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Dad Killed Wife & 3 Kids So He Could Live in the Woods (??!!!)

by Kiri Blakeley on November 28, 2012 at 1:41 PM

We write about a lot of tragic stories here at The Stir. But I think they serve a purpose. These stories say, Don't let it get to this point. Get help. Talk to someone. Change your life. Do anything, in fact, but what is reported here in this story! And this one is sadly no different. Computer security expert Christopher Vaughn, 37, has been sentenced to life in prison after he killed his wife and three children, ages 12 to 8, while on a family road trip. Prosecutors alleged he did it because he wanted to start a new life, living in the woods of Canada. And his family stood in the way.

Christopher's wife, Kimberly Vaughn, 34, and their three kids, Abigayle, Cassandra, and Blake, were taking a family trip to an Illinois water park. At some point, Christopher shot each child in the head and chest as they were still buckled into the back seat. But first, they witnessed their dad shoot their mom in the face.

What could drive a husband and father to such a barbaric act? Prosecutors painted a picture of a frustrated suburban husband who wanted to chuck the modern world -- the cellphones, the computers, the TV -- for the life of a cabin recluse in the Canadian wilderness. But his life as a family man and professional in the Chicago suburbs stood in his way. As the prosecutor, Chris Regis, said:

He was held back by four major obstacles. Those four obstacles were eliminated on June 14, 2007.

Certainly abandoning your family and running off to live in a cabin in the woods wouldn't have been easy -- or even looked on very well by anyone -- but executing them instead?! This is really not the answer. How about living part-time in the woods? Or how about forgetting that whole "the grass is greener" woods fantasy, concentrating on your life, figuring out what is making you so unhappy (trust me, it's not your kids), and then doing something about it?!!

This story is just too tragic for words. Four innocent, trusting, loving lives snuffed out because some guy is having a mid-life crisis.

Does this story make you angry? Have you ever felt like chucking it all?


Image via Will County State Sheriff's Office

Filed Under: crime, death, in the news


  • DebaLa


    November 28, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Maybe the judge should grant his wish and release him deep into the woods, to be consumed by animals and exposure. 

  • ImaSo...


    November 28, 2012 at 2:14 PM
    What the hell? Some people don't deserve the beautiful families they were blessed with. As someone whose spouse left for "greener pastures", I say Leave. Leave because your family is much better off without you and everyday they will be happy and the kids will do amazing things and you don't deserve any part of it. I hope this man rots somewhere. I hope those beautiful babies and their mom are together. I hope their souls can find peace.
  • Michelle
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    November 28, 2012 at 2:36 PM
    Wth?! I can't think of anything bad enough for this guy I can post here. Maybe releasing him in the general population in the prison yard? He wanted to live in the woods?! The only woods he should ever see again are the trees he can see between the bars of the window in his jail cell. (That is, if he gets a window). I firmly believe there is a special place in Heaven for people who die in a violent manner, and there is a special place in Hell for people like this guy, and Satan's saving a place for him.
  • Jennifer
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    November 28, 2012 at 2:49 PM
    This is so insane. What has this world come to that a man just decides "Im sick of this life... let's start a new one" and kills his children and his wife? I don't condone divorce but that would have been a far easier way out the shooting your children and wife. There is no punishment extreme enough for this ignorant man.
  • Brook...
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    Brooke Gardner Meek

    November 28, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    I'm just wondering why it took 4 years to sentence this man??

  • Brook...
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    Brooke Gardner Meek

    November 28, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Oops...why did it take FIVE years to sentence him??

  • MomLi...


    November 28, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Wow.. he could have just left.... divorce, just go away and don't come back, ever....


  • Samantha
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    November 28, 2012 at 5:25 PM
    Kim and the children were amazing. No one could ask for a better, mother, sister daughter or friend. It took more than 5 years to sentence him because they abolished the death penality and his high dollar capital punishment lawyors quit 3 years in. Kim and the children are in heaven looking down at us all.
  • hopea...


    November 28, 2012 at 6:16 PM
    He have could have went to live in the woods, without killing them. Stupid explanation.
  • tuffy...


    November 28, 2012 at 6:43 PM
    What Ima said.

    DH and I talk about living semi-off-grid one day, as a dream, but we talk of doing it together. I can't even imagine why this POS ever even fathomed the need for killing his family. Why couldn't he just leave them? I hope he roasts on a spit for eternity.
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