Invisible Children

Teresa, Nora, and Finn Milligan

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.

Finn (L), Nora (center), and Teresa Milligan (R)

Teresa Milligan (b. 2009), Nora Milligan (b. 2011), and Finn Milligan (b. 2013) were shot to death as part of a murder-suicide by their father, Marcus Milligan, who also killed their mother, Tara Milligan. The children were homeschooled.

The Milligans were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and were active in their church ward. Teresa was opinionated, creative, and loved reading, theater, and playing the harp. Nora was well-spoken, an animal lover, and enjoyed piano and soccer. Finn had a great sense of humor and loved music and sports. The children treasured their pets, 5 cats and a dog. The Milligans’ fourth child, Conor Milligan (2015-2019), died of childhood cancer.

Three years and one week after Conor’s death, the police received a 911 call, likely from Marcus Milligan. When authorities arrived at the home they found that Marcus had shot and killed Tara, then had shot and killed each of the children, before killing himself. The motive remains unclear, although family and friends’ statement that “the reunion [in heaven] is a beautiful one for the family” indicates that grief and theological beliefs may have played a role in the murders.

Date: September 9, 2022
Elk Mills, Cecil County, Maryland


Documents: Date:
Conor Davin Milligan
‘It’s a Horrific Day’: Apparent Quadruple Murder-Suicide Leaves 3 Homeschooled Children and 2 Adults Dead in Maryland 09-09-2022
Police identified the five people found dead inside a Cecil County home 09-10-2022
PICTURED: Mother and three children, aged 14, 11 and 8, who were shot dead by their father in murder-suicide in Maryland home 09-11-2022
Maryland Mother and 3 Children Are Fatally Shot by Father in Murder-Suicide: ‘Horrific Day’ 09-12-2022
Teresa Brigid Milligan
Nora Merian Milligan
Finn Ricker Milligan