It is always distressing to hear of violent crimes and brutal murders, but it’s particularly shocking when it turns out that the person responsible for the violence is a child.
We see children as having an inherent innocence, capable of the occasional wrongdoing but beyond suspicion when it comes to the most terrible of actions. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and children have been found guilty, and also admitted to some of the most horrific and unbelievable crimes.
Sadly these crimes are often carried out against members of their own families or other kids such as the offense on slide # 2. You will be shocked by some of the heinous acts that have been carried out by children.
10. Graham Young
Known as the Teacup Poisoner, Graham Young became fascinated with poisons at a young age. At the age of 14, he confessed to poisoning his family and some friends over an extended period, killing his stepmother in the process.
Young spent nine years in a mental hospital where he continued to poison people but was declared cured and released in 1970. In 1971 he was arrested for killing two colleagues at the firm where he was working and poisoning an additional 68. He died in his cell aged 42 in 1990.
9. Bryan And David Freeman
In February 1995 Bryan Freeman, then 17, grabbed his mother, stuffed some shorts in her mouth and stabbed her to death. His brother David Freeman, then 16, and their friend Nelson Birdwell, 18 went upstairs and beat the Freemans’ father to death with a baseball bet and iron bar while he slept. Finally, they murdered 11-year-old Eric Freeman with a pickax handle.
The Freemans said they did it because their parents were too strict.
This isn’t the only deadly duo on the list. You won’t believe number one.
8. Josh Phillips
Phillips was convicted in 1999 of the murder of his 8-year-old neighbor Maddie Clifton. After her disappearance, community volunteers searched for Maddie and one of those volunteers was Joshua Phillips.
Maddie’s body was found by Josh’s mother who thought his water bed was leaking. On closer inspection, she discovered the little girl’s body stuffed inside. Phillips was 14 years of age.
7. Brenda Spencer
In 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer shot and killed a school principal and a school custodian. She also shot and injured eight elementary school children and a police officer.
Spencer’s father had been advised to admit her to a mental hospital to treat her depression but refused. Later that month, he bought her a Ruger .22 rifle and 800 rounds of ammunition for Christmas. Four weeks later, in January 1979 she committed her crime.
When asked why she did it she said, “I don’t like Mondays” which is what inspired Bob Geldof to write the hit song of the same name.
6. Erin Caffey
Erin Caffey was 16 when she arranged for her boyfriend and his friend to murder her entire family. At 2 am on March 1st, 2008 Caffey ran out of her home in her pajamas and jumped into the waiting car of her boyfriend, Charlie Wilkinson.
While she waited, Wilkinson and his friend Allan Waid went into the family home, shot and repeatedly stabbed Caffey’s father, mother, and brothers aged eight and 13, then set fire to the house. Caffey’s father was the only one to survive.
Caffey isn’t the last female on the list -check out #2.
5. Edmund Kemper
At the age of 10, Edmund Kemper buried the family cat alive, dug it up when it was dead, decapitated it and put its head on a spike.
When he was 15 and living with his grandparents, he shot his grandmother because he “just wanted to see what it felt like to kill Grandma,” then murdered his grandfather to stop him finding out.
He was released from the state mental hospital in 1969 aged 21 and in 1973 was arrested again for the murders of eight women, including his mother.
4. Jesse Pomeroy
Jesse Pomeroy was arrested for luring young boys and severely beating them. These beatings started when he was 12, and he was imprisoned at the age of 13. Released to the custody of his mother, just after his 14th birthday he murdered and mutilated the body of four-year-old Horace Millen within a month of his release and was arrested after the body of a 10-year-old girl was found in the basement of a shop belonging to Pomeroy’s mother.
3. Cindy Collier And Shirley Wolfe
Anna Brackett was brutally murdered in 1983 by Cindy Collier, 15, and Shirley Wolfe, 14, two girls who had only met each other hours before.
The girls picked their victim at random and stabbed her to death so they could steal her car without her reporting it. After the murder, Wolfe wrote in her diary “Today, Cindy and I ran away and killed an old lady. It was lots of fun.”
2. Mary Bell
In 1968, on the day before her 11th birthday, Mary Bell strangled 4-year-old Martin Brown. Bell’s hands were not strong enough to leave marks, and the boy’s death was not classified as murder.
Two months later, Bell, along with Normal Bell (no relation), age 13, strangled 3-year-old Brian Howe. Bell returned to his body and mutilated him with a pair of scissors.
Convicted later that year, she was released in 1980, age 23.
1. Jon Venables And Robert Thompson
When they were both 10, Venables and Thompson abducted 2-year-old Jammie Bulger. They walked two miles with him to a railway track where they poured paint in his eyes and stripped off his clothes. They then mutilated him at length before smashing his head with bricks and laying him across the train tracks to be killed when his body was dissected by a train.
Murder is an extreme crime, and even when it is an adult that carries out the crime, it can be difficult to understand why they did it. When children commit murder, they often give such banal motives as “I was bored” or “I wondered what it would be like,” and this somehow makes the crime seem that bit worse and that much less understandable. Fortunately, crimes of this magnitude carried out by children are rare.
There are more that could have been included in this list, but with only 10 spots, many had to be excluded. Which other child criminals would you have added? Tell us in the comments below.