had purchased just days before. A note explaining what Julie had done, and claiming her suicide, was found inside the home. I guess she forgot to carry out the suicide part.
Julie was taken into custody. She reportedly told authorities, supposedly with little remorse, that she purchased the pistol with the intent of murdering her children and then taking her own life. Later that day, she was in the county jail wide eyed and shaking. She was taken to the hospital, where she remained in intensive care for an existing medical condition.
Julie is being charged with two counts of first degree murder. She made a teary eyed court appearance this morning where she was ordered to be held without bail.
Julie Powers Schenecker is proof that you cannot judge a book by its cover – An upper-middle classed soccer mom who is responsible for the cold-blooded murder of her two children. There’s something you don’t expect here on BB
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