Brutal murderers and sadistic torturers appear on this list. Prepare to be shocked as we introduce you to some of the world’s youngest killers in 10 Worst Children in History.
While serial killers are creepy enough just as they are, there is one thing more frightening — children who kill. They’re like something out of a horror movie; they’re simply unnatural in every way and it’s extremely jarring to even consider that a child could be capable of a thing like murder.
From time to time the unthinkable happens: children kill. Some decide to murder members of their own family in spite of their seemingly normal upbringing. Others do so because their upbringing was far from normal – often including beatings and abuse. Then there are misguided children who, from the sheer desire to kill, go on murder sprees ending the lives of purely innocent victims.
10Bryan (17) and David (16) Freeman
In 1995 two brothers stabbed and beat their parents and 11-year-old brother to death. The boys boasted about torturing and decapitating cats for fun. They were jailed for life.
09Brenda Ann Spencer (16)
Responsible for the 1970 Cleveland school shooting, Spencer killed 2 people and injured 8 others. Asked why she´d committed the crime, she replied “I don´t like Mondays. This livens up the day”.
08Eric Smith (13)
In 1993 Smith strangled and bludgeoned 4-year-old Derrick Robbie to death. Following the murder he mutilated the boy´s body, sexually assaulting him with a stick.
07Graham Young (15)
Young poisoned classmates and family members, eventually killing his stepmother. After nine years in a psychiatric hospital he went on to poison 70 more people – killing 2.
06Jon Venables (10) and Robert Thompson (10)
Two British boys lured James Bulger, age 2, from a shopping center and beat him to death. Using bricks and iron bars they tortured the Toddler, before abandoning the body on rail tracks.
05Amarjeet Sada (8)
An Indian 8-year-old killed 3 babies including his 8-month-old sister and 9-month-old cousin. His family hid his crimes. However he was caught after using a stone to crush another baby to death.
04Kipland Kinkel (15)
In 1998 Kinkel murdered his parents before shooting 24 students at his high school, killing 2. He planted 5 bombs in his home: his parents´ bodies could only be removed after successful defusing.
03Joshua Phillips (14)
Phillips killed Maddie Clifton, aged 8, with a baseball bat and hid her decomposing body under his water bed. He received a life sentence after his mother discovered the body when the bed began to leak.
02Mary Bell (11)
In 1968 11-year-old girl strangled 2 toddlers “for the pleasure and excitement of killing”. The latter “M” was carved into the stomach of her 4-year-old victim.
01Jesse Pomeroy (14)
In the late 1800s Pomeroy tortured 7 boys and brutally killed 2 children, mutilating their corpses. Under questioning he admitted to 27 more murders.