It sure is true that looks can be deceiving. From an obsessive poisoner to a couple of teenage girls out to have “fun,” these 9 youngsters aren’t as innocent as they look.
They say children are angels. Having those angelic faces and sincere smile, you wouldn’t dare think about people with the ability to commit murder, do you? But kids can be kind of creepy when they aren’t totally adorable and fun, and throughout history some children have committed some brutal murders.
1. Leopold and Loeb
Who would have thought that these both highly intelligent, privileged young college students would meticulously planned a murder of a 14-year-old boy. They weren’t exactly children at 18 and 19, but Leopold and Loeb who went to great lengths to cover up their crime. The worst part was that they considered their killing an “experiment”. The Leopold and Loeb case made defense lawyer Clarence Darrow famous, though both went to prison. Loeb was murdered behind bars.
2. Mary Bell
Mary Bell, an 11-year-old girl has been sentenced to life in detention after being found guilty at Newcastle Assizes of the manslaughter of 2 small boys. Mary is said to have strangled and killed the 2 boys, aged four and three, “solely for the pleasure and excitement of killing”. Even going so far as to carve an “M” into one. She went to prison but was released under a new name in 1980.
3. Joshua Phillips
The mother of the 14 year-old Joshua Phillips, thought that his waterbed was leaking, but what she found was much worse. Upon further examination, she discovered Maddie’s body hidden inside the pedestal of Phillips’s waterbed. She promptly ran outside her home and went across the street to get the police.
Phillips was arrested that day at his school. He was held in maximum security as he made his first court appearance. It was determined that Clifton’s cause of death was from stabbing and clubbing with a baseball bat. Phillips claimed the event happened when he and Maddie were playing baseball one afternoon. At one point during the throwing and hitting, when Maddie threw the ball at him and he hit it, it struck the 8-year-old’s eye, causing her to bleed. The injury caused Maddie to scream. Josh began to panic, and proceeded to drag her into his room and strangle her with a phone cord for approximately 15 minutes. Soon after, he hit her again with the baseball bat and stabbed her 11 times.
He said her initial injuries were an accident but Philips was convicted and is sentenced to prison. However, since he was under 16, at the time of his trial, he escaped the death penalty.
4. Jesse Pomeroy
Pomeroy was the youngest person convicted of first-degree murder in Massachusetts. As a young teen, he was accused of attacking other young boys. When he was 14, a young girl went missing and a four-year-old boy was found mutilated. The girl’s body was found in an ash heap in Pomeroy’s mother’s shop. For that, Pomeroy was found guilty of the crime and went to prison and lived there for decades until his death in 1932.
5. Eric Smith
The 13-year-old Eric Smith, was frequently bullied at school due to his red hair, eyeglasses, and large ears. In 1993, he decided to take out his frustration on a small child and killed a four-year-old by dropping large rocks on his head and sodomizing him with a stick. Smith confessed shortly after the murder and remains in prison.
6. Graham Young
As a teen, Young began experimenting with poison on his family members. His stepmother eventually died from complications related to the poisoned tea she’d been drinking. Young had long been obsessed with violence and poison, so it wasn’t surprising when he confessed to the crime. He was sent to a mental institute and classified as a schizophrenic patient. He was released in 1970, only to go on to continue to poison his coworkers. Young died in 1990, but in 2005 a young Japanese girl poisoned her mother in a case related to a movie inspired by Young entitled, A Young Poisoner’s Handbook.
7. David Brom
Minnesota teenager David Brom murdered his family with an axe and later showed up to school as if nothing had happened. After bragging about the murder he committed, he was arrested and remained behind bars.
8. Cindy Collier & Shirley Wolf
These two teen girls brutally stabbed an elderly woman to death, and then remarked that they thought murder was a “kick” and that they’d love to try it again. The independent film, Fun, was made about the girls, the title coming from a diary entry where Shirley wrote, “Today, Cindy and I ran away and killed an old lady. It was lots of fun.”
[The picture above is from the movie.]
9. Jordan Brown
According to Wikipedia, Jordan Brown (born August 7, 1997), involves who at age 11 was initially charged as an adult in the fatal shooting of his father’s fiancée, Kenzie Marie Houk, 26, in New Beaver, Pennsylvania, on February 20, 2009. The county District Attorney’s Office initially filed the charges in adult court because that is required in Pennsylvania homicide cases regardless of a defendant’s age. The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office subsequently took over prosecution of the case. After Brown spent more than three years in a juvenile detention facility in Erie, Pennsylvania, while Pennsylvania courts deliberated his status, Brown was tried as a juvenile and adjudicated delinquent (guilty) on April 13, 2012. On May 8, 2013, Superior Court vacated the finding of delinquency, citing “palpable abuse of discretion”.