Mary Bell was convicted of strangling toddler Martin Brown on May 25, 1968, the day before her 11th birthday. She later left notes that claimed responsibility for the murder, but police dismissed the incident as a prank. After all, who could look at the angelic face of this child and ever imagine her to be one of the youngest serial killers ever discovered.
When a child goes missing, investigators often don’t have to look far from the family home to find their suspect.
Polly was 12 when she was abducted from her bedroom on October 1, 1993, during a slumber party by Richard Allen Davis, with promises that he would not hurt her the other girls if she went with him quietly. He raped and murdered her. This infamous case inspired hundreds of people, most prominently her father Marc Klaas, to work on behalf of America’s children.
On September 18, 1983, Danny Joe Eberle, 13, failed to return home from his job delivering papers. Investigators followed the trail to a young enlisted man, a budding serial killer of boys.
Jon Venables convicted at age 10, of the 1993 murder of James Bulger, 2, in near Liverpool, England, has been released from prison yet again. Though he has received counseling over the years, many, including the victim’s parents, do not agree with the parole board’s controversial insistence on keeping Venables at large in the general population.
This charming Florida child was abducted from her home in February 2005 by drugged-out, repeat-sex-offender John Couey. A look back at the case in photos.
Samantha Runnion, a 5-year-old southern California girl, was snatched July 15, 2002, by a stranger outside her apartment while she played with a friend. Samantha went kicking and screaming, as her mother had taught her to do, but her efforts were for naught.
A look in photos at the Texas mother found not guilty by reason of insanity after drowning each of her five kids in the bathtub, one after the other. In all the murders took under and hour, and when she was done, she called her husband saying, "It’s time."
In 2004, Texas mom Dena Schlosser called 911 and said, “I cut her arms off.” She was talking about her 10-month-old daughter Margaret, whose arms she amputated with knife during a religious frenzy. When police got to Schlosser’s Plano home, the woman was covered in blood and singing Christian hymns. Baby Margaret died the next [...]
July 10, 1995, marked the beginning of the murder trial of Susan Smith, a South Carolina woman accused of getting her two young children out of the picture by securing them in her vehicle, and pushing it into a lake in a vain attempt to seem more desirable to the man who had rejected her. The case gained national attention because Smith claimed her sons were kidnapped when her car was carjacked by a black man.