Authorities have revealed the suicide notes penned by a mother who killed her children, her estranged husband’s girlfriend and herself in South Carolina last month.
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office disclosed three letters written by Jessica Edens, who shot both of her children in the head before turning the gun on herself.
“I hope you rot one day for what you have done to me and my kids,” the woman wrote to her estranged husband, Ben Edens, with whom she was fighting for custody. “You can no longer hurt us. We are at peace. I hope you live with pain and shame and guilt for the rest of your life.”
The handwritten notes were released this week in response to a Freedom of Information request filed by The Greenville News.
On July 13, the body of Meredith Rahem, who was dating Ben Edens, was found behind the wheel of her car in a parking garage, deputies said. She had been shot to death.
A few miles away, the bodies of Jessica Edens and her two children, Harper, 5, and Hayden, 9, were found at the Greenville Pickens Speedway, authorities said.
The three were inside Edens’ Jeep, with the doors locked and the engine running.
Hayden’s father was Edens’ first husband. The mother also wrote a note to him.
“To Nate, I don’t know what to say. You gave me my first child. I will forever be greatful (sic) because of you. I never meant to cause you as much pain as this. I am sorry.”
Harper’s dad was Ben Edens, her second husband.
“To Ben, you have caused me more pain than I’ve ever been in my life. You have caused my children pain. I hate you,” the woman wrote.