Often prompted by all-consuming love and uncontrollable jealousy, the murders committed by the teenage duos in Oxygen's "Snapped: Killer Couples" are some of the most distributing and heartbreaking. While their killings varied from classmates and parents to complete strangers, these teenage couples didn't let anyone stand in the way of their relationships. Here are the four most shocking murders committed by teenagers in "Snapped: Killer Couples."
1. Diane Zamora and David Graham
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Diana Zamora and David Graham were only 18 years old when they murdered Adrianne Jones, a 16-year-old sophomore at Zamora’s high school who came between the young couple’s “obsessive” relationship. According to CNN, Graham and Zamora’s 1995 murder of Jones was a way for Graham to prove his love for Zamora, whom he had cheated on by having sex with Jones after a high school track meet. Prosecutors alleged that in the early morning of December 4, 1995, Graham lured Jones into a car, in which Zamora was waiting. Graham then drove to a remote area of town, where Zamora struck Jones over the head with an exercise weight and Graham shot her twice in the head as she struggled to escape, according to The Washington Post. After killing Jones, the couple said to each other, “I love you,” according to Graham’s confession. The murder went unsolved until the summer of 1996, when Zamora confessed to her college roommate, who alerted police. Both Zamora and Graham were convicted of capital murder in 1998 and sentenced to life in prison, according to CNN.
2. Heather Mack and Tommy Schaefer
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After discovering the body of 62-year-old Sheila von Wiese-Mack stuffed inside a bloody suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, police arrested the victim’s 19-year-old daughter, Heather Mack, and her daughter’s boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer. According to The Chicago Tribune, von Wiese-Mack had brought her daughter to Bali in an effort to work on their relationship. But when Schaefer, who had showed up later in the vacation without von Wiese-Mack’s knowledge, went to the victim’s hotel room and told her that Mack was pregnant, von Wiese-Mack became furious. Schaefer explained in his court testimony that she threatened to harm Mack’s unborn baby and then began strangling him, which prompted Schaefer to beat her with a heavy metal fruit bowl. According to CBS, prosecutors said Mack helped Schaefer stuff her mother’s body into the suitcase, and then the couple placed the suitcase in the trunk of a taxi at the St. Regis Bali Resort. They told the driver they were going to check out of the hotel and return, but they never did. The couple was tried and convicted in 2015; Schaefer was sentenced to 18 years, and Mack was sentenced to 10 years, according to The Chicago Tribune. Mack gave birth to a baby girl, Stella Schaefer, who was allowed to live in the prison with her mother until she was 2 years old. In March, Mack handed over custody of Stella to a friend in Bali until her release from prison.
3. Jennifer Mee and Lamont Newton
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In 2013, Jennifer Mee — who rose to fame as a 15-year-old when she experienced nonstop hiccups for five weeks straight — and her boyfriend Lamont Newton were found guilty of first-degree murder, according to CNN. According to CBS, 19-year-old Mee met Shannon Griffin, a 22-year-old Wal-Mart worker, on a social networking site and lured him to an abandoned home under the pretense of buying marijuana. Once Griffin arrived, Mee took him around the back, where Newton and their friend Laron Raiford were waiting. Newton and Raiford then robbed Griffin at gunpoint. When Griffin struggled, the pair shot him multiple times. All three suspects were arrested and charged with first-degree murder hours after Griffin’s body was found, even though, as CNN points out, Mee never pulled the trigger. According to CBS, Mee’s attorneys claimed she suffered from schizophrenia and Tourette's Syndrome, and a court psychiatrist said Mee's intelligence was "low normal."
4. Christa Pike and Tadaryl Shipp
In 1995, Christa Gail Pike, 18, fell in love with 17-year-old Tadaryl Shipp, whom she was a student with at a Job Corps center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Together, they began dabbling with devil worship and took a dangerous interest in the occult, according to The Strait Times. When Pike became convinced their fellow classmate, 19-year-old Colleen Slemmer, was trying to steal Shipp away from her, she plotted to take revenge with the help of Shipp and friend Shadolla Peterson. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, the trio lured Slemmer to an isolated part of the campus, and once they were there, Slemmer was physically assaulted, sliced with box cutter and meat cleaver and had a pentagram carved into her chest. Pike then bludgeoned her to death with a piece of asphalt. She even saved a piece of Slemmer’s skull as a souvenir and showed it off to other classmates. Within 36 hours of the deadly beating, all three were brought in for questioning by the police. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Shipp received a life sentence for his part in the murder, and Pike was sentenced to die. Peterson received probation for her cooperation, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Pike and Shipp are both currently in prison, with Pike being the youngest woman in the country on death row.
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