Top

blog

Stories

 

Catherine Murch Allegedly Shot Her Children, Herself in Apparent Murder-Suicide

Categories: Violent Crime
murch family.jpg
The Murch family in a Facebook photo.
The Major Case Squad continues to investigate what appears to be the murder-suicide of Catherine Murch, 42, and her two children Mary Claire, 9, and Mitchell 11. Mitch Murch II, husband and father, is not a suspect at this time. Details of what happened Monday morning in the quiet suburb of Glendale, Missouri, continue to emerge, but a reason for the murders continues to prove elusive. Neighbors consistently describe the family as happy and churchgoing. 

Glendale Police Sgt. Bob Catlett issued a statement that said investigators were still developing the case, "to try to determine what exactly happened and the sequence of events." 

The chronology of the incident right now is that Mitch Murch called 911 at 10:57 a.m. Monday morning from the family's home in the 700 block of Hawthorne Avenue. He told the operator that his wife had shot their two children and herself. 

Police responding to the scene found Catherine Murch in the kitchen of the two-story home. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Mitchell Murch was in a side room, and Mary Claire Murch was on the second floor. The children were pronounced dead at area hospitals. 

Mitch Murch told police that he was inside the home, and heard the shots but thought they were outside. He ran to the front door, and that's when he discovered his family.
My Voice Nation Help
3 comments
Anon_Amos
Anon_Amos

If you hear gun shots and you know your family is inside the house, don't you first check on them before calling police?

 

You're on the main floor of your house, your wife shoots and kills your daughter upstairs.  She then walks downstairs, shoots and kills your son, then shoots and kills herself, all while you are in the house reading a book.  A gunshot would be audible from within the house and yet the wife is able to shoot two people plus herself, on two separate floors, and the first you hear is only a gunshot presumably which leads you to call the police before checking on your family?  

 

If you are a mom and suicidal and you want to take your two children with you on your suicide mission, why would you decide to commence your murder-suicide mission while your husband is in the house knowing that he could prevent you from carrying out your murder-suicide mission?

 

When someone has a gunshot wound, do you attempt to assist them by performing CPR?

 

Eileen52
Eileen52

 @Anon_Amos I don't buy it either.  Whole story sounds wrong.   Hopefully the authorities will look REAL close at DAD.

Anon_Amos
Anon_Amos

If you hear gun shots and you know your family is inside the house, don't you first check on them before calling police?

 

You're on the main floor of your house, your wife shoots and kills your daughter upstairs.  She then walks downstairs, shoots and kills your son, then shoots and kills herself, all while you are in the house reading a book.  A gunshot would be audible from within the house and yet the wife is able to shoot two people plus herself, on two separate floors, and the first you hear is only a gunshot presumably which leads you to call the police before checking on your family?  

 

If you are a mom and suicidal and you want to take your two children with you on your suicide mission, why would you decide to commence your murder-suicide mission while your husband is in the house knowing that he could prevent you from carrying out your murder-suicide mission?

 

When someone has a gunshot wound, do you attempt to assist them by performing CPR?

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...