Invisible Children

Holly, Kyla, and Corrie Snyder

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.

Wesley Snyder shot his wife, Ruth, and his three daughters, Holly, 12, Kyla, 10, and Corrie, 8, before turning his gun on himself. The family was found dead by Ruth’s mother, who lived in a mobile home 100 yards away from the family’s mobile home. The family ran a ranch and homeschooled. Neighbors described Wesley as a polite man who kept to himself.

Date: July 7, 2001
Location: Las Palomas, New Mexico

Documents: Date:
Family of 5 Found Dead in Home 2001-07-10