Arthur Simpson-Kent pleaded guilty in court today to the murders of Sian Blake and their two young children, six months after his terrible crime.
But he confessed to the triple killing before his arrest in a text to his mum Selina Hoggett.
He had fled to his native Ghana after bludgeoning terminally-ill former EastEnders star Sian, 43, before taking a knife to young sons Zachary, eight, and Amon, four.
After the bodies were found, he wrote: “Sorry for the attention I have brought to your life.
“Why? For months we discussed her options because of her illness and she told me if it got to a certain point she would like to die.
“And it got to that point. Why the children?
“Because the agreement without their parents there was no one qualified to raise them in the way they were accustomed to. Society was not an option neither was her family. So the final promise was we all go.”
The killer, 48, added: “Why Ghana? I wanted to die in the place I was born and now is the time.”
His mum replied: “Arthur please don’t kill yourself. We love you.”
But instead of committing suicide, Simpson-Kent spent his last days of freedom in beachside bars before his arrest and extradition to the UK.
Worried relatives reported Sian and the children missing in December.