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Paragraph 10 reads: "Back at his home, detectives found antidepressant prescriptions, paperwork from a walk-in clinic where he admitted himself for depression Jan. 2 and a letter that was dated and signed by Jacobson in which he indicated he was struggling financially and planning on ending his family's lives because he didn't want them to be destitute."
Report: Man Killed Family Due To Money Issues, Depression
Offense Report Details Neal Jacobson's Confession To Killing Wife, 2 SonsPOSTED: 12:33 pm EST March 13, 2010
UPDATED: 8:19 pm EST March 13, 2010
WELLINGTON, Fla. --
New details of a slaying in Wellington were released this week.
According to investigators' reports, a mix of money problems and depression caused a father to kill his wife and two sons in January.
Neal Jacobson's offense report runs well over 300 pages. In them, he told investigators that on Jan. 22, he kissed his sons, Eric and Joshua, goodnight and fell asleep next to his wife, Franki, in their Wellington home. However, he said, he didn't sleep well, and at 6 a.m. on the 23rd, he woke up and "just flipped out."
The offense report said that Jacobson had $250,000 in credit card debt and three of his four properties were in foreclosure.
Investigators said that Jacobson's wife pleaded for her life when he took a gun out of the closet.
"I have no other way. There is no other way," Jacobson told his wife, according to investigators. "We are going down. We all have to go."
His wife said she wanted to live and wanted the boys to live, but according to Jacobson, he shot her three times and then shot the boys while they slept.
Fire Rescue crews found Jacobson a short time later on U.S. 441 near Delray Beach, slumped over the wheel of his SUV. They said he had a gun on the passenger seat, which they removed, and when they woke him, he reached out several times looking for the gun and told rescuers, "I shot my family."
Investigators said Jacobson also admitted he had taken 10 Xanax pills, hoping to kill himself.
Back at his home, detectives found antidepressant prescriptions, paperwork from a walk-in clinic where he admitted himself for depression Jan. 2 and a letter that was dated and signed by Jacobson in which he indicated he was struggling financially and planning on ending his family's lives because he didn't want them to be destitute.
An investigator told Jacobson that just because he had financial problems, it didn't give him the right to kill his family, and Jacobson agreed.
Even though Jacobson confessed to investigators, he submitted a plea of not guilty. The state attorney's office plans to pursue the death penalty.