Any crimes that both vicious and brutal is hard for us to stomach. Most people find it hard to believe that someone can kill another person, even in situations where they’d almost have to. Finding out there’s an element of torture involved is extra sickening. Imagining what could drive a person to commit such vicious acts is never easy. A lot of the times, we’re able to blame it on something tragic that might’ve happened to them or their upbringing. Perhaps they were too often exposed to violence? Maybe they were abused as a child? Or maybe they developed a psychological disorder as they grew up.
Some crimes are committed as acts of passion or lust. Others are built up over years because of jealousy or ongoing conflicts. Although murder will never be acceptable, some people find investigating things like this to figure out why evil humans are the way they are. When the situation involves a child, it can be all the more confusing to us.
Children are the most pure and innocent individuals. Many of us would like to believe that we are all born good and that we only do bad things because of our inability to process or handle certain traumas that we’ve went through during our time on Earth. But when you have a kid whose committing such brutal and violent acts, thoughts like these have no merit. What causes a child to harm or even go as far as murdering someone else in a violent way? Perhaps looking at cases like these will help, or maybe it will always remain a mystery.
Here are the 15 most disturbing crimes committed by children.
1. Christopher Pittman
Christopher Pittman was a young 12-year-old boy who was convicted of murdering his grandparents while they were sleeping. What made it so disturbing is the matter of the case. Christopher was a troubled child who had issues with depression and anger. He was put on anti-depressants to help with his behavior after making an attempt to run away. After having an argument while at school and later having one with his grandparents, Christopher murdered his grandmother and grandfather while they were sleeping. He then took the gun, his dog, some cash, and set the house on fire with a candle. At first, he claimed a very large man had kidnapped him, but later confessed to what actually happened that day. Christopher’s defense claimed that the use of the anti-depressant Zoloft made him commit his crimes. He was still convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison.