We’ve all seen this documentary, right? If not – do. It’s beyond chilling. Go on. Now. Before you continue reading. Hurry…
My heart bleeds for this little girl, it truly does. From an early age, she suffered neglect and abuse of the worst possible kind; she developed no sense of consciousness or attachment for any living thing. She didn’t know what it felt like to love or to be loved.
Having said that – I am
literally afraid of this child. Like, petrified. I would not want to be left alone in a room with her. *Shivers* But I am also fascinated by her – obviously.
Now, as well as psycho Beth Thomas (seen above), there are some other children who have done quite a few things that would most certainly have put them on the naughty step…
Below are some of the most high profile cases that involve
Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, 10 years old
In the winter of
1993, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, both 10-years-old at the time, became the youngest convicted murderers in England. On Feb. 12th, 1993, the boys abducted 2-year-old James Bulger from a local shopping centre. The boys brought him to a local railway track where they brutally beat the boy before using an iron bar to do most of the damage. They finally left him to die on the railway tracks. Somehow, despite the grisly murder, both boys were released from prison in 2001 when they turned 18-years-old and now live under new identities.
Eric Smith, 13 years old
After enduring years of bullying about his glasses and ginger hair,
13-year-old Eric Smith finally snapped one day and murdered 4-year-old Derrick Robie on Aug. 2nd, 1993. Both boys were walking to their summer day camp when Smith decided to lure the young boy into the woods. There, he strangled and killed the boy using a large rock. Robie’s body was found soon after and Smith was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced the most a juvenile could be – at least 9 years in prison. Since then, Smith has been denied parole 8 times since 2002. He won’t be eligible again until 2018.
Mary Flora Bell, 11 years old
On May 25th, 1968 , the day before her 11th birthday, Mary Flora Bell lured 4-year-old Martin Brown to an abandoned home in Newcastle, England. Bell then strangled him to death and soon returned to carve an “M” on his chest. Two months later, Bell and her friend Norma were on the prowl again, this time taking 3-year-old Brian Howe into their possession where they also strangled him to death. The two deaths were eventually connected and Bell was charged with two counts of manslaughter. After 12 years, when Bell was 23, she was released from prison and also given a new identity to start a new life.
On July 28th, 1999 , Lionel Tate’s mother was babysitting 6-year-old Tiffany Eunick when she decided to go upstairs to watch television. Once she left the room, 13-year-old Lionel began abusing the young girl mostly by stomping on her. After nearly 45 minutes with the girl, Lionel went to get his mom after she stopped breathing and blamed it on a wrestling accident. Tate was sentenced to life in prison, becoming the youngest American ever to face the charge. He’s seen here after receiving his sentence as his defence team comforts him. Since mental competency was not conducted before the trial, the charge was overturned as Tate was released from prison only 3 years later with one year house arrest and 10 year’s probation.
Jesse Pomeroy, 11 years old
1871, when he was only 11-years-old, James Pomeroy began luring younger boys into remote areas where he would torture them by beating them or cutting them with a knife. As Pomeroy’s family moved around Massachusetts, James continued his attacks on young boys. He was eventually arrested and tried in juvenile court where he was sentenced and sent to a reform school. When he turned 14, James was sent to live with his mother in South Boston when soon after he murdered 10-year-old girl Katie Curran in March of 1874. Pomeroy was sentenced to death but it was overturned and changed to life in prison shortly after.
Joshua Phillips, 14 years old
In the Autumn of
1998, 14-year-old Joshua Phillips allegedly was playing with a baseball bat when he struck 8-year-old Maddie Clifton in the head. He later told police that he stabbed her in the neck when she wouldn’t stop crying. He then took her body and hid her in his waterbed mattress where she remained for more than a week. It wasn’t until Joshua’s mother noticed a leak in the bed and went to investigate that she found the body of the young girl and called the police. Phillips would later be charged with first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
George Stinney Jr., 14 years old
In June of 1944, 14-year-old George Stinney Jr. brutally beat and killed 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and 8-year-old Mary Emma Thames before burying both of their bodies in a mud hole. Stinney confessed that he intended to have sex with Betty but ended up killing her instead, likely when she refused. After only a 2-hour long trial, Stinney was sentenced to death, the youngest person to receive the death sentence in the country.
Alyssa Bustamante, 15 years old
15-year-old Alyssa Bustamante from Missouri, showed all the signs of a troubled teen from cutting herself to attempting suicide. With her depression and deeply-rooted mental issues unresolved, the emotions grew into anger one day in 2009. Bustamante lured her neighbour, 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten into the woods where she strangled her before slitting her neck and wrists. She buried Olten in the ground in one of two holes she prepared earlier in the week. Alyssa would eventually plead guilty to the murder claiming that she wanted to know what it was like to kill someone. Alyssa was charged with first-degree murder and tried as an adult getting a life imprisonment sentence.
Craig Price, 15 years old
1989, 15-year-old Rhode Island teen Craig Price brutally stabbed and killed 39-year-old Joan Heaton and her two daughters, 10-year-old Jennifer and 8-year-old Melissa. Price was already a suspect in a previous murder investigation and when police came to question him, he was found with wounds on his body and the murder weapons in his room with dried blood. Before his 16th birthday, Craig was convicted on 4 counts of murder as a minor which meant he would be released by the age of 21. However, he was sentenced to an additional 10-25 years in prison thanks to a group called Citizens Opposed to the Release of Craig Price.
Willie Bosket, 15 years old Notorious killer
Willie Bosket was troubled from the moment he was born – his father was also a murderer serving life in prison in Milwaukee. Bosket committed dozens of crimes around New York City and eventually his first murder by the time he was 15-years-old. He first shot and killed two men during separate robbery attempts back in 1978. He also killed a transit employee before getting caught. Bosket pleaded guilty to the murders but since he was only 15, he was tried as a minor and received 5 years in a youth facility. His light sentence would bring about historic change as New York would become the first state to change juvenile laws to allow kids as young as 13 to be tried as adults. It was called the Willie Bosket Law. Upon being released, Bosket continued a life of crime going in and out of jail until finally receiving a life sentence in 1989.
Brenda Spencer, 16 years old
In 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer opened fire with a .22-caliber semiautomatic rifle on an elementary school playground outside her home, her reason simply being, “I don’t like Mondays.” The school’s principal and janitor died. She’s said that she feels partially responsible for every school shooting that has happened since.
Daniel Bartlam, 15 years old
Bartlam admitted to the manslaughter of his own mother, Jacqueline Bartlam (47), following a row when he was just 15 years old in 2011. He beat her with a hammer in their home in England, and then he set her body on fire. Apparently, the court heard he had been particularly interested in a Coronation Street storyline involving the character John Stape. In the soap, Stape had murdered a woman with a hammer and then left her body in the wreckage of a tram crash. It was also revealed Daniel had been watching violent horror films since he was eight and had viewed the film Saw hours before killing his mother.
Kids, eh? 🙄