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Victim: Elizabeth Olten, nine Age at time of murder: 15 Crime date: October 21, 2009 Crime location: Saint Martins Crimes: Murder of a child Weapon: Knife & person Murder method: Strangling & stabbing Murder motivation: Thrill, entertainment, & enjoyment Convictions: Guilty plea to second-degree murder and armed criminal action Sentence: Life with parole eligibility in 35 years Incarceration status: Incarcerated at the Chillicothe Correctional Center Bustamante (left) and Elizabeth (right)
Victims: Captain Gerald Halloran, 57, Captain James Kilventon Jr., 54, Luther Hurd, 31, Michael Oldham, 32, Robert McKarnin, 42, & Thomas Fry, 41 Age at time of murders: 17 Crime date: November 29, 1988 Crime location: Kansas City, MO Partners in crime: George Sheppard, Earl Sheppard, Darlene Edwards, & Richard Brown Crimes: Arson & mass murder Weapon: Fire & explosives Murder method: Explosion Murder motivation: Diversion Sentence: Life without parole (LWOP) later reduced to 20 years Incarceration status: Released
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Victim: Shirley Ann Arras Crook, 46 Murderers: Christopher Simmons, 17, & Charles Benjamin, 15 (16-year-old John Tessmer was originally part of the plan but decided against it) Crime locations: Jefferson County & Castlewood State Park in St. Louis County Crime date: September 9, 1993 Crimes: Home-invasion, kidnapping, abduction, torture, murder, & thrill-killing Weapon: Duct tape, purse strap, & electric wire for restraining Murder method: Drowning Murder motivation: Thrill & entertainment Sentence: Benjamin-life without parole (LWOP); Simmons-death, later reduced to life in prison Incarceration status: Simmons-Southeast Correctional Center; Benjamin-Eastern Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center