An Irish teacher slaughtered his entire family before killing himself after he was caught watching pornography and “performing lewd acts” at the school where he worked as the deputy headteacher.
40-year-old Alan Hawe murdered his three sons Liam, 13, Niall, 11 and Ryan, 6 at their home in Ballyjamesduff, Ireland before killing his wife, 39-year-old Clodagh, and then himself.
According to the police report, Hawe cut the throats of his three sons and brutally executed his wife with an ax to prevent them from exposing the truth about him as he “couldn’t handle a fall from grace.”
Following complaints from students that the teacher had been “pleasuring himself,” the school launched a probe where they found “indecent material” at his laptop along with records that he had accessed pornography on school property during working. According to the Irish Sun, had a secret obsession with sexual taboos that he would have done anything to have kept hidden.
“Hawe was caught accessing porn on his computer in school,” a source told the newspaper. “He had crafted this reputation as the pillar of the community. “He was concerned about a fall from grace.”
Daily Mail reports: Gardai are understood to have examined his computer after the school launched a probe into the matter but no illegal material was found. The Irish Sun reports that he had a long-standing problem with pornography which had caused difficulties in his relationship with his wife.
Hawe, who went on the rampage in August 2016 before killing himself, said he was sorry in a note found at the scene. In the note found at the home in Ballyjamesduff in Co Cavan, Ireland and published by the Irish Daily Star, Hawe wrote: “I am sorry for how I murdered them all but I simply had no other way.” The note, which was addressed to his parents and siblings as well as his wife’s mother and sister, also explained: “I am sorry for my brutality but I had no other way.” Hawe also reportedly requested that he not be forgiven for his actions.
Details from the five-page letter had previously been given to members of the jury but were not read out at the inquest. It was found at the scene of the murders on August 29, alongside another note that was taped to the back door of the house which read: “Please do not come in. Please call the gardai.”
Hawe also explained in the note that it was easier for his sons to be killed than for them to be subjected to the trauma of his own suicide. He even left instructions that he be cremated, with his ashes thrown out to sea, and he specifically requested he not be buried as a Catholic.
Hawe also spoke of his career worries, referring at one point in the note to how his students perceived him. Professor Harry Kennedy, clinical director at the Central Mental Hospital, was asked by Coroner Dr. Mary Flanagan to review Mr. Hawe’s suicide note and reports from his therapist and GP. He said: “The counseling notes from March to June last year indicate that Alan Hawe was troubled.” Professor Kennedy told the hearing that he believed that at the time Mr. Hawe carried out the murder-suicide he had progressed from long-term depression to a severe depressive episode with psychotic symptoms.
“When people act in the course of severe mental illness, such as very severe psychotic mental illness, their judgment is severely impaired,” Professor Kennedy said. The inquest concluded last month, with Hawe’s death being officially recorded as suicide. The three children and Clodagh were unlawfully killed by Hawe.
After it was closed, a solicitor for Mary Coll and Jacqueline Connolly, Clodagh’s mother and sister, said Hawe targeted his wife and eldest son first for fear they may fight back. On the steps of the courthouse, lawyer Liam Keane said the killings were premeditated and calculated.
Flanked by the grief-stricken Mrs. Coll and her surviving daughter Jacqueline, he said: “It is clear from the evidence presented at the inquest that Clodagh and her boys were killed in a sequence that ensured that the eldest and most likely to provide effective resistance were killed first, and they were executed in a manner that rendered them unable to cry out for help.”