Neighbors of the three Todt children, their mother and dog are still in shock over their senseless murders as the stench of death lingers in the air of the home in Celebration, the town that Disney built.
Anthony Todt, 44, who was crippled with debts, has confessed to killing his wife Megan, their children Alek, 13, Tyler, 11, and Zoe, 4, and dog Breezy and then lived with the corpses for more than a week before he was arrested by Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies.
Bobbie Sedwick became music teacher to the two Todt boys in September 2018 and would teach at their home twice a week. She taught her last lesson to the children on December 12.
Sedwick tells DailyMail.com that she received a text from Megan on December 30 telling her the classes would start again on the second week of January. She never heard from her again.
Anthony Todt, 44, confessed to killing his wife Megan, his three children Alek, 13, Tyler, 11, and Zoe, 4, and the family dog at home in Celebration, Florida
The children’s music tutor Bobbie Sedwick provided DailyMail.com with exclusive photos of the children during their music performances. The eldest Alek, 13, is pictured playing the violin
Sedwick said Zoe Todt ‘was friends with my daughter. She would eagerly wait my arrival every Monday and Thursday’
‘Tyler constantly challenged me with his quest for music knowledge,’ Sedwick said of 11-year-old Tyler who is pictured playing the piano
If there’s one word neighbors and acquaintances use when asked about the Todt children and wife, it’s ‘beautiful.’
A proud Tyler Todt poses with his beloved music teacher Bobbie Sedwick
Anthony Todt, a physical therapist, is believed to have killed this entire family sometime after the new year near Orlando.
The children’s music teacher has shared exclusive photos with DailyMail.com that show the Todts looking like the perfect family.
‘The kids, I feel so bad,’ said neighbor Monica Augustin, who lives next door to the Todts’ rented house on a tree and white picket fence-lined street of Norman Rockwell homes in Celebration, a suburb of Orlando originally built by the Walt Disney Corporation.
‘They were just darlings. I saw them outside three times a day. ”Good morning, ma’am,” the older one would say. Then later, the second boy would greet me with ”Good evening, ma’am.” The little girl was just funny. She was always following her brothers everywhere.
‘My bedroom window overlooks the pool and I still hear them splash around and giggle in there for hours.
‘This whole thing has changed my life. I can’t look out the window without thinking of them.’
Anthony Todt confessed to killing his entire family. They were reported missing by family members a week ago but neighbors hadn’t seen them since mid-December
The family was about to get evicted from this house, which they rented for $5,000 a month from a landlord who lives down the street
This is the backyard pool area of the home where four members of the Todt family and a dog were killed by Anthony Todt
Music teacher Sedwick said she taught her last lesson to the children on December 12 and was looking forward to classes starting again on the second week of January.
She said she taught the boys piano, violin and guitar twice a week at their home. She added that she was ‘blessed to be the family’s friend.’
‘Megan and I immediately bonded,’ Sedwick said. ‘We both have three kids, two boys, and four-year-old daughters. We were both homeschooling moms, and we both loved Siesta Key (an island on Florida’s west coast).
‘Megan made meals for my whole family during weeks my son had three surgeries last year.’
She continued: ‘Zoe was friends with my daughter. She would eagerly wait my arrival every Monday and Thursday. Just as I knocked, she would open the door and greet me with the most excited smile and giggles.
‘Alek is among the most talented young piano students I ever had the honor to teach. Tyler constantly challenged me with his quest for music knowledge.
‘Breezy would often sit at my side during the boys’ lessons.’
‘Alek is among the most talented young piano students I ever had the honor to teach,’ Sedwick said of the eldest Todt child
Sedwick said she taught the boys piano, violin and guitar twice a week at their home and added that she was ‘blessed to be the family’s friend’
The eldest child Alek, 13, poses with a Certificate of Achievement for his musical talents
Meanwhile, neighbors and residents in Celebration still wonder why Todt killed the family then lived with the corpses for more than a week before he was arrested by Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies.
Details are scant after the sheriff’s office convinced a judge to seal the arrest affidavit when Todt was charged with four counts of premeditated murder and animal cruelty.
But Sedwick, who may have spent more time with the family than anyone else in Florida, said she can’t think of any reason for anyone, let alone the man she called Tony, to harm the children and their mother.
‘All this is incomprehensible,’ she said. ‘Nothing ever seemed out of place. They were happy and had it all together.’
Todt was heavily indebted to financial institutions and was under investigation for bilking Medicaid for services to patients who didn’t exist.
The family was about to get evicted from the house, which they rented for $5,000 a month from a landlord who lives down the street.
‘I don’t think Megan knew about any of the massive debt or fraud charges,’ Sedwick said. ‘Life was normal as it always had been. There were no red flags in behavior in her, the kids, or Tony for that matter.’
Todt was charged on Wednesday with their deaths and later confessed to the slayings and was cooperating with detectives, according to Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson.
Anthony Todt in court yesterday. Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said he confessed to killing his wife and three children at their Florida home
Robert Todt, the father of Anthony Todt, was convicted of the attempted murder of his wife Loretta in 1980. He was also convicted of criminal solicitation and conspiracy charges and received a 10 to 20-year jail sentence
It’s been revealed that Todt’s father was convicted of trying to murder his own spouse 40 years ago.
And Todt appears to have a troubled past, witnessing a stranger try to murder his mother in 1980, when he was aged four.
The youngster heard his mother scream before she was shot at their home in Philadelphia during the middle of the night, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer article in 1981.
He told a detective at the time he heard his mother scream and saw a man ‘wrestling with her on a bed’.
Todt’s mother, Loretta, survived being shot in the face, despite losing an eye in the attack and was left with a bullet lodged in her skull.
His father, Robert, was later convicted of hiring a former special education student at the school where he worked to try and murder his wife.
John Chairmonte was convicted in the 1980 ‘failed murder for hire plot’, according to the Bucks Courtier Times.
Chairmonte reportedly cut a deal to testify against Robert, so he was only sentenced to four years in jail
Robert was handed a prison term of 10 to 20 years for attempted murder, criminal solicitation and conspiracy charges.
Anthony Todt with his three children and their dog. Police found the bodies in the family home on Monday but were unable to definitively identify them until Wednesday
Wrestling teacher, Robert, who admitted having an affair, denied being involved in the plot and launched appeals against his conviction, even with the support of his wife Loretta who refused to believe the prosecution’s version of events.
Robert Todt was convicted of ordering a former student at the school where he worked in Pennsylvania to try and kill his wife in 1980
She later moved away from Pennsylvania and divorced Robert, according to the Hartford Courant.
Fast-forward 40 years and Anthony was accused of killing his own family.
Court documents revealed the physical therapist was being investigated in Connecticut for health care fraud motivated by his need to pay off personal loans.
The files, which were unsealed this week, state Anthony Todt was being investigated for submitting fraudulent claims for physical therapy by the FBI and agents with the US Department of Health and Human Services, according to an affidavit and criminal complaint.
According to agents, the allegations involved Todt and his Colchester, Connecticut-base clinics submitting claims to Medicaid and private insurers for physical therapy services that weren’t given to patients.
The family had recently moved from Connecticut to the rented home in Florida on the outskirts of Disney World and in December were served with an eviction notice for their rented home
The Tods were married for 20 years and their anniversary fell on January 1, right around the time of the murders (pictured as a young couple in an undated photo)
One relative said she was worried about Todt’s state of mind and had asked deputies in Florida to do a well-being check on the home in Celebration in late December. Deputies made the check but didn’t see anything suspicious.
The bodies were found Monday when the federal agents and deputies went to the house in Celebration to serve an arrest warrant.
The family had not been seen since January 6 and friends and family had started a Facebook group to look for them and share information. That prompted police to begin investigating their disappearance.
Celebration, to the south of Orlando and the Disney theme parks, was developed in the 1990s by Disney World, which no longer owns the properties.
The community has long been the subject of urban myths, such as the apocryphal tale that people were hired to walk dogs in the early days to make it look more homey, or that the almost 8,000 residents get free annual passes to the Disney parks.