October 26, 1997, Susan
Marcos California shot
her four sons, ranging in age from 4 – 14, in the head. She turned
the gun on herself, shooting herself in the stomach. Her 5-year-old
nephew remained in the house, unharmed.
spent the day drinking and taking valium with her boyfriend. They
fought and she slashed 2 tires on his car. Dodson
his possession and as he was leaving Eric
up. They left together in Eric’s car. Dodson told Eubanks as they
were driving that Susan had said she was going to shoot the boys and
herself. They went to the North
where they spent several hours.
evening at the bar, Eric Eubanks received a page, alerting him to a
voice-mail message. He listened to it, and called 911. His estranged
wife had recorded two words on his telephone answering machine: “Say
Brandon was shot in the living room as he watched TV; the others were
in their bedroom, on a bunk bed, playingNintendo.
days after the murders, Susan was charged with four counts of first
degree murder. During her trial there were allegations of child abuse
and talk of revenge against her ex-husband prior to the murders.
After being convicted of four counts of first degree murder, Susan
sentenced to the death penalty. At her sentencing a month later, she
said she loved her children but felt they would be better off dead.
She said she killed her boys as a final act of love in what was an
attempted murder-suicide. Factors that influenced her actions, she
said at the sentencing, included alcoholic parents, her depression
and poor mental-health treatment.
was sent to Central
California’s Women’s facility
where she awaits her execution on death row Markers in the local
cemetery are organized with. A Eubanks” is on the left, “B
Eubanks” in the middle, then “M Eubanks.”Austin was
6, and Matthew,
4. Their half brother, Brandon
14, also killed by their mother, is buried in Texas and
memorialized with a headstone there.The house where the murders
happened was torched by firefighters in a training exercise.
Eubanks has never publicly spoken about the slayings. He wasn't in
the courtroom when the jury read the verdict at the 1999 trial of the