On the night of November 17th, 2016, 911 emergency dispatch services received a call from Brandi Worley, who calmly admitted to stabbing her two small children with a combat knife and then stabbing herself.
The emergency services were perplexed, as expected, and hoped it was a prank call, directing it to the children’s grandmother, who was already on her way to the scene.
When she arrived and saw the entire shambles with her own eyes, her screams awoke the father of the children, who was sleeping in the house’s basement.
Brandi wanted the kids to stay with her
Jason Worley, Brandi Worley’s husband, had filed for divorce the day before the incident. He’d filed it on the base, accusing his wife of cheating on him. Jason wanted them to split up, but after thinking about their children, they decided to talk it out and try again. When Jason accused Brandi of infidelity, all the efforts blew up in his face.
The family had reportedly decided to attend a dance recital for Charlee, their daughter, on the day of the incident. Except for the fact that the couple, Brandi and Jason, had filed for divorce just one day before, everything seemed normal. After the recital, the family returned home for dinner.
Were there any signs?
Everything appeared to be fine until Brandi mentioned that she needed to go to Walmart to get some pipe cleaners for her son’s project. If only she had gone out to buy just those.
She managed to entice Charlee into Tyler’s room, where she had hidden the combat knife she had purchased. First, she grabbed Tyler and repeatedly stabbed him in the neck with the knife. When Charlee awoke from her sleep due to the noise, her mother asked her to return to sleep. Then she grabbed Charlee and did the same thing to her until both children were bloodied and lifeless.
Jason asked for help
With the news of this heinous incident in front of them, everyone was forced to speculate as to why it occurred! What prompted the young mother to go to Walmart and purchase a knife with which to murder her own children?
There’s actually a lot more going on behind the scenes, and it’s been going on for months before this incident.
Jason Worley had taken to Reddit’s relationships section(reddit post) to seek advice on how to deal with a wife who was cheating on him with his own neighbor, netizens discovered. Jason wrote that it was in May 2015 when he noticed his wife acting strangely, smiling at odd times while texting on her phone, and when questioned about it, she always tried to play it off and hide her phone. When Jason attempted to check, her phone was password-protected for the first time in years, and when he confronted her about it, she gave him an excuse for ruining the Father’s Day surprise.
Jason shared his feelings on the Reddit post: “I’m [30/m] having a hard time coping with my wife [29/f] having cheated on me with our neighbor [51/m]”
I caught my wife cheating on me over a year ago. I stayed with her for the sake of our children, but I haven’t been able to get it off of my mind since.It has been 476 days since I confronted her about it, how do I know? Because every time I catch myself thinking about it I tell myself, “It’s only been X days, maybe you won’t think about it tomorrow”.
Brandi’s strange behavior, combined with Jason’s growing desire to keep tabs on his wife, prompted him to spy on her using GPS services. As a result, he was able to determine Brandi’s whereabouts for extended periods of time during the day, and he was also able to obtain intimate messages exchanged between his wife and their 51-year-old neighbor at one point.
When Jason confronted Brandi and the neighbor by sitting them down together, they flatly refused the fact in front of him. When he showed the messages he had, Brandi first tried to decline, then admitted to making the mistake only once. The damage had already been done to Jason.
The story behind it all
After that, the couple managed to coexist for a while, but when things didn’t improve, Jason filed for divorce. He also wanted to take the kids with him, but Brandi refused and threatened him, saying she would bring up his suicide attempt in high school as a factor that could prevent him from taking custody of the kids.
Brandi was still distraught over her broken relationship and the possibility that Jason would take the kids away from her. That fear, along with her mental state, drove her to commit the heinous act of murdering her own children.
Was Brandi Worley mentally ill?
There have been no reports of incidents that could indicate Brandi was not mentally stable prior to this incident.
When Brandi’s mother’s screams finally woke up sleeping Jason in the basement and he entered Tyler’s room to see the horrific scene, Brandi reportedly told him, “Now you can’t take my children away from me.” She sat calmly in front of him in the living room and kept repeating this to him.
Brandi attempted suicide with the same knife she used to stab her children. However, the wounds she inflicted on herself were not fatal.
“I did not want him to take my kids,” she said. “I just wanted to die with them.”
The prosecutor who had direct contact with Brandi stated that she displayed some emotion at first, but then retreated into herself and refused to speak to anyone.
Brandi Worley Now
When confronted in court with the question of why she did it and what exactly drove her to commit such an act on her own two small children, Brandi chose to remain silent. She showed no remorse for what she had done. She initially pleaded not guilty when the case was brought to court, but over time, she retreated so far into herself that she denied speaking to anyone.
Later that year, she pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 65 years in prison for the murder of her daughter Charlee and 55 years in prison for the murder of her son Tyler.
Following her time in correctional facilities, she was transferred to the Indiana Jail for Women to serve the remainder of her life sentence.
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