Dad Who Killed 3 Daughters Gets a Life Sentence for Each of Them

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Aaron SchaffhausenA dad who killed his three daughters in a twisted revenge plot against his ex-wife thought he'd get out of prison with an insanity defense. Good news: it didn't work. Aaron Schaffhausen won't ever see the light of day again. A Wisconsin judge handed down not one, not two, but three life sentences this week.

And no, Schaffhausen won't have a chance at parole.



You know what this means?

It means that each of these children meant something, means something to the courts, that each child's death is being avenged, not lumped in with her sisters.

As Judge Howard Cameron, who chose the maximum sentence available under Wisconsin law for Schaffhausen, explained, he wanted to show "each child is so important."

Oh, and it also means Schaffhausen's play to get himself out of prison by pleading guilty by reason of insanity rather than not guilty (his initial plea) didn't work. He's still going to pay, REALLY pay for being a monster.

Think three life sentences are overkill? Isn't one enough? Maybe from a legal standpoint, yes, but when you consider the crimes he committed, it sounds just right to me.

This so-called dad arranged for an unscheduled visit with his children, then he slit each child's throat, tucked them into bed, and set the house on fire. It wasn't until after it was too late to save the girls that Schaffhausen then called ex-wife Jessica and told her "you can come home now" and told her that her daughters were dead.

Now you see why I called him a monster. I wasn't hyperbolizing.

The scary thing is, this monster could have gotten just 20 years in prison followed by supervised release.

He could have walked free.

That he won't is a win for the girls' mother, for their memories.

Of course, life sentences, with or without parole are not nearly as good as having his three daughters alive and well and doing what little kids are supposed to do. But in light of what he did to 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie, and 5-year-old Cecilia, this sentence is pretty darn good news.

What do you make of the sentence? Enough? Too much?


Image via St. Croix County Sheriff's Office

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nonmember avatar KA

I just can't even wrap my brain around why you would want to hurt YOUR OWN child just to get back at someone else. I mean no one is worth that much & no pain they cause is worth that much.

youth... youthfulsoul

Death would have been more than fair.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Yea, not sure why he is allowed to breath but he violently murdered his own children. This story still saddens me. I cannot imagine what that mom must go through everyday.

nonmember avatar Lydia

Of course! Another man! This is why men have no business being around any child! It's their nature to sexually abuse us and children. You'll never hear about any of us hurting or killing children!


Draw and quartering would have been superb, but why the hell should he be able take one more breath?Wish they had the death penalty there

Diana Dry Smith

seriously Lydia...that is simply hogwash, ALL of what you have said.

nonmember avatar Missa

I like what Lydia said. People with penises do commit FAR MORE crimes than those of us without penises. She does have a strong point. If the legal system were more fair... well, no point in continuing on that line of thought. I won't ever happen. But in response to the article, I think the sentence is perfect. I want him to suffer in prison for the rest of his natural life. I don't want him dead. That would cost too much in all the legal fees and appeals. Let him rot in jail with no hope of ever getting out. Wisconsin could accidently announce to the fellow prisoners why he is there. Even other prisoners would gladly take care of him, a no cost to the state. Or did you forget what happened to Dahmer in Wisconsin prison?

Happy... Happydad73

Lydia, are you really that stupid?!? Have you ever heard of Casey Anthony, Andrea Yates or Helen Ford? Based on your logic, women shouldn't be allowed around children either. Go crawl back into your man hating hole and have another 9am gin and tonic to take the edge off.

nonmember avatar MEG

This is why we need the death penalty. If you are going to take someones life, you will loose yours. It might cause a second thought when you know you are not going to get away with it!

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