43-year-old David Stokes was a lottery winner from Hinckley, England.
After his estranged wife discovered he had spent most of the money on sex workers, Stokes reacted violently.
He attacked her, killed their sons and held her hostage before taking his own life.
Stokes won Â£40,000 (~$51,500) in a recent lottery.
But he quickly blew most of it on “shares and a new car” according to The Sun.
David Stokes and his two young children, Adam and Matthew, were discovered in their family home. Awful.— UNILAD (@UNILAD) November 26, 2019
Stokes and his wife, Sally, had previously separated but remained on good terms.
That is, until Sally discovered a secret phone of David’s in the kitchen.
The phone reportedly contained booking confirmations for female escorts and searches for date rape drugs.
An inquest has been opened into the death of David Stokes whoâ€™s body was found with stab wounds at a house in Hinckley in 2016. Evidence is being heard today at Loughborough Coroners Court #CapitalReports pic.twitter.com/VNdMw8OCP5— Capital Midlands News (@CapitalMidsNews) November 25, 2019
After confronting Stokes, Sally stormed out, leaving him alone with their children.
When Sally returned, her husband attacked her with a rolling pin and attempted to suffocate her with a pillow. Though she didn’t know it at the time, Stokes had murdered their children Matthew, 5, and Adam, 11, and left them under a nearby quilt.
David Stokes stabbed himself after his wife managed to escape the family home where he had murdered their childrenÂ— EyeWitness101 (@EyeWitness101) November 26, 2019
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Sally described the scene:
â€œHe looked evil. I thought at that moment I was going to die. He was saying it was all my fault. The fact is he was the one who was sleeping with prostitutes.â€
how can ppl be so evil..?!?— Shyam Bond (@shyambond) November 26, 2019
Sally tried to escape out the back door, but was dragged back inside.
A neighbor heard her screams and called the police, sparking a five-hour hostage situation. Stokes told authorities he had a gun and that his children were safe but would be harmed if he was threatened.
After hours of tension, Sally managed to escape to the authorities after her husband had stabbed her in the back.
â€œI felt a bump in my back, then I felt warmth. I put my hand there and realized I had been stabbed…the look on his face was like satisfaction as if heâ€™d kind of won. Iâ€™ll never forget that.â€
This make me want to scream it makes me want to cry it makes me want to understand how in the hell can you be mad at your wife? Lottery winner killed himself and two sons aged 11 and five, and tried to kill his estranged wife after ... #Topbuzz https://t.co/kWyq1vXBrz— Jerry washington (@Jerrywa59Jerry) November 26, 2019
When police stormed the building, they discovered Stokes had plunged a knife into his own chest, leaving a suicide note behind.
It read, in part:
â€œI love Adam and Matthew and we will all be together again soon…Sal, Iâ€™m so sorry for all the things Iâ€™ve done and hurt you â€¦.â€
The killer then tried to blame his estranged wife for his choices.
An investigation into the tragic murders is ongoing.