Mother found dead months after ex killed their children

IN THE end Olga Edwards had nothing to live for.

Five months after her estranged husband murdered their two teenage children before taking his own life, Olga decided to end it all, in the house where Jack, 15, and Jennifer, 13, were gunned down.

Concerned police found the solicitor dead at the West Pennant Hills home she had steadfastly refused to leave, about 10am today, during a routine call to check on her welfare after she failed to return calls.

Olga Edwards was found dead in her home.
Olga Edwards was found dead in her home.

The Russian-born lawyer had become withdrawn and deeply depressed after the July 7 executions and could not return to work spending weeks at a time in hospital.

Her mother returned to Russia earlier this week after several months of comforting her daughter, with Olga promising to leave the house after Christmas and join her permanently.

"Life was too hard without Jack and Jennifer, Olga was in heavy counselling and struggling to cope," a source close to the family told The Daily Telegraph.

"She was dreading Christmas without the kids and planned to leave Australia for good, she had organised to spend Christmas Day at the house in West Pennant Hills to be close to Jack and Jennifer.

"She planned to sell the house and go back to Russia forever early in the New Year.

"Olga felt there was nothing anchoring her in Australia, the house was a rented property, the kids were gone."

 

Jack was 15.
Jack was 15.

 

Edwards timed his evil to wreak maximum havoc, shooting his children after school at the end of term when he knew they would be alone, at 5.20pm - and not long before Ola, 36, was due to return home from work.

He then drove to his home a suburb away and turned the gun on himself in what police believe was a year-long premeditated end to an acrimonious custody battle.

Financier Edwards, 68, obtained firearms licences late last year as soon as the law permitted - 10 years after the an apprehended violence order had expired on him.

Earlier this year be bought the two guns he used to kill his two children.

It was around this time he and his wife agreed to compromise to end a two-year custody battle, agreeing for the children to live with her and for him have no contact with him.

Jack had told school friends his father had been abusive and they had moved out.

Friends of the two children outisde the home. Picture: Flavio Brancaleone
Friends of the two children outisde the home. Picture: Flavio Brancaleone

But Edwards tracked them down, stalking them on Facebook and other social media outlets

He found their address and on several occasions went to the house and repeatedly bellowed through the windows for the children to come out.

He finally executed the meticulously-planned shootings, hunting the children in the home until he shot them, as they clung onto each other, in one of their bedrooms.

Edwards killed himself immediately afterwards in a house he had bought in Normanhurst four years ago.

Life could never return to normal for Olga.

Police at the home after John Edwards killed his two children. Picture: David Swift
Police at the home after John Edwards killed his two children. Picture: David Swift

She underwent counselling three times a week and never returned to Brown and Partners law firm in Woolwich where she worked.

A GoFundMe page had been set up raising $29,000 to support her.

Neighbours say they had been looking out for her, bringing food daily.

One said: "Every day she would sit inside the house with the blinds down. We'd take her food but sometimes she wouldn't answer the door.

"She would sometimes fall asleep in Jack's or Jen's bed at night.

"She couldn't get over never seeing them again."

If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support right now, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636. If it is an emergency please call triple-0.

 

John Edwards shot dead his two children.
John Edwards shot dead his two children.
Jennifer was 13.
Jennifer was 13.
A flower tribute outside the house. Picture: Toby Zerna
A flower tribute outside the house. Picture: Toby Zerna


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