When we hear about murders, we get chills in our stomachs, don't we? Imagine those killers being children. Yes, there are children who have murdered people. Some came from abusive households, some were suffering from mental disorders and there was no rational explanation for some. Yes, some cases were so bizarre that I still find it hard to believe that they happened.
What you read next isn't going to make your day. It is going to leave you shocked or angry even. Today we bring you 8 cases where the killers were kids between 10 to 18 years old. Read on and see for yourself.
James Bulger, a toddler from Kirkby, England was murdered in February, 1993 which shook the entire nation. The reason why this was so disturbing was that the murderers were two children merely aged around 11-12 years. Yes, the picture you see is of Robert Thompson and Jon Venables who abducted, tortured and murdered the 2-year-old kid.
James along with his mom had been out at a shopping centre. His mom, Denise had been temporarily distracted only to realise that James had disappeared. Later seeing this CCTV footage of him walking with 2 young boys made her feel better thinking that he was out playing with them. It was only later that she found out that they were not some regular 12 year old kids. The mutilated body of James was found after two days on the railway line. He had been beaten, tortured and left on the railway track.
Lionel Tate was 13 when he was convicted of first degree murder of a six year old in Florida in 2001. He was the youngest American citizen to be sentenced to life imprisonment without a possibility of parole in US. Tate's mother who was babysitting Tiffany was accompanied by him that fateful day.
The babysitter asked the children to be quiet when they were playing downstairs. Tate came upstairs after sometime telling her that the kid was not breathing. He said that they were wrestling, he had her in a head lock and slammed her head into the table. But the injuries she sustained were said to have been as someone who had fallen from a three story building.
Eric Smith was incarcerated in 1994 for for the murder of a four year old in New York. Smith was often bullied for his protruding low-set ears, thick glasses, freckles and red hair. He was later diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder, a mental disorder causing individuals to act violently.
He was going to a summer day camp in a local park and saw Robie walking to the same. He lured him into a nearby wooded area. Smith then strangled the boy, dropped a large rock on his head and sodomised him with a tree limb.
This 17 years old carried out a mass school shooting in Ohio in 2012. It resulted in deaths of 3 students and left a few more injured. He walked into the cafeteria of Chardon High School with a .22-calibre gun and started shooting randomly. At his trial he wore a T-shirt with "KILLER" written over it. He also addressed the victims' families saying "F**k all of you".
The shooting resulted in deaths of Russell King, Daniel Parmertor and Demetrius Hewlin. It was one of those horrifying incidents where you wonder what went wrong. It shocks you to the very core.
Jasmine Richardson, a 12 years old from Canada along with her 23 years old boyfriend Jeremy Steinke killed her family in Canada in 2006. Her parents frowned upon her relationship due to the age disparity. The couple was also into into Goth; the guy told his friends he was a 300 year old werewolf.
Marc & Debra Richardson were found dead in their basement and the body of their 8 years old son, Jacob Richardson was found upstairs. Her little brother pleaded for his life but they slit his throat regardless.
Joshua Phillips was 14 years old when he murdered his 8 year old neighbor in Florida in 1998. He is serving a life sentence in prison without a possibility of parole.
Upon the disappearance of Maddie Clifton, Josh was one of the volunteers to come forward and help the family. It was only a week later that his mom found the body of Maddie hidden in his waterbed. She went to the police and he was arrested. He has been in prison ever since.
In 2011, this 12 year old was charged as an adult in Florida and was found guilty of murdering his half brother. He had previously assaulted his brother and broken his leg.
Cristian slammed his little brother into a bookshelf in their apartment resulting in a head injury for the kid. David was unconscious when his mom arrived but succumbed to his injuries due to lack of treatment. His mother also had a history of abuse and mental disorders.
Alyssa Bustamante, a 15 years old from Missouri wanted to see how it felt like to take someone's life. So she decided to murder her 9 year old neighbor in 2009. She even dug up a hole in her neighborhood to use as graves.
Elizabeth Olten was a target that Alyssa chose randomly. She was beaten, strangled and stabbed before being dumped in the grave that Alyssa had dug up earlier.
These are some of the chilling stories of children who became murderers. Write your thoughts in the comment box below.