Amish School Girl Killer Charles Carl Roberts
Charles Carl Roberts IV was a milk truck driver who murdered five Amish girls before killing himself in an Amish school in the hamlet of Nickel Mines, in Pennsylvania on October 2, 2006.
Charles Carl Roberts IV was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His father is retired from the local police force. In 2004 he began providing transport serves for the Amish among whom his family lived.
Young Charles earned a diploma through a home-school association and later became a commercial milk tank driver, employed by North West Foods.
The Amish School Shooting
On October 2, 2006, Charles Carl Roberts entered the one-room West Nickel Mines School at approximately 9:51 a.m. with a 9 mm handgun, 12 gauge shotgun, .30-06 bolt-action rifle, about 600 rounds of ammunition, cans of black powder, a stun gun, two knives, a change of clothes, an apparent truss board and a box containing a hammer, hacksaw, pliers, wire, screws, bolts and tape. He used 2×6 and 2×4 boards with eye bolts and flex ties to barricade the school doors before binding the arms and legs of the hostages.
He ordered the young female hostages to line up against the chalkboard but released the 15 male students present, along with a pregnant woman and three parents with infants. The remaining ten female students he kept inside the schoolhouse. The school teacher immediately contacted the police after escaping at approximately 10:36 a.m.
The Police Arrive In Minutes
The first police officers arrived about nine minutes later. They attempted to communicate with Charles Roberts using the PA broadcasters in their cruisers.
Roberts did not respond to the authorities and gun shots rang out from inside the small school building.
Police had to break in through the windows to gain access to the shooter. Roberts apparently killed himself along with five school girls. Three of the girls died at the scene, with two more dying the next morning from related injuries. Five girls were in the hospital in critical condition. Reports have stated that the girls were shot execution style in the head. The ages of the victims ranged from 6 to 13. Roberts fired at least 13 rounds from his 9 mm semi-automatic pistol.
WHAT TRIGGERED CHARLES CARL ROBERTS
Roberts was last seen by his wife at 8:45 a.m. when they walked their children to the bus stop to go to school. When his wife returned home at 11:00 a.m., she discovered four notes he had left to her and their children. Roberts reportedly contacted his wife while still in the schoolhouse and stated that he had molested two young female relatives (between the ages of three and five) twenty years ago (when he would have been 12), and had been daydreaming about molesting again. Both of the relatives in question have denied these claims.
Among the items he brought to the school was a tube of KY Jelly. Investigators surmised he might have intended to use it as a sexual lubricant. His suicide notes stated that he was still angry at God for the death of a premature infant daughter nine years prior.
To this day, the motive of Charles Carl Roberts murders is unknown.
The Amish Response To Killer Charles Carl Roberts IV
Although the Amish community grieved deeply about the terrible incident and certainly were very shocked about the tragedy, they also believed it was right to forgive. One grandfather (of one of the murdered Amish girls) said of the killer
“We must not think evil of this man.”
A member of the Brethren community living near the Amish explained
“I do not think there’s anybody here that wants to do anything but forgive and not only reach out to those who have suffered a loss in that way but to reach out to the family of the man who committed these acts.”
A Roberts family spokesman said an Amish neighbor comforted the Roberts family hours after the shooting. The entire community extended forgiveness to them.
Dozens of Amish neighbors attended Charles Carl Roberts’ funeral on October 7, 2006.
The Amish schoolhouse was torn down eleven days after the tragedy.
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