Last Thursday, a woman in Loganville, Georgia stabbed four of her young children and their father to death in a horrific cold blooded murder.
One day later, when she appeared at her first court hearing, the killer, 33-year-old Isabel Martinez, gave a double thumbs up and waved to photographers with a smile on her face.
Isabel stabbed and killed Isabela Martinez, 10; Dacota Romero, seven; Dillan Romero, four; Axel Romero, two, and their father Martin Romero, 33, reports Time Magazine.
Miraculously one of her children survived the attack, nine-year-old Diana Romero, however she remains in hospital with serious injuries.
In a statement Gwinnett County police said:
What prompts a person to take the life of such innocent children and her spouse is something we may never understand.
This is a horrendous crime not only for the victims but for the extended family, neighborhood and community.
When Gwinnett County Magistrate Judge Michael Thorpe read out the charges Isabel faces (five counts of malice murder, five counts of murder and six counts of aggravated assault) she pointed her finger at him and said ‘no’.
Later, Judge Thorpe told her she had the right to an attorney – but rather quickly Martinez replied that she didn’t want one, adding the ‘people and her faith’ are her attorney.
A GoFundMe page set up in the wake of the murder to pay for the treatment Diana needs as well as the funeral costs for the five victims. So far $26,000 (£20,000) have been raised.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.