The father who killed his two children at their home in Sydney’s north-west left letters to his family to be opened after his death, it has been revealed.
John Edwards stalked Jack, 15, and his sister Jennifer, 13, who hid in a bedroom of their West Pennant Hills home before he opened fire and killed them on Thursday. He then fled before turning the gun on himself.
Edwards left a series of letters for the children’s mother and other relatives, including another ex-wife, intended to be opened after his death.
The 67-year-old reportedly gave those notes to a friend in recent days, with instructions to deliver them in the event something happened to him.
The friend only realised the letters were of concern after seeing news reports of the murders, which prompted them to hand over the unopened letters to police, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The contents of the letters has not been revealed, but police sources say the notes would have raised concern if they had been brought to the attention of authorities prior to the tragedy.
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The letters are further evidence the horrific act was “premeditated and planned,” as described by police on Friday.
The children’s mother, Olga, 36, returned to her home at West Pennant Hills yesterday where Jennifer and Jack were shot dead.
She was supported by police and friends as she led detectives through the murder scene.
Police are investigating how Edwards was granted a gun licence if he was considered a threat to his family.
A GoFundMe page for Olga Edwards has been set up by the Russian Speakers in Australia Facebook group.