- May 29, 2001
This is about the weapon used to kill 3 of 4 members of a family who was camping at an Iowa state park. Read the entire article to see how suspicious and delusional the parent's comments are.
Information about what happened in Maquoketa Caves State Park on July 22 that left Tyler and Sarah Schmidt and their 6-year-old daughter, Lula, shot dead in their tent has been slow in coming.
No autopsy results on three members of the Schmidt family or their alleged shooter will be released over the weekend, according to Iowa authorities. They also said no update into the triple homicide was expected before Monday.
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Investigative sources, however, have told the Des Moines Register that the suspected killer, Anthony Orlando Sherwin, 23, of Nebraska, used a homemade weapon — known as a ghost gun — to commit the slayings before turning the gun on himself.
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Sherwin's parents — who said they have been fully cooperating with authorities and have their doubts about what law enforcement have said happened — said their son did have a fascination with guns at one point. But Joseph and Cecilia Sherwin, his parents, wrote in an email to the Register that the fascination had passed.
His parents, however, said their son constructed a homemade weapon before the camping trip to Iowa to protect the family from what they believe is a rising threat of violent crime.
Investigative sources said the family had multiple guns stored in their car, but that the homemade device was used in the shootings.
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