A grandfather’s “sense of failure” at being unable to provide for his family may have led him to murder them then take his own life at a rural property in Western Australia.
The theory comes as his heartbroken former son-in-law starts making funeral plans for his four children.
Peter Miles, 61, his 58-year-old wife Cynda, their daughter Katrina, 35, and her four children – daughter Taye, 13, and sons Rylan, 12, Arye, 10, and Kadyn, eight – were found dead at Forever Dreaming Farm in Osmington on Friday.
Katrina’s estranged husband Aaron Cockman has asked the local shire to help plan a large-scale tribute to his children.
Three guns licensed to Mr Miles were found at the property and the family all suffered gunshot wounds.
Friends say Mr Miles “couldn’t look after his family” and felt a “sense of failure”.
Mr Miles was facing financial problems and looking for work, posting an advertisement on Gumtree offering farm maintenance and welcoming small jobs on his business card.