Man charged with murder says it was his ‘destiny’ to kill sons, parents and family dog

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. -- A man was arrested after deputies say he killed his two sons, his parents and the family dog Monday night.

The four victims were found inside a home on a quiet cul-de-sac near Goleta, according to KEYT.

Nicolas Holzer, 45, reportedly calmly called Sheriff's dispatchers on Monday night, claiming he had killed his family.

Investigators say he told them it was his "destiny" to commit the killings.

When deputies arrived, they found Vincent Holzer, 10, Sebastian Holzer, 13, and parents Sheila Holzer, 74, and William Holzer, 74, dead inside the house.

A family Australian Shepherd dog was also fatally stabbed.

Deputies believe the innocent victims were "repeatedly stabbed" with kitchen knives recovered in the home.

Holzer is being held without bail and faces four counts of murder and a charge of animal cruelty.

Source: KEYT

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