WEBSTER GROVES, MO. (KPLR) - The major case squad investigation revealed that Catherine Murch had a history of mental illness. It's a subject many don't talk about for fear of a stigma, but there is help out there.
In Webster Groves with how some women can relate with her struggle.
A support a group for mothers that deals with mental health issues met here for a celebration. While they were horrified by what happened they can understand Murch's struggles.
Members of Mother to Mother move with precision during a celebration of their triumph over mental health issues.
I felt so alone I had anxiety, I had was shaking I didn’t know what to do because I felt so alone.
Like many of the women here, the Major Case Squad said that Catherine Murch was suffering from mental illness.
You have no idea how ill a person's brain came become.
Dr. Diane Sanford is a woman's health psychologist.
Always surprising when you hear from an episode like this but what is more surprising is that it doesn’t happen more often because we know in this country mental health issues go under or untreated.
Dr Sanford says the Murch case is unique in the way that investigators say she carried out the murder suicide.
The gun is a very unusual way. Most of the cases that I’ve been involved with the mother gives herself and her children sleeping medicine.
But no matter the method these mothers say Murch should not be vilified and instead she should be viewed as a tragic figure who succumbed to mental health issues.
She isn’t a monster I believe she was ill.
Dr Sanford says warning signs include mood changes, and erratic behavior.
In Webster Groves, Anthony Kiekow.