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)
SummaryBustamante was a highly disturbed teen with an interest in violence and killing. She told a friend, “I just wonder what it would be like just to kill someone, see the life just drain out of someone. I wonder what it would feel like, that type of power, to take that away from someone.” To satisfy her desire to kill, Bustamante devised and carried out a brutal plan to lure her nine-year-old neighbor to a pre-dug grave in the woods and murder her. Bustamante stabbed and strangled young Elizabeth and buried her in the grave. The killer pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life with parole.
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
SummaryOn a late fall day in 1988, an explosion claimed the lives of six firefighters. The offenders were accused of setting fire to a tractor trailer containing 25,000 pounds of low-grade construction explosives so that they could steal tools to sell for drug money. A decade after the deadly explosion, they were convicted. Questions about the defendants’ guilt has been raised over the years. Sheppard has maintained his innocence. After Miller v. Alabama, Sheppard was released.
Name: Carlos Henry Allen
Victim: Philip V. Whitmarsh, 31
Age at time of murder: 16
Crime location: Columbia
Crime date: December 22, 1981
Crimes: Robbery & murder
Murder method: Gunshot to the shoulder and heart
Convictions: Guilty plea to second-degree murder
Sentence: Life with parole
Incarceration status: Incarcerated at the South Central Correctional Center
SummaryAllen committed an armed robbery at the service station office that Phillip was working at, taking money from the cash register. As the robber left the station, he shot Phillip, killing him. The killer pleaded guilty and has been paroled several times only to return to prison for parole violations.
Charles Benjamin and Christopher Simmons
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