Wealthy couple Bradford and Andra Sachs seemed to have it all. A 9,000 square-foot mansion in Orange County, California. Five children. And, even though they'd divorced 15 years ago, a relationship that stood the test of time, with the couple reconciling and still living together and running several successful businesses. But behind the scenes, darkness was brewing. Their 19-year-old son Ashton has been arrested for murdering them, as well as the attempted murder of a sister and brother.

The couple were found February 9th, shot dead in the bedroom of their sprawling mansion. Their 8-year-old, adopted from Russia, was shot in his bedroom. He survived but is now paralyzed. A 17-year-old sister was shot at but not hit.

Initially police had a long list of potential suspects, given that the couple's businesses had apparently earned them some enemies. But now they believe the enemy was much closer to home.

Police contend that second eldest son Ashton entered the home at 2 a.m. while everyone was sleeping and committed the murders of his parents, and the attempted murders of his brother and sister. He then allegedly returned to Seattle, where he attended college.

Police believe that Ashton acted alone. No motive has yet to be established. Many similar stories, however, have come down to money and inheritances. Asked if an inheritance was the issue, authorities said they were looking at all possibilities. Ashton had no criminal record and it's unclear if he had any history of mental illness.

There is really no worse crime than killing the people who brought you into this world. Who looks into the tender eyes of a newborn and can even fathom that one day this very bundle might take your own life out of greed, hatred, jealousy, or mental issues?

Scarily, before Ashton was arrested, he had applied for guardianship of his younger siblings.

This family has gone through something horrific -- and now the remaining siblings -- one of them with permanent, debilitating injuries -- must fend for themselves. Truly tragic.

What do you think could have happened?

 

Image via Orange County District Attorney's Office