Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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 or (813) 226-3354.

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

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. What major sporting event could Tampa Bay land next?

    Lightning Strikes

    We are on quite a roll as a community. First, we had a Super Bowl drop from the storm clouds into our lap. It just reaffirms the fact that Tampa Bay is great at lap. And Monday it became official: Next year's NHL All-Star Game will be held at Amalie Arena. The best in the world will be here to shoot and score. And …

    MVP Wayne Gretzky is congratulated at the 1999 NHL All-Star game, the last time the event was in Tampa Bay. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times file]
  2. How the 2018 NHL All-Star Game reflects Jeff Vinik's vision for Tampa

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — There were several reasons the NHL announced Monday that Tampa will host the 2018 All-Star Game on Jan. 28.

    This was the  logo for the 1999 NHL All-Star game played Sunday, Jan 24, 1999 at the Ice Palace in Tampa Bay. (AP Photo)
  3. Photo gallery: Nation pays respects to America's war dead on Memorial Day

    Human Interest

    At Memorial Day ceremonies in Tampa Bay area and around the country, Americans paid tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in service to their country.

    Eight-year-old Piper St. Jean, of Tampa, uses a brush to clean the grave of her grandfather, Henry St. Jean, who served with the United States Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam wars. at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens on Monday moments after the conclusion of their 31st annual Memorial Day Service on Monday (5/23/17) in Palm Harbor. The event featured guest speakers, live choral performances by the Palm Harbor United Methodist Church choir and live music by Bones South, an area trombone ensemble with rhythm section. On Saturday local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops placed flags on veterans???‚??„? graves prior to the event. This is an annual tradition of Curlew Hills' Memorial Day services and helps the Scout troops achieve merit badges. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
  4. Protest sparks Texas lawmaker threats of gun violence


    AUSTIN, Texas — Hundreds of protesters opposing Texas' tough new anti-"sanctuary cities" law launched a raucous demonstration from the public gallery in the Texas House on Monday, briefly halting work and prompting lawmakers on the floor below to scuffle — and even threaten gun violence — as tense …

  5. Photo gallery: 20 mugshots of pro athletes arrested in Florida - 1994 to 2017


    In light of today's arrest of Tiger Woods in Jupiter, Florida on DUI charges, here are 20 booking mugs of professional athletes who have been arrested in Florida, from 1994 (Jennifer …

    Desmond Bryant - 2005 - Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant was arrested in Miami on charges of criminal mischief after allegedly "going to a neighbor's house inebriated and causing a commotion."