Anthony Todt is currently on trial in the United States for the murder of his family. According to prosecutors, he thought the end of the world was near.
In the small community of Celebration, Florida, the nightmare. A family was butchered among the pristine homes of this town created by the Walt Disney Company in the 1990s. The father, Anthony Todt, is currently on trial for the murder of his wife, their three children and their dog. Opening the hearings on Monday, Assistant District Attorney Danielle Pinnell recalled that the man had confessed to the crimes and said he had agreed with his wife to kill their entire family, the Orlando Sentinel reports. “Everyone had to die to get to the other side because the apocalypse was near,” Danielle Pinnell quoted the defendant’s beliefs as saying.
She then recounted how Anthony Todt killed her children, starting with the youngest, 4-year-old Zoe. “He went into her bedroom while she was sleeping. He took the time to sit next to her and lay on top of her until he suffocated her.” He then did the same to his sons, Tyler and Alek, who he also stabbed, according to the assistant district attorney. During his filmed interrogation, the defendant said that once everyone was dead, he “took all their bodies and put them in the master bedroom.” In addition, his wife Megan is said to have stabbed herself in the stomach, but since the man did not commit suicide, he decided to suffocate her with a pillow. Anthony Todt said he spoke to his children about death and they told him they wanted to die with him. He explained he had to “save his daughter’s soul” so that “she could be with everyone.” The bodies were discovered in a state of decomposition.
The Todt family’s disappearance was reported in 2019 by relatives who were concerned they had not heard from Anthony, Megan and their three children. The Todts had relocated to Celebration, Florida from Colchester, Connecticut. Authorities said that while Megan and the three children lived full-time in Florida, Anthony worked at his physical therapy practice in Connecticut during the week and returned to see his family on the weekends. Police went to the Todts’ home to meet the father on an unrelated matter. There, investigators discovered the bodies of Megan (42), Alek (13), Tyler (11) and Zoey (4). The victims were said to have been killed “towards the end of December” 2019, Sheriff Gibson had said. Investigators had visited the Todts’ home a few weeks earlier but left after receiving no response. They did not think at this point that the situation was suspicious and that it was necessary to go inside the house.
If Anthony Todt first admitted the facts, he then went back on his testimony and said that he was not there at the time of the tragedy and that it was his wife who killed their children. In a letter he sent to his father last June, he wrote that his wife drugged the children before stabbing them. Traces of Benadryl – an antihistamine – were found in their bodies at the time.