When a person thinks of childhood and children they often think of innocence. Children are learning the difference between right and wrong and have not had the chance to become truly deviant . These children can change that perspective. What that did was wrong and many will say their actions were evil. These children took the lives of another person and some of them do not even feel remorse. These child killers did not take into consideration the life of another and their acts are very violent. These are the top 10 child murderers of all time .
List of Top 10 Child Murderers of All Time until 2017
10. Eric Smith
At the age of 13 Eric Smith looked like a harmless boy. He had freckles, thick glasses, and long read hair. He was anything but innocent. He was charged with the murder of a four year old boy. The boy was strangled, sodomized with a stick, and had his head bashed in with large rocks. Smith cannot say why he killed the boy. He has sent a number of years in prison and has been denied parole six times.
9. Joshua Phillips
Joshua was 14 years old at the time of his crime. After he left for school one morning his mother was cleaning his room and noticed a wet spot. She took a look under the bed and had a shocking surprised. She found a dead body. The body belonged to an eight year old neighbor Maddie Clifton who was missing for the past week. Phillips has even joined the search for the missing child. His neighbors and his parents were shocked at the crime. Since he was under the age of 16 years old he could not be given the death penalty for his crime. Instead he received a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. He tired to say the death was an accident. He started he hit the girl with a baseball bat, took her to the room, and in a panic stabbed her. The jury did not believe this version of events.
8. George Stinny
George was one of the earliest child killers. He was convicted of murder at the age of 14 and was the youngest person to be executed in the United States. George was convicted of the murder of two young girls ages 11 and 8. The girls had numerous skull fractures as a result of being hit with railroad spikes. Their bodies were then dumped in a muddy hole. George stated he wanted to have sex with the girls but ending up killing them once they refused. Once he received the death penalty his family did not have the money to pay for an appeal so he was put to death. This happened in 1944 and there have been numerous changes to the legal system since this time.
7. Lionel Tate
At the time of his crime Tate was 14 years old. He claimed that he was trying to imitate professional wrestlers when he killed a six year old girl. He was helping his mother babysit the girls. When his mother went to bed she her noise downstairs but did not check on them. A short time later Tate told his mother the young girl stopped breathing after he slammed her head into a table. Authorizes did not believe this story. They found numerous fractures to the girl’s head. They also found damage to the liver from someone stomping on it. The girl had swelling to the brain and broken ribs. The beating had to last for at least 5 minutes. Due to the multiple injuries Tate was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He ended up being released in 2004 and had to complete an additional 10 years of probation.
6. Barry Dale Loukaitis
Barry was one of the earlier young people to cause terror on his school. He took an algebra class hostage and ended up shooting up the classroom. He killed two students and the teacher. One student was critically injured. Barry was just 14 years old at the time. He had a 30-30 rifle , a .357 caliber pistol, and a .23 caliber pistol for the attack. His reign of terror lasted for 10 minutes before he was brought down by another teacher. It was said that Barry was influenced by the song Jeremy by the band Pearl Jam. He also quoted the book Rage by Stephen King. Barry was given two life sentences plus an additional 205 years to spend in jail.
5. Craig Price
Craig stabbed three people. He killed a 38 year old mother and her two daughters ages 10 and 8. The knife even broke off in one of the victim’s necks and they had over 60 stab wounds. It said that Craig wanted to robe them but a knife and gloves were found on him. He admitted to these murders and an additional murder that happened in the area two years earlier. He was 15 years old when he was convicted and will be spending the rest of his life in jail.
4. Graham Young
This boy looks like the typical well put together young man. He is another but ordinary. He worshiped Hitler and began to experiment with chemicals. By the time he reached 14 years old he was playing with poison. His first victim was his father and than his stepmother and sister. They all became ill and his stepmother died. He was caught trying to poison his classmates. He was sent to a maximum security mental hospital but tired to poison staff members. He stayed in prison until he was 23 years old. He went on to poison his coworkers and was sent back to jail. He died in prison.
3. Jesse Pomeroy
Jesse was one of the earliest young killers and his crime happened in the later part of the 1800’s. He was the youngest person to receive a murder conviction. He was 11 years old when he started to trap, torture, and stab other children. He was sent to reform school but that did not stop him. He kidnapped a 10 year old girl and murdered her. He was accused of mutilating and kill a four year old boy. He received a sentence of life in prison and died there at the age of 72.
2. Jon Venables and Robert Thompson
These young killers also lived in the later 1800’s. These boys were friends and they were skipping class. The boys wanted to take a child and turn him lose outside in hopes he would get run over. They have tired this once before and failed. The child was found right away. This time they took a 2 year old boy and dropped him on his head. People passing by thought they were brothers and were messing around. They went took the boy to a railway, put paint in his eye, throw rocks at him, hit him with bricks as well as an iron bar. They sexually assaulted the little boy. They them put his body and the railroad tracks and covered his head with bricks. James died before he was hit by a train. These boys were just 10 years old when this happened.
1. Mary Bell
Mary looked like a sweet little girl but she was anything but. She killed a person and then covered the body with weeds. She suffocated another person and skinned his genitals. The boy was 13 years old at the time. Mary was the child of a criminal and a prostitute. Mary had to perform sexually for men since she was four years old. She was 11 years old when she was convicted of murder. She was sent to an all boys facility since it was too dangerous at the time to send her to prison. She was released after serving 23 years. During the time her mother sold the story to the press. Mary fought to keep her privacy so she could continue on with her life.
These are some of the Top 10 Child Murderers of All Time until 2017. They took the lives of others without any regards. These child murderers may be young but they had evil intentions.