On the night of November 17th, 2016, 911 emergency dispatch services received a call from Brandi Worley, who calmly admitted to stabbing her children with a combat knife and then stabbing herself. The emergency services were taken aback and initially hoped it was a prank call.

Brandi worley with her children
Brandi Worley stabbed her children and tried to stab herself.

When the 911 dispatcher asked why she’d killed her children, she replied, “My husband wanted a divorce and wanted to take my kids.” I do not want him to have my children.” They directed the call to the children’s grandmother, who was en route to the residence. Upon arrival, she discovered the tragic scene, causing her to scream and alert the father of the children, who was sleeping in the basement.

Why did Jason Worley filed for divorce?

On the day prior to the incident, Jason Worley, the husband of Brandi, filed for divorce on the military base. He had accused his wife of infidelity as grounds for the divorce. Initially, the couple had considered ending their marriage but ultimately decided to attempt to reconcile for the sake of their children. However, Jason’s allegations of infidelity ultimately led to the collapse of their efforts at reconciliation.

Jason worley with his children
Brandi’s husband, Jason Worley, had filed for divorce a day before the incident.

On the day of the incident, the family had planned to attend a dance recital for their daughter, Charlee. Despite the recent filing for divorce, the family appeared to be functioning normally. After the recital, they returned home for dinner.

However, tensions rose when Brandi mentioned an intention to go to Walmart to purchase materials for her son’s project. Tragically, it was during this trip that Brandi decided to act on her violent impulses.

She lured her children, Tyler and Charlee, into a room and stabbed them both to death with a combat knife she had previously purchased. Despite Charlee’s attempts to wake up and flee, Brandi persisted in her brutal attack until both children were no longer alive.

Jason Worley’s Reddit post

The tragic incident of a mother murdering her own children has left many people questioning the motives behind such a heinous act. However, it appears that there were underlying issues present in the family for months leading up to the incident.

It was discovered that Jason Worley had taken to the internet to seek advice on how to deal with a wife who was allegedly cheating on him with a neighbor. In a post on Reddit’s relationships section, Jason revealed that he had noticed his wife acting strangely in May of 2015. He wrote that she would smile at odd times while texting on her phone and would always try to hide her phone when questioned about it. When he attempted to check her phone, he found that it had been password-protected for the first time in years. When he confronted her about it, she gave him an excuse for a Father’s Day surprise.

Jason shared his feelings on theReddit 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”.

As a result of Brandi’s strange behavior, Jason reportedly decided to use GPS services to track her movements. This allowed him to determine her whereabouts for extended periods of time and also gave him access to intimate messages exchanged between Brandi and their 51-year-old neighbor. This further fueled his belief that she was having an affair and may have contributed to the breakdown of their marriage.

Brandi Worley and her neighbor

When Jason confronted Brandi and the neighbor about the messages and evidence of cheating, they both denied the allegations in his presence. However, when presented with the evidence, Brandi reportedly admitted to having made a mistake and only being unfaithful once. However, the revelation had already caused significant damage to their relationship.

Despite the initial confrontation, the couple managed to coexist for a while but as the relationship did not improve, Jason filed for divorce. He also sought custody of their children, but Brandi refused and reportedly threatened to use his previous suicide attempt in high school as a factor in court that could prevent him from gaining custody. The series of events that led to the tragic incident is complex and multifaceted, it’s a culmination of several factors that led to the tragic end.

Brandi worley children 
Tyler Daniel Clinton Worley (2009–2016) (right)Charlee Rose Jean Worley (2013–2016) (lefy)

Brandi’s fear of losing her children in the divorce proceedings, along with her mental state, is believed to have driven her to commit the horrific act of murdering her own children.

Was Brandi Worley mentally ill?

It has been reported that there were no prior indications of mental instability or violent tendencies.

After committing the crime, Brandi reportedly sat calmly in the living room and repeated to her husband, “Now you can’t take my children away from me.” when he discovered the scene.

She then attempted suicide with the same weapon but her wounds were not fatal. 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 interacted with Brandi said that she showed some emotion at first, but then retreated into herself and refused to speak to anyone.

Where is Brandi Worley Now

When questioned about her motivations for committing such a heinous act, Brandi chose to remain silent in court and showed no remorse for her actions. Initially, she pleaded not guilty, but over time, she withdrew from communication with others and refused to speak to anyone. Eventually, 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.

Brandi was sent to the Indiana Department of Correction’s Rockville Facility in Parke County, Indiana in March 2018. After serving her time in a correctional facility, she was transferred to the Indiana Jail for Women to serve the remainder of her life sentence. The tragic incident is a reminder of the devastating consequences that can result from a lack of proper mental health support and the importance of seeking help when it’s needed.


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