"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 Agenda Susan Hatters Friedman, M.D.; Sarah McCue Horwitz, Ph.D.; Phillip J. Resnick, M.D. Am J Psychiatry 2005;162:1578-1587Where are the children buried? No one knows how many children died in residential schools.No one knows how many graves were dug for them.
Murdered Children and their stories
Eric Smith, 13, murdered 4-year-old Derrick Robie.
Jessica 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.
David Westerfield, 49,murdered and kidnapped Danielle van Dam, 7, in February 2002, a neighbor in San Diego, CA. The Trial of David Westerfield. Interview with Brenda van Dam Brenda van Dam and Gloria Allred, civil attorney for the van Dam family. The van Dam Family, PO Box 501515, San Diego CA 92150 -- Email the van Dam Family
Samantha Runnion, 5, from Southern California, was snatched by a stranger while she played outside her apartment with a friend in July 2002. Her body was found the next day in Cleveland National Forest, by a hiker. Mom coping after Samantha's death. Alejandro Avila accused of murdering Samantha Runnion, was acquitted of molesting 2 young girls. The mother of one of those girls and Avila's former fiancee, Beth Veglahn, shares her painful story.
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."
The 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.
Christina 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.
Tampa Bay 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.
Ashley 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.
Trial of South Carolina 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 Iverson, 7, 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.
Nicole 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 in him.
The West 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.
Summer 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 10th grader.
Cary 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 since 1960.
Patty Rebholz - 1963 a 15-year-old high school cheerleader, Patty Rebholz, was brutally strangled and beaten to death. Greenhills, OH can't forget her.
Shauna 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 O'Brien, 30.
Martha 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.
East on the Jericho Road: The Murder of Paulette Crickmore September 10, 1986, Paulette, 15, was on her way to school when she vanished.
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.
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