Real Life

Why I had my family killed

Erin was just 16 when she arranged the murders of her entire family.

She’s a self-confessed “daddy’s girl”, but when Erin Caffey was just 16, she organised the murders of her entire family.

Why? Because her mum and dad had told her she couldn’t see her 18-year-old boyfriend Charlie Wilkinson anymore.

“I was shocked, angry and hurt, this was the guy I was supposed to spend the rest of my life with and he loved me,” she told The Sun newspaper.

So one night, a few days later, Erin sat outside her Texas family home in a car with friend Bobbi Johnson, 18, while Wilkinson and his friend Charles Waid, 20, who was also Bobbi’s boyfriend, stabbed and shot her parents and siblings.

Her mother Penny was shot then stabbed with a samurai sword. Her 13-year-old brother Matthew was shot in the head. Her eight-year-old brother Tyler was cornered hiding in a cupboard and repeatedly stabbed with a sword.

Her father Terry was shot five times but miraculously survived, even after the house was set on fire.

When she was arrested, Erin claimed she had been drugged and kidnapped by her three friends, but they confessed she had planned the killings, a claim proven by cell phone records.

Erin is now 24 and serving a minimum of 42 years in prison. She will be 59 by the time she’s eligible for parole.

She regrets her crimes, but not because she appears to feel any real remorse.

“When I look back on it now, this was all just stupid,” she says from jail, now aged 24. “I mean, for what? They weren’t beating me, they weren’t starving me to death. I had it made.”

Erin’s father has recovered from his injuries and still visits her once a month. He has forgiven her because he believes her young mind was corrupted by her controlling boyfriend.

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