Killer dad shot kids dead then hung up ‘World’s greatest daddy’ t-shirt
A dad murdered his two children then hung a t-shirt proclaiming him the "World's greatest daddy", an inquest heard.
John Edwards shot dead daughter Jennifer, 13, and son Jack, 15, at their mum's home before killing himself at the scene.
The 67-year-old killer's body was discovered in bed with the t-shirt hanging from a chest of drawers that faced him.
His ex-wife, Olga, said that she was scared she would one day come home to find the teenagers dead, News.com.au reports.
Following the double-killing in July 2018, she revealed that her former husband "could never control his temper".
Today an inquest into the teenagers' deaths heard that the kids were so scared of their dad that the son slept with a cricket bat close by.
Detective Sergeant Tara Phillips detailed the scene at the home in Sydey, Australia, following the killing.
She wrote in her statement: "I believe this t-shirt had been strategically placed on the side of the chest of drawers so it could be seen when entering the bedroom."
State coroner Teresa O'Sullivan heard that Edwards tracked down his family.
He was supposed to know where they were living, but one day he stormed the house after following his daughter home from the train station.
The murderer shot his children as they cowered beneath Jack's desk. He then took his own lie.
Olga killed herself six months later after telling a family doctor she wanted to return to the property to be close to her children.
The inquest also heard accusations facing the killer dating back to 2015.
It was said that on a trip to Paris he chased his son down the street then pinned him against the wall.
During the same holiday he was said to have slapped his daughter across the face.
He was also accused of punching his son around the head and kicking him to the floor that year.
Edwards had fantasises about being in the military and lied to Olga that he was a former commando, family doctor Karen Oswald said, describing the claims as "rubbish".
Before he tracked his family down, Edwards found the school his daughter was attending and called up to demand details about her from a teacher.
One member of staff was surprised when he turned up to a parent teacher interview unannounced.
Edwards secured a gun licence despite authorities having access to allegations of domestic violence, the inquest heard.
Improper police recording and a faulty algorithm were said to be behind the reason that a number of incidents were missing from his file.
These included two policy reports made by Olga in December 2016 and February 2017.
The inquest continues.
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