Murderers come in all shapes and sizes, but some of the most horrifying killers are the young ones. Young people aren’t taught to be killers, but somewhere along the way, they manage to get some dark thoughts in their head. Whether it’s a horrific school shooting or a murder for the thrill of it, it puts a huge strain on everyone involved, and it leaves a nation shocked that people so young can throw their lives away. take a look at 10 cases involving the worst murderers in history that committed such heinous acts under the age of 18. Today we’re taking a look at 10 cases involving the worst murderers in history that committed such heinous acts under the age of 18.
In 1872, 12-year-old Jesse Pomeroy was arrested for his constant assault of young boys in Massachusetts and was sent to the State Reform School for Boys. Two years later, he was arrested for the murders of 10-year-old Katie Curran and four-year-old Horace Millen. While he was originally sentenced to death by hanging, the court decided to give him life in prison.
Carl Newton Mahan
In 1929, scrap metal was worth a lot of money. Six-year-old Carl Newton Mahan and his eight-year-old friend Cecil Van Hoose ran across a piece of scrap metal in the street. Cecil punched Mahan in the face and ran off with the metal. Angered by the situation, Mahan grabbed his father’s shotgun and killed Cecil. He was on trial for murder, but he only got sentenced to 15 years at a reform school.
Jon Venables and Robert Thompson
On February 12, 1993, two-year-old James Bulger was shopping with his mom at England’s New Strand Shopping Centre when Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, who were both 10 years old, kidnapped him. For two miles, the boys threw rocks and bricks at Bulger before leaving his body on the train tracks to be severed by an oncoming train. Venables and Thompson were eventually caught, but since they were minors, they were given a short sentence and new identities when they were released from prison.
On July 28, 1999, 12-year-old Lionel Tate killed six-year-old Tiffany Eunick with a bevy of wrestling moves. Two years later, Tate became the youngest person to be sentenced to life in prison. In 2004, however, the ruling was overturned, and he was sentenced to 10 years probation. Unfortunately for him, he was arrested for armed robbery in 2006 was sentenced to 40 years in jail.