Some of Shanda’s friends have put up a wonderful blog that discusses all the many issues surrounding this horrific crime.
This description of how the investigation unfolded is particularly touching when it describes how law enforcement had to notify Shanda’s parents, who had filed a missing persons report, that they had found her mangled corpse.
The tale of this beautiful innocent 12 year old’s murder is unbearably brutal and includes descriptions such as: “The girls (the teen killers) kidnapped her at knife point. They made their way to an even more remote logging road, where Shanda was stripped, beaten, and finally stabbed and stuffed in the trunk. Tackett and Loveless told the others Shanda was dead, before driving to Tackett’s home. Over the next few hours, Shanda was repeatedly stabbed and beaten with a tire iron while still in the trunk at Tackett’s home, then taken to Lemon Road near the town of Madison, IN. On the way, the group stopped at a gas station and bought a 2 liter of Pepsi, drinking part of it and dumping the rest before refilling the bottle with gasoline. None of the girls attempted to get help for Shanda while at the gas station, or at any other opportunity during the abduction. Once they reached Lemon Road, they removed Shanda from the trunk, doused her with the gas, and burned her alive. Later that morning, two hunters found Shanda’s body, at first mistaking it for an inflatable sex doll that someone burned as a prank. Once they realized it was a human being, they called the police. ” She had been sexually violated, tortured, beaten, and then burned alive.
If ever there were a case that illustrates that there are evil people among us, even teenagers, this is the case. To Shanda’s family, our arms are around you.
The Dr. Phil Show featured this case and the victims family speaking through Dr. Phil to the offender. Read more.