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This Millenium's Notorious Female Killers
A New and Deadly Set of Female Killers
While our ears and eyes are constantly bombarded with images and stories of male serial killers and murderers and their innocent victims, we sometimes forget that there are female killers out there, too! And most of these female killers are just as cold-hearted and crazy as the men! Let's check out the stories of this Millennium's most famous and infamous female killers.
Casey Anthony - Did She Do It?
Living in Florida, the murder trial of Casey Anthony is in full effect now. Slathered all over magazines and newspapers and playing on TV everyday, on at least two channels. When Casey Anthony's adorable toddler, Caylee Anthony, went missing back in June of 2008, a wildstorm of accusations began to be thrown around as the police investigated why the girl had gone missing and who might have taken her from her family. Unfortunately, little Caylee's body was found about a year late in the woods about a mile from the Anthony house. Now the question is, did Casey Anthony plan to kill her little girl or did she accidentally drown and then it was covered up? Is Casey Anthony a female killer?
Now Caylee's 25-year-old mother, Casey Anthony, is being tried for first degree murder in an Orange County courthouse, with a jury selected from Pinellas County, Florida. The prosecution is claiming that Casey premeditated the murder of her beautiful baby girl, as they had found internet searches for "how to make chloroform", "ruptured spleen", "head injury" and more on the Anthony family computer. These searches were done at a time when both of Casey's parents (Caylee's grandparents) would have been at work. (As a side note, Casey didn't have a job, as she had in fact been lying about that for two years! She claimed to have worked at Universal Studios for two years, when in fact she hadn't. Before the trial came about, Casey also claimed that her toddler had a nanny, "Zanny the Nanny", and that the Nanny had kidnapped Caylee.)
Other evidence presented against Casey Anthony includes amounts of chloroform found in Caylee's decomposition and duct tape found underneath of Caylee's skull that they say must have been around her mouth.
As of last night, June 24th 2011, Casey's mother Cindy Anthony has taken the stand and is claiming that their pool's ladder was up the day that Caylee went missing. Cindy Anthony says that she "fears Caylee drowned". My feelings on the matter? Cindy is covering for Casey...she doesn't want to see her daughter get the death penalty. I honestly believe that Casey, her mother Cindy and also her father are all lying about this case. It is frustrating to see the truth being covered up so blatantly, while this innocent little girl's death deserves nothing but justice.
UPDATE (The Verdict is in): July 5th, 2011 - Casey is acquitted of any murder or man slaughter charges that have been brought against her by the state of Florida! Unbelievably, this afternoon, the jury came back with their shocking decision - Casey Anthony is not guilty of murder in the first degree. The only charges the jury found Casey Anthony guilty of were the lying to law enforcement charges. It is truly appalling to me that this woman is walking away with such a low punishment...I wouldn't be surprised if someone didn't put a hit out on Casey Anthony. Either way, once Casey's served her time or done her punishment for the lying charges, Casey Anthony's life will be miserable unless she moves to another country and changes her identity!
Jennifer Mee - Hiccup Girl
The "hiccup girl" was all over the media back in 2007. Apparently this young girl could not stop hiccuping no matter what she did. To me it was ridiculous that it took so long for these people to realize that this young girl merely had a case of tourett's syndrome, but it happens more than we would think.
This year, a new and sort of shocking headline emerged from the newschannels and newspapers particularly in the state of Florida. Most read something like, "hiccup girl charged for murder." Apparently Jennifer Mee got involved with the wrong crowd of teenagers, ultimately landing herself in jail. Jennifer Mee and two other teens are claimed to have lured a man to a vacant home in which to rob him. Shots were fired and now the three are going to be tried for robbery and murder. Jennifer Mee has changed her story of what happened that evening more than once, claiming that she is not guilty and that she feels horrible for the man's death and the man's mourning family.
Is she guilty? We don't know yet, but I would assume so. Maybe she didn't pick up the gun and shoot the man, but I wouldn't put it passed this girl to aid in luring the man to a place of attempted robbery. After all, she definitely enjoys the attention that comes along with being in the media...hiccups or otherwise!
Alyssa Bustamante - A Murderous Teenager
Alyssa Bustamante. Fifteen years old and tried as an adult with murdering a nine-year-old girl. Supposedly, Alyssa told the police that she "wanted to see what it felt like" to kill someone. The trial has been pushed back a few times, now it is scheduled to proceed in September of this year (2011). Alyssa Bustamante is being tried as an adult for first degree murder, as premeditation will be easy to prove.
Bustamante dug two holes in the woods the night before the nine-year-old girl went missing. The victim was leaving her friend's house, in the same neighborhood as her own home, on the night of October 21st, 2008, when she went missing. Search parties were sent to scour the area for her but her grave wasn't found until Bustamante led police officers to the nine-year-old girl's grave in the woods. There was another hole dug right next to her grave, though police have no idea who it was for.
Bustamante has a history of violence and depression. She attempted suicide once in 2007 and was sent to a mental facility. Her grandparents took her and her siblings into their home, as their parents aren't exactly upstanding citizens (mother is a drug addict and father is serving in prison for felony assault). Bustamante is a masochist, as proven by some of the pictures with the obvious red scars on her wrists. She has also been known to say on social networking sites that her hobbies included "cutting and killing people". Pictures have surfaced of Alyssa Bustamante pretending to stab a friend with a red-tipped knife. Though none of these things prove in a court of law that she is a violent person, I would say that prepared grave and admittance to the police are sure enough evidence of a premeditated murder. And who knows if she would've done it again?
Alyssa Bustamante has pleaded "not guilty" to the downright grisly, stabbing murder of a nine-year-old Elizabeth Olten...let's see how the trial goes in September.
Jennifer San Marco - Goin' Postal
In January of 2006, Jennifer San Marco turned into a mass murderer, killing seven people with a pistol. First San Marco shot her neighbor and then proceeded to drive to her previous place of employment, a mail processing plant in Goleta, California. Upon arrival, San Marco tailgated another vehicle into the facility and then held another employee at gunpoint in order to snag their ID badge for entry.
Once inside the plant, San Marco opened fire and killed six of her former co-workers and then herself. Recovered documents from Jennifer San Marco's home told the story of a paranoid and mentally insane woman who believed that the post office was plotting against her in some strange conspiracy theory. Jennifer San Marco had also had a history of mental instability, being escorted by police from her last place of employment in 2003. Who knows if mental help would have saved those seven victims' lives as well as San Marco's?
© 2011 Nicole Canfield