March 7, 1997 – March 26, 2002
August 31, 1987 – March 26, 2002
Over and over again.
And of course there is the "nobody saw this coming" and "no one could have known"... but there was voiced concern that he might harm himself - not the children. He loved his daughter Michelle, they say. He had access to her five days a week and alternating weekends. He didn't have to pay child support. He took little Michelle fishing and had a collage of her on top of his computer.
I will say, for the future what I have repeatedly said in the past - that any man you know that you think is capable of killing himself - consider him able to take others with him.
Could this have been prevented? I can't imagine a way.
He didn't warn anyone.
He used his stealth.
If you want to know more about this tragedy, here is the link to a Google search.
A couple of things:
Tom Willis, the dad of the three oldest murdered children is clinging to his faith - and hopes to forgive John Hogan one day. He is grateful that his children were Christians
FATHER CLINGS TO FAITH - CHURCH HEARS SOBERING TESTIMONY ON SLAIN CHILDRENWhat the children's mother Christine McFadden has set up - The MSSM Scholarship:
The Modesto Bee
Monday, June 23, 2003
...Without his faith, Tom Willis said he would not have been able to handle the loss of his children. "From the moment that I got the news, what I clung to was that my kids had known the Lord Jesus Christ... It's that hope that keeps me going. I can't imagine not being a Christian and going through this. I'd be on the floor... God has sustained me through this terrible crisis. Without God I would have a hopeless outlook. With God, I have hope"...
Dedicated to serving the community as Melanie, Stanley, Stuart, and Michelle would have.
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