The Strack Family Murder-Suicide

Mom’s obsession with a killer led to the family’s demise.

Down the Rabbit Hole

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When police arrived to find the young Strack family sprawled lifeless across the master bedroom, they couldn’t have known just how truly twisted the family’s story would turn out to be. The chronicles of the murder-suicide committed by Kristi and Benjamin Strack in their final days are open to debate, with a history of mental illness and drug abuse potentially to blame. But, behind the walls of a Utah state penitentiary, an evil that haunted the state decades prior lurked and preyed on the couple, and helped influence the couples ideology in such a way that they would end up murdering their own three children. Read the Removal Revelation before this story.

For the Strack children, their lives were never anything but atypical. Kristi Strack was only about 6 years old when last episode’s story took place, but Dan and Ron Lafferty’s Removal Revelation would turn out to drastically shape her life. Both Kristi and her second husband Benjamin had a history of substance abuse, particularly opiates and heroin, that had left them with irreparable mental and emotional damage. Kristi herself was prescribed methadone treatments for the heroin addiction.

She didn’t grow up with any connection to Dan Lafferty and she hadn’t heard about him either. It wasn’t until nearly two decades after his conviction, when the book Under the Banner of Heaven, by Jon Krakauer, was published that Kristi Strack would be introduced to the infamy of Dan Lafferty. At this point she had a son named Janson from her first marriage, and ended up remarrying Benjamin Strack and giving birth to 3 more boys, Benson, Emery, and Zion. A mother of 4, and devout Mormon, curiosity began innocently enough, and she started by writing letters to Dan while he was imprisoned in Utah State Penitentiary. However as their relationship developed, it was apparent that Kristi’s friendship had spiraled into a deep obsession with Dan Lafferty and his principles, giving in once again to the addictive tendencies. As if incessantly writing the convicted murderer wasn’t enough, she and Ben visited Dan in prison weekly. They bought into the religious persona that Dan projected, latching onto his ideologies, preachings, and reveling in his local infamy. Kristi even believed that Dan the…

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Down the Rabbit Hole

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