Although most children are harmless, innocent and cute, there are some kids out there who, for one reason or another, commit crimes so atrocious that they leave us stunned and speechless. When you think of a child, the last thing you think of is murder. Some notorious child murderers are:
- Mary Bell,
- Andrew Golden,
- Mitchell Johnson.
It’s hard to picture a child as anything less than innocent and harmless. The kids on this list will have you second guessing all that you may have thought about the innocence of children.
Here are the top 10 youngest murderers to have ever killed.
1. When Alyssa Bustamante was 15 years old, she murdered her half sister’s 9-year-old friend Elizabeth Olten. Alyssa led the little girl into the woods where she had dug two graves. She strangled the girl, slit her throat and wrists, and left her in the grave.
Alyssa later went home and talked about it in a diary entry, where she wrote: “It was amazing.”
2. Joshua Phillips was a 14-year-old boy from Jacksonville Florida. In 1998, he murdered his 8-year-old neighbor, Maddie Clifton.
Soon after Maddie Clifton went missing, Joshua’s mother spent a day cleaning her son’s room. She found a leak in Joshua’s waterbed, and upon taking a closer look she found the dead body of Maddie Clifton. The little girl had been stabbed and also suffered severe blunt force trauma to the head. Joshua Phillips was charged with murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
When Eric Smith was 13 years old, he viciously murdered 4-year-old Derrick Robie. He lured the little boy into the woods and strangled him. After Smith strangled the little boy, he also crushed his skull by dropping a massive rock onto his head.
Eric Smith was known to have random and erratic outbursts of anger. He had been diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder at a very young age, which caused these abnormal outbursts. He was convicted of murder in 1994 and has been denied parole over five times.
4. In 1999, Curtis and Catherine Jones were sentenced to 18 years years in prison for shooting and killing their father’s girlfriend Sonya Speights. Curtis was 12 years old and Catherine was 13, but they were charged as adults.
Police had initially said that the two siblings had murdered their father’s girlfriend because they didn’t want her to marry their father. Years later, the siblings admitted that they had been sexually abused, and killed their father’s girlfriend because she had allowed it to happen. The siblings have since served out their 18 year sentence were released from prison. They will be on probation for the rest of their lives.
5. In 2010, 12-year-old Paul Gingerich and two of his friends decided that they wanted to run away, but they had one obstacle. The obstacle was 49-year-old Phillip Danner, who was the stepfather of one of Paul’s friends.
The boys decided to kill Phillip Danner by shooting him. Paul received the longest sentence because he was the one that fired the fatal shot. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
6. Lionel Tate is the youngest person in the United States to ever be sentenced to life in prison without parole. In 1999, 12-year-old Lionel Tate murdered 6-year-old Tiffany Eunick in Broward County, Florida. Initially he said that he had been wrestling with the little girl when she stopped breathing, but upon further investigation it was discovered that he had actually viciously stomped on her. He lacerated her liver and fractured her skull.
He was sentenced to life in prison in 2001, but due to controversy surrounding his sentence, it was overturned. Tate was put under house arrest, but violated his probation terms and returned back to prison. He was released again, and committed an armed robbery at a Domino’s Pizza in 2005. He was sentenced to 10 years for the armed robbery, and also received a 30 year sentence for violating the terms of his probation.
7. Andrew Golden, 14, and Mitchell Johnson, 11, were students at Westside Middle School in Craighead County, Arkansas. They are responsible for one of the deadliest massacres to ever take place at an American middle school.
On the day of the massacre, the boys arrived at their school with firearms they had stolen from their family members. They shot 15 people, and killed 5 of them. The boys were given the maximum sentence for a juvenile under Arkansas law, which was imprisonment until the age of 21. The boys were both released from prison on their respective 21st birthdays.
8. Mary Bell, also known as the Tyneside Strangler, strangled a 4-year-old boy just one day before her 11th birthday.
Only a few months later, she also strangled another little boy. He was three years old. She was convicted of manslaughter and was released at the age of 23. She had a daughter 4 years later and reportedly became a grandmother in 2009.
9. Jon Venables and Robert Thompson were the youngest people in British history to be found guilty of murder. They were both 10 years old.
In 1993, they lured a 3-year-old boy named James Bulger form a shopping mall. They tortured and murdered the boy, who was found two days later beside a railroad track. The boys were caught skipping school on security footage from the shopping mall and were subsequently arrested. They served 8 years in prison and were released in 2001.
10. Amarjeet Sada was 8 years old when he brutally killed 3 people. He is known as the world’s youngest serial killer. In 2006, he killed his 6-month-old cousin and 8-month-old sister. Amarjeet was born in India, and it has been reported that the people who lived in his village knew of the crimes, but considered it to be a “family matter” and did not report it.
In 2007, Amarjeet killed his neighbor’s 6 month-old-daughter, Kushboo Devi. Amarjeet had supposedly bragged about the murder and even led villagers to her grave. He admitted that he had smashed her face with a brick, and even smiled and laughed about it. He was arrested in 2007 and was charged with the murder of Kushboo Devi. Because the first two murders he committed went unreported, there was no official investigation and he was only charged with the murder of one person.