A scorned woman wrote a number of angry, bitter notes for her estrange husband before she shot their two kids, his lover and herself.
The disturbing notes help capture the final moments of Jessica Edens’ life before police say she killed her own children Hayden King, 9, Harper Edens, 5, and love rival in Pickens, in the US state of Georgia, according to the Greenville News.
Mrs Edens had been locked in a custody dispute with her partner Ben Edens, who had been cheating on her with Meredith Rahme, 28, for about a year.
According to the Greenville News, Mrs Edens wrote Mr King a note before she went on her rampage.
“You have caused me more pain than I’ve ever been in my life,” the note read.
You have caused my children pain. I hope you rot one day for what you have done to me and my kids … I hope you live with pain and shame and guilt for the rest of your life.”
The 36-year-old then shot Ms Rahme in the front seat of her car in a Greenville garage about 5pm on July 13.
Police records show Mr Edens was with police when Mrs Edens rang him one final time to gloat.
“Everyone you love is gone. Do you hear me? I’m about to be gone too,” she said.
It’s during this time Mrs Edens drove down the Greenville-Pickens Speedway where police found her body and the bodies of her two children with gunshot wounds.
Alongside the bodies, in her still-running jeep, were three notes.
One apologised to her parents, saying, “I am sorry for the pain I am causing all of you.”
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Another was titled, “Last Will and Testament”, while the third was the one written to her husband.
Police said the day before the homicide, Mrs Edens drove to her parents’ house while they were out of town and stole a .40 calibre handgun.
Mrs Edens’ stepfather, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Mike Mitchell, said she had previously asked him for a pistol after her husband moved out but he didn’t give her one.
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