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Creepiest Children in History

Children can be pretty awesome. Most of them are cute and innocent in their own way and make people happy. There are, however, some children that are far from innocent and creepy as hell. Let’s look at some of the creepiest children in history.

Mary Bell

Mary Bell, also known as the Tyneside Strangler, is a British woman who strangled two young boys to death in 1968. She was only 11 years old at the time of her conviction! The poor boys she strangled to death were Martin Brown, age four, and Brian Howe, age 3. After Mary killed Brian, she returned to the body to carve an “M” in his stomach. She also used scissors and cut Brian’s hair, mutilate his penis, and scratch his legs. Bell was in prison for 12 years and was released when she was 23. She was able to change her name so no one knew who she was. She is still alive today and is 59 years old.

George Stinney

George Junius Stinney Jr. became a convicted murderer at the age of 14 and was the youngest person in the United States to be sentenced to death. The bodies of 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and 8-year-old Mary Emma Thames were found in a ditch on March 23, 1944. The girls were beaten with either a railroad spike or a piece of blunt metal. According to an article on March 24, 1944, a sheriff announced Stinney’s arrest and said that he confessed to the crimes. Stinney was a known bully and got into a lot of fights at school. He died by electric chair following his one-day trial when he was only 14.

Joshua Phillips

Convicted murderer Joshua Phillips is stuck in prison for life without the possibility of parole. When he was 14, he was convicted of killing a little girl that lived next door, Maddie Clifton, age 8. Maddie went missing on November 3, 1998. The story gets worse. Joshua’s mom noticed that his waterbed appeared to be leaking when she went to his room to clean. She got a closer look and found the body of Maddie hidden in the pedestal of the bed. On the day of her death, Maddie came to Joshua’s house to play with him. She threw a ball to him and he hit it with the bat, but the ball ended up smacking Maddie in the eye. When Joshua saw blood, he freaked out and strangled her with a telephone cord for 15 minutes. After that, he hit her with the baseball bat and then he stabbed her 11 times.

Edmund Kemper

Edmund Kemper goes by several names, such as Big Ed, The Co-ed Butcher, and The Co-ed Killer. He was born on December 18, 1948, in Burbank, California and is one really messed up dude. He’s not just a serial killer, but he’s also a rapist, cannibal, and necrophile. Gross. Edmund decided to kill his grandparents when he was 15 just to “see what it felt like.” After he killed his grandparents, Edmund was diagnosed as being a paranoid schizophrenic and was determined criminally insane. He was released when he was 21 years old after proving that he had been rehabilitated.  He then became a drifter and would pick up female hitchhikers and let them go. At some point, he decided to stop letting them go and ended up killing six young women in the early 1970s. He would pick these women up and drive them to a quiet location to murder them. He’d then take the bodies to his house and violate and desecrate them. He’d sometimes keep the heads of his victims for days before he got rid of them. He received eight life sentences for his crimes.

Graham Young

Graham Young liked to play around with poison and is often referred to as the Teacup Poisoner. He began testing out poisons when he was only 14 years old. Graham’s first victim was a fellow science student named Christopher Williams. After Christopher was poisoned, he became very sick for an extended amount of time but survived. He suffered from vomiting, headaches, and painful cramps. Graham wanted victims that he could monitor closely to satisfy his curiosity so he set at work to poison his family. Graham’s oldest sister Winifred became sick and it was determined that she was poisoned with belladonna. His step-mother Molly became the prime target, becoming sicker over time. On April 21, 1962, Molly was found squirming in agony with Graham watching her closely, clearly fascinated. Molly died later that night. Graham was put in a mental hospital after confessing to poisoning his family members. He was released nine years later and then began poisoning again. He was later caught and convicted of poisoning around 70 others. He was sentenced to life in prison but died in his cell a month before his 43rd birthday.

Amardeep Sada

India’s youngest serial killer, Amardeep Sada was only eight at the time he killed three people. He strangled a six-month-old child to death, as well as his cousin and sister, who were both also younger than a year old. He confessed to the crime of six-month-old Kushboo and led police to a shallow grave where her body was. He then later confessed to killing his 8-month-old sister and six-month-old cousin. With all three of these killings, Amardeep took the children out into a field and then hit them with a stone and then strangled them. When asked about the killings, Amardeep would just smile and ask for biscuits to eat. After being evaluated by professionals, it was determined that Amardeep suffers from conduct disorder and feels gratification from making others suffer. He was tried as a juvenile, but little is known about what happened after the trial. It’s possible that he could be in a mental health facility, but no one knows for sure.

Jesse Pomeroy

Jesse Pomeroy was the youngest person in the history of Commonwealth of Massachusetts to be convicted of first-degree murder. He was also referred to other names like The Boston Boy Fiend and The Boy Torturer. He was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1859 and killed approximately 9 people from February 1874 to April 1874. Between 1871 and 1872 several reports indicated that younger boys were enticed to secluded areas and then attacked by an older boy, usually with a fist, belt, or a knife. No one was ever arrested for these crimes, though. After Jesse moved to South Boston with his family, he continued to attack young boys, eventually being caught, and sent to the State Reform School for Boys. He was 14 when he was released. In 1874 a 10-year-old girl went missing named Katie Curran. Her body was eventually found in the basement of Jesse’s mother’s dress shop. Jesse was charged with first-degree murder and sentenced to capital punishment, forced to spend the rest of his life in solitary confinement. He died of natural causes in 1932 when he was 72.

Eric Smith

Eric Smith was 14 when he was at a summer day camp in a local park. He spotted a four-year-old named Derrick Robie at the same camp and made him go with him to a secluded area. He strangled Derrick, dropped a large rock on his head, undressed him, and then proceeded to sodomize the young boy with a tree limb. Derrick’s body was found after four hours of searching. Eric was convicted of second-degree murder and was sentenced to nine years in prison, which was the maximum term for juvenile murderers. At Eric’s 2014 parole hearing, he claimed he was bullied a lot by older children in school and took out his anger on Derrick. He said he was scared Derrick would tell on him so he killed him and that he inserted the stick in Derrick to ensure he was actually dead. He’s been denied parole eight times since 2002. As of 2016, Eric is in a medium security prison for male inmates in Erie County, New York.

Robert Thompson and Jon Venables

On February 12, 1993, a two-year-old boy, James Bulger, was abducted, tortured, and murdered. He was murdered by two ten-year-old boys named Jon Venables and Robert Thompson. Two days after James went missing from the shopping mall New Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle, his mutilated body was found two and a half miles away on a railway line. Security footage taken of Robert and Jon at the shopping center showed them casually observing children, playing truant from school. They were seen at the shopping center stealing various items including blue paint, a troll doll, sweets, and some batteries. When James wandered off from his mother, the two boys took him by the hand and led him out of the shopping center, taking him on a 2.5-mile walk across to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

The boys dropped James on his head and had facial injuries from the incident. They then took the little boy to a railway line and tortured him, throwing the blue paint into James’ eye, kicking him, stomping on him, and throwing stones and bricks at him. They took the batteries and put them in James’ mouth and some into his anus. A 22-pound iron bar was then dropped on James, striking his head. During this time, James received 42 injuries. After they were done torturing James, they took his body and put it on the railway tracks to make it look like his death was an accident. They were both charged with the murder of James Bulger, receiving a sentence that kept them behind bars until they were 25.
I guess it shows that not all children are cute and innocent. Some of them are just born as deranged killers, other molded into killers over a short period of time.

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