Teen girl stabbed her best friend to death because she didn’t ‘like her anymore’

Article originally published by Mail Online on May 25, 2013

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16 year old Rachel Shoaf (left) along with a juvenile accomplice, stabbed her best friend 16 year old Skylar Neese (right) to death because she didn’t ‘like her anymore;’ then hid her body for months.

Emerging details of a teen’s murder confession, who claimed she acted out a preplanned stabbing last summer, have shaken a small West Virginia community.

On May 1, 2013 Rachel Shoaf, of Morgantown, pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of Skylar Neese and she awaits sentencing in a juvenile detention center. Another unnamed girl is also facing charges.

Now, a newly released transcript of a secret plea hearing reveals that Shoaf said she and the second girl carried out a plan to kill Neese.

shoaf-neeseFriends: Rachel Shoaf (on the right in both pictures) has confessed to stabbing Skylar Neese (left) to death last summer

Court documents offer no insight into the motive for the crime. On May 1, Skylar’s father said the only reason he could think of was that they ‘didn’t like her any more.’

WDTV reported that Dave Neese stated: ‘They didn’t like her anymore. That’s the only response I got.

‘I want a reason, I want some kind of reason (for this to) happen. There is no reason I don’t care if you have the best reason in the world, but there’s no reason (for this to happen).’

Neese added of Rachel Shoaf: ‘I feel bad for your parents and I hope you rot in hell.’

The victim was last seen on surveillance video leaving her family’s apartment voluntarily and getting into a car on July 6, 2012.

She was initially considered a runaway, but her parents soon suspected she was abducted.

Police chased numerous leads with no luck. The break finally came when Shoaf admitted plotting with another girl to kill her – shocking even the investigators working the case.

Skylar Neese disappeared in July 2012 and was initially thought to be a runaway but her parents soon suspected she had been abducted

The two girls were charged with luring the straight-A student at University High School out of her family’s apartment in the middle of the night, stabbing her to death at an agreed-upon moment and hiding her body under branches in a Pennsylvania township about 30 miles away from her house, according to court documents.

The pair had spent time with Neese’s mother after the slaying and even helped with the search.

The cold calculation and brutality of the plot shocked a community already frustrated by the slow pace and secrecy surrounding the case.

shoafPictured; Rachel Shoaf, of Morgantown, pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of Skylar Neese and she awaits sentencing in a juvenile detention center.

Investigators have said little since announcing the charges three weeks ago.

People sit in the chairs at John’s Barber Shop, gaze at Neese’s photo on a bulletin board and wonder: How could anyone so young plot to kill a classmate and friend?

‘They look as normal as any other kid that you could ever see,’ said barber BJ McClead. ‘Not kids you would think would have anything to do with anything like this.’

The other girl’s identity is, for now, shrouded by the confidentiality of juvenile court.

Though McClead says most people in town have figured out who it is, it’s unclear how long the three girls had been friends or just how close they were.

It’s also unclear whether prosecutors will try to have the second suspect charged as an adult, as Shoaf was.

‘People are confused. They’re like, “What is taking so long?”‘ said McClead, whose daughter Hayden had been friends with Neese since junior high.

‘It’s ridiculous. Who’s protecting these girls?’ said the barber, who still hands out red-and-yellow bracelets bearing the victim’s name.

‘Three families’ lives are now ruined because of this heinous crime that these girls committed.’

Monongalia County Prosecutor Marcia Ashdown has refused to return repeated calls seeking comment.

The mystery began last July when Neese climbed out of her bedroom window.

Surveillance video showed her getting into a car at the end of her street in a quiet residential neighborhood near West Virginia University.

With no sign of fear, no money and no contact lenses, she apparently expected to return.

When she didn’t, Dave and Mary Neese worried. Police initially suspected their daughter was a runaway, but they knew better. They walked up and down Crawford Street with Neese’s photo, then plastered fliers everywhere.

‘You couldn’t go 5 feet without seeing her,’ said 24-year-old Brittany Crouse, who moved in around the time of the disappearance. ‘Everybody really, really wanted her to come home.’

For months, police chased down tips to no avail. The transcript from Shoaf’s hearing shows the break came January 3, 2013 when she finally told investigators the truth – and where to find the body.

But it wasn’t until March that authorities confirmed it was Neese, and silence followed until the day of the plea hearing.

‘I think police who were involved in the front lines of that interview and that part of the investigation were stunned at Rachel Shoaf’s confession,’ Ashdown told Judge Russell Clawges that day.

‘She confessed to a plan and conspiracy with another juvenile to kill Skylar Neese. A plan carried out.’

The three girls drove to Wayne Township, Pa., got out of the car and the suspects pretended to socialize with Neese.

‘And, at a planned and agreed upon moment,’ Ashdown said, the girls ‘attacked and stabbed Skylar to death, and they left her there.’

They tried to bury Neese, she said, but covered her with branches when they couldn’t.

In the five-page court file on Shoaf, prosecutors say they plan to recommend a 20-year prison sentence. But she could get as many as 40 years under the law.

Shoaf’s family issued a public apology through a lawyer but has made no further statements.

‘There is no way to describe the pain that we, too, are feeling,’ they said.

‘We are truly sorry for the pain that she has caused the Neese family, and we know her actions are unforgivable and inexcusable.

‘Our daughter has admitted her involvement and she has accepted responsibility for her actions.

‘Our hearts are broken for your loss,’ they told the Neese family, ‘and we are still trying to come to terms with this event.’

Mary Neese has declined interview requests. But the family has tried to spare others their agony, persuading legislators to pass ‘Skylar’s Law’ earlier this year.

Under the law, Amber Alerts are no longer limited to kidnappings in West Virginia. Even when authorities suspect a child is a runaway, information is turned over to Amber Alert officials.

The transcript of Shoaf’s hearing shows other students also had suspicions, chattering on social media about all three girls.

A few overheard a conversation between the suspects about the plot but waited to report it.

The teenagers thought it was a joke, Ashdown told the judge, ‘but only later decided and believed it was all too true and all too prophetic.’

McClead marvels that two teenage girls could maintain their deception from July to January. ‘Some of the criminals that are locked up for life aren’t that hard.’

Let me out of my coffin, I’m still alive: New book reveals spine-chilling true stories of premature burial (MailOnline)

MailOnline article published March 6, 2013  —

  • Horrifying fate not unusual in Victorian times
  • Methods of determining death were far from reliable
  • Even modern doctors have been known to make mistakes

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Mary Best was 17 years old when she contracted cholera in India. All alone since her adoptive mother left the country some months earlier, Mary suffered hours of agonising stomach cramps and sickness, her pulse becoming weaker and weaker until, at last, the doctor pronounced her dead.

She was buried in the vault of her adoptive family a few hours later, in the French cemetery in Calcutta. The year was 1871, and cholera victims were generally buried very soon after death to prevent the germs spreading. In India’s tropical heat, a rapid burial was all the more necessary. Nobody questioned Mary’s hasty interment.

But ten years later, when the vault was opened to admit the body of Mary’s newly deceased uncle by adoption, the undertaker and his assistant were greeted by a horrifying sight.

The lid of Mary’s coffin, which had been nailed down, was on the floor. The girl’s skeleton was half in, half out of the coffin, and the right side of her skull bore a large, ugly fracture. The fingers of her right hand were bent as if clutching at something, perhaps her throat, and her clothes were torn.

Mary, it seemed, had not been dead when she was nailed into a coffin, but merely unconscious.
Cholera victims frequently fell into a coma, and it was in this state that Mary had been buried. Some hours or days later she awoke with no idea where she was.

Before the 20th century, methods of determining death were far from reliable and cases of premature burial was not uncommon

Before the 20th century, methods of determining death were far from reliable and cases of premature burial was not uncommon

The utter terror she endured, her futile screams for help, can barely be imagined. Then, realising she was not being heard, she tried desperately to push the coffin lid off. Straining every muscle, she eventually burst it open.

Perhaps the effort was so great that she fell forward, through exhaustion or fainting, and struck her head on the stone shelf, dying instantly.

More likely, however, finding herself in the pitch darkness of the vault, Mary went mad with terror, tore at her clothes, tried to throttle herself, then banged her head and died.

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Father ‘who hacked his disabled son’s head off and left it by the road for his mom to see believed the boy, 7, was a dummy or robot’

01/31/13, MailOnline — A father accused of hacking his disabled son’s head off with a meat cleaver and leaving it by the road for the boy’s mother to see, thought his seven-year-old son was actually a dummy or a robot, psychiatrists said today.

Defense experts told a judge in the murder case of Jeremiah Wright, from Louisiana, that he was suffering a delusion at the time of the brutal murder of Jori Lirette, seven, who suffered from cerebral palsy.

Psychiatrist Sarah DeLand and psychologist Robert Storer testified that Wright thought his son was really a government social experiment and told them: ‘I don’t believe they can do anything to me because it wasn’t a real person. His skull was made of plastic. He had foam in him.’

Grotesque: Jeremiah Wright (left) is said by police to have admitted killing his son Jori Lirette (right) by chopping off his head with a meat cleaverGrotesque: Jeremiah Wright (left) is said by police to have admitted killing his son Jori Lirette (right) by chopping off his head with a meat cleaver
Jeremiah Wright  is accused of killing his son Jori Lirette (both pictured), chopping off his head, hands and feet with a meat cleaver

Statement: Jesslyn Lirette (centre) speaks out about how her long term boyfriend murdered her seven-year-old son at her home

Statement: Jesslyn Lirette (centre) speaks out about how her long term boyfriend murdered her seven-year-old son at her home
The boy was killed on August 14, 2011. Since that time, the delusion has persisted and it will hinder Wright’s ability to help his attorneys, psychiatrists said during the sanity hearing.

If Wright is tried and convicted, he faces life in prison or death by lethal injection.

He is accused of killing and dismembering the boy after his mother Jesslyn Lirette threatened to kick him out of their Louisiana home.
A passing motorist found Jori after Wright allegedly left his head in the front yard for his mother to see. His hands and feet were also hacked off and found in a garbage bag.

Disabled Jori, who was wheelchair-bound due to cerebal palsy and heart problems and also had limited speech, was found by a passing motorist after being allegedly decapitated by his father last week.

The crime scene was so gruesome that some of the police who responded to the emergency call have had to have counseling, according to AZCentral.

Investigators said the grisly killing was carried out over a kitchen sink at the Louisiana home the boy shared with his father and his mother Jesslyn.

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Baby killed after her mother’s boyfriend shook, slapped, kicked and forcefully threw the child onto his bed where she bounced over four feet onto the floor

Article published by Dailymail.co.uk (also known as MailOnline) on 01/25/13 — Tragic 9-month-old girl is ‘beaten to death’ by her mother’s boyfriend in senseless fit of rage

A 23-year-old man stands accused of beating to death his girlfriend’s 9-month-old baby girl.

The infant, identified as Ariel Eluziario, was first taken to a hospital in New Bedford, Massachusetts at 6pm Thursday and then flown via helicopter to a children’s hospital in Providence, Rhode Island where she was pronounced dead around 10pm.

Last Christmas: Ariel Eluziario celebrated her first and only Christmas in 2012. She was brutally beaten and later died allegedly at the hands of her mother's 23-year-old boyfriend Ethen Harrison
Ariel Eluziario celebrated her first and only Christmas in 2012. She was brutally beaten and later died allegedly at the hands of her mother’s 23-year-old boyfriend Ethen Harrison

Though the girl’s mother has not been identified, Mail Online was able to obtain photos of the tragically slain little girl through the accused killer’s public Facebook profile.

Ethen Harrison of New Bedford was arraigned in district court today on charges of reckless endangerment of a child, assault and battery on a child causing substantial bodily injury, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

He is currently being held without bail.

Harrison’s Facebook profile, which lists his occupation as ‘F*** That Sh**!!!!,’ also lists him as ‘In a Relationship’ with Amanda Eluziario.

Photos of the young couple together, the adorable little girl, and of both Harrison and Eluziario with the little girl remain on Eluziario’s profile.

So cold: Ethen Harrison, right, admitted to police he slapped, shook and dropped Arial Eluziario four feet off a bed. The 9-month-old girl was pronounced dead Jan. 24
Ethen Harrison pictured here with baby Ariel. This photo was posted by Amanda Eluzario on her Facebook. Below is a conversation between Harrison and another Facebook user who commented under the photo.

Wayne Alves Is he yours?
November 23, 2012 at 9:59pm

Ethen Harrison no uncle wayne and she a girl but she calls me dad
November 23, 2012 at 10:00pm · 2

Ethen Harrison and i wish it was mine
November 23, 2012 at 10:00pm · 1

Tina Edwards dont have to be a donor by blood just heart I know from experience love you
December 23, 2012 at 6:39pm · 1

Tina Edwards Proud to call her my granddaughter
December 23, 2012 at 6:39pm · 1

Harrison admitted to police he slapped, shook and dropped Ariel Eluziario four feet off a bed. The 9-month-old girl was pronounced dead Jan. 24, 2013

Much of the photo section of Amanda Eluzario’s profile is dedicated to shots of the smiling little Ariel Lillian.
In one particularly jarring photo, Harrison looks down at the baby, sneering as she cries helplessly.

Brutally slain: As part of their move to revoke accused baby killer Ethen Harrison's bail, prosecutors in the case said Ariel Eluziario suffered 'subdural hemorrhage, retinal hemorrhaging, a blot clot in the brain and other signs of severe abuse'

As part of their move to revoke accused baby killer Ethen Harrison’s bail, prosecutors in the case said Ariel Eluziario suffered ‘subdural hemorrhage, retinal hemorrhaging, a blot clot in the brain and other signs of severe abuse’

Harrison, who was not Ariel’s father, was the only person with the baby at the time of the incident.

He was out on bail for unrelated pending charges including larceny and threats to commit a crime at the time of the slaying.
Harrison’s own father has held a restraining order against his son since June.

‘He is out of control,’ the father, Francis Harrison, attested in court documents. ‘When he mad he breaks things, windows, doors. Whatever he gets his hands on. He hurts himself. He carries knives.’

It is unclear if the weapon referred to in the charges against Harrison is a knife. Also unclear is the exact nature of all the injuries that led to Ariel Eluziario’s extremely untimely death.

Though police descriptions of her tragic end are vague, prosecutors submitted the child’s ‘subdural hemorrhage, retinal hemorrhaging, a blot clot in the brain and other signs of severe abuse’ as reasons the judge should revoke Harrison’s bail.

Harrison admitted during police questioning that he’d dropped Ariel onto the floor, forcefully picked her back up, threw her onto the bed and caused her to bounce four feet back down onto the floor. He also admitted to shaking and slapping the child.

Source: Dailymail also known as MailOnline.

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im a beast ni66a i ride for my ni66as to da death” – the words written by Ethen Harrison, accused child killer, on his public Facebook Profile.

Dozens of photos of Ariel were posted on Amanda Eluziario’s Public Facebook Profile which shows a healthy, normal infant. The more recent photo of the deceased child was posted two days before Christmas. Scrolling down the photos you’ll see Ariel at 7 and 8 months, the age she was when Harrison started a relationship with Eluziario. Harrison is shown in several photos feeding Ariel, including the photo below.

Subtitle of photo says “Messy Face”

Mother deemed insane when she drowned her toddler in 2010 is freed after doctors say she’s regained her sanity

(DAILYMAIL) — A mother who was deemed insane after drowning her three-year-old daughter in the bathtub has been allowed to walk free from jail just three years later – because doctors say she regained her sanity.

Jennifer Bigham, from Modesto, California, admitted killing the toddler in 2010 and was found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.

After doctors ruled she is now sane, Bigham has been allowed to walk free and was released from jail on Tuesday.

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Jennifer Bigham, 23, was being held without bail in the Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of child abuse and murder in the death of her daughter, Alexandrea, sheriff's deputies said.

Pictured in 2010, above, and this week, below

Face that says I'm free: Jennifer Bigham had a beaming smile on her face when she was released from jail on Tuesday after doctors said she regained her sanity

Face that says I’m free: Jennifer Bigham had a beaming smile on her face when she was released from jail on Tuesday after doctors said she regained her sanity

The 26-year-old was pictured smiling in her blue hospital gown as she was released from the hospital.

Two relatives who were in the home at the time of the drowning heard the little girl splash and scream. By the time they got to the bathroom, she was unconscious and Bigham had stabbed herself and locked herself inside a bedroom.

The judge’s decision is said to be extremely rare, especially because the judge did not send her to a psychiatric hospital after the ruling, but to jail.

School of Law Professor John Meyers told CBS: ‘I understand why people would be upset, but what you have to understand is a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity, means not guilty.’

‘It may seem anomalous to people that a person who murders a child could go “free” after three years, but what people need to remember is that if it’s a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity, don’t forget the not guilty part.’

He said the doctor’s report would have been crucial to the judge’s decision, especially if she was deemed to not be a danger to herself or others.

Prosecutors disagree and are going to appeal the decision.
‘She’s a danger to society,’ said Elaine Casillas, a deputy district attorney, according to the Bee. ‘She’s not been evaluated properly.’

The same doctors who believed Bigham was insane at the time of her toddler’s death re-examined her and testified Tuesday that her sanity is restored.

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Shocking moment drug boss turned informant was dragged into jail cell, beaten and stabbed to death (CAUGHT ON TAPE)

  • Anthony Mollman found dead in his prison cell at a Oklahoma prison last year while he was awaiting sentencing in a drug investigation
  • He was a key witness for the feds in a plea deal
  • Inmates can be seen on video leading Mollman to his death in what appears to be a pre-planned and coordinated effort

Dead in jail: Mollman, an alleged member of the Rogue Motorcycle Club, was arrested last year - the culmination of a 12-year investigation into the gang

Dead in jail: Mollman, an alleged member of the Rogue Motorcycle Club, was arrested last year – the culmination of a 12-year investigation into the gang

 

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Pre-planned: As the video begins, one of the inmates can be seen signaling to someone in a cellPre-planned: As the video begins, one of the inmates can be seen signaling to someone in a cell

 

Led to his death: Mollman, bald and dressed in his full prison jumpsuit, seen at right, enters the shot with two othersLed to his death: Mollman, bald and dressed in his full prison jumpsuit, seen at right, enters the shot with two others

 

Marked for death: Mollman ascends the stairs with one of his attackers, unaware that he's walking into a trapMarked for death: Mollman ascends the stairs with one of his attackers, unaware that he’s walking into a trap

Coordinated kill: Six inmates have been charged with murder in what looks like a pre-planned attack where they worked together, and even celebrated afterwardsCoordinated kill: Six inmates have been charged with murder in what looks like a pre-planned attack where they worked together, and even celebrated afterwards

Defense: At one point, Mollman emerges from the cell, appearing to fight off his attackersDefense: At one point, Mollman emerges from the cell, appearing to fight off his attackers

Death: After the inmates come out of the cell again, Mollman staggers before collapsingDeath: After the inmates come out of the cell again, Mollman staggers before collapsing

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Woman ‘killed boyfriend’s two-year-old daughter by force feeding her chilli powder as a punishment’

  • Apple Valley woman accused of killing her boyfriends daughter toddler Sunday Jan. 6
  • Sorensen, 21, arrested on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death
  • Main chilli ingredient Capsaicin can be fatal in large doses

PUBLISHED: 08:21 EST, 8 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:47 EST, 8 January 2013

A woman from southern California has been arrested after her boyfriend’s two-year-old daughter suffered a seizure and died after eating chilli powder.

Amanda Sorensen, 21, of Apple Valley, was taken into custody on Monday for allegedly feeding the chilli to the child as punishment.

Authorities confirmed Sorenson had been arrested on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death.

Amanda Sorensen
Arrest: Amanda Sorenson, pictured above and below, has been arrested after her boyfriend’s two-year-old daughter suffered a seizure after the woman allegedly gave her chilli powder
Amanda Sorensen

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