Invisible Children

Bryant and Alexis Morris

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

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Bryant (age 10), Alexis (age 8), and Johnathan (age 4) Morris were murdered by their father, Edward Morris, who also killed their pregnant mother Renee Lynn Morris. The murders were premeditated—Morris arranged a family trip to the Tillamook State Forest, where he shot Bryant and Johnathan, shot and stabbed Renee, then drove to a more secluded area and stabbed Alexis 18 times. He dumped the bodies in the woods, then attempted to flee the state, intending to go on a killing spree in Phoenix, AZ. After a two-week manhunt, Morris was captured and confessed. Renee homeschooled the children, and the Morrises were active in their local homeschooling group and at St. Johns Weslyan Church. Morris described his motive for the murders by saying “I haven’t been a very good provider lately.” Morris had recently suffered a business failure. In September 2004 Morris pleaded guilty to seven counts of aggravated murder, and in November 2004 he was sentenced to life without parole.

Date: December 21, 2003
Location: Tillamook State Forest, Oregon

Documents: Date:
Renee Lynn & 7 month fetus Noah Daniel Morris 2002-12-21
Murder suspect Edward Morris captured in Oregon 2003-01-03
Police get tip, capture Morris 2003-01-05
Morris sentencing closes three Oregon familicides 2004-11-16
The Edward Morris Confession, Part 1 of 3 2004-12-30
The Edward Morris Confession, Part 2 of 3 2004-12-30
The Edward Morris Confession, Part 3 of 3 2004-12-30