Children Who Murder

Whenever you think of a murderer, you normally always think of an adult.  In most cases, it is a man who is a loner, who harbors sadistic tendencies toward others and who derives great pleasure in the process of killing another human being.  In more and more cases, women are pushing men for most likely murderer.  In the case of the female killer, it is driven out of jealousy or an abusive male spouse. But, the unthinkable is a child who murders another child or adult.  Children are supposed to be innocent and pure; without malice, contempt, sinister anger, or desires to kill, yet every year many commit horrific crimes. You simply can't fathom a child who would murder their simbling, their parents or even a school friend such as the case with Japanese girl in June of 2004.

To the press, she was known simply as "Girl A" because of her age.  A 12-year-old classmate, Satomi Mitarai, told Girl A, in an internet message, that she was overweight and was a "goody-goody."  Girl A felt slandered by these comments from her classmate.  In an empty classroom during lunch at an elementary school in Japan, Girl A slit Mitarai's throat and arms with a utility knife.  Strangely enough, she then left Mitarai in the classroom.  Girl A then returned to class with her clothes covered in blood.  Mitarai was found by a teacher who quickly called police.  Girl A confessed to the crime.  On September 15, 2004, a Japanese family Court ruled to institutionalize her. She was involuntary committed to a state-run juvenile correctional facility for four years.

 Joshua Phillips, age 14, beat his 8-year old neighbor, Maddie Clifton, to death.  He then hid her body under his bed.  Some days later, Joshua's mother noticed something leaking from under his bed.  She was mortified to see the remains of the next door neighbor girl.  Joshua had claimed he "accidentally" hit the little girl in the eye with a baseball bat.  He said he then panicked and dragged to girl to his house.  He then hit the girl again with the bat and stabbed her eleven times.  A Florida jury convicted him of first degree murder.  His mother is appealing the decision due to the fact Joshua was tried as an adult.  He is currently serving a sentence of life in prison without parole for the crime.

Jasmine Richards, a 12-year old girl, was dating a 23-year old man named Jeremy Steinke.  Obviously, Jasmine's parents did not approve of this relationship with a grown man.  Well, Jasmine was not happy with her parents disapproval of her boyfriend.  Steinke wasn't exactly happy about it either.  On April 22, 2006, Jeremy Steinke broke in Jasmine's home, in Alberta, Canada, and murdered her parents.  Steinke told Jasmine to murder her own little brother.  She stabbed him once before Steinke slit the little boy's throat.  On July 9, 2007, Richards was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder. Jasmine Richards was sentenced to the maximum penalty of ten years.

16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer abhorred being....well, bored with nothing to do.  So, to end her boredom, on Monday, January 29, 1979, Brenda Ann Spencer used a rifle to wound eight children and one police officer at Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego. She killed Principal Burton Wragg and custodian Mike Suchar.  The school just so happened to be across the street from her house.  When the six-hour shooting spree ended, she was asked why she did it.  “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day," she said.  She was sentenced 25 years to life in prison.  In 2009, the parole board denied her petition for parole for the 4th time.  She will again be eligible for a parole hearing in 2019.

Jon Venables and Robert Thompson (pictured above), both 10 years old, had been stealing things all day at a local shopping center.  They stole candy, toys and whatever struck their fancy that particular day in 1992.  They were so well versed in stealing, they decided to steal 2-year old James Bulger away from his parents.  There is a haunting camera shot of little James being led away to be slaughtered by one of the boys.  But, once they had the toddler, they didn't know what to do with him.  So, like so many children do with their toys, they destroyed James Bulger.  But, not before they tortured the little boy for reasons that will never be understood.  Once the boys had beaten James Bulger to death, they left him on the railroad tracks in Walton, Liverpool.  They were sentenced to custody until they reached adulthood, initially until the age of 18, and were released on a lifelong licence in June 2001. In 2010, Venables was returned to prison for violating the terms of his licence of release.


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