Heartbreaking Note Baffles Police After Mother Kills Her Son, Then Commits Suicide

Spousal abuse can come in many forms, emotional abuse, domestic violence, and mistreatment of children are some of the most common influences. The result of spousal abuse can be immense damaging to people’s psychological and physical health. In 2016, a disturbing case emerged from a home in Shrewsbury Township, Pennsylvania, describing the terrible actions and factors surrounding an awful murder-suicide. A 40-year-old mother named Sheri Shermeyer took to Facebook on 26 December, 2016, the day after Christmas, to compose a lengthy post detailing the horrible influence of her husband on the life of herself and her son, 12-month-old John. The extensive post concluded with Mrs. Shermeyer telling her husband, “So, you can have the single life back, that you throw in my face often; since you seemed to be so happy being a stumbling drunk. You can have all the pill popping, smoking, and drinking you want. You can do all that without me and John”.

After they saw the post, terrified friends and family contacted the authorities in an attempt to avert tragedy. However, when authorities arrived at the Shrewsbury home to perform a welfare check, they found a terrible scene: Mrs. Shermeyer had asphyxiated her 12-year-old son with a pillow before fatally shooting herself in the head. Mrs. Shermeyer’s actions are inexcusable but her Facebook post makes it clear that she was suffering from very poor mental health as a result of stress, low self-worth, possibly postpartum depression and the abusive actions of her spouse. In her emotional post on Facebook, Mrs. Shermeyer detailed her struggle to keep going in life, saying: “I’m tired of being a single parent in a two parent home. I’m tired of trying to hold someone accountable for their actions or should say empty promises. I’m tired of being told the grass is greener somewhere else, tired of crying, tired of being threatened with divorce, tired of being physically ignored, tired of being emotionally abused, tired of not being able to eat or sleep, tired of the stress, tired of the headaches, tired of it all”.

It appears that Mrs. Shermeyer’s husband had a huge role in his wife’s decaying psychological health after Mrs. Shermeyer referred to him in her post, saying: “You’re not so great a guy, you’re an asshole who deserves to be alone. Good bye, good riddance, wish I never wasted these past years with you”. The online response to Mrs. Shermeyer’s actions has been mixed ranging from sorrowful understanding with one viewer saying “The pain that she must have been carrying!!!! You can 'feel' it, with each sentence that she wrote!!! Not my place to judge” while another wrote “Anyone who can kill their own baby is evil- no matter what the reason is. I don't sympathize with her at all-selfish selfish woman”. It is unclear if Mrs. Shermeyer’s post reached or influenced her husband and the results of police investigations remain unknown.

Source: AWM
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