In taking a BIG step back for a moment, something is really starting to bother me.
This is being considered a homicide/suicide. For the homicides, Lindsay was able to quickly and efficiently kill (or ensure the death of) all 3 of her children.
The suicide attempt, however, is looking very “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing” in contrast. IF, and this is a big if, the injuries to Lindsay’s wrists and neck are in fact from self-inflicted suicidal cuts, her lack of success to put it bluntly is troubling.
**Speculation here.** She kills/mortally wounds all three kids fairly quickly. Then, for her own death, she slices her wrists, slices her neck, and throws herself through a window and out of a 2-story home. While that’s all very dramatic, it’s not very likely to result in suicide. Even if she had inflicted deep cuts, the commotion of breaking glass and a woman on the ground would have alerted people pretty quickly (which it apparently did, since MSM reported it was her neighbor who saw a woman on the ground and first called 911). Surely, staying inside and continuing to bleed undetected would seem like the choice to make if you were as intent on killing yourself as you were your children. And wouldn’t causing a scene outside the home possibly result in delaying anyone from finding and rescuing your children?
I’m not saying she wasn’t mentally ill, legally insane, psychotic, delusional, etc. But this did seem like a plan, similar to Andrea Yates. Yates carried her plan through with frightening, disconnected efficiency: kill children, call police, get arrested, be executed/punished for crimes, destroy the Satan that lives within her.
I don’t see that here. I see efficient homicides, immediately followed by a bizarre hot mess of scattershot incompetent suicide attempts/suicidal gestures that brought the action outside the home.
*EDIT: Re-reading my post, it might sound like I’m saying LC callously, with malice aforethought, killed her children and then embarked on a premeditated fake suicide attempt. I’m not saying that. I’m saying that her actions indicate no ambivalence about killing her children, but they do reveal a good deal of ambivalence, conscious or unconscious, about taking her own life.