October 5, 2008
Los Angeles, California
Karthik Rajaram (45) kills his mother-in-law, wife, and three sons before killing himself

Karthik had been experiencing severe financial distress, and was in “a rabbit hole … of absolute despair” according to LAPD Deputy Chief Michel Moore. He wrote two notes — one suggesting he considered only suicide while the other stated he found the murders of his family before suicide to be more “honorable” — and a will before he killed his family.

The victims were Karthik’s mother-in-law Indra Ramasesham (69), his wife Subasri (39), and their sons Krishna (19), Ganesha (12), and Arjuna (7). Karthik’s body was found in the same room as the bodies of his two younger sons. Each victim had been shot in the head, some multiple times, apparently as they slept. Police received no reports of gunshots or other noises, though it is suspected the family was shot on October 5; their bodies were found October 6 when Subasri did not show for her carpool.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, available 24 hours a day in the US, at 1-800-273-8255, text “Home” to 741741, or call your country’s emergency services number.

Karthik Rajaram, via NBC Los Angeles

Hoag, Christina. “Killer: Murder-Suicide Was ‘Honorable’.” NBC Los Angeles. Accessed: October 5, 2019. https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/6_die_in_family_murder-suicide_in_Los_Angeles.html?amp=y (image source)
Stateman, Alison. “Murder-Suicide in California: A Tragedy of the Financial Crisis?” TIME. October 8, 2008. Accessed: October 5, 2019. http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1848422,00.html
Winton, Richard, Larrubia, Evelyn, and Yoshino, Kimi. “Jobless man kills family, self.” The Los Angeles Times. October 7, 2008

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