The schizophrenia sufferer, who 'stalked and terrorized' the family for years, recently committed suicide.
'There wasn't a single person that thought this was a good idea aside from my kids.'But to me, at the time, it felt like the only answer.
Her daughter Hope, she wrote, became angry, occasionally lashing with 'stinging words' while her son Drew into himself, while things kept 'boiling under the surface'.
Hope said the hardest part of living with her violent step-fathers was the feeling of helplessness at seeing her mother hurt.
The family began construction of Inkwell Manor in Hickory Drive, Bryant in Arkansas in 2008.
Nine months of back breaking labor later, the stunning five-bedroom home was complete.