ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

Any murder is horrifying, but a murder committed by a child is truly a violation of everything we hold sacred. Sadly, the desire to kill is not borne of maturity, but some deep-seated need to destroy and act out the basest of human instincts.

Read on to discover terrible acts that one would hope only arose from the most frightening of horror movies - but were actually perpetrated by real life children.

Warning: disturbing content.

1. Shirley Wolf, 14 and Cindy Collier, 15

Location: Auburn, CA, 1983

Cindy and Shirley were just youngsters when they chose the sickest, most soulless route to get their kicks. The girls prowled local condos to find a vulnerable victim, eventually targeting an elderly woman who invited them in for a cup of tea.

Her gentle kindness was repaid by a vicious attack: the girls stabbed her 28 times with a butcher's knife, insensate to her pleas for mercy.

Insane Fact: Chillingly, 14-year-old Shirley Wolf wrote in her diary after the attack,

Today, Cindy and I ran away and killed an old lady. It was lots of fun.


2. Joshua Phillips, 14

Location: Jacksonville, FL, 1998

We will never know why Joshua Phillips decided to kill an innocent 8-year-old girl. His target was his unsuspecting neighbor, whom he violently bludgeoned to death with a bat before stabbing her eleven times with a blade.

Joshua even hid the little girl's body underneath his waterbed. His claim that he'd accidentally hit her, then panicked and stabbed her when she screamed was quickly thrown out by the jury, who sent him down for first degree murder.

Insane Fact: The little girl's body was only found a week after the crime. Joshua's mother noticed an unnatural odor seeping from beneath his bed, revealing the corpse and her son's heinous crime.


3. Edmund Kemper, 15

Location: California, 1964 - 73

When Edmund Kemper was only 15, he shot and killed his grandparents. Although he was sent to Atascadero State Hospital for treatment for his burgeoning psychosis and paranoia, he was released five years later due to his extreme youth. This was the authorities' great mistake.

Upon his release, Kemper murdered and cut up the bodies of eight women, varying his kill method between stabbing, shooting and smothering - which is perhaps how he evaded capture for so long.

Insane Fact: Kemper was a necrophile as well as a murderer - he would engage in sex acts with the severed heads and bloodied corpses of his victims.


4. Willie Bosket, 15

Location: New York, born 1962

Willie didn't have the best start in life - the son of a convicted murderer, despite never meeting his father he still idolized him for his 'macho' crimes. Bosket killed a boy during a fight as a young teen, before moving on to violent robberies on the subway.

He shot two men 'just to see what it was like,' well aware that he could evade a long jail term as he was still a minor. In fact, the 'Willie Bosket Law' was implemented specifically to stop violent young juveniles, meaning young offenders could be tried as adults. He is currently serving life in prison at Woodbourne Correctional Facility.

Insane Fact: By the age of 15, Willie had committed over two thousand crimes, including serious charges such as knife violence.


5. Alyssa Bustamante, 15

Location: Missouri, 2009

In a classic teenage thrill killing, Alyssa Bustamante strangled, stabbed and slashed the throat of her neighbor, Elizabeth Olten. Her victim was only 9 years old.

Alyssa had apparently been thinking of targeting her two little brothers, but something made her change her mind, despite the fact that she had already dug two graves in a nearby forest.

Insane Fact: Alyssa's diary entries after the murder are truly shocking. One entry read:

I just f***ng killed someone. I strangled them and slit their throat and stabbed them now they're dead. I don't know how to feel atm [at the moment]... It was ahmazing. As soon as you get over the 'ohmygawd I can't do this' feeling, it's pretty enjoyable.


6. Jasmine Richardson, 12

Location: Alberta, 2006

Despite having a relationship with 23-year-old Jeremy Steinke, Jasmine Richardson was only 12 years old. Naturally, her parents did not approve of the match, but Jasmine's retaliation for their objection was brutal in the extreme.

In April 2006, Jasmine and her boyfriend murdered her parents, Marc and Debra Richardson, as well as her 8-year-old brother Jacob. Tragically, the murderous pair later confessed that little Jacob pleaded for his life as his sister knifed him in the chest, crying, 'I'm scared. I'm too young to die.'

Insane Fact: Jasmine has now been released and, as of 2011, was attending college in Canada.



Which story of children who kill shocked you the most?

Sources: Crime Library, Wikipedia, Auburn Journal, Raw Justice


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