Aaron Schaffhausen allegedly slit daughters' throats, then called ex: "I killed the kids"

Categories: Homicide Files
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Schaffhausen's three girls were excited to see him. Less than two hours later, he killed them, police say.
SEE ALSO: Aaron Schaffhausen allegedly killed his three daughters, ages 5 to 11, in River Falls home

Today, Aaron Schaffhausen was charged with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide two days after he allegedly killed his three young daughters.

A criminal complaint released by the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department provides chilling details of how the triple homicide went down.

On Tuesday afternoon, the three girls -- Amara (age 11), Sophie (8), and Cecilia (5) -- were at the River Falls home Schaffhausen owns and rents to his ex-wife, Jessica, under the supervision of a babysitter. Jessica and Aaron were divorced in January, and Aaron now lives in Minot, the complaint says.
Schaffhausen is charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

Just before noon, Aaron texted Jessica and told her he was in St. Paul and wanted to see the girls. Jessica consented but told her ex-husband he must leave by 3:30, because she was coming home and didn't want to see him. Aaron said he'd be gone by then and headed to River Falls, where he arrived a bit before 1:30. The babysitter told police that when Aaron arrived, "the girls rushed to the door, excited to see him."

After Aaron arrived, the babysitter texted Jessica to ask whether she wanted her to stay with the girls and Aaron, but Jessica responded that said she could leave, and her mom came to pick her up.

At around 3:30, Aaron called Jessica and delivered this unimaginably horrible message: "You can come home now because I killed the kids."

Jessica immediately called police. Upon entering the home, officers smelled an odor of gas. They went upstairs and found the three girls, each placed in a different bedroom, each with a blanket covering their bodies up to their necklines. A large amount of blood covered the carpet in one of the bedrooms.

Officers then went down to the basement, where a red gasoline container had been tipped forward, allowing gas to pour out of it. The home's gas fireplace was turned on.

About an hour later, Aaron drove himself to a police station in River Falls and turned himself in. He responded to officers' questions with silence, a blood stain visible on his shorts.

An autopsy determined that each girl's cause of death was "sharp force injury to the neck and strangulation."

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twags05
twags05

Probably the most torture we could inflict on him is making him live in a 4x8 cell 23 hours a day for the rest of his life.

scott boudreaux
scott boudreaux like.author.displayName 1 Like

the torture his soul will go through for all eternity 

Twags05
Twags05

I don't give a flying fuck if you're black, white, yellow, orange or purple, if you do stuff like this, you suffer the consequences! I'm just as white as this piece of crap. I think that would be too easy to put this creepy bastard to death even if Wisconsin had the death penalty. He would die of natural causes before it would be time to execute him, anyway. Put him in general population, and he would probably be dead in 30 minutes anyway because of what he did.

Tinbit
Tinbit

these people that kill children and the child molesters should all be put to death in a matter of days after going to court,,and are prisons wouldn't be so over crowded and they wouldn't need to release them back on the streets,,and it would save on tax dollars,

Tinbit
Tinbit

I will never understand why a father  would kill his own children how cold, if you don't want them walk away, I feel this guy did it to get even to his ex wife . ?? but who knows,, ?? eather way no reason for it,, I can't imagine what his wife must be going throw,, what a nightmare,,she should have the right to kill him,,

JS
JS

Nah...  He's not young enough.

Yes
Yes

why certain ethnics groups like to kill their children 

Lmvas4
Lmvas4

She was not a date, she was at work. Obviously she didn't think her children's livee were in jeopardy or she wouldn't have allowed the visit. And even then, the man was probably psychotic and would have killed no matter what. So he lost 'everything' when they divorced, still not justification for killing HIS children.

Whitneyfilsinger
Whitneyfilsinger

Its absolutely irrelevant what this woman was doing with her own time. Way to more or less blame her for her ex husband murdering his own children. There is no justification under the sun for what he did to his beautiful trusting daughters.

disgustedmom
disgustedmom

why was race brought up in the comments at all.   It has nothing to do with this article.  Stick to what's important!!!! I pray for this mom and those poor little girls who's lives were cut way to short.  You know what's important!

Hotstuffkayla1015128809
Hotstuffkayla1015128809

Very well put!!! Praise the Lord above that my momma taught me well and I don't have to worry about making myself look ignorant! That's all racism is is pure ignorance! Absolutely horrible how people can honestly believe that they are superior to others based on color of skin...it doesn't get much pettier than that! For crying out loud! Get a grip! I will forever keep racist people in my prayers and hope that someday God will show them the light!

Hotstuffkayla1015128809
Hotstuffkayla1015128809

I understand your questions...but honestly again with the racism shit! Honestly it's not about the color of your skin or eyes or hair or your heritage at all. It's all about how your mama raised you and where your values and morals are!

Jack
Jack

Motherfucker must die.  I vote for burial alive.

East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

If you exterminated the white race who whould pay for all the welfare / SNAP / section 8 / baby mamas / medicaid ?  This country would lapse into Somolia within the year.

East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

Us f*ckin' bigots are over at the Tim Dortch article - about the man who killed someone on the bus, because he bumped into him!

Bottled_sun
Bottled_sun

WTF??? Why why why did he kill them all? The baby girls were so excited to see him!! Theres been so many kids murdered lately. Im so sad by itall. If these white folks dont want their kids, why cant they just give them up for adoption instead of murdering them. I cant imagine the pain these little ones went through watching their own dad  slitting their throat. This is just as horrible as the muslim beheadings in afghanistans.

Exterminate The White Race
Exterminate The White Race

My question stands:  Why are the vast majority of serial killers, spree killers and mass murderers white?  Why is that?  American white guys have more than 5000 nuclear weapons because they are EVIL and love to commit mass murder -- whites do NOT have thousands of  nuclear weapons because they are good, they have them because they are EVIL!  Deal with it. . .

Saywhaaat
Saywhaaat

Why are the vast majority of serial killers white? Call me crazy, but it might, JUST MIGHT, be because there are more white people than people of other races in the US. Hence, they are known as the "majority" and other races are called "minorities". It is just as wrong to make generalizations about white people as it is to make generalizations about black people. Every race has good and bad people. Deal with it.

Not White
Not White

Okay... So my grammar sucks. Ha! Looks like I need to read before I post. I'm the stupid one now...

Not White
Not White

Is it so hard to type out a full word? It does the word to only has two letters... Just saying. It makes your argument look stupid.

Melodysather1
Melodysather1

Excuse me, but I'm guessing ur black. Seems 2 me that blacks r now racist. Didn't ur momma teach u 2 act better than other people? My familys very racially mixed, so I c clearly about racism. I'm not, but people like u stereotype people. Give it up!! Nobody's a slave anymore. Get over it. I say the same shit 2 white people when they say blacks bring violence 2 our streets cuz of crack. Ur an adult, act like one, no need. 2 bring ur bullshit negativity 2 next generation

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