- Criminal Confessions, which debuts Sunday, October 1 at 7pm ET/PT, is a new series that takes an eye-opening look at what happens inside the interrogation room. Diving inside actual police interrogations, viewers will see first-hand the exchange between law enforcement and suspects— no matter the age. Here are 5 kids who actually confessed to murder.
Why did a teen boy kill a four-year-old child? That was the question in the case of Eric Smith. The 13-year-old was convicted of choking and battering Derrick Robie in 1994. Investigator John Hibsch, who repeatedly talked with Smith said that the teen enjoyed killing the child and then posing the body. "[He] totally enjoyed it. Totally enjoyed it. Didn't want it to end." Seven days after the murder, Smith confessed.
14-year-old Lionel Tate said he was imitating professional wrestlers when he killed 6-year-old Tiffany Eunick. The judge called the act "cold, callous and indescribably cruel" and gave the teen life without parole. Prosecutors said Tate, 180 pounds, left 48-pound Eunick with a fractured skull, a lacerated liver, a broken rib, internal hemorrhaging and cuts and bruises. The defense wanted to show that the death was accidental and even requested pro wrestlers like The Rock to testify. He became the youngest person in modern history to get a life sentence. He was freed after the conviction was overturned but sent back to prison for a parole violation.
"I did something horrible. I'm so sorry," said Joshua Phillips. The 14-year-old (updated photo above) was convicted in the murder of his four-year-old neighbor Maddie Clifton in 1998. He is said to have strangled her with a phone cord, beat her with a bat and stabbed her repeatedly. Her body was found nude from the waist down. After a lengthy search, the child's body was found hidden in the teen's waterbed. This year, he attempted to be free based on time served. That was denied.
Alyssa Bustamante killed in 2009 just because she wanted to know what it would feel like. That's what the 15-year-old confessed to when caught with the slaying of her nine-year-old neighbor Elizabeth Olten. She buried the child's body in the woods and later wrote in her diary, it was an "ahmazing" and "pretty enjoyable" experience. Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt David Rice testified that the teen had no qualms about the act, telling him "she wanted to know what it felt like' to kill someone."
Teen serial killers are not common but Craig Price (updated photo above) became known as one of Rhode Island's most notorious serial killers. At 13, the so-called "Warwick Slasher" stabbed four of his neighbors to death in their own homes. He got away with the crimes for two years, and then killed a mother and her two daughters. Price confessed in 1989. Earlier this year, the incarcerated killer was accused of stabbing a fellow inmate.
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