What authorities in Bucks County, Pa., are calling an “atrocious” murder still hasn’t been completely clarified by the two suspects, who were found Monday night at the scene of the Morrisville massacre, but pieces (albeit conflicting ones) are slowly starting to come together. “As confusing as it was last night, we are no closer to understanding [the motive] in the harsh light of day,” Bucks County DA Matthew Weintraub said Tuesday of the deaths of five family members there, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. He added he expected it would be a “long, laborious process” in trying to figure out how and why Shana Decree, 45, and her daughter Dominique Decree, 19, allegedly killed two of the elder Decree’s other children; her sister, Jamilla Campbell; and Campbell’s twin 9-year-old girls in the apartment police said they all shared. The suspects have each been charged with homicide and conspiracy.
The two suspects, found at the scene and hospitalized before being taken to prison, told police divergent stories, though both alluded to a possible suicide pact. Shana Decree first said Campbell’s boyfriend and two other men carried out the killings, then took that story back and said “everyone at the apartment, including the 9-year-olds and 13-year-old, wanted to die,” per an affidavit; Dominique Decree told authorities of her own “wish to die.” The suspects also gave varying answers on who killed each of the deceased. Other family members tell WPVI they suspect religious or cult-linked reasons for the murders. Shana Decree’s ex-husband (and Dominique’s father) says they’d been “talking about demons being all around them,” while another relative says the suspects seemed to think the world was going to end this month, reports the New York Post. (Read more murder-suicide stories.)