When someone is in a bad situation and cannot think of any way to get out of it, they may become desperate and make a terrible choice – attempting suicide. It’s often more a cry for help than a genuine desire not to live.
The attempt will often uncover severe problems that were completely hidden up until that moment. When one man tried to kill himself, it would uncover unimaginable abuse…
I Need An Ambulance
On December 30th, 2016, a woman placed a call to 911 looking for an ambulance. She told the dispatcher that she’d found her boyfriend Jacob barely conscious and unresponsive inside their home in Horsham, Pennsylvania. It seemed as though he had overdosed on some kind of pills.
When the dispatcher asked the woman if she knew why Jacob would have taken enough pills to overdose, the woman gave an odd response. “I don’t know if you have watched the news lately,” she said. “Someone we were involved with has recently… It’s a big mess. It’s a big mess and I don’t really know how to explain it. But oh my God.”…
The ambulance rushed to Jacob’s home and took him to Abington Hospital where he was treated for his overdose. He would ultimately survive the overdose but as police began to look into the incident, a strange story began to unravel.
The woman who called 911 was Jacob’s girlfriend, but she wasn’t the only one. She was one of two girlfriends Jacob had, the other being a woman named Sara. Each woman knew about the other, and were part of a polyamorous relationship. It seemed that Jacob’s attempted suicide was related to that relationship…
“Dear babies,” Jacob had written in a suicide note, “I love you all so much. You are the only people that I have always been able to count on. I’m sorry that I’m taking the coward’s way out, but I don’t have any strength left in me.”
“I can’t exist with Sara in jail and those f***ing lying pigs and the whore media have made it impossible to live,” said Jacob, adding “I know you will always know that we had nothing to do with this no matter what lies they tell.” He ended with “I love you” and signed off with “Daddy.”…
Shortly after the police and paramedics left, the woman was calling 911 again, this time to tell them that she found Sara, the other girlfriend, unresponsive as well. She had also overdosed, apparently as part of a kind of suicide pact.
It was when Jacob regained consciousness in the hospital that the reasons for their pact became clear. Jacob Sullivan admitted that he and Sara Packer were responsible for the death of Sara’s 14-year-old adopted daughter, Grace…
On a summer night months earlier, Jacob and Sara brought Grace to the home they were moving in to in Quakertown, Bucks County. Once they arrived, Jacob and Sara began beating Grace, striking her in the face. Then they brought the teenager to the attic where they would act out some monstrous sexual fantasy.
As Sara watched on, Jacob sexually assaulted the woman’s adopted daughter. After he had finished, the couple gave Grace a large number of pills, telling her it would help with the pain. They then gagged her and left her to die in the extremely hot attic…
They returned to their home in Abington but when the couple came back the next day at 3 am, instead of finding Grace dead, she was still conscious and alive. Still wanting to follow through on their plans, Jacob wrapped his arm around Grace’s neck and strangled her to death.
Mothballs and Kitty Litter
Jacob and Sara had no immediate plans to dispose of Grace’s body. Instead “Poor Grace was stored in a cedar closet while covered with mothballs and kitty litter, I believe so that she would not rot and stink,” said Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub…
‘She Ran Away’
In order to account for her daughter’s disappearance Sara went to the Abington Township Police and reported her daughter missing. She said that following an argument over whether or not Grace could visit a friend, she had sent the 14-year-old to her room. Later, Sara said, she found that Grace was gone and had taken $300 in cash from the home before she left.
As police tried to investigate Sara’s missing daughter, however, she did little to help them in their investigation. She ignored police phone calls and when they came to her Abington home to speak with her, they discovered she had moved without notifying them…
Let’s Move It
When police investigated Sara and Jacob’s new Quakertown home in mid-October, they failed to find Grace’s body. However, the fact that they had looked there spooked the murderous couple enough that they took measures to hide her remains.
They moved Grace’s body from the attic to the second floor bathroom, where they used a saw to dismember her limbs. Jacob and Sara then packaged Graces body parts in plastic bags, put them in the trunk of Jacob’s car, then drove them 20 or so miles away where they dumped them in a wooded area…
It Was Both Of Them
On October 31st, a group of hunters stumbled upon Grace’s remains and immediately called the police. Now officially investigating a murder, authorities found receipts indicating Sara had purchased the the pills and saw used in killing and disposing of Grace. Jacob’s confession was the only other evidence they needed to charge both people.
Jacob Sullivan was charged with murder, rape, and several associated lesser charges. Sara, who had already been arrested in November for child endangerment and obstruction of justice for not cooperating with the investigation, was also charged with murder, rape and other related charges as well…
“I’m sorry for what I did to the girl,” Jacob said as he was led into the courthouse for an arraignment. When Sara was led into the same courthouse for her arraignment hours later, she remained silent.
“Unfortunately Grace Packer was a disposable child to these people,” District Attorney Weintraub said. “She actually would have been better off had she been a forgotten child. And the question becomes, who will remember Grace Packer? Who will now speak for Grace Packer? We will.”