Prosecutors have released 55 pages of evidence in the case against Julie Schenecker, the Tampa mother accused of murdering her two teenage children almost exactly three years ago.
Monday's release includes emails between Julie, her husband Parker, other family members, and therapists. The messages describe Julie's deteriorating mental state, as described mostly by Parker.
Julie Schenecker is charged with the murders of Calyx, 16, and Beau, 13. They were found dead at the home by police back on January 28, 2011. Investigators believe Julie shot Beau after picking him up from soccer practice, then killed Calyx while she worked on homework in her bedroom.
In the emails, which date back to late 2010 and early 2011, Julie talks about how bad her relationship has gotten with Calyx. Meanwhile, Parker -- an Army colonel with U.S. Central Command who was often deployed to the Middle East -- appears to be doing his best to coordinate care for his bipolar wife while encouraging her to mend the relationship with their daughter.
LINK: Read the emails (PDF)
Parker Schenecker's emails to Julie's family indicated he believed she was "broken" long before their marriage.
"I didn't break her, but have been patiently working behind the scenes to pick up the pieces and pick up the slack when she falters," he wrote. "I am still here, 20+ years later…probably against my better judgment."
According to Parker, Julie was suffering from bipolar disorder and alcoholism. He believed she was not taking her medication and was spending nearly every day in bed, getting into childish arguments with the teenagers.
Parker had checked Julie into a rehab facility at some point. He wrote that the teens were so fearful of their mother's alcoholism that they refused to ride in the car with her.
Parker has since divorced Julie, who is scheduled to face trial on first-degree murder charges later this year.
One of the final emails hints at premeditation. The chilling note from Julie was written to her brother, sister, and parents the night before the murders.
Despite typos, the tone was clear.
"[Beau] has aslo developed Calyx's attitude=makes me cry every evening. seeing what they've become. as far as a 180 from their former [darling] selves. i will end this soon…"
The note prompted one of them to reach out to Parker, and eventually police.
"Have tried to call Julie on both home & cell. Also Beau & sent Beau a text to call me right now," the note, from a redacted sender, stated. "Very concerned about Julie."
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