A mother in Montgomery, Illinois, attempted to poison then stab her three children to death so they could “meet Jesus Christ.” The attack came after the mom, Pamela Christensen, received a message from her ex-husband Pastor Vaughn Christensen saying that the end of the world was near, and she needed to prepare the kids for their meeting with Jesus.
Police arrived at Christensen’s house on September 25 after received two 911 hang-ups. Officers found the mother dressed in white and covered in blood. She immediately confessed that she had stabbed her three daughters, aged 12, 16, and 19, before trying to take her own life. Two of the girls, also dressed completely in white for their formal meeting with Jesus, were suffering from minor stab wounds when found upstairs.
The initial plan was to poison the daughters with a homemade concoction of dish-washing detergent and other toxic chemicals, but the daughters refused to drink up. They were probably tipped off when the mother asked them to accept Jesus Christ as their savior.
Aside from the horrific murder attempt, one of the reported facts seem particularly disturbing.
Police arrived on the scene September 25, but according to the Chicago Sun Times, she wasn’t arrested and taken into custody until this Wednesday. Meaning that once she was treated for her own injuries at Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora and released, Pamela was free to commit these crimes in the name of Jesus Christ again.
Luckily, the mother did not make another attempt on her own life or anyone else.
The children were also treated for their injuries and released from a local hospital.
Still, the father, Vaughn Christensen, who sent the text message that started the murder attempt, remains free and, according to the Beacon-News, potentially dangerous.
In the months leading up to the stabbings, Vaughn and Pamela were going through a messy divorce, and the pastor was growing increasingly violent towards his wife and the children. He was also becoming increasingly suicidal, saying he wanted to kill himself multiple times.
In August, Pamela received an order of protection against her husband.
Fortunately, the children still have their grandfather, who has taken them into custody.
Pamela Christensen will face three counts each of attempted first degree murder, aggravated unlawful restraint, and aggravated battery for her desired rendezvous with Jesus Christ. That is, if she is dubbed mentally fit to stand trial for her crimes.
Her next court date will be October 16.