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Disturbing history of the Western Australian psychopath who murdered wife, daughter and four grandchildren

Violence, Mental Illness, and Despair: The Disturbing Family History of a Psychopath Who Kills His Wife, Daughter, and Grandchildren in One of Australia’s Worst Massacres

  • Peter Miles shot his wife, daughter and four grandchildren in 2018
  • Children’s father Aaron Cockman claimed that the Miles family was violent
  • The 61-year-old murderer’s son burned down a barn during a family fight
  • Cockman was locked in a bitter custody battle with his ex-wife Katrina
  • The late father said the rising legal costs were getting out of control for the Miles family

The disturbing family history of a grandfather who killed his wife, daughter and four grandchildren in one of Australia’s worst massacres has been revealed.

Peter Miles, 61, shot and killed his grandchildren, Taye, 13, Rylan, 12, Ayre, 10, and eight-year-old Kayden, their mother Katrina, and his wife Cynda before aiming the gun at himself at the family’s farm in Osmington, West Australia on May 11, 2018.

The children’s father and Katrina’s ex-husband Aaron Cockman have alleged that Miles’s family had a history of violence prior to the mass murder that had caught the attention of the authorities.

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Peter Miles (second from left in suit and blue tie) killed his wife, Cynda, (rear right), his daughter Katrina Miles (left in red dress) and her four children aged eight to thirteen (photo) before shooting themselves

Peter Miles (second from left in suit and blue tie) killed his wife, Cynda, (rear right), his daughter Katrina Miles (left in red dress) and her four children aged eight to thirteen (photo) before shooting themselves

Aaron Cockman (pictured in August 2018) has alleged that the Miles family had a history of violence - including the murderous grandfather's son who committed suicide

Aaron Cockman (pictured in August 2018) has alleged that the Miles family had a history of violence - including the murderous grandfather's son who committed suicide

Aaron Cockman (pictured in August 2018) has alleged that the Miles family had a history of violence – including the murderous grandfather’s son who committed suicide

Miles (center) is depicted with his four grandchildren, his daughter Katrina (bottom right) and wife Cynda

Miles (center) is depicted with his four grandchildren, his daughter Katrina (bottom right) and wife Cynda

Miles (center) is depicted with his four grandchildren, his daughter Katrina (bottom right) and wife Cynda

Cockman said Miles’ son committed suicide and previously set fire to a barn during a family dispute The Australian.

The surviving parent also claimed that Miles’ own father had tried to kill him.

Cockman claimed that meanwhile – with whom he split in mid-2014 – had threatened to kill both himself and the children they shared by bumping into a tree.

At the time of the suicide, Mr. Cockman was locked up in a bitter custody battle over his four children.

On the two-year anniversary of the tragedy, Mr. Cockman said that Miles had paid approximately $ 100,000 in legal fees for his daughter and that the lawsuit had heightened tensions within the family and caused them to “get out of hand.”

It comes when Mr. Cockman fights for a public inquiry into the suicide murder, which he said he could talk freely about what happened.

He said a judicial inquiry would also highlight how the Family Court of Western Australia played a role in exacerbating the family conflict leading up to the mass murder.

“Why shouldn’t there be [inquest] in such an extreme series of murders when there is a clear chance that it could be a way to protect future generations of our children? he wrote in a letter to the WA attorney general.

The murder of Mr Cockman’s family was the worst mass shooting Australia has seen since the 1996 Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania, which led to a massive weapon reform.

The horrific suicide bombing on a remote farm (photo) in Western Australia shocked the nation. It was the worst mass shooting since the Port Arthur massacre in 1996

The horrific suicide bombing on a remote farm (photo) in Western Australia shocked the nation. It was the worst mass shooting since the Port Arthur massacre in 1996

The horrific suicide bombing on a remote farm (photo) in Western Australia shocked the nation. It was the worst mass shooting since the Port Arthur massacre in 1996

A month before his family’s massacre, Cockman was charged on Facebook with stalking and harassment by Katrina, but the court allowed under surveillance and received favorable reports.

A week before May 11, Mr. Cockman went to movie theaters to watch the new Avengers movie with his kids and estranged wife.

Cockman said last year that he just wanted to spend time with his kids.

The late father (photo) calls for a public investigation into the deaths of his children to avoid similar family tragedies

The late father (photo) calls for a public investigation into the deaths of his children to avoid similar family tragedies

The late father (photo) calls for a public investigation into the deaths of his children to avoid similar family tragedies

“It was such a big event that it affected not only me and my family, but the entire community and, to some extent, the entire country,” he wrote to the coroner of the tragedy.

Mr. Cockman, in collaboration with For Kids Sake, founded the aaron4kids foundation, which campaigns for support and more mediation before submitting a custody battle to the courts.

Readers seeking support and information on suicide prevention can contact Lifeline at 13 11 14.

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