Netanya Murder 311.
(photo credit: Channel 10)
A 38-year-old father is suspected of stabbing his three children to death Saturday morning in his Netanya home, in one of the most gruesome cases of family violence in the country's history. RELATED:TA: 2 dead in haredi murder-suicideSuspect arrested for Rehovot murder
The father, Itai Ben Dror, passed a message to his court-appointed attorney from his hospital bed on Saturday, in which he said "now my children have found peace."
awoke Saturday to news of the shocking triple murder, after firemen
broke into Ben Dror's house following a call by his father, who had
spoken to his son moments earlier and feared that he may attempt
When they arrived at the scene, rescue personnel found
Ben Dror in bed attempting to slit his wrists, next to the dead bodies
of his three children Omer (10), Roni (8) and Or (5). All three children
had suffered stab wounds across their entire bodies and had been
covered with a blanket.
Ben Dror is believed to have put the
children to bed and then stabbed them in their sleep. He then wrote
several notes, with instructions for rescue personnel in case his
suicide was successful. In one of the notes found by police on Saturday
Ben Dror wrote that he and the children "will now finally be together in
heaven. I will take you with me to the next world, where we will be
together for eternity."
Ben Dror was lightly wounded by his suicide attempt and was taken to Netanya's Leonida Hospital for treatment.
at the gruesome murder was followed by outrage at what many are saying
was a failure on the part of welfare authorities, who allowed Ben Dror
to maintain visitation rights with his children, in spite of his
extensive record of psychological treatment and violent harassment of
the children's mother, who celebrated her birthday the night before the
Only two months ago, Ben Dror was discharged from a
psychiatric hospital where he was hospitalized for several months for
severe depression. On Sunday, police reported that Dror had tried to
kill himself at least six times in the past.
workers in Kfar Yona, where the children lived with their mother Lilach,
allowed Ben Dror to retain his unsupervised visitation rights with his
children. Ben Dror managed to maintain his unsupervised visitation
rights, in spite of four complaints of violence his ex-wife lodged with
police. These were in addition to a similar complaint issued by a woman
with whom Ben Dror had an affair during his marriage. The woman later
took out a restraining order against Ben Dror.
Minister Yitzhak Aharanovitch visited the scene of the crime on
Saturday, as did Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Dudi Cohen, who called
the murders "a very serious incident". Later Saturday, a special meeting
was held by the central police district head decided to task the
Central District branch of the special YAMAR investigation unit with the
On Sunday morning, Ben Dror will be taken under
heavy police escort for a hearing at the Ramle Magistrate's Court, where
police will seek an extension of his remand.