Adult serial killers are scary enough, but what I find even more scary are killer kids. When I was young I never had the thoughts that pop into my head now, and even if they did I would never have had the balls to do anything about them. These five creepy kids had more than balls for the horrific crimes they committed.
Mary Bell was born in Newcastle, England, May 26th 1957, and caused a sensation in 1968 when she killed two small boys in her home town.
Born to a prostitute mother named Betty, she was forced to have sex with men by her mother when she was as young as four years old. Her father’s identity was always questionable, though the man that most evidence pointed towards was a habitual criminal.
The day before her 11th birthday Mary Bell strangled four-year-old Martin Brown in a derelict house in the Scotswood area of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. A short time after on the 31st July 1968, Bell and a friend, Norma Joyce Bell, who held no relation to Mary, took part in the death by strangulation of three-year-old Brian Howe on wasteland in the same Scotswood area.
Police reports conclude Bell had later returned to his body to carve an “N” into his stomach with a razor, which she then changed to an “M”. She also used a pair of scissors to cut off some of the boy’s hair, mark his legs and mutilate his penis.
Both girls were arrested on August 5th 1968 and when charged with murder, Mary replied, “That’s all right by me.”
After nine days of evidence Norma, who had appeared confused and over-awed during the proceedings, was found not guilty. Mary was, because of diminished responsibility, found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to life imprisonment. She was released with a new identity in 1980.
Eric Smith born January 22nd 1980, in Steuben County, New York, brutally murdered a boy of just four when he was only 13-years-old.
In 1993 four year-old Derrick Robie was walking from his house to a recreation program a block away when Smith grabbed and dragged him to a nearby wooded area. Smith beat Robie with rocks and sodomized him with a stick. Smith even kept mutilating and abusing the young child’s body once he was dead. It was one of the most heinous acts on record ever to be committed by a child in the United States.
Smith is currently serving the maximum sentence for juvenile murderers, nine years to life in prison. He has been denied parole seven times since 2002, most recently in April 2014.
Daniel Bartlam, born November 11th 1986 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. Dubbed as the “Coronation Street Killer” by the UK media, Daniel displayed disturbing behaviour, such as defecating and hiding his faeces around his room. He developed an obsession with horror movies, became increasingly reclusive and began posting violent clips online.
On Easter Sunday, April 2011, Daniel decided to commit what he saw as the perfect murder; killing his own mother. After spending the day indulging in Easter chocolate, Daniel sneaked into his mother’s bedroom that night with a claw hammer and bludgeoned his mother to death as she slept. He then wrapped her in newspaper and doused her in petrol before setting alight to her, helping his younger brother and the family dog out of the house as the blaze took hold. His mother was burned so severely that she had to be identified using her dental records. Initially, he claimed that a burglar had hurt his mother and set fire to the house. However, as investigators searched through his computer, they found evidence that he was searching key phrases like “how to get away with murder” and other similar topics. The murder weapon was found wrapped up and hidden in his room. He was immediately arrested and tried. Daniel Bartlam was sentenced to 16 years in a juvenile detention facility.
Born in October 1993, Jasmine Richardson planned and committed her family’s murders along with her boyfriend, 23-year-old Jeremy Steinke, when she was just 12-years-old.
On April 23rd, 2006, the bodies of husband Marc Richardson, 42, and wife Debra, 48, were found in the basement of their home. Both parents had been stabbed so many times that Marc had next to no blood left in his body. Even worse, the couple’s eight-year-old son, Jacob, was dead upstairs with his throat cut. Absent from the home at that time was the couple’s 12-year-old daughter. Though it was initially feared that Jasmine had been abducted, she was soon found in the neighbouring province of Saskatchewan, 81 miles away from home, with her 23-year-old boyfriend. The couple had apparently watched the movie Natural Born Killers shortly before the murders, after which Jasmine’s boyfriend, convinced the young Jasmine to marry him, help kill her parents and then proceed to run off with him.
Both were charged with the three murders with Steinke’s friend Kacy Lancaster, 19, charged with being an accessory for driving them away and disposing of evidence. On November 8th, 2007, Jasmine was sentenced to the maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment, currently serving her time in a psychiatric hospital. On December 15th, 2008, Steinke was sentenced to three life sentences on each of three counts of first-degree murder. The sentences are to be served concurrently.
JON VENABLES AND ROBERT THOMPSON
Jon Venables (born August 13th 1982) and Robert Thompson (born 23rd August 1982) are two of the most infamous child killers in the UK. On February 12th 1993, both at just 10-years-old coaxed 2-year-old James Bulger away from his mother while in the New Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle.
The boys had been stealing things all day at the shopping centre. CCTV evidence from the shopping centre showed Thompson and Venables casually observing children, apparently selecting a target. They approached 2-year-old James and spoke to him, before taking him by the hand and leading him out of the shopping centre.
Venables and Thompson took James on a 2.5 mile walk to a semi-secluded area in Liverpool, along some railroad tracks by an old cemetery. The boys threw paint into his left eye, hit him with bricks, beat him with an iron bar, and shoved batteries into his mouth. They beat him so severely that a coroner could not determine which of the blows was the fatal one. Before fleeing the scene, the boys laid Bulger out across the train tracks and weighed him down so that he couldn’t move, hoping that a train would come and cut him in half. It did.
James’ mutilated body was found on a railway line two-and-a-half miles (4 km) away in Walton, Liverpool, two days after his murder. Thompson and Venables were charged on February 20th 1993 with Bulger’s abduction and murder and found guilty on November 24th 1993, making them the youngest convicted murderers in modern English history. They were sentenced to custody until they reached adulthood, initially until the age of 18, and were released under new identities and on a lifelong license in June 2001. In 2010, Venables was sent to prison for violating the terms of his licence of release, and was released on parole again in 2013.