This one’s a shocker: a 14-year-old girl participated in the brutal slaying of an affable mother and her daughter, for seemingly no reason whatsoever other than to kill. Due to privacy regulations, our 14-year-old double murderer cannot be named. So, let’s call her, for our purposes, Jane.
Jane had wanted to take a life for a while now, she told detectives. While some people are just driven to kill, it’s rare for 14-year-old girls to be like that. Most murderers are men, after all. In April of 2016, the girl and her boyfriend, also 14, decided to plan out and execute a murder. Elizabeth Edwards was a 49-year-old dinner lady at an elementary school in Lincolnshire. (That’s British for lunch lady.) Though most people seemed to like Elizabeth quite a bit, Jane held some unknown grudge against her and helped select her as their intended victim.
Investigators later learned that the couple had plotted out their attack at a nearby McDonald’s. They then entered Elizabeth’s home and killed both Elizabeth and her 13-year-old daughter, Katie, as they slept. It is believed that the boy did most of the actual killing, first stabbing Elizabeth several times, including twice in the neck, and then stabbing Katie in the neck while smothering her.
The pair then drew themselves a nice, warm bath. They followed it up by watching Twilight, the teen vampire romance hit of 2008.
The couple had intended to kill themselves after the murders, and Jane had even scrawled out a suicide note that read, “Fuck you, world!” with a request that she be cremated and her ashes scattered. Jane later said she wasn’t sure why she hadn’t gone through with it.
A psychiatrist who testified at the teens’ trial said that the pair had formed a “toxic relationship,” and that Jane was “inappropriately upbeat” when he interviewed her, considering the circumstances. Though Jane has tried to blame her involvement in the deaths on a bizarre mental state, the psychiatrist said that she did not feel bad for what she’d done and has yet to display any sort of remorse. Throw away the key, please.
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