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Posted By: ModelessDiva
Subject: Mother Kills Teenage Children Then Kills Herself
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 9:06pm
Why did she have to take those babiesCry



Florida mom kills her two teens, self in murder-suicide month after divorce: cops 

Richard Berman, newly divorced from Jennifer Berman, found her and their kids, Alex, 16, and Jacqueline, 15, dead in their West Palm Beach home. Jennifer Berman had deep financial woes and had even resorted to selling her late father's watch to buy gas and clothing for her kids. Her ex, meanwhile, is a prominent realtor.


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HER FINANCIAL WOES AND PERSONAL ISSUES DROVE A FLORIDA WOMAN OVER THE EDGE - AND BEYOND.
The distraught mother of two talented teen musicians shot her kids dead before turning the gun on herself in a gruesome double-murder suicide. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/woman-kils-teenage-children-report-article-1.1578049" rel="nofollow - RELATED: WOMAN KILS SELF, TWO TEENAGE CHILDREN: REPORT    http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Richard+Berman" rel="nofollow - Richard Berman , 51, found his bullet-ridden children, Alex, 16, and Jacqueline, 15, and their mother, Jennifer Berman, 48, dead of a suicide in their West Palm Beach home Monday morning — just hours after he received an email from the maniacal mom threatening harm to their shared children.Cops released the disturbing 911 calls from the moment Richard Berman and a neighbor discovered the bodies Monday morning.Richard Berman, newly divorced from Jennifer Berman (right), found her and their kids, Alex (center), 15, and Jacqueline (left), 16, dead in their West Palm Beach home.

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Richard Berman, newly divorced from Jennifer Berman (right), found her and their kids, Alex (center), 15, and Jacqueline (left), 16, dead in their West Palm Beach home.

It looks like she’s laid in bed but she doesn’t have a face,” the shaken neighbor tells the 


dispatcher of the suicidal mom. "I think the girl's up in bed with her but when I saw what was 


upstairs I had to run back downstairs."


Richard Berman tells 911 that he was heading to the house after his "ex-wife said she was 


going to harm the kids." 



"She sent me an email that she did the best thing for our family,"  http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Mother-Found-Dead-With-2-Teens-Sent-Text-That-Shed-Kill-Them-and-Herself-Ex-Said-in-911-Call-240210501.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_MIBrand" rel="nofollow - Richard tells a police dispatcher 


http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Mother-Found-Dead-With-2-Teens-Sent-Text-That-Shed-Kill-Them-and-Herself-Ex-Said-in-911-Call-240210501.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_MIBrand" rel="nofollow - as he called 911 en route to the home . "And then she sent her cousin a text that she was going to 


kill the kids and herself."


Jacqueline Berman, 16, was an accomplished musician. Her father found her body and those of her mother and brother after getting an alarming email from Jennifer Berman, his newly divorced wife.

Jacqueline Berman, 16, was an accomplished musician. Her father found her body and those of her mother and brother after getting an alarming email from Jennifer Berman, his newly divorced wife.


Richard and Jennifer Berman had only divorced in December,  http://www.cbs12.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_12501.shtml" rel="nofollow - WPEC-TV reported , weeks after 


Jennifer’s mother had died last fall. Their home, on Pershing Way just off the Lake Worth 


Lagoon, was in foreclosure, the TV station reports, and the kids and their mother were to 


move out in February.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mother-goodbye-boy-thrown-high-rise-article-1.1558834" rel="nofollow -

"Oh, s--t," Richard Berman s http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Mother-Found-Dead-With-2-Teens-Sent-Text-That-Shed-Kill-Them-and-Herself-Ex-Said-in-911-Call-240210501.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_MIBrand" rel="nofollow - ays in the newly released 911 call after he finds his dead son in the house . "I 


was just touching his head. He wasn't waking up. His alarm was on, he wasn't waking up, 


there's blood in his ear."


The marital, and financial, woes in the family had existed for years.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/people-including-children-found-killed-california-home-article-1.1562139" rel="nofollow - RELATED: 4 PEOPLE, INCLUDING 2 KIDS, FOUND DEAD IN HOME '


One dead teen was 16-year-old Alexander Berman, a talented musician. It appears that he was shot and killed by his distraught mother, who committed suicide, say authorities.

RICHARD BERMAN VIA YOUTUBE

One dead teen was 16-year-old Alexander Berman, a talented musician. It appears that he was shot and killed by his distraught mother, who committed suicide, say authorities.

Richard Berman originally filed for divorce in 2008 - 16 years after they first married, 


the http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/crime-law/police-investigating-a-death-in-west-palm-beach-ho/ncmHm/" rel="nofollow -  Palm Beach Post reported.  The family was living lush for years, but by early last year, Jennifer 


Berman was struggling to get by without her ex-husband any longer in her life. The mom-of-


two could no longer pay her divorce attorney in April and was in such financial straits, she 


was forced to sell her late father's watch,  http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/crime-law/police-investigating-a-death-in-west-palm-beach-ho/ncmHm/" rel="nofollow - the Palm Beach Post reported.


The family home had actually once belonged to Jennifer Berman's mother and had been in 


foreclosure since 2010.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ariz-man-guns-young-daughters-murder-suicide-cops-article-1.1563802" rel="nofollow -

"The husband has not paid the mortgage on the former marital home during the entire time 


of the dissolution of marriage proceeding," read documents filed in court in May by 


Jennifer Berman. "He has not contributed to the support of the wife or of the minor children. 


In fact, he has refused to pay for toilet paper, buys food and supplies for himself and keeps 


them where the wife and children cannot access them.”


Once a realtor, Jennifer Berman was forced to work 12-hour overnight shifts as a nurse to 


make any income to support her children.



On Monday afternoon, police found the bodies of 15-year-old Jacqueline Berman, 16-year-old Alexander Berman and their mother Jennifer. The preliminary investigation suggests that Jennifer shot her own children and then turned the weapon on herself, say cops.

LOCAL10.COM

On Monday afternoon, police found the bodies of 15-year-old Jacqueline Berman, 16-year-old Alexander Berman and their mother Jennifer. The preliminary investigation suggests that Jennifer shot her own children and then turned the weapon on herself, say cops.

Richard Berman is a successful realtor who sells multi-million dollar 


homes in South Florida.


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Neighbors recalled Jennifer Berman as a normal, loving mother — until recently.

 

“A couple of days ago, she was different,”  http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21012732654519/family-found-dead-in-alleged-murder-suicide/" rel="nofollow - Marian Sklodowski told WSVN-TV . “You could see it in 


her face, there was something missing, something disturbed in her mind. The 


conversation, the language, the eyes … something was missing.”


The teens were talented musicians attending the nearby Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of 


the Arts, a prestigious arts high school in southern Florida. Alex played cello while his older 


sister, a straight-A student, played violin.


Grief counselors were made available at the teens’ school this week as their friends and 


peers come to grips with a tragedy of which police have yet to determined a motive.


"Going through a divorce, foreclosure, a lot of that stuff which, it's an upsetting thing when 


you're going through a divorce and having to sell the beautiful house in this neighborhood, 


and it's just, she just seemed like she had been upset lately,”  http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21012732654519/family-found-dead-in-alleged-murder-suicide/" rel="nofollow - family friend Brian McManus told 


http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21012732654519/family-found-dead-in-alleged-murder-suicide/" rel="nofollow - WSVN . "You can't fathom, you can't understand what's going on in someone's head for things like that to happen."




EXCLUSIVE: 'I'm not a terrible dad, they were the most dear things in my world': Dad of teenagers shot dead by mother hits back at claims his penny-pinching in divorce drove her over the edge

  • Jennifer Berman killed her children Alexander 16, and Jacqueline, 15, at their upscale home in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Husband Richard, who discovered their bodies, has hit out at claims that he played a part in the tragedy by fighting her over cash in recent divorce
  • But friend told MailOnline: 'Richard has been painted as a terrible father who did not care about his children.That is not true. That is so not true'
  • Court records show Mr Berman, a realtor, laid no claim to the family home, paid for the lease on his wife's car and paid $600-a-month in child support
  • But both had been hit extremely hard by the financial crash
  • Mrs Berman was in process of selling home for $590,000 but there were still two mortgages on it for $700,000
  • Mr Berman listed his monthly expenses in divorce papers as $4,700 a month but an income of $2,888
  • A 911 tape released on Tuesday details the tense moments before and after Berman discovered the bloodied bodies of his children


But Mr Berman, a luxury home realtor, has hit back at suggestions his penny pinching as detailed in court documents was somehow to blame for his ex-wife's depressed state.

'What has been said it just so untrue,' said friend Jay Kaufman, speaking on behalf of Mr Berman.

'Richard has been painted as a terrible father who did not care about his children.That is not true. That is so not true.

'They were his world and he has lost the most dear things to him in the world. He is still struggling to take in that he has lost those who meant so much to him.




The father aint worth ish, I hope he gets itPinch








Replies:
Posted By: sugabanana
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 9:08pm
WTF is up with these daggone men?Cry


Posted By: AwesomeAries
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 9:11pm
damn damn damn florida


Posted By: ModelessDiva
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 9:12pm

this is why it's crucial to not live off of a man and be able to support yourself if anything happens


Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 9:17pm
Cry


Posted By: india100
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 9:21pm

I can't . CryBroken Heart



Posted By: yaya24
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 9:21pm
I just don't understand why she didn't just take herself out. Why take the kids with you?

RIP


Posted By: ragincajin
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 9:23pm
Dang. Florida again.
Sad.


Posted By: DiorShowGirl
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 9:30pm
dayum...dayum...dayum...600.00 a month for child support....he also probably left her for his young, bouncy triple d secretary....

so glad i am single and never married...i worked 3 jobs and supported me and my daughter...was up to my yang yang in bills and now all is fine financially....

so sorry to read this story...this will be a tragedy this father will never, ever FORGET...


Posted By: fckwitmeuknoigotit
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 9:30pm
White devil tbh. Courts should start ordering psych evaluations on parents during divorce/custody battles. Too many innocent lives lost behind mentally unstable parents.


Posted By: DiorShowGirl
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 9:31pm
Originally posted by yaya24 yaya24 wrote:

I just don't understand why she didn't just take herself out. Why take the kids with you?

RIP


probably to make the father suffer...unfortunately


Posted By: LilMissSunshine
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 9:31pm
Heartbreaking. What a sorry excuse of a father. I understand you may be mad at your exwife, but to not buy your kids toilet paper and food? SMH...and BHM is always touting marriage...smh.


Posted By: ModelessDiva
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 9:32pm
More info on this story from another website:

Kaufman, who has known Mr Berman for 40 years, added: 'The truth will come out after the funerals and the portrayal of Mr Berman in some of the media will be found to be false. The things that people are saying about him are not true.'

Court papers obtained by MailOnline reveal that Mrs Berman had claimed her husband had left her virtually destitute during their divorce, which was finalized in December.

She had claimed she was forced to sell her father's watch and other possessions just to buy groceries.

The court papers claimed Mr Berman would buy household goods, such as toilet paper, which he would use and then lock away to stop his wife and children from using.

The papers said 'In fact, he has refused to pay for toilet paper, buy food and supplies for himself and keeps them where the wife and children cannot access them.'

Mrs Berman also claimed that while her husband lived in the marital home he bought household items for himself but he would lock them away to stop others from using them.

Last year, Mrs Berman had petitioned a judge to remove her husband from the home because of 'emotional abuse'.






The family had previously lived at another home in the historic and exclusive El Cid neighborhood which sold for $1.2million in 2010.

Friends said the couple were hit hard when the housing bubble burst in Florida and their incomes had plummeted.

In a financial affadavit Mr Berman listed his monthly expenses as $4,700 a month but an income of $2,888.

As part of the divorce Mrs Berman, who was a licensed realtor, had sought temporary payments from her husband to pay day to day bills as well as keep up payments on a lease car. And he agreed.

Her lawyer Maya Cain had told the divorce court at Palm Beach County Court that Mrs Berman did not have any means of finance and was struggling to survive while bringing up her two teens who attended the prestigious Dreyfoos School of Arts.

She claimed Mr Berman was making money on commission as a realtor while his wife needed money to 'live and work.'



"When the divorce was finalized in December Mr Berman agreed to allow his ex to have the marital home.

The five bedroom home was in the process of being sold for $590,000 - but court records show there were two mortgages on the home totaling almost $700,000.

Court documents filed last year as part of the divorce graphically spelled out the dire financial circumstances of Mrs Berman.

They revealed she had monthly spending of $4,500 but with no income. She listed her total debts as $641,000.

Some friends of Mrs Berman had claimed it was the pressure of having no money that could have driven her over the edge to take her children's lives.

A cousin, who did not want to be identified, said Mrs Berman had talked before about taking her life.

'She had convinced herself that she was not going to be in a position to manage to take care of the family, that there were going to be tough times, and she really wasn't strong enough to deal with the difficulties in life.

'There was no intent to revenge.She believed what she was doing was the right thing because she thought there really was no future, which is crazy.'





Richard Berman (second right) with his son Alexander and daughter Jacqueline along with two other adults. In a financial affadavit Mr Berman listed his monthly expenses as $4,700 a month but an income of $2,888


Despite the financial loss and depression other neighbors said Mrs Berman appeared to have turned a corner following the divorce and was preparing to move to a condo with her children.

Neighbor Ali Amir said: 'She said she was ready to go into a new world.'

But another neighbor said he suspected something was wrong with Mrs Berman when he saw her over the weekend.

'I looked into her eyes and she just had this weird look," said 69-year-old Marian Sklodowski.

'She had tried to sell me her house for a knockdown price because she wanted the money quick. I knew her very well, and I had never seen this look on her face.

'She was just off. There was nothing there behind the eyes. I told my wife, but she said I should not get involved.

'I just wish I had said something now because we have this awful tragedy.'

Mrs Sklodowski said she was also friends with Mr Berman.

'They were a nice couple. Everyone knew the were going through a divorce, but he was always there for the children. He was a good father.'

As part of the divorce the couple were too share custody of the teens. Mr Berman had agreed to pay $600 a month in child support and to continue to pay for their health care.

Mr Kaufman, speaking on behalf of Mr Berman, said he had a 'fantastic relationship' with the two children.





Posted By: Katrenia
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 9:48pm
The pig wouldn't even buy food or toilet paper for his children???
Hid his food so they couldn't find it??

He should be shamed out of society.


Posted By: harley_quinn
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 9:56pm
They all have that same nose...sad story


Posted By: f8dagrate
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 10:00pm
I don't listen to one sided stories. RIP to all those who lost their lives. Why didn't she just move out of her lush house? And EFF those divorce lawyers, they aren't worth ish. The mother knew that she could have sought help, but being a mother at times makes you feel like you are super woman. That you have to do everything your self. That father was trife but the woman and issues too.


Posted By: ModelessDiva
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 10:01pm
she def had plenty issues.


Posted By: ModelessDiva
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 10:09pm

She wasn't innocent. There were side-eyes on her behalf as well.

Feeling the need to kill you and your children definitely means you have issues.

She was wrong and so was the father.


Posted By: bindy
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 10:48pm
Well now he is not obligated to pay anymore alimony or child support........he can now live freely as a playboy.......


Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 11:27pm
She was selfish and a b!tch. Those kids had a future. Those kids probably WANTED to live and she killed them because she didn't want to let her ex be with the kids.
The dad was paying child support, he was paying the lease on her car, he was helping, but the b!tch was probably used to more and was mad that she couldn't have more.
I feel sorry for the father for finding his children dead.


Posted By: Sang Froid
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 11:32pm
Can't blame this on him.
SHE killed her kids and herself.



Posted By: ModelessDiva
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 11:36pm

Nobody blamed him.



Posted By: ModelessDiva
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 11:39pm
Somebody tell me is 600$ a month in child support enough for two teenagers?





Posted By: f8dagrate
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 11:50pm
Originally posted by sexyandfamous sexyandfamous wrote:

She was selfish and a b!tch. Those kids had a future. Those kids probably WANTED to live and she killed them because she didn't want to let her ex be with the kids.
The dad was paying child support, he was paying the lease on her car, he was helping, but the b!tch was probably used to more and was mad that she couldn't have more.
I feel sorry for the father for finding his children dead.


Posted By: Sang Froid
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 11:52pm
"Nobody blamin' him."
*Continues to talk about what he did wrong*


Posted By: fckwitmeuknoigotit
Date Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 11:52pm
they had shared custody and she had a job as a nurse...$600 per month is more than enough for 2 teens imho. she just couldn't handle the grind of working a 9-5 after years of being a pampered housewife tbh.


Posted By: ModelessDiva
Date Posted: Jan 16 2014 at 12:01am
Originally posted by Sang Froid Sang Froid wrote:

"Nobody blamin' him."
*Continues to talk about what he did wrong*



So he did not a thing wrong in this scenario?

Oh.



Posted By: ModelessDiva
Date Posted: Jan 16 2014 at 12:04am

I blame the mother for their deaths. She ended their lives.

But that doesn't mean he wasn't wrong.



Posted By: iluvmihair
Date Posted: Jan 16 2014 at 2:44am
My 2 cents: She and her kids should have moved in with me, I woulda showed her what $600 can do! Smh at these YTs who think death is far better than a little bit of struggle and humility. Move out the rich neighborhood, unenroll from the high priced private schools, trade in the expensive car; who cares what people think?! Remember when Wall Street collapse and ppl was offing themselves? My God.

No matter what heights I reach in life, I thank God for humble beginnings. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Phil 4:12


Posted By: eanaj5
Date Posted: Jan 16 2014 at 2:51am
yall crazy.
idgaf what this man has done it does NOT warrant that woman taking innocent lives
thats pure bullsh*t


Posted By: Lauren.
Date Posted: Jan 16 2014 at 3:31am
She is wrong for doing this. There is no blame on the father for her killing their children.
But if she had not killed her kids and we were just hearing the story of how he abandoned his
family financially when he has money just because of a divorce I would say he's in the wrong.

But then again.... nurses make money so I don't understand why she couldn't manage. Or sell the
house and get an apartment.... maybe she lost her mind when she lost the money.


Posted By: K_Camille
Date Posted: Jan 16 2014 at 7:11am
It's her fault.  She sounds like a privileged, mentally unstable white woman regardless of the "circumstances" (which I side-eye tbh).  She even looks cray.   She calculated this though.


Posted By: GoodGirlGoneGr8
Date Posted: Jan 16 2014 at 7:41am
This is really sad...


Posted By: NARSAddict
Date Posted: Jan 16 2014 at 7:49am
Is it me or does it appear that white people do not know how to handle a change of their financial situation, especially when they are formerly affluent?


Posted By: GoodGirlGoneGr8
Date Posted: Jan 16 2014 at 7:54am
I guess the mom figured if he couldn't take care of his children while she was around, why leave them w/the very person who refuses to buy toilet paper for them? So her justification was to kill them all...it's a very sad and disturbing situation.

But, I believe you know the person you're laying down with. Even if you don't want to believe it, your gut still tells you the truth. So, the divorce wasn't the first signal that he was a deadbeat. I'm sure the warning signs were there previously, but she overlooked it because he was bringing home that money.

Money was more of a priority than her kids...sad.


Posted By: AwesomeAries
Date Posted: Jan 16 2014 at 8:12am
If her ass was this crazy
I don't blame him for leaving


Posted By: DiorShowGirl
Date Posted: Jan 16 2014 at 8:33am
there's this movie that will be out called .,,,,,DIVORCECORP...it looks really good..Dr. Drew is narrating the stories of how folks who divorce cannot handle the situation and take extreme measures in their own hands because of this...or maybe the movie was out...


Posted By: Qualified
Date Posted: Jan 16 2014 at 9:02am
Mannnnn this situation is sad all the way around! RIP to the kids and the disturbed mom, and Live.In.Anguish to the sorry ass daddy too! May his days on earth be filled with nothing but bullsh!t and bubble gum!



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