BY MIKE CETERA
Did he do it? Did she do it? It was the watercooler question of the week.
The mystery apparently is solved. That won't, however, keep all the rubberneckers from continuing the speculation.
Chris Vaughn had to have shot his wife and kids, some said. His wife hated guns. Chris' story just didn't make sense. What kind of man would run away -- practically cowering in fear -- when his children were in danger? Wasn't it obvious he shot himself in a lame cover-up attempt?
But others -- myself included -- thought it more likely Kimberly Vaughn killed her kids and then shot herself. Publicly, police just weren't sending the read-between-the-lines signals to suggest Chris was a suspect. And he certainly seemed cooperative enough. Perhaps she just cracked. It's happened to moms before.
Yet the way the kids died didn't make sense. Experts say moms who kill their kids usually don't do it with a weapon. It apparently should have been clear.
If police and prosecutors are right, we have one mystery solved. But we still don't know why. Even if the motive becomes crystal clear, that will never explain how a parent could kill his children. There is no acceptable answer to that.