teen killer

Murdered By Her Best Friends

The murder of 16-year-old Skylar Neese

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.

Shelia Eddy

Rachel Shoaf

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!)

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Jamie Fuller was 16 in 1991 when he killed his 14 year old cheerleader girlfriend Amy Carnevale behind a Middle School in Beverly, Massachusetts.   Jamie stabbed her, slashed her throat, and attempted to stomp on her head.  It is said that Fuller was extremely jealous and aggressive, even telling his friends he would kill her.  After he killed her, he not only bragged, but went back with a friend to dispose of the body.  He dumped it in the United Shoe Pond, using cinder blocks to keep it down.  It became known as “The Shoe Pond Murder”.  Although he was a juvenile, he was sentenced to life for this brutal murder.  In 1993, his distraught mother attempted to help him escape from prison.  The story was made into a for TV movie in 1996 called “No One Would Tell”.  

In 2009, 14 year old Eric Lee Phillips Whitehead of Georgia shot his step sister in the head with a 22-caliber rifle ten times while she was asleep on the couch.  
Whitehead confessed that he had a dream in which he was fighting with his step sister.  So when he awoke, he was overcome by feelings of rage and he took the 22-caliber rifle and killed her.  
Strangely, there were no problems between the two before the murder.  
It has been reported that Whitehead had ongoing psychiatric problems, but nobody saw this coming.  He was constantly bouncing between homes, running away, and getting himself into various types of trouble.  
He was charged as an adult and sentenced to life in prison.

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As many inhabitants of the town of Efremov, Tula oblast, 17 years old Maxim N. and his friend Igor R. often heard about 47 years old man who would engage in sexual relationships with 12 and 13 years old girls, finding them online and promising them gifts and money. Then Maxim and Igor found out that their 13 years old female friend was contacted by this man and offered to meet up and to have sex. Guys advised their female friend to agree on the meeting so they could show up instead her and teach the man a lesson. The meeting took place on 25 July 2016. Teenagers severely beat the man but that wasn’t enough. On the next day Maxim, Igor and another teenager beat him again, this time to death. The beating was filmed on mobile phone camera and uploaded online.

You can watch the video here.

On 16 March 2016 father of two Sergei Klimov (his last name changed in order to protect his identity) from Moscow came home after long and tiring day at work. In the bathroom he discovered body of his 12 years old daughter with stab wounds. But it was only the beginning of Sergei’s nightmare. At the same day police apprehended two suspects. One of them was 18 years old son of Sergei (pictured above). The teenager who aspired to be a police officer decided to kill all his family members in order to inherit their three apartments. But he didn’t want to do it himself and found 17 years old guy who agreed to do it for him. However after committing the first murder 17 years old teenager realized that he can’t kill another two people. That saved lives of Sergei Klimov and his wife who are currently preparing for their daughter’s funeral.

Gabriel Roche killed a 17 year old classmate after selling him methamphetamine.  Roche believed the 17 year old, Weston North, was a police informant.  
“You don’t show your demons if you’re not going to let them out,” Roche allegedly told deputies in December 2011.  “He begged and begged,” Roche said of his alleged victim. “Just like a coward.”

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‘’Surprise! I bet you didn’t expect me here, you bitch.’’

Murder of Shanda Sharer

Top: Melinda Loveless; Laurie Tackett

Bottom: Hope Rippey; Toni Lawrence

On the night of January 10, 1992, 16-year-old Melinda Loveless concocted a plan to kidnap and kill her 12-year-old rival Shanda Sharer. Melinda Loveless had been in a lesbian relationship with 15-year-old Amanda Heavrin for two years until Shanda came into the picture and Amanda began focusing her attention on her and away from Melinda. Melinda had threatened Shanda on multiple occasions and told friends everyday how much she wanted her rival dead.

Melinda enlisted the help of three other teenage girls to join the kidnapping and killing of Shanda Sharer: Laurie Tackett (17), Hope Rippey (15), andToni Lawrence (15), who resided in Madison, Indiana. Laurie Tackett, who Melinda specifically recruited knowing she had a need to be violent, was very aware of what Melinda had in store for that night. She informed Hope and Toni that they were going to kill a little girl, but neither girl took her seriously. Laurie Tackett picked Hope and Toni up and made the long drive to New Albany, Indiana, where Melinda resided. They lounged around in her bedroom, trying on Melinda’s clothes until Melinda drew a butcher knife from her purse. ”This is the knife I’m going to use to scare Shanda,” she said.

Melinda began discussing her hatred for Shanda and how much she wanted her dead for stealing her girlfriend, though admitted that she was sexy, as much as she hated her. Toni and Hope sat in silence, shocked. They did not know Shanda, and neither did Laurie. Knowing that Shanda was spending the weekend at her father’s house in nearby Jeffersonville, Indiana, Melinda called her house multiple times but to no avail. The girls then piled into Laurie’s car and stopped a few blocks away from Shanda’s fathers house. Melinda and Laurie ordered Toni and Hope to go to the door and tell Shanda that they were friends of Amanda’s and Amanda was waiting for her at a location called the Witch’s Castle, a place familiar to Laurie. As Toni and Hope left, Melinda hid herself on the floorboard, clutching the knife, and Laurie covered her with a blanket. Toni and Hope knocked on the door and introduced themselves as friends of Amanda when Shanda answered. They told her Amanda was waiting for her at the Witch’s Castle and urgently needed to see Shanda. Shanda, who was just heading to a party, told them to return at around midnight. By then, she told them, her father would be asleep.

Melinda was furious when Hope and Toni returned to the car without Shanda, but they assured her that they could stop by later and pick her up. Afterward, the girls attended a punk rock concert and spent a couple hours there. Melinda called Amanda and, for the last time, told her that she was going to kill Shanda. The girls drove back to Shanda’s house and this time successfully lured her into the car, where Melinda lay hidden in the back. As Hope drove away, she began asking questions about her relationship with Amanda to trigger Melinda off and it worked; Melinda leaped out of her hiding place and pressed the knife against Shanda’s throat. ”Surprise!” Melinda shouted, ”I bet you didn’t expect me here, you bitch.” Shanda began sobbing and pleaded for her to let her go, promising to leave Amanda alone.

When they arrived at the Witch’s Castle, a ruined stone house located on an isolated hill overlooking the Ohio River, Melinda and Laurie bound Shanda’s hands and feet with rope and the girls began taunting her and stealing her jewelry. Laurie took a cherished sweater of hers, lit it on fire, and told Shanda, ”You’re next.” Fearing that bypassing cars would spot the fire and see what’s going on, Laurie and the girls went back in the car and drove all the way to Madison, Indiana, stopping in a densely forested area where Melinda forced Shanda to strip herself naked and began beating her with her fists, repeatedly cramming her knee into her mouth, causing her to bleed. Melinda attempted to slit her throat, but the knife was too dull. At some point during the beating, Hope got out of the car to assist them in holding Shanda down. Laurie and Melinda took turns stabbing Shanda in the chest and eventually strangled her with a rope, sending her into a state of unconsciousness.

The girls tossed Shanda into the trunk and drove to Laurie’s house to wash themselves off. Laurie fixed the girls some soft drinks. When they heard Shanda screaming and banging around in the trunk, Laurie grabbed a paring knife, assured the girls she’ll handle it, and went outside where she opened the trunk and stabbed Shanda in the head. Laurie returned to clean herself up and told the girls their futures with ”rune stones” just to calm them down. 

At about 2:30 AM, Hope and Toni decided to hang back as Melinda and Laurie went ”country cruising”, driving to the nearby town of Canaan. Every time they heard screaming and thumping sounds from the trunk, Laurie would stop the car and beat Shanda into silence with a tire iron. Shanda would call out Melinda’s name in a gurgled voice and the last word she could muster was ”mommy” until Laurie wacked her with the tire iron again. The girls debated where to dump off Shanda, considering the limited options they had such as tossing her in a lake and running her over with the car. Sometime during the ride, it was decided that they were going to burn her.

Melinda and Laurie returned to the house at dawn and lead Hope and Toni to the car to show them the mangled condition that Shanda was now in. Toni, refusing to take a look, went inside the car while Laurie opened up the trunk. Hope recalled, ”Not one inch of her wasn’t covered in blood.” Next, Hope took a Windex bottle and sprayed it all over Shanda’s wounds. As Shanda screamed and wriggled in pain, Hope taunted, ”You’re not looking so hot now, huh?”

The girls headed to a gas station where they purchased a 2-liter bottle of Pepsi, dumped it out, and refilled it with gasoline. Hope informed them of a secluded location called ”Lemon Road” where they could burn Shanda. Once they reached the gravel road, Toni, shaken up, stayed in the car while Hope and Laurie opened up the trunk, wrapped Shanda’s body up in a blanket, and laid her out on the side of the road. Laurie ordered Melinda to pour the gasoline over Shanda’s body, but she shied away, so she pushed it into Hope’s hands. Hope doused Shanda’s body with the gasoline and Laurie lit a match. Shanda’s body was up in flames within a millisecond.

All three girls piled into the car where Toni awaited and sped off, only it wasn’t too long before Melinda looked back and demanded that go back because Shanda wasn’t burning enough. Laurie spun the car around and pulled up beside Shanda’s burning body. Melinda got out of the car alone and stood over Shanda, staring at her severely charred condition for a few moments. Melinda later recounted in court, ”She was burned to a crisp. You couldn’t recognize her. I mean, she was totally crisp black. I was sick…I’m sick.” Melinda then poured the rest of the gasoline on her and quickly climbed back into the car. Melinda laughed about how Shanda’s tongue was darting in and out of her mouth and praised her death, relieved to have her rival out of her and Amanda’s lives.

Aftermath

After burning Shanda alive, the girls stopped at a local McDonald’s for breakfast where they joked that Shanda looked like the sausages. Toni, horrified, phoned her friend and confessed that the other girls had murdered someone. After breakfast, Melinda and Laurie dropped Hope and Toni home before heading back to Melinda’s place in New Albany.

A couple hours after Shanda’s death, two brothers from Canaan, Indiana, were on there way to go hunting when they discovered a peculiar body burnt alive on the side of the gravel road. They initially suspected someone had burned a mannequin as a prank, but the closer they drew, the higher their fears rose. The figure was nude except for a pair of ripped blue panties. It lay on its back, its head pointed toward the road, and was charred black from waist to head. Its pale white legs were spread open and bent at the knees, and both arms were stiffly raised toward the sky with clenched fists. The two hunters were unsettled by whether it was a dead body but proceeded to summon police.  

Melinda phoned a friend and confessed to murdering Shanda and afterward had Amanda Heavrin paged at Riverfalls Mall, arranging to pick her up. Upon meeting with Amanda, a tearful Melinda immediately told her everything that happened, explaining that she only intended to beat Shanda up but then Laurie went crazy and killed her. Amanda comforted the hysterical Melinda, unsure of whether this was merely a prank or not. Laurie, to prove to Amanda that they were telling the truth, showed Amanda the bloody trunk which contained one of Shanda’s bloody socks. Unlike Melinda, Laurie laughed as she walked Amanda through all the events that took place that night.

Melinda eventually dropped Amanda off at her house and made her promise not to tell anyone. The two shared one last kiss before Melinda then headed back to Laurie’s car. Meanwhile, Toni and Hope confessed to their parents and Toni’s parents immediately took her to the police station where Toni gave the names of the girls involved. The police enforcement pieced together the murder in a matter of hours. Melinda and Laurie were arrested later that night and taken into custody.

Incarceration

All four girls were tried as adults. To avoid the death penalty, all four girls accepted plea bargains. Laurie and Melinda were sentenced to sixty years in the Indiana Women’s Prison in Indianapolis. With maximum time reduced for good behavior, they could be released in 2020. Toni was sentenced to twenty years in prison, and with time reduced for good behavior, she was released in 2000. Hope was sentenced to 60 years, with ten suspended for mitigating circumstances, and ten years of medium supervision probation. With time reduced for good behavior, Hope was released in 2006.

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When Katya of Nizhny Novgorod oblast was a little child she was very happy one. She had mother that adored her. But when Katya was six her mother died. Katya was left with a father that had mental health and alcohol problems. When she was 15 years old Katya was placed in an orphanage because the child service staff decided that her father can’t take care of her. Katya was creating a lot of troubles for staff and other kids. She would cut her veins often and beat up other kids. She was very unhappy in the place and wanted to come back home to her father.  She even started to visit psychiatrist to deal with her aggression and other problems. But it was too late. On cold night of 5th February, 2017 15-year-old Katya strangled 7-year-old Vera (third picture) that was known as a very kind and ideal child. Katya was arrested. She didn’t confess to the murder.

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In 2015 Nolan Buchanan was only 16 years old when he killed his father, half-brother, and fathers fiancee.  He shot them in their Sierra Foothills cabin and then lit the cabin on fire to cover up his tracks.  He then went to school like nothing had happened.  Classmates who were interviewed after his arrest said he was calm and came to school with a haircut.  They had a hard time believing Nolan would have done something like that.  No motive for the murders has been released.

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On February 3, 2014, 15-year-old Sergey Gordeyev entered his school near Moscow, Russia with two rifles concealed in a bag. Once arriving at his geography class, he shot the teacher in the stomach before taking the classroom of over 20 students hostage. He noticed the teacher was still alive, so he fired a fatal shot into his head. One of his classmates reported: “He fired the shot, then he got up onto the podium, laid out his rifles and said he had 100 bullets and that he had come to die.” Gordeyev then started shooting at responding officers, wounding one and killing another who died upon arrival at the hospital. Authorities brought Sergey’s father on scene and had him talk to his son on the phone. He was soon allowed entry into the classroom and convinced his son to allow the hostages to leave. Once each student was released, about an hour after the shooting started, Gordeyev surrendered.

Gordeyev was a straight-A student, and it’s suggested the shooting was a result of the geography teacher sabotaging his grade, though others deny any conflict between the two of them. Psychiatrists ruled he was not sane at the time of the incident, and the court agreed. In March 2015, he was sentenced to compulsory treatment.

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On 23 March 2016 body of 15 years Andrei Boldyrev of Kola was found on 9th floor of an apartment building. He was stabbed 10 times. Very soon two suspects were arrested. One of them was 15 years old Polina S. who was Andrei’s ex-girlfriend. She asked her 18 years old male friend to help her to kill Andrei because she wanted revenge. However it turned out that she didn’t need any help. When Polina started stabbing Andrei her friend attempted to stop her but to no avail. After being arrested Polina didn’t try to deny anything and confessed to the crime. She was charged with murder and is currently in jail awaiting trial.