Adults

Man Who Axed to Death His Mother, Sister, and Dog Was Just Released From a Mental Health Unit

Man Who Axed to Death His Mother, Sister, and Dog Was Just Released From a Mental Health Unit

A man brutally axed to death his mother, sister, and the family dog in June 2013. The entire incident occurred after he had been released from a mental health unit 48 hours prior.

John Jenkin, 25, was found crouched and naked on a nearby bench. When the officers approached him and asked him if he had stolen anything, he responded, “Lives.”

48 hours after being released from a mental health unit after a failed suicide attempt, Jenkin returned home and brutally killed his mother, Alice McKeekin, 58, his sister, Katie Jenkin, 20, and their family dog, with an axe.

Jenkin’s mother had just returned to Cumbria after living in Wales for several years.

Katie had become increasingly worried about her brother and his strange behavior.

“I remember her saying he didn’t seem like her brother and he didn’t look like her brother anymore,” recalled Katie’s friend Stacey Giles.

“She said he was not really talkative and stayed a lot of the time upstairs and when she asked a question he would say she was challenging him,” she added. “She just said that when he was looking at her it was not John’s eyes, it was almost as if it was someone else.”

Katie urged her brother to talk to her and left him a note telling him that she was always ready to listen.

John pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter on the condition of diminished responsibility. He was sentenced to life and must serve a minimum term of 13 years and four months.

Photo credit: Wales Online.