The Guardian: Father who killed his son and daughter in Sydney found dead by the police

Rodolfo Vieira
Jul 07, 2018
03:53 A.M.
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John Edwards, a financial advisor from Normanhurst, in New South Wales, Australia, has been identified by the police as the one responsible for the deaths of his children, Jack and Jennifer.


The horrific crime was committed on Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Sydney, and police believe that Edwards had previously planned the teenagers' murders.

According to The Guardian, after investigating for a while, Police was able to track down and find Edwards, but he was already dead inside a home in Normanhurst.

The killer's body was discovered approximately five kilometers away from the crime scene, which was located in the north-western suburb of West Pennant Hills.


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Aside from the corpse, police officers found two 'powerful' handguns. Both weapons, which he had legally purchased earlier this year, were registered in his name.

inspector Kevin McSweeney, from the NSW Ambulance service, revealed that 15-year-old Jack and 13-year-old Jennifer were found dead at their home by paramedics.


The emergency response team found a gruesome and 'extremely distressing' scene upon entering the house. Moments after the discovery of the bodies, the mother of the children, whose identity is yet to be revealed, arrived at the scene.

Detective Superintendent Brett McFadden, one of the officials in charge of the investigation, sent his condolences to the 36-year-old woman, claiming that he couldn't 'imagine the significant stress and heartache she is going through.'

According to The Guardian, several neighbors described Edwards as a very reclusive, yet standoffish, man, and that he had become 'morose' ever since his wife moved out of the house with their children in 2016.


Police confirmed that the family was in the middle of a particularly complex custody dispute and that Jack had been suffering because of it. It was also learned that, in an attempt to win his daughter over, Edwards bought her a border collie named Jade.

The proper authorities will now continue to investigate the case n order to fully understand what happened, but they believe that Edwards might have been planning the murders for a while.

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