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Mother Kills Her 3 Children Before Taking Her Own Life | Her Husband Had Left Home To Buy a TV For The Family
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Mother Kills Her 3 Children Before Taking Her Own Life | Her Husband Had Left Home To Buy a TV For The Family

When her husband discovered his son covered in blood, he immediately called the police and paramedics.

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Trigger warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of violence that some readers may find distressing 

When Tomislav Perinovic returned home from work, he discovered his entire family had been murdered. Katie Perinovic murdered her three children, Matthew, Anna, and Claire, and then committed suicide. When the tragedy occurred, Tom, the deceased's father and husband, was out shopping, reported ABC News.

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Katica, affectionately known as Katie, was suffering from her first episode of psychosis when she brutally murdered her children and then committed suicide at their Tullamarine home last January. When Perninovic discovered Matthew covered in blood, he immediately called the police and paramedics. Later, when emergency personnel arrived at his home, he received another severe shock when he entered the rearing room and discovered his two daughters and wife dead. "They're all dead," he yelled. Because the police believed Tom had murdered his children and wife, he was yelled at and treated harshly. He was released the next day after being questioned by Homicide Squad detectives and examining CCTV footage, phone records, Triple -0 calls, and interviewing 77 witnesses. Although the police apologized for their actions, Tom also demanded a written apology.

According to Coroner Jamieson's documentary on this case, Tomislav, the grieving father of the three children, said at the inquest, "I went out that day to buy my family a TV...the kids were so excited. I returned home to find my family had died." Katica's mental health deterioration is discussed in the documentary. She was experiencing her first episode of psychosis, and the coroner determined that the 42-year-old physiotherapist's care was "sub-optimal" and recommended that Schizophrenia psychiatric guidelines be changed.