No matter how rowdy or loud they may get, children or even teenagers never seem to be the type capable of taking another person’s life. Sadly enough, there are some rare cases in which that has happened, and in this top 10 video, we’re going to talk about some of the most infamous cases.
George Stinney Jr.
George Stinney Jr. is the youngest person ever to be executed in the United States. The African American boy from South Carolina was convicted of killing two preteen girls, eight and eleven, by beating them over the heads with a blunt force object. No DNA evidence was gathered, and the only thing that could make this fourteen year old receive the guilty verdict was testimony from three Anglo-Saxon police officers that said he confessed, and the color of his skin. After just ten minutes of deliberating, the jury announced the verdict. On June 16th, 1944, Stinney’s controversial death was carried out by means of electrocution by “old sparky.” A Bible was made into a booster seat, since previous criminals were all much taller than he. The case is still studied to some extent today and is considered a possible miscarriage of justice. As of 2014, Stinney’s descendants are calling for a new trial to clear his name.
Graham Young was a very young chemistry genius, studying so avidly that he acquired a postgraduate chemistry student’s level of knowledge by the time he was just fourteen years old. Unfortunately, Young used his gift for evil purposes. The teen poisoned his father, mother, sister, and grandmother. He was eventually institutionalized in 1962 at Broadmoor Hospital, but even poisoned staff and fellow inmates at the maximum security hospital at which he was being housed. Upon release, Young went back to his old ways, poisoning many others for the short time that he was a free man. With good reason, he was sent back to prison for life. Interestingly enough, he died in 1990 from a heart attack, Graham Young was just 42 when he met his fate.
Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden
March 24th, 1998, marks the date of the Westside Middle School Massacre. Andrew Golden, 11, and Mitchell Johnson, 13, had been planning the ambush for months before it actually occurred. On the morning of the shooting, the boys were able to sneak guns and an abundance of ammunition out of Andrews’s grandparent’s house and loaded it into Mitchell’s parent’s minivan. That day Mitchell was marked absent from school, but Andrew attended in order to pull the fire alarm. As students and teachers single filed through the doors, the two secured themselves in the nearby woods and opened fire. Four students and one teacher were killed, ten others were wounded. Under state law they had to be tried in juvenile court. They were found guilty on five counts of murder and sentenced to be held in detention until reaching adulthood. Both Andrew and Mitchell were released from custody on their 21st birthdays. A mere 2 years after his release, Mitchell Johnson was again arrested for possession of a firearm, identify theft and possession of marijuana.
Thomas “T.J” Lane
The Chardon High School shooting occurred on the 27th of February, 2012. Within two days of the tragic incident, three male students were pronounced dead. Others were injured and one was left permanently paralyzed. Who would do such a thing, you may ask? The culprit was seventeen year old Thomas (T.J.) Lane. A .22 caliber handgun was used to carry out the murders. Although Lane claimed to have chosen his victims at random, eyewitnesses stated that it appeared his victims were targeted. In May of 2013, a judge determined that Lane was competent to stand trial. Soon thereafter, the decision to charge the seventeen year old from Ohio as an adult was made. T.J Lane told his attorney not to put up a defense on his behalf; he then plead guilty to all three counts of murder and was sentenced to three life terms in prison. Perhaps the most disturbing facts about T.J’s case, is the lack of remorse he showed to his victim’s families. He constantly smiled in the courtroom, mocked his victim’s families with the middle finger, and wore a white t-shirt with the word “Killer” written in black marker during his trial.
Fourteen year old Andrew Wurst entered his eighth grade graduation dance armed with a .25 caliber pistol in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. His plans were merely to commit suicide, but he jumped at the chance to kill one of his teachers, John Gillette. Andrew fatally shot Gillette and injured another teacher and 2 other students during the outburst. The owner of the restaurant where the celebration was being held immediately reacted and pulled a shotgun on Wurst before taking him to the ground, searching him for other weapons. The teenager took a plea bargain in which he plead guilty to third degree murder and attempted murder, but in 1999 was sentenced to a minimum of thirty years in prison before parole could be considered.
Eric Smith was just thirteen when he sexually assaulted and murdered a four year old living relatively nearby in his Steuben County, New York neighborhood. On August 2nd, 1992, Eric lured the four year old who was on his way to summer camp, just a mere five blocks away, into the woods and strangled him. He went on to sexually assault the boy with a stick and dropped a large rock onto his head. The victim, Derrick Robie, was walking alone for the first time because his mother subsequently had her hands tied with the youngest of her children. Smith confessed to the murder and was sentenced to nine years to life imprisonment. His next opportunity for parole is 2016, he has been denied parole seven times since 2002.
Lionel Tate became the youngest person ever to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. This was announced in 2001, when the fourteen year old boy was convicted of first degree murder, after brutally beating up a six year old girl two years earlier. On the night of the murder, his mother Kathleen Tate, was babysitting the kids who were downstairs playing while she was taking a nap in order to prepare for the night shift as a Florida State Trooper. A little under an hour later, Lionel told his mother that the six year old, Tiffany Eunick, wasn’t breathing; she was pronounced dead at the hospital. He claimed that he used some wrestling moves from TV on her and they roughhoused a bit, but an autopsy would show much more. Serious injuries included a crushed skull, broken ribs, and a shredded liver that had been pushed through the rib cage. In a weird twist of fate, in 2004, Tate’s conviction was overturned on the basis that his mental competency had not been evaluated before trial. From there, he was a free man serving 10 years of probation. A year later in 2005, he violated his probation by committing armed robbery on a pizza delivery worker. Tate is now currently serving 30 years at a correctional institute in Florida.
February 20th, 2009, eleven year old Jordan Brown shot and killed his father’s fiancé, Kenzie Houk. At the time she was pregnant, which answers the question as to why he was charged with double homicide. According to reports, Brown walked into her room and shot Houk with his youth model hunting rifle as she slept. The very next morning, he boarded the school bus as usual and went about his daily routine until the body was found by Houk’s four year old daughter Adalynn. Brown was arrested and charged as an adult in the murder after gunpowder residue was found on his shirt along with statements from the victim’s oldest daughter claiming she saw him with the weapon. Brown has been detained in juvenile facilities, and the case is ongoing. To this day, his father still attests to his son’s innocence.
In 1968, eleven year old Mary Bell was convicted of killing two young boys, one of them being three year old Martin Brown, and the other was four year old Brian Howe. Mary strangled the eldest and left his body in an abandoned Newcastle, England residence. A short two weeks later, Mary Bell and her thirteen year old friend Norma Bell, of which to no relation, strangled Brian Howe to death. They disposed of his body on wasteland. When it was finally discovered, investigators noticed that the letter “N” has been cut into the boys stomach, but someone else must have added an extra slope creating an “M.” Both girls were tried and convicted of manslaughter, but Norma was later acquitted. Mary’s penalty was life imprisonment, but only twelve years into her sentence, Bell was released and given lifelong anonymity.
Carl Mahan was just six years old when he killed his former friend, Cecil Van Hoose, a boy two years older than he, all because of a piece of scrap metal. It was May 18th, 1929, when the two penniless children were searching their eastern Kentucky neighborhood in hopes of finding tin and aluminum bits to sell to a local junk dealer. They found what at that time could be considered a gold mine, a piece of iron. The two began to fight over it until Cecil hit Carl over the head with the rod. Carl then ran home as Cecil chased after him in rage. Six year old Mahan grabbed his father’s shotgun, threatening to shoot Cecil – and he did. Carl was sentenced to fifteen years in reform school for first degree murder, but this was later turned over as he was issued a court ordered “writ of prohibition.”