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Whoever pulled the trigger in the Short home also pulled the trigger on the family dog, killing the beast, along with the three Short children.
Wife Megan had left husband Mark for another woman. Megan was also said to be suffering from PTSD following Willow’s heart transplant two years ago when the baby was a week old.
Megan wrote this blog post last April.
I have anxiety and nightmares. Certain smells and hallways trigger memories every single time. Yet sometimes the memories return out of nowhere like a beeping sound from someone’s phone reminding you of the monitor alarms. None of this ever got easier. It took me nearly two years to recognize how much I was truly impacted by the experiences.
This heartbreaking photo of mom Megan and baby Willow, who was just seven days old and 24 hours out of heart transplant surgery, was published with Megan’s story.
There are many angles to be explored in discussing this tragedy. I’ve put together a relevant video and info from several sources to help us explore the significance of what has happened here.
Investigators are not saying who pulled the trigger. I want to tell you why I believe that mom Megan killed everyone, along with offering an idea or two about how we can prevent such future tragedies.
First, an excerpt from People Magazine that summarizes the known facts.
Five family members, including a 2-year-old girl, were found dead in their home in Pennsylvania in what authorities are describing as an apparent murder-suicide.
According to a news release posted on the Berks County District Attorney Facebook page, officers were sent to the Sinking Spring Borough home of the Short family after a family member reported that Megan Short failed to appear for a scheduled lunch date on Saturday afternoon.
Upon entering the home, officers discovered the bodies of Megan, her husband Mark, their three children and the family’s dog, all of whom died from gunshot wounds, according to police.
Police believe the “tragic domestic incident” to be a murder-suicide after discovering a handwritten note at the scene.
According to WFMZ, Berks County District Attorney John Adams identified the victims as Mark Short, 40, his wife, Megan, 33, and their children: 8-year-old Liana, 5-year-old Mark and 2-year-old Willow.
It is unclear who fired the fatal shots and what prompted the killings, but a handgun was discovered near one of the deceased adults, according to the news release.
The Berks County District Attorney had no additional comment as the homicide investigation is ongoing.
The family made headlines when their youngest child, Willow, survived a risky heart transplant when she was just one-week old.
Heavy always seems to scoop the rest of the press when it comes to hidden, politically incorrect facts. Using their 5 Fast Facts format, they offer an in-depth look at this story, including this:
The Facebook screenshots between Megan and her friend chronicle Megan’s crumbling marital relationship in her own words and shed light on tension between Megan and Mark in the months before the murder suicide. Heavy has removed the name of Megan’s girlfriend. Megan had also broken it off with the girlfriend, but her relationship with Mark was still troubled, said the friend.
“Many relationships of medically challenged children end in a divorce. It is incredibly hard to maintain the life you had before,” she told Heavy. Her comments in the screenshots are in blue.
The friends also communicated about transplant related issues as well as relationships. “She left him and was dating another heart mom she met…but as of June 30th she was trying to work things out with Mark but she still had feelings for the other girl and they were still talking,” she told Heavy, explaining that it was wrong to only consider Megan’s PTSD when assessing what happened.
The Daily Mail offers a large number of family pictures and in-depth coverage. There is evidence of anxieties created by the health insurance plan that restricted the abiity of the family to keep Willow from rejecting her new heart.
In a July 2015 story published in The New York Times, it detailed the family’s struggle with getting medication for Willow.
At the time of the story was published, Megan Short was 32 years old and Willow was a year old.
The article talked about how Willow could not afford to miss a single dose of a drug she took daily to prevent her body from rejecting her recently transplanted heart.
However, it noted that due to rules from the family’s drug plan and the pharmacy, the mother could not order a refill until Willow’s monthly supply was three-quarters gone.
One angle on this story is that obviously the gun grabbers are out in force wanting to remove guns from everyone’s hands. I won’t dignify their weak arguments with commentary.
A second angle revolves around the failures of Obamacare to alleviate the family’s financial stresses. The family home was worth over $400,000, which leads one to ask what line of work Mark pursued that allowed such a luxurious lifestyle. But even with money apparently flowing in, the drug situation as it relates the baby Willow was stressing.
Then, there’s mom Megan’s drug use. Big pharma has pushed these anti-anxiety drugs on Americans, but casual observation leads one to note that they seem to be connected to violent outbursts as a side effect.
A skeptic would ask whether PTSD is evem a real disease. As a follower of the late Dr. Thomas Szasz, I am always skeptical when the psychiatric community invents a disease and then prescribes Big pharma meds for it. Szasz would say that PTSD is not a disease amenable to cure with drugs.
Heavy also reports that Mrs. Short was avidly reading books about murder prior to the murder-suicide.
Putting all this together leads me to believe that mom Megan was the shooter in this case. Obviously, Mark may have reacted violently to his wife’s cheating on him with another woman, but generally men may kill their wives, but not the children and certainly not the dog.
Furthermore, police are generally quick to pin the blame on the man, but they are holding back in this case. Most likely to prepare the family that the wife did it and to investigate her medical condition prior to pinning the blame and closing the case.
As to gun grabs, they are not the answer to prevent future tragedies similar to this one. There was the case of the Houston woman who drowned her five children in the bathtub. And the South Carolina woman who ran her car with the children inside into a lake, while claiming a black man did it. Lack of a gun prevents no one from murder if murder is what is on their mind.
Whoever is determined to be the shooter needs to have a brain autopsy in order to determine if their was a brain disease present.
There is also the spiritual realm to explore. Christian woman with a strong faith in Christ do not cheat on their husbands with other women. Did Megan (and Mark) have a priest? Did they go to the confessional? The spiritual aspect of life in this family must have been lacking.
Then there’s the racial aspect. Whites are 8 percent of the world’s population. We are a rare, superior species. A racially aware husband and wife would never murder that most precious of lives, the lives of white children.
We must develop spirituality and racial awareness among our people to do better in preventing such horrific events from ever happening.