Struggling Massachusetts Children’s Book Author Shot Dead His Wife and Three Young Children Before Killing Himself

Nathaniel, Alexis and Kathryn Zaccardi

Authorities in Massachusetts say the family of five found dead inside their Abington home earlier this week died when the father shot his wife and three children before turning the gun on himself.

On Monday morning, the bodies of Joseph Zaccardi, his wife Deirdre, and their three children — daughter Alexis, 11, and twins Nathaniel and Kathryn, 9 — were discovered. They had all been shot.

On Wednesday, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz announced Joseph Zaccardi was the murderer, CBSCNN and the Boston Herald report.

Authorities received a 911 call around 7:30 a.m. Monday from a relative who went to the condo to bring one of the children to school and found the body of Deirdre, 40.

After officials arrived at the scene, they located the four other bodies in the condo.

According to his Facebook page, Joseph, 43, was a children’s book author who appeared to be struggling with his career. At the time of his death, Joseph had listed his occupation on Facebook as “unemployed and going crazy.”

In April 2017, Joseph announced that he had published his third book, All Mixed Up, which was available to purchase on Amazon.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Harriet Sokmensuer