From school shootings to a teen who killed his own mother, we count fifteen of the youngest killers of all time!
15 – Eric Smith,
- Thirteen-year-old Eric Smith was arrested in 1993 for murdering four-year-old Derrick Robie.
- Smith, who was a victim of bullying himself, had lured Robie into a deserted park and choked him. He then dropped rocks on Robie’s head and sodomised him with a tree branch.
- Incredibly, this was the first time Robie’s mother had ever let him go outside unsupervised.
- Eric confessed to the murder and was sentenced to nine years prison. He’s been denied parole seven times.
14 – Amarjeet Sada,
- Eight-year old Amarjeet Sada proved himself no angel when he murdered three infants, including his sister and cousin in 2007.
- Amarjeet had crushed two of the girls and strangled another, and his scumbag family attempted to help him cover the murders up.
- In accordance with Indian law, Amarjeet cannot be charged with murder, so he’s being detained in a children’s home until he turns eighteen.
13 – George Stinney,
- George Stinney was recently exonerated, but his story is still fascinating. In 1944, the fourteen-year-old was charged with the murder of two girls: eleven-year-old Betty June Binnicker and seven-year-old Mary Emma Thames.
- George was assumed responsible after witnesses saw him talking to the girls the day before their murder. The racial media circus that followed saw the young African-American convicted and executed in less than three months.
- He remains the youngest person in the US to die by electric chair.
- His family and some journalists recently cleared his name by bringing to light inconsistencies and a lack of physical evidence in George’s largely circumstantial case. Where was Atticus Finch when we needed him?
12 – Lionel Tate,
- Fourteen-year-old Lionel Tate claimed he was imitating TV wrestlers when he brutally beat six-year-old Tiffany Eunick to death. Lionel’s mother Kathleen was entrusted with babysitting Tiffany, but left her with Lionel.
- Lionel admitted to placing her in a headlock and slamming her against the table while supposedly play wrestling.
- A medical examiner determined that a forceful stomping had lacerated Tiffany’s liver, killing her, and experts confirmed the girl had suffered a fractured skull and rib, swelling in the brain from a prolonged five-minute beating, and thirty-five other injuries.
- Tate was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2001, but this sentence was later overturned because he hadn’t been given a mental competency hearing before the trial. He was released on probation in 2004, but was later rearrested for robbing a pizza delivery man.
11 – Graham Young,
- Like a character from a morbid fairytale, fourteen-year-old Graham Young is on this list for poisoning his stepmother’s tea in 1962. She became fatally ill and, to Graham’s amusement, died months later.
- Graham’s aunt turned him in to authorities, who diagnosed him with schizophrenia. He was sent to Broadmoor Hospital for rehabilitation where he ended up learning more about toxic potions. He soon took another victim and poisoned at least seventy others before being arrested. He died in his cell aged forty-two.
- Graham said poisoning others was like a drug habit.