Alyssa Bustamante exhibited a morbid obsession with pain and death when she entered puberty, and by the time she was fifteen she had already attempted suicide and regularly engaged in self-harm.
In October 2009 Bustamante lured Elizabeth Olten, 9, into a secluded patch of woods, choked her, slashed her wrists, and stabbed her in the throat. The young girl was then buried in a shallow grave Bustamante had dug earlier in the week. After murdering Olten, the teenager wrote in her diary that killing her had felt “ahmazing” and joked about going to church. She was swiftly arrested after police noted her absence from school on the day of the murder.
When police discovered Elizabeth Olten’s body they also came across another (empty) grave that Bustamante appeared to have dug. Could Bustamante’s intended victims have been her younger brothers? A few months before the murders she was overheard saying she “hated” her younger brothers and once even uploaded a video to YouTube which depicts her brothers getting shocked by an electric fence. Police now think that Bustamante had vague plans to kill her two brothers and dispose of them in the graves she dug, but for some reason changed her mind and lured Olten into the woods instead. Bustamante was sentenced to life with parole in 2011.