Dad RAJESH "EDDIE" OSBOURNE had a parade of deniers in his life. He "loved" those kids, he was so "good"--we're told this over and over again. Though the evidence doesn't really back up all the platitudes, does it? Does a "good" and "loving" father gun down three innocent children in cold blood?
This guy was even narcissistic and arrogant enough to tell other people of his plans. But you know, he was just so "good" and "loving" that everybody ignored the big red flags showing that this @$$wipe wasn't "good" or "loving" in the slightest. Note that there is very little detail about those warnings here, though.
No, we'd rather focus on how this came "out of the blue" with "no signs"--that way, nobody will be held responsible for not intervening, thank you very much.
Basically, the denials tell us more about them and/or their family's twisted psychodymamics than anything about this triple killer.
Question: If this guy had walked into an office building and gunned down three strangers, would we be subjected to the same speeches about how "good" and "loving" the killer was? I doubt it. Because nobody indulges this crap except when a father mows down his kids.
Rajesh Osbourne warned friends he'd murder children Grace, Jarius and Asia
Anthony Dowsley, Amelia Harris
Anthony Dowsley, Amelia Harris
Herald Sun April 12, 2010 12:00
AM UPDATE 11.48am: THERE was no sign of trouble at home for three children killed by their father, their bewildered school principal said.
Roxburgh Park Primary principal Iain Garfirth prides himself on running a school alert to signs of trouble in the lives of his students.
Previous gut feelings sparking interventions to do with student welfare have been justified, he said.
But there were no signs of family problems with the Osbornes, he says.
Mr Garfirth and the children's classroom teachers agree the shocking violence came out of the blue.
They can't think of anything they should have done or noticed, he said.
"There was just no signs whatsoever that anything like this was going to happen to these children,'' he told ABC Radio.
"We know we did everything possible.''
It is understood the 37-year-old father had battled depression, and felt his children could not survive without him.
Mr Osborne had told those close to him of his plans, but was not taken seriously, the Herald Sun has been told.
On Saturday, he killed his youngest child, Grace, only 7, first. He then turned the gun on son Jarius, 10, standing nearby, before killing daughter Asia, 12.
Their mother was taken to the Victorian Coronial Centre to see their bodies yesterday.
Asia's siblings were supposed be in class at Roxburgh Primary for the first day of term two today.
Instead, students today made an emotional return to school without them.
Parents this morning told of explaining the heartbreaking news to their children.
Amanda Buttigieg said she struggled to tell her daughter, who was knew Jarius, what happened. (Spelling OK)
"What are you supposed to tell a child?’’ she said.
"There’s not much. They are aware and we’re just going in now to speak to the counsellors.’’
Tracey Meyer, who lives near the Osbornes, said the school had been fantastic.
"They always are,’’ she said.
"(I’ve told my son, Cody,), 'Today there will be sad people at school. There will be people to talk to’.’’
Shelley Edgell said her daughter was aware of what happened.
"It’s pretty hard to miss on the news,’’ she said. "You can only tell them what the truth is.’’
She said she still shocked by the trio’s killing.
"As a parent you don’t know what goes through other people’s heads. You just can’t comprehend it," she said.
"Something must be really bad for someone to do that.’’
Mr Garfirth said parents and teachers were struggling to come to grips with the "incomprehensible" deaths.
All three of the children had participated in a program for bright students.
"We just can't believe it," Mr Garfirth said. "I can't believe it as a father. I can't believe that a father would do that to his children. They were lovely, lovely children. There was no indication a tragedy like this was around the corner."
Mr Garfirth said the school would organise a memorial service for the three children and counselling would be provided for students.
Mr Osborne's younger sister, Arumesh Lata, said from Canada she could not believe he'd have killed his children.
"He never showed these problems. He never drank. He never smoked. As far as I know he never had any enemies.
"He loved his mum, and his brother and sister. When they (Osborne and his wife) separated, he said he needed his kids. I really can't understand how he could do this," she said.
"I don't think he had depression. He never complained.
"He loved them and that's why I can't understand this. If he has done it, why did he do it? Maybe there is something he never shared," she said.
Another sister, Roshni Pischioneri, said she was struggling to understand.
"My brother was a good man, a very good brother. He loves his kids. I lost my family. I lost my brother. Poor kids - I lose them. I just want to be alone."
Mr Osborne had not appeared uneasy or distracted at work on Friday.
He lived and worked in New Zealand between 1999 and 2004 and began working as a caravan builder in Melbourne's north in 2004.
He volunteered to teach migrants English in 2006.
Distraught classmates of the slain children laid flowers at the family's Roxburgh Park house.
Rachel Lagana said her two young daughters were shocked by the death of their friends Jarius and Grace.
"I don't think they can comprehend exactly what happened. They keep asking why their dad did this," she said.
Premier John Brumby said the tragedy was of unimaginable proportions, and classmates who knew the murdered children would get counselling.
Mr Brumby said he had been confronted by a similar event when he was at school.
"I was in Year 9, I think, at the time, and I still vividly recall that, and the impact that it had on me and all of our classmates. It left quite a mark on us all," he said.
Tributes continued to be written on dedicated memorial pages for the children.