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BLOOMINGTON, IL – A 33-year-old man strangled his two infant sons to death before setting his house on fire and hanging himself.

According to reports, Pamela Ringenberg woke up to the sound of her home’s smoke detectors going off early Tuesday morning.

She began frantically looking for her two sons, a 2-year-old and a newborn, but was unable to find them or her husband, 33-year-old Eric Ringenberg.

Frantically searching for a phone and her family, heavy smoke eventually forced her to run to a neighbor’s home to call 911. Police and firefighters arrived on the scene and were able to quickly put out the fire.

Pamela was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation while investigators searched the house for the rest of her family. They would find Eric and the couple’s two sons dead in the basement.

Both boys had been strangled to death and Eric had apparently hanged himself.

Surveillance footage from inside the home showed Eric hiding Pamela’s cell phone and going down to the basement before the fire broke out.

There has been no reported motive behind Eric’s actions, but police are asking the public to remember that if they or someone they know is contemplating suicide or is in a mental health crisis, to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or PATH CRISIS at 211.

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  • polomint38

    We hear similar too often.

  • I got fired from the suicide hotline in college. Not sure why.

  • BG

    Vengeful fucking nerdball wasn’t he?

  • polomint38

    You were meant to persuade them not to kill themselves, not send them detailed instructions and a list of suppliers for the implements needed.

  • Odd that he took the time to hide her cell phone, but not to disable the smoke/fire alarms.

  • Old Man Metal

    He shoulda been thankful someone mated with his jug-eared, long-headed, goofy-lookin’ ass.

  • itsknotme

    Six months from now, when you visit this poor mother’s home, the babies faces still smile, but the dad’s face is now pixelated.

  • Jade Hatfield

    Kinda weird they have surveillance inside (I’m assuming they don’t need Fort Knox kind of security) what a terrible person. I can’t imagine what that mom will be going through in the months to come <3

  • Happy Entrails

    Once again, the troubled fool carries out the itinerary bass-ackwards.

  • mean birch

    Welcome to my town, DD

  • mean birch

    It was for the kids. To monitor the babysitters

  • No…very calculating…he did that to increase her terror level…waking up to alarms…her first thought is her babies…she couldn’t find them or her phone. What a sick monster he was.

  • salepo

    He wanted her to suffer.He wanted her to survive and know what he did.

  • salepo

    Exactly.I wish these asshats would put themselves down and leave everyone else out of it.

  • Leslie Mashmann

    Monster – he gave his babies a life sentence and there Mom a life sentence. She will never get over this which is probably what this POS FU__ wanted. I hope he burns.

  • john smith

    Months,more like for the rest of her life.

  • Jade Hatfield

    Ahh makes sense.

  • Jade Hatfield

    Well I hope for her sake those ‘yrs’ become easier than the months to come.

  • Taster’sChoice

    He was probably just fed up with living in Illinois. I couldn’t live there for lots of reasons. Mostly black ones.

  • I’m not sure which is worse – being burned alive trying to find and save your children, or the current outcome.
    Either way, he (in his demented state) felt it was a “win/win.”

    I agree he likely meant to “increase her terror”, and hoped she would survive.
    The “look what you drove me to do” syndrome. 🙁

  • Elizabeth McCarthy

    I’m in shock! Not you!

  • Elizabeth McCarthy

    Cold blooded as hell. R.I.P. little ones. This mom doesn’t even have a home or possessions, depending how bad the fire was. I hope at least they saved some baby pictures for her. This makes my heart hurt for her.

  • Sejanus

    Cremate this prick and fling his ashes in a city dump

  • BLRII

    He didn’t kill himself — he attempted to kill his wife while leaving her alive. Otherwise he would not have harmed the boys. This isn’t suicide; it’s vengeance.

  • NoBS NoSpam

    It’s called the sore loser hissy fit syndrome.

    Hillary Clinton and her boy Obama have set a precedent.

  • He wanted her to survive and feel the pain of loss. Sick ass.

  • jansav

    My heart aches for this poor woman. How can she recover from this? How could anyone.

  • iwantapony

    Guess his World of Warcraft name ;p

  • dumwise

    Because their idea of consolation was not “Hey, get a life you fucking loser”

  • dumwise

    They were both odd looking bastards

  • truthguy

    how much lead paint can you consume in a single sitting?

  • PurpleAnn

    He did kill himself. They found him hanging in the basement along with the children he’d strangled.

  • dilldoeh

    I dont want to say his heart wasnt in it. But there are much more memorable ways to kill those children. Hell, the mom has probably forgotten about all three of em already, thanks to mister forgetable.

  • Inferus
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  • Please stop. Please keep all this family in your prayers.

  • Please stop. Please keep all this family in your prayers.

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  • Yes, I thought that was evident. I should have explained my thoughts further, as Kristin did.

  • Heather_Simpson

    What a sick son of a bitch. Why couldn’t he just take himself out? Why bring his children into his fucked up world and take their lives? What a selfish bastard. Someone needs to shit on his grave.

  • Heather_Simpson

    He’s a goofy lookin somebody, too.

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  • keepalow

    We know why.

  • dumwise

    The wife id goofy-looking too. Not pretty like you

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  • Diva of Destruction

    Not enough rope for all three huh? Wonder why he left the wife alive? Wonder if he thought she’d die in the fire or expected her to have to live with the knowledge of what he had done and taken from her? Either way another story of someone who’s cheese slid off their cracker and they took innocent people with them.

  • esmerald 2006

    Any given motive at all? Did he leave a note?
    You know? When I started reading the article I thought she made it look like a suicide, but the video of him hiding her phone and him going to the basement made it clear. The question remains, why?

  • Alejandroe84

    Name calling is easy – at least come up with something more original. Oh, and if you didn’t know, he’s dead too, asshole.

  • Alejandroe84

    You type that with such ease. No, it will NEVER become easier with months to come – if she’s not going to off herself, as well – she’s going to need a shit ton of psychiatric evaluations, and or medications.

  • Alejandroe84

    Of course it was all calculated – he had it all planned out – he wasn’t going to back out then – he had his perfect plan waiting for him to execute – and in the end, he got what he wanted – sad, really.

  • Alejandroe84

    Yes darling, let it all out – tells us how you really feel :/

  • BG

    Friend of his, idiotard? Thing is, I don’t care that he’s dead. I care about the lives of the two babies he selfishly snuffed out because he was a vengeful fucking nerdball. Get it, asshole? Now fuck off, mmmkay?

  • Alejandroe84

    Yeah, I’m a friend of his, alright haha. Go back to getting snacks from your moms and get laid, you little bitch. No, sorry I don’t get it – can you help me daddy? I would love to fuck off, can you show me the way – loser.

  • Jade Hatfield

    I type that with ease? I didn’t realize you were a keyboard psychic. Unless someone commits suicide they get through it. They may not do it well they may have misery but they still frickin wake up and go on to the next day. Nevermind have you ever considered you’re selling her short? I think she could be strong, she could keep his memory alive by being strong. You ever read when someone says if I die I want you to go on and give life all you can for me ? Or some variation?
    I suggest you getting over writing posts about knowing the mind of someone else.
    I imagine you’ll write back a rude reply, but I’m going to be an adult and move on.
    Good day.

  • PurpleAnn

    Are you a troll or simply a dipshit?

  • Alejandroe84

    I could be both, but do you really care – I mean, look at your profile picture – can anyone really take you seriously – be honest now.

  • Alejandroe84

    Sorry you silly whale, I lost you at “unless someone commits suicide…” after that, you’re just typing useless rhetoric nobody wants to read or understand. Now, go back to getting snacks from your girlfriend and get off the world wide web you smelly-fishy cunt.

  • PurpleAnn

    Damn! I need to get a new avatar immediately, because the opinion of total strangers means everything to me.