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ATLANTA — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has confirmed the deaths of former state Senator Nancy Schaefer and her husband Bruce.
GBI spokesman John Bankhead says preliminary indications are that it is was a murder suicide, but the investigation in ongoing.
This year her group lobbied successfully against a bill that would have decriminalized child prostitution.
(WSB Radio/AP) Investigators with the GBI and the Habersham County Sheriff's Department can't find any evidence that the husband of former State Senator Nancy Schaefer was suffering from a terminal illness when he shot her in the back and then killed himself in their Clarksville home.
Habersham County Sheriff Joel Terrell told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution "talking with the family, talking with the daughter who saw them about every other day, they didn't know anything about it (an illness)."
Bruce Schaefer, 74, shot Nancy Schaefer, 73, once in the back while she slept and then shot himself in the head. Investigators believe the murder-suicide occurred sometime Thursday night or Friday morning.
GBI spokesman John Bankhead said in a prepared statement that investigators found a handgun near Bruce Schaefer's body and several letters written by Schaefer to family members, including a suicide note.
Sheriff Terrell said "some financial problems were mentioned" in the notes left behind by Bruce Schaefer. But he said "he had seen nothing so far that establishes a clear motive."
Funeral services for Bruce and Nancy Schaefer will be Wednesday afternoon at 1pm at the Ebenezer Baptist Church Family Life Center in Toccoa.
The Schaefer’s were receiving death threats that had accelerated;
* Nancy Schaefer was completing a video exposing the lack of oversight in Georgia’s Department of Family and Child Services (DFCS) as well as Child Protective Services (CPS) nationally
I spoke at some length with the video producer, William “Wilky” Fain, whose production company can also be found at www.williamfain.com. He expects to complete the first video project in the next couple of weeks and is carefully considering offers received so far from buyers who have approached him about distribution or ownership rights. The video will document a variety of problem cases that are expected to include examples of molesting by case workers, abusive foster parents, improper placements, failure to remove endangered children, unnecessary forced removal of children not in jeopardy and cover-ups of incorrect decisions made. More details on the video can be found on the Alex Jones Channel of You Tube at: www.youtube.com/results?search_query=WILLIAM+FAIN&aq=f.