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Tampa Palms mother called plan a 'massacre,' police say

TAMPA — Before the shooting deaths of her son and daughter, police say Julie Powers Schenecker referred to her plan as a "massacre."

In a note she wrote before the Jan. 27 shooting, Schenecker mentioned the three-day waiting period required to take home a gun. According to Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy, Schenecker said it would "delay the massacre."

Schenecker bought the .38-caliber revolver on a Saturday and used it the following Thursday, according to an arrest report.

It's unclear where she bought the gun. Police have not released that detail. None of the gun shop managers contacted by the St. Petersburg Times acknowledged a purchase. Some said they checked their records as soon as they heard about the killings and found she had not purchased it there.

Officers discovered the scene Jan. 28 after getting a concerned call from Schenecker's mother in Texas, who said she had gotten an e-mail in which her daughter sounded depressed.

Police found Calyx, 16, and Beau, 13, each shot twice in the head and covered with a blanket. Schenecker remains in an infirmary at a Hillsborough County jail without bail, charged with first-degree murder.

Late last week, she had a video conference with her first and only family visitors: her parents and siblings.

Her arraignment has not been scheduled.

Her husband, Army Col. Parker Schenecker, will be in Fort Worth, Texas, today for funeral services.

In a release the family sent Sunday, they referred to Calyx as "a model student, a published artist, a truly devoted friend and a tenacious athlete." They said Beau's "amazing intuition, empathy for others and sense of humor made him stand head and shoulders above the rest."

Alexandra Zayas can be reached at azayas@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3354.

Tampa Palms mother called plan a 'massacre,' police say 02/07/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 7:59am]
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