UK Millionaire Set Fire After Killing Family

Footage shows Foster blocking exits before murder/suicide
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2008 6:35 PM CDT
This is an aerial view made Wednesday of the burned-out mansion of a financially troubled British businessman in Maesbrook, England, 175 miles northwest of London.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Police have found the body of a UK millionaire inside the charred remains of his mansion, the Guardian reports. Authorities now believe Christopher Foster fatally shot his wife and teenage daughter, along with three family horses and four dogs, early on Aug. 26 before setting the house ablaze and turning the gun on himself.

Preliminary examinations show Foster’s wife was shot in the head before the fire. The cause of death is still pending for Foster and his daughter, but a .22 rifle belonging to Foster was found at the scene. Extensive closed-circuit TV footage remains of the incident, and shows Foster carrying a gun from a stablehouse, which then erupts in flames, as well as barricading the estate’s exits.