Between 1976 and 1994 an estimated 37,000 children were murdered.
Children under 18 account for 11% of all murder victims in the US in 1994.
Nearly half of these 2,660 child victims were between 15 and 17.
1 in 5 child victims were known to be killed by another child.
FBI Supplementary Homicide Reports, 1976-94
Their stories -- A memorial to the young victims, so their lives and deaths are not forgotten.
Jessica Lunsford -- The nine year old from Florida who was taken from her bed and found murdered after a pedophile in the neighborhood confessed to burying her alive.
Evidence of Foul Play -- Shakira Johnson was last seen at a Saturday night, block party she and her two brothers attended. She was still dancing at ten PM. Then she was gone.
The Ward Weaver Story: On a stormy winter morning, Ashley Pond, 12, a seventh-grader at Gardiner Middle School, headed for the school bus stop in Oregon City, OR about 8 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2002. Ashley did not make it to school. Two months later on March 8, 2002, 13-year-old Miranda Diane Gaddis, disappeared after she left her apartment at 8 a.m. for the school bus. Ashley and Miranda attended the same school, rode the same bus, were in the same dance class and had a common friend.
East on the Jericho Road: The Murder of Paulette Crickmore -- September 10, 1986, Paulette, 15, was on her way to school when she vanished.
David Westerfield,49, guilty of the the murder and kidnapping of Danielle van Dam, 7, sometime after February 1, 2002, who lived next door to him in San Diego. The Trial of David Westerfield.
The 1996 trial for the 1993 murder of Polly Hannah Klaas, 12. October 1, 1993, 10:20 p.m. Polly was kidnapped at knife-point of from a slumber party. Her 12-year-old friends, Kate McLean and Gillian Pelham, were bound and gagged, with tied pillow-cases over the heads of in her own bedroom while Polly’s mother, Eve Nichol, and sister Annie Nichol, 7, slept in the next room of their Petaluma, CA home. Richard Allen Davis, was on parole for a previous conviction, following a lifetime career of violent knife and sex crimes against women.
Free to Kill - Polly Klaas Murder -- Richard Allen Davis had been arrested 25 times and spent 17 of the previous 20 years in jail. How can society be protected from people like Davis? Why does the penal system fail so abjectly in its attempt to rehabilitate inmates? Is there even any attempt made to rehabilitate prisoners, or do their jailhouse experiences make them more bitter, hardened and dangerous? Klaas's father shares his feeling of rage and betrayal, while jurors and attorneys look at the trial that put Davis away. Legal experts reveal why the penal system failed to rehabilitate, and the reforms that might make cases like Klaas's less likely in the future.
Jeffrey Curley,10, was killed by men he thought were his friends. Two men wanted sex from him for the promise of a new bike. Robert and Barbara Curley, Jeffrey's parents say NAMBLA shares responsibility for their son's murder. Their lawsuit seeks millions of dollars in damages, in hopes that a massive verdict would drive NAMBLA out of business. The Curley's and their Supporters say this is a legitimate way of holding groups morally and financially accountable.
Martha Moxley went out for some pre Halloween shenanigans. The next day, she was found beaten to death in her own back yard, the blows inflicted with a golf club.
In 1963, Patty Rebholz, a 15-year-old high school cheerleader was brutally strangled and beaten to death. The murder remains unsolved but her town, Greenhills, Ohio, can't forget her.
Dr. Carol Werlinich and graduate students are working on research involving the mental health needs of families who have lost a child to murder. Parents of Murdered Children, a 40,000-member support group for families who have lost a child to murder, estimates that each homicide affects a minimum of 7 to 10 people. The number of violent deaths among children in the United States has increased 67 percent in the last six years.
Shanda Renee Sharer -- One of the youngest murder victims in the state of Indiana in 1992.
A View on Surviving -- I was 14 when I was kidnapped and raped by a drug-addicted stranger. When it was over, he plunked my clothes on the dirt. "I'm going to do you a favor," he said, "and let you go."
Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters -- There is no grief like losing a child, especially by homicide. " I remember the phone call telling me that my son, my first born, had been murdered. There are no words to describe the pain you feel. No one can know the pain and sorrow that survivors experience unless they themselves have gone through the horror of losing someone they love at the hands of another human being."
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