Although youth arrests for murder have fallen 37% between 2003 and 2013, here at Crime Feed we’ve covered a number of disturbing teen murders. When reviewing these sad and twisted cases, a disturbing trend emerged: young females viciously stabbing their neighbors, classmates and even best friends. Below we examine four female, teen killers who will make you wonder if murder rates really have fallen in the last decade.
1. Erandy Elizabeth Gutierrez
In March of this year, 16-year-old Erandy Elizabeth Gutierrez, stabbed her best friend Anel Baez 65 times after Baez posted nude photos that the girls had taken together. The photos were uploaded to Facebook prior to the attack and Gutierrez expressed early signs of her impending rage on her Twitter feed.
2. Sheila Eddy
In the summer of 2012, West Virginia teen Sheila Eddy, then 16-years-old, lured her classmate and one-time best friend Skylar Nees into the woods and stabbed her to death.
Eddy claimed she “didn’t’ want to be friends [with Nees] anymore.” Eddy pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with the chance of parole in 15 years. Despite pleading guilty, Eddy refused to apologize to the victim’s family.
3. Alyssa Bustamante
In 2009, Alyssa Bustamante, a Missouri teenager admitted to stabbing, strangling and slitting the throat of her 9-year-old neighbor Elizabeth Olten. Following the killing, 15-year-old Bustamante wrote in her journal that is was an “ahmazing” and “pretty enjoyable” experience. After committing the violent act and describing the experience in her diary, she joyfully headed off to church. Bustamante was initially charged with first-degree murder with a mandatory life sentence, but she is now serving a 35-year sentence.
4. Amber Hellesten
Amber Hellesten was charged as an adult in the death of a 14-year-old boy in February of 2013. Unnamed police sources reported that Hellesten was in an argument with the victim before stabbing him in the chest and piercing his heart. Her charges included aggravated assault and simple assault. At 15, Hellesten fell just within the age permissible to charge her as an adult in Pennsylvania.
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