Rumors of a perverted religious influence in the killing of five family members in a Morrisville apartment earlier this week gained credibility after their living relatives spoke to various media outlets.
Shana Decree, 45, and her daughter Dominique are charged with five counts of homicide each for the disturbing murders in S-7 unit of the Robert Morris Apartments.
The duo claim the entire family wanted to die and that they were helping them fulfill their wish. Dominique repeatedly voiced her suicidal thoughts to hospital employees after her arrest.
Now, the ex-husband and father of the suspects has publicly revealed concerns he had about the family’s welfare leading up to the brutal incident. Damon Decree, Sr. spoke to 6abc from his home in North Carolina about what he believes played a role.
“This had been going on for the past month. We had been calling Children [sic] Services, calling the police,” Decree, Sr. said on the phone. “Apparently they had dissected into some type of cult that they materialized online. I don’t know how or what kind of cult.”
His claims might help explain why a representative from the Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services Agency was performing a welfare check on the apartment Monday afternoon. But when no one answered the door, the worker called police.
Decree’s interview also seems to bolster speculation of something strange happening in the home in the weeks leading up to the murders. A reporter asked DA Matt Weintraub about the possibility of practicing witchcraft at a recent press conference.
“I wouldn’t be able to tell you that if that were a fact. I don’t want to tarnish their memories,” Weintraub said. He also made a point Tuesday to say nothing was clear. “As confusing as it was last night, we are no closer to understanding that in the harsh light of day. We will continue to pursue every lead and work this case to its just conclusion.”
Yet, despite the rumors, Morrisville Chief of Police George McClay is not so sure. McClay told LevittownNow.com Wednesday there was no evidence of a cult playing any role.
Decree, Sr.’s son Damon Decree, 13, died in the killings.
“They were talking about demons being all around,” Decree, Sr. told 6abc. “I don’t want them in an insane asylum. I want to see them in jail for the rest of their lives.”
Detectives are continuing the investigation while Shana and Dominique Decree remain in custody without possibility of bail.