Police in Hartford, Conn. released a report on April 18 stating that the Connecticut grandmother that shot and killed her two young grandsons before killing herself last year, left a chilling and vengeful note to the parents of her grandchildren saying that the couple “did not deserve to have the children.” The murderous grandma, 47-year-old Debra Denison, picked up her two grandchildren from their North Stonington daycare center on Feb. 26, 2013, and was supposed to take 2-year-old Alton Perry and 6-month-old Ashton Perry to a birthday party.
Instead, the grandmother disappeared with the children which sparked an Amber Alert, according to USA Today. Following a frantic search on that February winter’s day, the grandmother’s van was found hours later at a nearby lake. Dead were the two young children who suffered gunshot wounds from Denison’s revolver. Police also determined that Denison took her own life with a gunshot wound to her head.
The police report released yesterday also provided a hint of a motive for the murder-suicide as perhaps being mental illness on the part of Denison. Turns out, the grandmother had six unsuccessful and prior suicide attempts, plus a history of conflict with her grandchildren’s mother.
The grandchildren’s mother is Brenda Perry, who is Denison’s daughter. The note left for Perry and her husband, Jeremy Perry, stated in part, “among other things that Brenda and Jeremy did not deserve to have the children and Debra wanted them to feel the loss of a child," according to state police Detective David Lamoureux.
The Associated Press reported that Denison’s daughter said that Denison’s mental health issues included problems with self-control, dissociative identity disorder, and that Denison had “told Jeremy lies about her [Brenda Perry] in attempts to break up their relationship and she became more easily agitated after they married and had children.”
Even with all the history of conflict between Denison and her 24-year-old daughter, Perry said that prior to her mother’s murder-suicide, Perry tried making peace with her mother. Months before the killings, Perry said that her mother was behaving in a more stable manner and that the two were planning on going to counseling together.
Following the release of that report yesterday, the Connecticut State Police announced that the Denison murder-suicide case is now closed with no further investigation expected. For more on the tragic killings of Denison and her two young grandchildren, see the video accompanying this article.