New disturbing details have emerged on the deaths of five Utah family members in their Springville home last September. According to police, the parents had committed suicide by taking toxic levels of drugs and had given fatal levels of drugs — including heroin substitute methadone — to their younger two children.
J. Scott Finlayson, Chief of police for Springville, said in a statement that the parents had bought into “a concern about a pending apocalypse.”
Benjamin and Kristi Strack were found dead on their bed on September 27. On the floor near them in the locked master bedroom lay the bodies of three of their children, from 11 to 14 years old.
There were no signs of violence, but beside each body, there were cups with liquid inside…
Their 14-year-old son, Benson, also had taken toxic levels of drugs, but the manner of death was ruled “could not be determined” because investigators were unsure whether he was capable of deciding to join his parents in committing suicide…
From interviews with friends and relatives of the Strack family, the statement said, “it became fairly apparent that the topic of ‘leaving’ this world was a fairly common theme.”
It added, “While some friends thought that suicide may have been, or could have been included in their plans, others believed they were going to move somewhere and live off the grid.”
Tragically, the parents chose the former option, police believe, and took their children with them.
A suicide not was not left behind, but investigators discovered a notebook with the kind of handwritten lists parents typically write before going on vacation, such as feeding the pets and asking someone to watch after the house.
A note written by Benson to a friend indicated “that Benson was aware that he may die, and was bequeathing his personal possessions to his friend,” the police statement said.
“This was the only letter or note found that gave any indication that family members knew what may transpire in the home,’ the statement said.
That note led investigators to conclude that Benson might have known that he was going to die, having been heavily influenced by his parents’ apocalyptic beliefs, and could have agreed to the plan, according to KTLA.
“The other two children were obviously too young, at ages eleven and twelve, to consent to any sort of agreement to commit suicide,” police said of his sister, Emery Strack, and brother, Zion Strack.
Along with that fact, police determined that the parents must have provided the drugs and concluded that their deaths were a homicide.
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As for the husband, “His arm and leg were draped over Kristi. He was on top of the bed covers; while the other family members were under bed covers. This would indicate that he was likely the last in the family to succumb to the toxic levels of drugs in his system,” the statement said.
In an audio recording of the 911 call made from the house, also released by police, an emotional-sounding young woman can be heard saying that “the whole family is dead” and that they’ve “killed themselves.”
The Strack’s 18-year-old son is the only surviving member of the family.
According to police, they found medications and cups filled with a “red liquid” next to the bodies the five members of the family.
Empty bottles of Methadone were also found.
According to officials, friends and family told them Benjamin and Kristi had said they were concerned with the “evil in world,” a “pending apocalypse” and wanted to escape the “impending doom.”
The thought of an apocalypse scared them to death.
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