"Among children under age 5 years in the United States who were murdered in the last quarter of the 20th century, 61% were killed by their own parents: 30% were killed by their mothers, and 31% by their fathers. Estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 1994 indicated that homicide was the fourth leading cause of death for preschool children and the third leading cause of death among children from ages 5–14 years. In the United States, the incidence of homicide of children less than 1 year old has increased over the past quarter-century. Compared to other developed nations, the United States has the highest rate of child homicide: 8.0/100,000 for infants, 2.5/100,000 for preschool-age children (age 1–4 years), and 1.5/100,000 for school-age children (age 5–14 years). In contrast, Canada’s reported rate for homicide of infants was less than half that of the United States: 2.9/100,000. Furthermore, multiple authors have suggested that rates of child murder by parents are underestimated in epidemiological studies of child death."-- Child Murder by Mothers: A Critical Analysis of the Current State of Knowledge and a Research AgendaSusan Hatters Friedman, M.D.; Sarah McCue Horwitz, Ph.D.; Phillip J. Resnick, M.D.Am J Psychiatry 2005;162:1578-1587
Chapman and Holly Wells, 10-year-old pupils disappeared in August
2002, from near their homes. Former school
caretaker, Ian Huntley, denies murdering Jessica and Holly. He and
a former teaching assistant Maxine Carr are charged with conspiring
to pervert the course of justice.
In Grant County Washington,
Michelle Vick, 14, went from
a tomboy to a runaway lured by a child rapist. "What's
there to talk about?" asked Mattawa police Chief Randy Blackburn.
"She ran away, she wound up dead. End of story."
Cheerleaders -- In Dryden, New York, upstate near Ithaca, Tiffany
Starr was captain of the Dryden High School cheerleading squad,
student council member, and a flirt.
In four years, her father, Stephen Starr, the High
School Football Coach and six of her peers, including Sarah Hajney, Jen Boldu, and
Katie Savino were dead.
Long, 13, moved to Danbury CT, two years before to live with her
aunt, Shelly Rilling, because her parent's problems. The 6th-grader made good grades at her Catholic
school, lead cheerleading, was an
altar girl, and had sex with partners she met in Internet
chat rooms. On May 20, 2002, Christina was strangled by Saul
Dos Reis, 25, a married restaurant worker, who confessed and
took police to her body.
FL -- When Kathy Hartman awoke early September 11, 1998, her daughter, Amanda
Brown, 7, was gone and so was Willie Crain, Jr., a convicted
child molester who spent the night with her.
Mance - Clearwater, FL -- On April 3, 1999, Jessy
Joe Roten, 19, fired a single shot into the exterior wall of
the Mance family's home. The bullet passed through the sleeping
bodies of Ashley, Aleesha, and their stepsister, Jailene Jones.
Ashley, 6, bled to death, Aleesha was severely injured and Jailene
was nicked by the bullet. A jury convicted the teenage skinhead
of murdering a biracial girl.
vs. Saltz -- Joseph "Joe" Barefoot, 12, missing in Columbia,
SC, was last seen on May 25, 1997. Months later his body was found
in woods near his home. Michael Saltz, Jr., 17, was charged
with murder. After interrogation by police, Saltz signed a confession,
was arrested, tried and found guilty. The community rallied around
Saltz, convinced police coerced the confession.
On May 25, 1997, In Primm, NV,Sherrice
was kidnapped, raped and strangled by Jeremy Strohmeyer, 18,
in a bathroom stall at the Prima Donna Casino, south of Las
Vegas. Strohmeyer pleaded guilty to all counts in a deal resulting
in three sentences of life without parole and one sentence of life
with parole possible after 20 years.
On Oct. 10, 1997 in Cambridge, MA, Salvatore Sicari
and Charles Jaynes lured Jeffrey
Curley, 10, into Jaynes' Cadillac with the promise
of $50 and a bicycle. The men made sexual advances, then suffocated
him. Jaynes and Sicari are serving life sentences. January 2001,
Robert and Barbara Curley filed a $200 million wrongful death lawsuit
against the North American Man Boy Love Association, an organization
that defends pedophiles. The lawsuit claims NAMBLA encourage the
"illegal rape of young male children," which led to the murder of Jeffrey.
Parker, 8, disappeared November 20, 1993, playing outside her
father's apartment in Woodland Hills, CA. She
was sexually assaulted, , strangled, she choked on her own
vomit and was stuffed into a suitcase in the closet of a neighbor's
apartment. Hooman Ashkan Panah, 23, was arrested after he told a
friend. Panah, was sentenced to death by a Van Nuys, CA Jury on
3/6/95. Panah's mother, Mehri Monfared characterized herself as
a parent who beat her son and harbored an unnatural physical interest
Memphis Three -- The murder deaths of three -- eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Ark. Steve Branch,
Michael Moore and Chris Byers -- were found May 6, 1993, naked,
hog-tied with their shoelaces in a creek bed in Robin Hood Hills
woods. All were beaten, 2 died from drowning, the 3rd, Byers, bled
to death after he'd been repeatedly stabbed, and castrated.
1991, East Lampeter Township, Penn, 4 teens from find themselves
in a deadly triangle that would end in the death of Laurie Show,
16. Lisa Lambert began dating Lawrence "Butch" Yunkin. Their relationship
was out of control, they had violent arguments and they used others
to make each other jealous. Lawrence sought out Laurie, a popular
Ann Medlin, 8, Greenfield, Tenn., Sept. 1, 1979 -- She was going
to ride her bike with her brother, Michael, 6. Robert Glen Coe saw
the children, stopped his car and "conned" Cary Ann into the car,
then kidnapped, raped and murdered her. Her brother was found standing
on the side of a road holding both bikes. Robert Coe was executed
by lethal injection, the first person put to death in Tennessee
Rebholz - 1963 a 15-year-old high school cheerleader, Patty
Rebholz, was brutally strangled and beaten to death. Greenhills,
OH can't forget her.
Howe, 11, daughter of Robert Howe and Lucy Brown, was abducted
in 1992, walking home from a Halloween party. A witness saw a man approach her and heard
a scream. A small, red car sped away. Two days later searchers found an article
of Shauna's clothing in
a rural, wooded area. The next morning Shauna's body was found 200 yards from her
clothing. She died of blunt force injuries
to the chest and head. A DNA sample taken from a man serving
a sentence for attempting to kidnap a woman in 1995 matched the
FBI lab sample. An interview at
Mercer state prison with James
Moxley, 15, Greenwich CT, went out for some pre-Halloween shenanigans
on October 30, 1975. The next day, she was found beaten to death in
her own back yard, the blows inflicted with a golf club. A former
resident of a Maine reform school Michael Skakel attended in the
1970's told her his brother he had a romantic encounter with his
'girlfriend.' Skakel is the nephew of the Ethyl Kennedy, widow of
the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.
The Ward Weaver Story: Jan.
9, 2002, at about 8 AM, on a stormy Oregon City morning Ashley
Pond, 12, walked towards the school bus stop. She was not seen
again. On March 8, 2002, 13-year-old Miranda Diane Gaddis, disappeared
after she left her apartment for the school bus at 8 AM. Ashley
and Miranda attended the same school, rode the same bus, and
were in the same dance class.