BONNE TERRE, Mo. -- A Missouri man has been executed for killing a woman and her two children nearly 19 years ago.
Mark Christeson was put to death Tuesday, Missouri's first execution since May. Christeson's fate was sealed when neither the U.S. Supreme Court nor Gov. Eric Greitens would intervene.
Christeson was 18 when he and a 17-year-old cousin, Jesse Carter, broke into the rural Vichy, Missouri, home of Susan Brouk intending to steal her Ford Bronco in 1998. Christeson raped Brouk with her 12-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son in the house.
When one of the children recognized Carter, the teenagers drove the family to a pond and killed them. They fled to California where they were captured eight days later.
Carter is serving life in prison after agreeing to testify against Christeson.
The MIssouri Department of Corrections says his last meal was a bacon cheeseburger, fries, pecan pie and a soft drink.
Almost 19 years ago to the day my brother and sister were taken from us, this is the day that we finally get justice for them. I know that they are watching over us and they’re happy for all of us. There’s not a day that goes by that I do not miss them and I wish that they were here.
Now we have justice and we can all move forward through this tragedy the rest of the way. I was only five when they were taken from me but it has impacted my life entirely. I never got to have that special bond with my brother or sister that every kid wishes for.
Kyle was nine and Adrian was 12. They never got to fully live out their lives and go through college and high school and figure out what it is they wanted to do in this world.
But now that they are above us, watching over us, I know I have the world’s greatest guardian angels anybody could ask for.
This is a sad day, a happy day and a day that I will never forget. This poem that I am about to read was written by Adrian when she was in the sixth grade. I received it when I needed it the most. It’s like she was talking to me from above. It’s perfect.
(Poem written by Adrian Brouk when she was in the sixth grade provided by the Brouk family)
Our love will always be there
Even when fate is not fair
Sometimes our love may be lost
But that’s not always the ultimate cost
Love is when you meet the unique
The one your heart is out to seek
Love is soaring to the sky
But not everyone can tell you why
Love is when your heart has a voice
What will happen is not your choice
(Continuation of statement from Harley Brouck)
I hope that this touched you guys as much as it touched me. I will never forget my brother or my sister. Rest in peace my sweet angels.
The attached photo collage was provided by the Brouck family. The individual photos are as follows: Top left, Adrian Brouck. Top middle, Adrian Brouck holding Kyle Brouck. Top right, Adrian Brouck. Middle left, Kyle Brouck. Lower left, Kyle and Adrian Brouck. Lower right, Kyle Brouck.
Mark Christeson left a final written statement:
To let my family know I love them with all my heart and I’m more than blessed to have them in my life. And thank God for such an amazing family.