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America's Youngest Serial Killers: Craig Price
The Warwick Slasher
Craig Price (known as "the Warwick slasher") is an African American male and one of America's youngest serial killers from Warwick, Rhode Island. Now a full grown adult, he remains in prison and is scheduled for release in 2020. Price has shown violent behavior while in prison and was supposed to be released after his 21st birthday. Psychiatrists believe that the young man was unable to be effectively treated so he remains behind bars.
The Warwick slasher was born August of 1974. At the time of his arrest for the murder charges, he was about to turn 16 years old the very next day. Craig Price's is from and committed his crimes in the Buttonwoods neighborhood of Warwick, Rhode Island. During his confession, he showed no remorse for his crimes and mimicked the dying victims screams and pleas while in interrogation.
The first murder took place July 27, 1987 when he was 13 years old. Twenty-seven year old Rebecca Spencer, who stayed only two houses down from one of America's youngest serial killers, was the first victim. Craig Price broke into her home and stabbed her 58 times. He would wait two years later to strike again.
The Warwick slasher attacked once again September 1, 1989. During this time Craig Price was a 15 year old freshman in high school. Craig Price, America's youngest serial killer, was high on marijuana and LSD when he murdered three more people. He stabbed 39 year old Joan Heaton 11 times, her daughter, 10 year old Jennifer 62 times, and crushed her 8 year old daughter Melissa's skull. The crime was so heinous that the blades broke into the victims bones. He was apprehended two weeks later after lying about a cut on his finger.
The case of serial killer Craig Price led to law changes that state juveniles can be tried as adults for serious crimes, although it did not apply to him during that time. Because of the brutality of the Warwick slashers crimes and opinions from state psychologists, a group called "Citizens Opposed to the Release of Craig Price" was formed. The purpose of the group was to lobby for his continued imprisonment. He was to be released from prison at the age of 21, but was charge with various other crimes while in custody. He received 10-25 year for criminal contempt for refusing psychological evaluations, extortion for threatening a correctional officer, and assault and violation of probation for fights in prison.
While in prison, Craig Price has had a number of violent altercations with other inmates. One incident resulted in a correctional officer being injured by the Warwick slasher. Price was fighting with another inmate when a correctional officer tried to break it up. Craig pulled out a shank and stabbed the officer in the hand with it. He was transferred to another facility after the 2009 incident.
While in his new prison, America's youngest serial killer has been implicated in two other fights behind bars. Because of the constant fights, his parole was denied. He is scheduled for release from prison in April 2020 based on good time. This date may be extended according to authorities because of his violent behavior. He continues to appeal his contempt conviction for not cooperating with the psychological exams.