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Domestic Violence Expert Weighs In On Pickens County Murder

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A simple call to a car wreck led Pickens County deputies to a scene no one ever expected. According to arrest warrants the driver of the car, Suzanna Brown Simpson uttered shocking words, "ok ok I shot my whole family."

Deputies tell us Brown shot and injured her husband Michael and killed her two children, 7 year old Carly Simpson, and 5 year old Sawyer Simpson.

Investigators say there were no reports of domestic violence.

"Just because there were no previous reports doesn't mean things weren't going on," Compass of Carolina Therapist Neil Sondov said.

Neil Sondov is a therapist who specializes in domestic violence.

He says things were probably building behind closed doors.

"Domestic violence is a very under reported crime some people think as much as by 50%percent especially when you get into female on male violence, because you have all sorts of gender stereotypes," Sondov said.

Sondov says since men rarely come forward the best tell tale sign of abuse may be changes in the children's behavior.

"Children who cry a lot , and cry easily, children who are resistant to touch children who have a heightened startle response to loud noises, those are all signs you can look for," Sondov said.

Deputies may never know what secrets were going on behind the walls that led to the ultimate tragedy, a mother taking the lives of her own children.

There are programs out there not only to help victims but also to help abusers.

Compass of Carolina has a 26 week Family Violence Intervention Program aimed at teaching abusers how to stop verbally, physically, and emotionally abusing their partners.

For information on the program call (864) 467-3434

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