Depressed mum whose two children were tragically murdered five months ago by her estranged husband found dead at home
Olga Edwards, whose two teenage children were murdered by her estranged husband in July, was found dead at her home in Sydney
An Australian mother who tragically lost both her children in a double murder-suicide committed by her estranged husband was found dead at her home on the morning of Wednesday, December 12. 36-year-old Olga Edwards' death was confirmed by police who responded to her residence in West Pennant Hills in Sydney's northwest on a routine welfare check after she failed to respond to any calls. At the moment, her death is not being treated as suspicious.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Olga had been depressed and on a downward spiral since her estranged husband, John Edwards shot and killed both their children, 15-year-old Jack and 13-year-old Jennifer, on July 5. Edwards then drove to a home he had bought in Normanhurst, just a suburb away, and shot and killed himself 12 hours later.
The pair's marriage had been on the rocks for quite some time, with reports suggesting that the 68-year-old Edwards, a financier, was abusive towards their children. They had been locked in a bitter custody battle for two years, with Olga finally seeing some respite after an agreement was reached where Jack and Jennifer would live with her at her rented West Pennant Hills home, and Edwards was to have no contact with either of them.
However, the Telegraph reported that Edwards tracked them down by stalking their social media profiles and then went to the house on several occasions to yell for the children to come out. He had allegedly been planning to kill them for over a year, finally going through with the plan on July 5 when he knew they would be home alone.
The 68-year-old had obtained a firearm license as soon as the law had permitted him — 10 years after an apprehended violence order had expired on him — and bought two guns that he would later use to kill Jack and Jennifer. Then, on the fateful day, he cornered both the teens in one of the bedrooms and killed them before later turning the gun on himself.
Olga is said to have collapsed in shock when she arrived home later that day to find both her children dead. A Russian-born lawyer who worked as a solicitor for the Brown and Partners law firm in Woolwich, she underwent counseling three times a week after the murders and would miss work because she would be in the hospital for weeks at a time.
Her mother had flown in from Russia to stay with her but had recently returned after Olga had promised to vacate the house after Christmas and join her back permanently. "Life was too hard without Jack and Jennifer, Olga was in heavy counseling and struggling to cope," a source revealed to the Telegraph.
"She was dreading Christmas without the kids and planned to leave Australia for good, she had organized to spend Christmas Day at the house in West Pennant Hills to be close to Jack and Jennifer," the source added. "She planned to sell the house and go back to Russia forever early in the New Year. Olga felt there was nothing anchoring her in Australia, the house was a rented property, the kids were gone."
A GoFundMe page that was set up to raise money for Olga after the deaths of her children had raised over $29,000 of a $10,000 goal at the time of writing.