Father of Teens Killed by Mom: 'I Don't Hate Julie'

Parker Schenecker says his accused wife suffered from chronic depression
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 21, 2011 2:36 PM CDT
Photographs of Powers, left, and Calyx Schenecker are displayed on a video screen at their memorial service at the Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth.   (AP Photo/ Ron T. Ennis, Pool)
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(Newser) – The Tampa mother who allegedly killed her two teens battled depression, her husband tells People. “We were a typical American family,” says Col. Parker Schenecker, who was deployed in Qatar when he heard about his children’s deaths, “but we had a sick member.” Julie Schenecker had “a chronic mental illness that we've been dealing with for 20 years in the family,” he says.

But “I never had any indication that she would harm the children, or that she would ever think of taking the children's lives.” Julie received treatment for depression and bipolar disorder, but privacy laws meant “I had no access to her medical records at all," Schenecker adds. "I didn't know what was going on." He’s divorcing his wife, but “I don't hate Julie,” he says. “I feel for her. I'm going through my hell; she's going through her own hell."

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