why would u hate on the true crime community when theres nazis, pedophiles, tweakers, shoplifters, and a TON of other groups on tumblr much worse than the tcc? most of us dont condone what happened and we are just interested in the psychology aspect of it. it just doesnt make sense why we are getting attacked when we didnt fucking do anything
“He had no friends and was very untrusting of people, the consummate loner. Often he’d stay in his room from sundown to sunrise, shooting up cocaine, watching MTV, listening to heavy metal music, and fantasizing about extreme sexual violence: watching people suffer, squirm, and die.”
On the 11th of May 2003 in New Jersey, 15 year old Sakia Gunn (who was openly gay) waited for a bus with friends after a night out. They were approached and propositioned by Richard McCullough and his friend, which the girls replied they were lesbians. McCullough grabbed one of the girls by the throat and Gunn intervened, this resulted in Gunn being stabbed to death.
Days later McCullough turned himself in and accepted a plea deal. The murder charge was dropped and it was now manslaughter, he also claimed “she ran into my knife”.
The locals and LGBT community were in uproar as well as the lack of media coverage. In the 1998 hate crime murder of Matthew Shepard, the 7 months after his murder 659 articles were done compared to Sakia’s 21.
In April 2005, Richard McCullough was sentenced to 20 years
On July 6th, 2012 16-year-old Skylar Neese snuck out of her house to drive around & smoke marijuana with her two best friends, Shelia Eddy (middle) & Rachel Shoaf (right). They drove to Morris Run Road in Pennsylvania, a long dirt road surrounded with forestry, a place they had been before to hangout and smoke. When Skylar turned her back the girls counted to three & began stabbing Skylar to death with kitchen knives they had concealed under their clothes. The only thing Skylar said during the attack was “why” over & over again. The girls stood over her body until she was dead, cleaned themselves up with Clorox wipes & fresh clothes they had stored in the trunk, went home & resumed their normal lives.
Skylar was deemed a runaway & the girls played the role of concerned friends who just wanted their best friend back. Shelia begged & pleaded for her to come home on her social media, helped the family post missing flyers, & spent countless hours with Skylar’s parents sitting in Skylar’s room talking & crying. When cops began questioning the girls the Neese’s repeatedly told cops to back off because they were going through enough already.
Above screenshots of Shelia Eddy pretending to be a concerned friend on Facebook. Comments by Skylar’s parents, Dave and Mary Neese.
The heat of the ongoing investigation & whispers around town proved to be too much to handle for Rachel Shoaf, who confessed to the murder in December of 2012. She said “we stabbed her” & when asked why she said “we just didn’t want to be friends anymore.” She cooperated with police & lead them to where Skylar was murdered. She also agreed to wear a wire while hanging out with Shelia in order to get Shelia to say something incriminating, but Shelia held out. Below is a picture of them from that night.
Shelia Eddy was arrested May 1st, 2013. On January 24, 2014 she plead guilty to first degree murder & was sentenced to life with mercy, eligible for parole after 15 years. On February 26th, 2014 Rachel Shoaf was charged with second degree murder & was sentenced to 30 years, eligible for parole after 10 years. They are both serving their sentences in Lakin Correctional Center.
Chilling tweet by Shelia Eddy a month before her arrest.
One popular theory suggests Shelia & Rachel were engaged in a sexual relationship & Skylar was the only one who knew about it. There was always drama & fighting amongst them, so to avoid Skylar telling their secret they killed her. However, the true motive remains unknown.
Because of the nature of this crime & the fact that I am the same age as the girls (21 now) I became really invested in it. I watched everything I could about it, read every article, even got in contact with Skylar Neese’s parents who are wonderful people. There are several documentaries about it here & here, as well as her parents’ Dr. Phil episode here. You can purchase the book containing more detailed information here (a must read if you’re interested in this case!)