At 10:50 a.m., Roberts called his wife, Marie, who had arrived home from the prayer group and was wondering where her husband was, authorities said. He told her he had molested two young relatives 20 years before, a claim investigators now believe is fiction. The two relatives, then 3 and 5 years old, told police they "have no recollection" of being violated by Roberts. In suicide notes found at his home, Roberts claimed he'd been having dreams about molesting children.
"The note that he left for his wife talks about their good memories together, the tragedy with Elise. It focuses on his life being changed forever ... over the loss of Elise, his hatred toward himself, his hatred toward God as a result of that event, and he alludes to this other reason for this anger but he can't discuss it with her and it happened 20 years ago," Miller said. "Later in the note, he talks about having dreams in for the last couple of years about what he did 20 years ago, and in those dreams he says he wants to do those things again."
Within nine minutes, two state troopers were outside the schoolhouse and eight more were at the end of the driveway.
Behind riot shields, the troopers stormed the schoolhouse. They never fired a shot, Miller said. Roberts turned the gun on himself and fired. "I don't know how you put up with me all those years,'' Roberts wrote to his wife in a suicide note. "I am not worthy of you, you are the perfect wife you deserve so much better."