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Police Chief reflects on the murder of his three children

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

DAMASCUS,  GA (WALB) –  For most people around the world the start of a new year is a reason to celebrate and be happy. But for a south Georgia police chief January 1st carries painful memories.

30 years ago his own wife drowned their three little girls in a bathtub. Here's his story of moving forward.

Tears well up in Damascus Police Chief Jerry Evers' eyes as he remembers his little girls he lost 30 years ago today. Four-year-old twins Carrie and Sherrie and two-year-old Mandy.

"New Years Day is a celebration for most people. To me it's a time that hurts the most," said Evers.

On January 1st, 1980 Jerry Evers' wife Dianne drown their children in a bathtub. First the twins and then Mandy.

When Jerry got word the next morning his life was forever changed.

"You think about all the what if's, what if my kids lived, I know I'd have grandkids," said Evers holding back tears.

His ex-wife was found not guilty by reason of insanity. She now lives in the Florida Mental Hospital in Chattahoochee.

"I asked her why she did it, and she said she wanted to make me suffer the rest of my life," he said.

Instead of suffering, Jerry Evers dedicated his life to protecting other victims of crime.

"One of the greatest things that's come out of it is I'm in law enforcement, it's my passion," he said.

Remarried now with three teenagers he relies on their love and support.

"Donnie, she's the love of my life. She's always there for me. She never shoves me aside when I'm hurting. She tries to make life easier," he said with a smile.

And although who knows life will never be easy...those three precious faces and his new family inspire him to keep going.

Dianne Evers can petition the court for a hearing every six months in her attempt to be released from the hospital.

Jerry Evers said thankfully the judge has been very persistent upon keeping her incarcerated.

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