Invisible Children

Benson, Emery, and Zion Strack

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.

Benson (age 14, left), Emery (age 12, center), and Zion Strack (age 11, right) were victims of a murder-suicide committed by their parents, Benjamin and Kristi Strack. The children were homeschooled.

The Stracks suffered from mental illness—one of them had substance abuse problems, and Kristi had severe depression. The children were poisoned by their parents, who then killed themselves. The children knew that they were going to die—Benson left a goodbye note for one of his friends. The Stracks’ bodies were discovered by the children’s older brother, Janson McGee.

Date: September 27, 2014
Springville, Utah


Documents: Date:
Police identify family of 5 who mysteriously died in Springville home 09-29-2014
Family Believes Kristi and Benjamin Strack Killed Children, Committed Suicide 10-31-2014
Teen in Springville family found dead left ‘goodbye’ note for a friend 11-20-2014