Killer High School Friends

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #184: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving three high school friends.

She was a 16-year-old honors student living in a small close-knit community when she went missing. After her parents reviewed the security video from their apartment complex, they saw she’d slipped out her bedroom window and got into the back seat of a car. The video was too grainy to see make, model, or license plate number.

Besties No More

Once best friends, the friendship between the threesome had crumbled. Two girls were fearful the third would tell others their sensitive and embarrassing secrets. So they concocted a detailed plan to kill their ex-friend and then they executed the murder.

The girls borrowed a car, packed towels, cleaning supplies, fresh clothes, shovels and knives into the trunk before they coaxed their “friend” to sneak out and go somewhere to smoke marijuana with them.

Lies and More Lies

As days turned to weeks, and then months with no sign of their daughter, her parents held on to hope she would return. The two friends kept up with their story that they didn’t know where she’d gone. They’d post on social media how much they missed her and beg her to come home.

Her parents considered the friends extended family. You know how friends are at that age, one weekend they’d stay at one girl’s house the next weekend at another’s.

Finally, the burden of keeping the secret became too much for one of the girls. She voluntarily went to the police and confessed. She also told the authorities where they had left the body. The other friend denied her involvement.

Big Girl Consequences

For more than six months, her body was 30 miles from home across the state line under a pile of branches and vegetation debris.

Both girls were charged, and their cases transferred to adult court.

Once their horrific act went public, the murdered girl’s parents were shocked how easily the girls had lied to them and pretended to care about their daughter’s disappearance.

The girl who had confessed pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. The judge sentenced her to 30 years in prison.

The week before her trial was scheduled to begin, the “mastermind” pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. The judge sentenced her to life in prison. She’ll be eligible for parole after 15 years.

Gone But Not Forgotten

After losing a child to a violent crime, I’m sure it’s difficult for parents to heal. Almost every night for more than six years, the mother of the girl murdered in this case has posted a good night message to her daughter on social media.

Sadly, this type of crime is not an isolated incident. You may have missed this similar case: Cold-Blooded Vengeance

My heart hurts for all family and friends who’ve lost a loved one to a violent crime.

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Mentoring Troubled Youth

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BLOG POST #171: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime that occurred a few years ago involving a high school Dean of Academy and a 17-year-old student.

New Job

The 50-something man was selected from a pool of about 50 applicants and had been with the high school serving as the Dean of Academy and family outreach coordinator for two months.

The newly hired Dean of Academy was known as a community organizer and youth minister in the area for decades nicknamed ‘Rev,’ a familiar face, often worked with police and helped gang members turn their lives around. 

The 17-year-old student—an at-risk teen—primarily raised by his grandmother because his mother was incarcerated didn’t trust ‘Rev’ at first but soon shared his personal struggles. Rather than help the boy, ‘Rev’ recruited him to sell marijuana.

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Children Charged As Adults

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This week, you may have heard four of the five high school boys who made the news in November 2018, for the alleged hazing incident where boys were sexually assaulted in the locker room are being charged as adults.

I’m sure the families of these boys were shocked by the allegation and now frightened their children may go to prison.

Sadly, this is not an isolated case. You may have missed two posts I did on similar crimes. I’ll be sure to summarize the outcome of the current case once it’s known.

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What They Do To Snitches

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Robin Lyons BlogThank you for reading my weekly posts. I don’t know about you, but I’ve come to the conclusion nothing is too bizarre when it comes to crime.

I’ve also come to understand when your family has lost a relative to a heinous act, reliving the pain through the court testimony often drags on for years as it has in the case I’m sharing information on in this post.

BLOG POST #160: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving high school classmates hanging out on a Sunday afternoon.

Plot To Run Away

Ten teenager classmates and one adult plotted to run away. One new member of the group, a shy 15-year-old, voiced her decision to not join the others.

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Cold-Blooded Vengeance

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Robin Lyons BlogSummer is a time when it’s more likely friends will have sleepovers. Days are long. School’s on break. Parents usual relax curfews.

Although the case research I’m sharing in this post didn’t occur during the summer, it should serve as a reminder to parents—never drop your guard.

BLOG POST #154: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving three middle school girls.

Evil Backstabber

Shortly after the new school year had begun, one young teenager was sleeping over at her friend’s house. They watched TV and chatted about boys. The typical stuff you’d expect 13-year-old girls to do.

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