It starts from the time one is born. The way your brain is shaped from genetics and the environment in which you grew up. It is especially impactful from age three, when the brain develops long term memory. If one grows up in an environment where parents are always drinking and doing drugs, or are verbally, physically or even sexually abusive, that person will more likely commit those heinous acts onto others. Such a person can grow up with a lot of hate and anger and may start to hurt or kill animals. This is followed by bullying in school, with the possibility of hurting other people. They may start cutting up leather seats, or you may see them in a store cutting up leather pants and coats because it feels like skin to them. They hunt animals with the sole pleasure of killing them. They might start to cut themselves.
These types of people are the ones who usually start to abuse alcohol and other drugs from a young age. Doing drugs, hard ones particularly, can throw the brain into a chemical imbalance, a brain which most likely is already off balance to an extent. They stay up for days on end doing all kinds of drugs, maybe even leading to psychosis. They start committing crimes to pay for their bad habits. What kind of kid does it take to be able to commit awful crimes and possibly the worst crime of them all – murder?
If you think about a child, you do not tend to think about them with the capability to go through with the act of killing someone. Children can be kind of eerie when they are not entirely charming and entertaining, and throughout time kids have gone through with some brutal killings. What type of punishment would be appropriate for taking the life of others when you're that young? With enough psychiatric treatment, could they one day be re-released back into the public?
Here are ten of the youngest boys and girls to become killers.
9 Eric Smith
8 Joshua Phillips
Phillips was from the big city of Jacksonville, Florida. When Joshua was just 14, he murdered eight-year-old neighbor Maddie Clifton on November 15, 1998.
When Maddie had gone missing, the first suspect was Larry Grisham, another neighbor who had a criminal record with two sexual assaults. Joshua even offered to help in the search to take any heat off him.
Phillips' mom was cleaning his room one day, when she noticed the water bed had a leak. A closer inspection would reveal a body was under the bed. The body showed blunt force trauma and multiple stabbings.
7 Andrew Wurst
6 Paul Henry Gingerich
This murder took place in the beautiful state of Indiana, where 12-year-old Gingerich became the youngest kid in the state’s history to be tried and sentenced as an adult.
Paul was meeting with friends in the town of Cromwell close to Michigan’s border. After visiting for a little while the three boys wanted to run away, but one of the friends said his dad would never allow it to happen.
5 Lionel Tate
Lionel Tate would set a record that nobody should want. He became the youngest person in the United States to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of seeing parole. The sentence was handed down to him when he was only 13, back in 2001, although Tate committed the murder in 1999 when he was 12. Tate killed a six-year-old named Tiffany Eunick in Broward County, Florida.
4 Andrew Golden & Mitchell Johnson
Johnson and Golden were students at Westside Middle School in Craighead County, Arkansas, when they showed up to school armed to the gills with firearms. They would shoot a shocking 15 students, killing five of them; four were students and one a teacher.
3 Mary Bell
When she was the tender age of 11 years young, this ruthless Brit was given the nickname The Tyneside strangler. She actually killed someone before her 11th birthday, when she strangled a four-year-old named Martin Brown to death.
2 Jesse Pomeroy
1 Amarjeet Sada
The youngest murderer in history comes from India. Amarjeet Sada was an eight-year-old at the time from the Bihar state.
Sada’s mother left her six-month-old daughter at the school she taught at and advised the police after discovering she had disappeared. The police would later find the baby’s body near the Musahari village, where Sada confessed to them that he had strangled the baby. The facts of the baby’s passing were gruesome, as Sada crushed the baby with a sizable rock.
Sada was enduring psychiatric handling for a variety of psychological problems that had led to his young sister’s death. A further investigation also revealed that Sada may have not only been accountable for the murder of his sister, but also his young cousin too, who was only nine months old. Sada would go on to commit yet another murder, when he slayed his neighbor’s six-month-old baby. Amarjeet Sada is unquestionably the most dreadful child serial killer, and it’s uncertain that he will ever see the light of day again.
References: murderpedia.org, dailymail.co.uk, arktimes.com, bbc.co.uk
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