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Prominent South Florida Woman Kills Teen Children and Self Following Bitter Divorce

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Jennifer Berman and her children
Jennifer Berman, who until last month was married to one of the most prominent real estate brokers in Palm Beach County, shot her two teenage children and herself Monday afternoon after warning, "It was the best thing for the family."

Reeling from a December divorce from 51-year-old Richard Berman, who says he's "created close to a half-billion dollars" in real estate over the past two decades, Jennifer Berman sent a friend a text message. "I'm going to kill myself and my children," she wrote.

Buoyed by her husband's wealth, Jennifer Berman, 48, hadn't had to worry about money for years. But following their separation, economic troubles closed in around the bewildered woman. Her home on Pershing Way was facing foreclosure, and she and her kids would have had to move in February, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Last April, she had to terminate her relationship with her divorce lawyer when she realized she couldn't pay him anymore. To pay for gasoline, the Post discovered, she had to sell her father's gold watch.

The murdered children, 15-year-old Alex and 16-year-old Jacqueline, were both talented musicians, and social media images convey a suburban family that appeared to have everything -- looks, wealth, security -- until Monday afternoon.

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Yesterday afternoon, police released recordings of a batch of disturbing 911 calls. "It looks like she's laid in bed, but she doesn't have a face," one neighbor told the dispatcher upon discovering Jennifer Berman. "I think the girl's up in bed with her, but when I saw what was upstairs, I had to run back downstairs."

"Oh, sh-t," Richard Berman told a 911 dispatcher after finding his son. "I was just touching his head. He wasn't waking up. His alarm was on; he wasn't waking up. There's blood in his ear."

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ob1sfla
ob1sfla

when all of this here was not Historic, (I live withing walking distance from the crime)  I own a house, in this neighborhood ,had a business in down town, west palm beach, great life Clinton was President, times were great.

Now I lived, 1/2 miles south, still a block from bridge to Palm Beach. I rent, ride a bike, have nothing, owe nothing; I'm happy.

her love and relationship, was build on  greed, this is sick, that she took his children, that shows, she gave him children to get his money, no money she took everything he work for; his family. very common around here, in some women, gold diggers.

Ann Marie Corsaro
Ann Marie Corsaro

There will no mercy on her soul!!! She will not be in the Book of Life and sit on the right hand of The Lord. She will go directly to Hell!! Sick Chic!!!

Ann Marie Corsaro
Ann Marie Corsaro

I never got diddly crap - even when a rich man left me -- I was glad he was gone -- I did everything I could to bring up my daughter well - not even asking the rich man's family -- it was very hard -- I worked 2 jobs and I will not even tell you the rest of what I had to do to make it -- legally -- you would not believe it -- I love her and I would go it again and again!!! I am a survivor!!! Big Time -- She took the lives of innocent children -- she is a f___ up- Amen -- children are a gift from God whether you believe in God or not !!

Lex Dillinger
Lex Dillinger

the human life is fleeting. these people had seemingly everything. now... they're all in a fridge somewhere. makes me think of all the times my mom said she was going to kill me.... thank god, my father never divorced her.

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

@JOSI there is always 2 sides to a story, maybe she was acting like a bitch to him and pissed him off, she is the villian here not the husband, get it right

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

@nadine why are u blaming the husband when it was the wife who killed the kids, it was her fault and she was dependent of her husbands money so she was not prominent , it was her husband who was prominent...so to all you women stop being fucking lazy and get a job and be independent

vicequeenmaria
vicequeenmaria

Where's the proof she's the one who did the shooting? Is there an official police statement?

Ernie Torres
Ernie Torres

She is obviously all about keeping up appearances and she saw that her life Was crumbling down around her. She freaked out like any sicko im her position would do and killed her kids to spite her husband. I'm sorry but there is NOTHING in this world that would make me hurt myself, let alone my beautiful kids. Matt the Lord have mercy on her soul.

Angie Alzola
Angie Alzola

Sorry, but this woman has a special place in hell. There is NEVER, EVER a good reason or excuse to kill - much less your OWN children. I don't care how bitter the divorce. It is shameful. She should have asked for help. This is beyond disgusting.

Chgo Dave
Chgo Dave

No Michelle T les guns more violence statistically proven. But by all means if you're scared to death you probably the last person in the world needs to own a gun?

j.pollo
j.pollo

No money? Load of crap. The law provides for temporary alimony, child support, even forcing the husband to pay for her lawyer. Somebody should ask her lawyer why these things were not done.

Mimi Gross
Mimi Gross

I feel great gratitude for I am so blessed with my family. My condolences to the surviving family, it will be a long road to recover from this senseless loss.

J Leal Angel
J Leal Angel

You dont even know all the facts and you blame the husband!???! She killed her children you fuckin retards! What did they have to do with it?!? You women make me sick!!

Astrid Ehrenstein
Astrid Ehrenstein

Horrific. ....divorce is ugly enough. Parents need to put children before their digust towards each other.... hence the consequence of a desperate person.

Lynne Dear
Lynne Dear

So very sad.... I remember my ex telling me, "If you ever try to get any money out of me, I'll quit my job and go bag groceries...." Fortunately, we survived without him.

Lourdes Sanchez
Lourdes Sanchez

So sad, to resort to eliminate the most valuable things over money her kids. As a divorced woman I have faced thick and thin, but the only reason I live is for my kids nomatter what, each day. Ex should have helped if he did have money in every which way possible.

Stephanie Velasco
Stephanie Velasco

What a selfish human being. The children had nothing to do with the divorce.

Anthony Dalton
Anthony Dalton

Humans are complicated indeed. Sad that this was a result. We all have light and darkness inside us....some can't see the forest for the trees

Felix Cheshire Thompson
Felix Cheshire Thompson

For everyone saying "get a job". What kind of job could she have gotten with zero work experience that would pay her enough to to maintain a mortgage? The lifestyle she was accustomed to was no longer viable. Therefore as far as she was concerned her life was "over". Does that make her actions justified? FUCK NO, she did some crazy ass shit. But let's not just sum up the story as "she could have lived happily ever after with a standard 9-5".

Rob Langille
Rob Langille

Uh-oh! All the fem-nazis are out, slinging allegations with no proof! Man is evil!

Betty Perez
Betty Perez

Don't make this about mom versus dad. Same thing happened last year with bobby Kennedy Jr's wife hanging herself. I am not condoning what she did but her divorce took her to a very dark place. It's not just about money. If she had to sell jewelry and give up her lawyer she didn't feel she had options. She felt desperate and it's truly tragic she didn't have any one in her life that knew enough to stop her or at least to listen enough so she can stop. She pulled the trigger - she killed her children but don't disregard the actions of husband, lawyers and probably phony friends that disappear real quick when the money dries up. If you've felt desperate but didn't do this pat yourself on the back and carry on. But try saying a prayer for her and her children. And a prayer for the husband that has to live with the fact that he was so wealthy but so poor in sensitivity and decency. What man discards his wife after x amount of years and allows his children to lose their home and see their mother anxious and worried over paying for necessities?

Alex Prieto
Alex Prieto

^She could have you know...gotten a job.

Josi Denise
Josi Denise

How can this man sleep at night, knowing he had so much money and let the mother of his children struggle? Relationships may end but parenting as partners is still a must. I can imagine her desperation - you devote your life to a man, and his kids, and then when things end - you're alone and he is selfish. She was probably proving a point. Unfortunately, he probably still won't care, just call her crazy in death.

Michael Theodore
Michael Theodore

Second Amendment strikes again. Less guns, less violence. Buyback program.

Daniel Sugar
Daniel Sugar

Just kill yourself you stupid, selfish loser. Leave your precious children alone. So so sad & senseless.

Amy Capobianco
Amy Capobianco

The father should not let the kids mother have to sell jewelry to get gas. That said she is INSANE! She wanted to hurt him and hurt her children! So sad

Ola Mustipher
Ola Mustipher

@Chris Tina better still, this is a example of why PEOPLE should not make materialism their sole reason for existing. Life may have been hard for her after the divorce, but people deal with living check to check every day.

Rob Langille
Rob Langille

Why exactly are you blaming the father for this?

Ailyn Carmona
Ailyn Carmona

this happens when you value money over life. how incredibly tragic.

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

Nadine you're a fucking idiot. How about that lady just get a job and NOT KILL HER KIDS?! How about that??

Nadine Hays Johnson
Nadine Hays Johnson

I hope the husband never finds a moment of peace. Why was he so horrible to them about money? He is an asshole.

Exiliado
Exiliado topcommenter

Or maybe she was a gold digger who only cared about the money.


If she loved her children she wouldn't have used them (read MURDER them) to punish the husband. She was a POS gold digger who never had to work a day. 


My prayers go to the souls of the two innocent children. The murderous monster can burn in hell.

Exiliado
Exiliado topcommenter

Proving a point?

She was a murderous POS, and you are no better than her if you believe that crap you wrote.

mmarrero2
mmarrero2

He didn't shoot his daughters and them himself... The mother did. Apparently, we read different articles?

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