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Christopher Pittman – 12 Years Old


Mental illness is nothing to joke about, and can lead to grave consequences in life. For twelve-year-old Christopher Pittman, it landed him in jail for twenty-five years. He lived with his grandparents, and after getting in an argument with them, he wanted his revenge.

He was a very troubled child with a history of anger and depression. He attempted to run away and was put on anti-depressants to help his behavior.

The medicine clearly did not work, because he murdered his grandparents out of anger. After murdering them, he took their dog, gun, cash and then set the family house on fire with a candle.

This case drew national attention due to his age and his defense of the prescription drugs that he claimed influenced his actions.