The documentary below shows a group of five teens being interrogated for the 2011 murder of a 15 year old boy. I know it’s over an hour long, but it includes the interrogations and tactics used. This murder happened less than 10 miles from where I once lived, but years later.
The video is instructive in that it shows how teen drama has grown now to where teens just don’t value human life any longer. It shows police techniques in gaining convictions, and shows the value of shutting up and demanding a lawyer. The psychology at the end, when the little murderers deflect blame and have trouble understanding the consequences of what they have done was also fascinating. Here is the video, with a synopsis below:
The youngest girl was the ex-girlfriend of the 15 year old victim, with whom she had broken up just 3 weeks before.. She lured the victim to the home where the oldest girl lived by texting that she wanted to make up with him. The younger girl’s brother, and a friend beat the victim with wooden poles. The younger girl’s new boyfriend shot him with at least two cylinders full of .22LR. The teens burned and dismembered the body before stuffing the parts into paint buckets and dumping them in a nearby quarry with the help of the siblings’ step father, who also helped to plan the murder- even though he wasn’t there when the killing happened.
The stepfather was found incompetent to stand trial and eventually walked away, a free man. (Despite continuing to be a one man crime wave) Everyone involved got life in prison, except the triggerman boyfriend, who got the death penalty. The older girl later had her conviction overturned after serving 9 years of her sentence, because a judge ruled that her lawyer had made some key errors that entitled her to a new trial. Rather than face another trial, she pled guilty in exchange for time served.
There is still a Change.org petition started by a girl in Germany who wants the death penalty sentence overturned, but it has less than 600 signatures. He remains on death row.