When an Illinois woman began receiving “end of the world” messages from her estranged pastor husband, she reacted in a manner very few parents would: by attempting to kill her three daughters.
Police arrived at the home of 47-year-old Pamela J. Christensen following two 9-1-1 hangup calls to find the mother covered in blood. Court documents say that the woman dropped to her knees and told police she had attempted to murder her children.
The girls, 12, 16, and 19, told police that their mother dressed them in white and held a knife to them, asking if they accepted Jesus Christ as their savior. The mother stabbed two of the girls, inflicting minor wounds, and herself in the chest and stomach.
Initially, she had attempted to poison her children so she could murder them in their sleep, but the kids refused to drink the concoction of household cleaners.
What precipitated the attack was a series of voice mails Christensen’s estranged husband Vaughn, a former pastor at Sugar Grove Church, predicting that the world was ending, and that she needed to prepare the family to meet Jesus.
A month before Pamela Christensen attacked her children, she filed a domestic violence order, which was granted, claiming Vaughn was violent toward her and the children. The order states that the children’s father threatened numerous times to harm himself and the kids, and police have responded to several suicidal incidents at the home.
Neighbor Robin Domalewski told the Sun Times she is “baffled” by this — that the Christensens, who home school their daughters, were “always together.” She added, “I never heard anything out of that house.”
Christensen faces three counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery, and aggravated unlawful restraint. Her bail was set at $1 million on Thursday.