A woman is accused of killing four relatives so she could collect their insurance policies.
48-year-old Susan Hendricks was charged Tuesday with four counts of murder in the shooting deaths of her two sons Matthew, 20, and Marshall Hendricks, 23, ex-husband Mark Hendricks, 52, and stepmother Linda Ann Burns, 64. The shootings happened October 14 at two seperate mobile homes in the town of Liberty.
When deputies arrived at the time, Hendricks had told officers her youngest son had been using drugs and was suicidal. She told them he murdered the family and then committed suicide.
However, Solicitor Walt Wilkins said there were several things that made officers suspicious. “The gun used in the murders was owned by Susan Hendricks,” he told reporters in a Tuesday press conference, “Second: there (were) numerous life insurance policies out on each of the individuals that was killed. Third: her statements were inconsistent with scientific and forensic evidence.”
Some of the victims’ relatives were at the press conference. Gordon Finley, the brother of Linda Burns, got emotional, “I don’t know what happened down there. I wouldn’t even begin to say,” he said, “But anybody that would take the life of four different people… there’s something the matter with them somewhere.”
Hendricks was arrested Monday night at a motel in Easley. She’s currently being held in the Pickens County Detention Center.