Man who killed wife and three children leaves a note saying it was 'the right thing to do'

In a crime that will send chills down your spine, Alex Hawe murdered his wife and three children in cold blood before he killed himself.


                            Man who killed wife and three children leaves a note saying it was 'the right thing to do'

An inquest found that 40-year-old Alan Hawe cut the throats of his three sons Liam (13), Niall (11), and Ryan (6) in their family home.

Alan Hawe, a deputy principal, his schoolteacher wife Clodagh and their three children Liam, 13, Niall, 11, and Ryan, six, were found dead in their home near Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan, Ireland on the morning of August 29, 2016 (Twitter)

In a note found at the scene of the crime, the deputy headteacher who murdered his wife and three children said he was 'sorry' for his act.

39-year-old Clodagh, Hawe's wife, was murdered by him with an axe in August last year. He subsequently took his own life.

Clodagh Hawe is pictured with sons Niall, 11, Ryan, six, and Liam, 13, in Venice. All four were killed by Alan Hawe before he killed himself (Twitter)

A note that was published by the Irish Daily and was found at their home in Ballyjamesduff in Co Caven, Ireland, saying, "I am sorry for how I murdered them all but I simply had no other way."

Psychotic dad Alan Hawe killed his family (Twitter)

The note spoke to his parents, siblings, wife's mother and sister said, "I am sorry for my brutality but I had no other way."

Mary Coll (left) told the inquest how she had coffee and biscuits with daughter Clodagh Hawe and her husband Alan hours before he killed her, butchered their three children, then killed himself (Twitter)

He said that he did not want to be forgiven for what he did.

A five-page letter was written by him and it was not read out at the inquest, upon request.

Dr Michael Curtis (pictured) said he believed Hawe cut Clodagh's and two of her sons' throats in such a way that they wouldn't be able to utter cries for help. And all except for youngest son Ryan, aged six, suffered 'defensive injuries', meaning they most likely put up a struggle (Twitter)

On August 29, a note was found at the scene of the crime which said, "Please do not come in. Please call the gardai."

He explained in the note that it was better for his sons to die than be victim of all the abuses that come with him taking his own life.

He left instructions for cremation. He wanted his ashes to be thrown out to sea and he mentioned that he did not want to be buried as a Catholic.

Hawe referred at one point to how his students perceived him and spoke of his carrer woes.

The coffins arrive at St Mary's Church Castlerahan, Co Caven, Ireland last year. An inquest has heard harrowing details of the scene after police arrived at the house (Twitter)

Coroner Dr. Mary Lanagan asked the clinical director at the Central Mental Hospital, Professor Harry Kennedy, to look over Hawe's suicide note and reports from his thrapist and GP.

Kennedy said, "The counselling notes from March to June last year indicate that Alan Hawe was troubled."

Kennedy said at the hearing that Hawe progressed from long-term depression to severe depression to psychotic symptoms as time went on. It was at this point that he committed the murder-suicide.

"When people act in the course of severe mental illness, such as very severe psychotic mental illness, their judgment is severely impaired," Professor Kennedy said.

Hawe's death has been officially recognised as a suicide according to the inquest that was concluded on 20th December. Hawe unlawfully murdered Clodagh and the three children.

After the inquest was closed, Mary Coll and Jaqueline Connolly (Clodagh's mom and sister) said that Hawe targeted his wife and eldest son because he felt like they might fight back.

Lawyer Liam Keane, on the steps of the courthouse at the hearing, said that the murders were premeditated and calculated.

Mrs. Coll and her survivinf daughter said, "It is clear from the evidence presented at the inquest that Clodagh and her boys were killed in a sequence that ensured that the eldest and most likely to provide effective resistance were killed first, and they were executed in a manner that rendered them unable to cry out for help."

Evidence does not examine how the school teaching mother and her sons died according to Keane. It alo does not talk about how Hawe 'committed this savegery'.

Psychotherapist David McConnell held counselling sessions with Hawe from March 15th to June 21st, 2016.

"His counsellor has said that he was concerned about his position as a pillar of the community," Keane told The Daily Mail.

"We are aware that he was concerned at his imminent fall from that position and the breakdown of his marriage."

Coll came across the bodies of the Hawe family after she went to their home in Oakdene Downs, Barconey, near Ballyjmesduff. This was after she saw an envelope on the back door saying that the gardai had to be called.

The jury (6 women and 1 man) all agreed on an unlawful killing verdict into the death of Clodagh and her 3 sons and the suicide of Hawe.

On June 21, 2016, the vice principal last visited the psychotherapist, the inquest was told.

McConnell said that Hawe gave absoutely no indication that he was going to committ such an act. He attended a sore toenail surgery according to Dr. Paula McKevitt.

He said that he washed his feet in bleach.

According to the GP, he was not sleeping well and was a little stressed.

Clinical director at the Central Mental Hospital, Professor Harry Kennedy, was asked by Mary Flanagan, the coroner, to look over Hawe's suicide note and reports from his therapist and GP.

Kennedy said, "The counselling notes from March to June last year indicate that Alan Hawe was troubled."

At the time that Hawe carried out the murder-suicide, Kennedy believed he progressed from long-term depression to a severe depressive episodes with pychotic symptoms.

"When people act in the course of severe mental illness, such as very severe psychotic mental illness, their judgment is severely impaired," Professor Kennedy told The Daily Mail.

Kennedy said, after reviewing the suicide note and the GP's and therapist's reports, "Hindsight is always a very unfair advantage."

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