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When Tragedy Strikes; the Murder-Suicide of a Springville Family: KSL News

On the evening of September 27, 2014, the bodies of Springville, Utah couple Kristi and Benjamin Strack were found dead in their beds. Tragically, their three children were also found dead, and investigators determined the cause of all 5 deaths to be an overdose of lethal drugs.

What would prompt the Stracks to kill their children and then themselves? Relatives say Kristi and Benjamin would sometimes speak of  being concerned about a pending apocalypse and wanting to “leave this evil world.” They apparently viewed death as a means of escape.

I was interviewed by KSL about this tragedy. My main message was that although many people are concerned about hardships in the world, this kind of obsession that led to their murder-suicide is a sign of a severe mental illness. When a family member expresses extreme, rigid beliefs, it’s time for you to talk about it and voice your concern, whether or not he/she believes mental illness is present.

Watch the news coverage (including my interview) above, or read the full article here.

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

About Dr. Julie Hanks, LCSW:
Dynamic self & relationship expert Dr. Julie de Azevedo Hanks, LCSW loves to make a difference for women. She owns Wasatch Family Therapy and regularly contributes to KSL TV's Studio 5, and her advice has been featured nationally including Wall Street Journal, Parenting, Fox News, and others. Connect on Facebook & Twitter. Her books The Burnout Cure and The Assertiveness Guide are now available.

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