We all have heard gory tales of serial killers and how some of them have still not been caught. Most stories we have read or seen involved full grown adults, ranging from people in their twenties to some that were quite old.
But you will be surprised to know that there have been cases where even children and teenagers were involved in serial killings. At an age when we used to wait for the school to end, there were children who were busy killing people. To better understand the risks we may face, let’s do a quick analysis of some of the youngest serial killers of all time.
Craig Price – Aged 13, Craig killed four people before he was caught. All his victims lived in the neighborhood. One of the victims was 8 years and one was 39 years of age. All victims were stabbed to death.
Jasmine Richardson – This case reveals how young minds can be easily brainwashed. Aged 12, Jasmine was dating a much older guy, 23-year-old Jeremy Steinke. When Jasmine’s parents tried to interfere in their relationship, the duo decided to kill them. Jasmine and Jeremy killed her parents and her eight year old brother. They had decided that they will kill anyone who comes in the way of their love.
Mary Bell – She killed two children when she was just around 11 years of age. One of the victims was just three years old. After her arrest, it was found that she had suffered emotional, physical and sexual abuse at a young age.
Robert Thompson and Jon Venables – Aged 10 and 11, these kids first murdered a two year old boy. The world was shocked when it was revealed that they had killed the boy with stones, bricks and an iron bar. Thankfully, they were caught in their first crime. It is believed that they had planned to kill more kids.
Amardeep Sada – Considered as the youngest serial killer in the world, Amardeep Sada was just eight years of age when he committed his first murder. All his victims were less than a year old. The list includes his 8-month old sister, a cousin that was six months old and a neighbor’s 6-month baby.
Psychologists say that most serial killers including young ones have a troubled past. They are usually witness to or they themselves have been subjected to things like abuse, rape, harassment, neglect, etc.
Some experts also feel that serial killers have a differently evolved brain. The reward centers in their brain may perceive killing as an activity that’s thrilling and satisfying. Another common thing among serial killers is that they are often remorseless. This indicates that they may not be able to understand the seriousness of their crimes.
As a responsible society, we should create a framework to help these tormented souls. A prison term or death sentence alone is unlikely to solve the problem. We should also be watchful of people around us, so that we can better protect our loved ones and keep them away from harm.