Sometimes I pity children who kill and abuse other children. I pity children of rage and children or youth who become entangled with the law. It appears that the vast majority of these unlikely murderers are survivors of a house of horrors. On the extreme end, torturing and murdering other children repeats their own experiences momentarily releases rage. Children of rage are frequently victims of abuse but it may not necessarily be physical or sexual. Neglect, witnessing domestic violence, living in a poor community are factors that play a strong role in child pathology. watch 1940s juvenile delinquency
In the next video, child killers are trained by Muslims worldwide to persecute Jews. The children are victims of brainwashing, rather than abuse. The parallel between abused children who kill and Muslim children is in the training: the abused child is not instructed in the “art” of murder, but the abuse trains the child to vent his rage on his victims in the same manner and method as the abusers. watch training children to kill
Youth who have lived in dysfunctional homes often revert to childlike behaviours without notice: an adult might tell the youth not to use bad language and the latter erupts into a catastrophic temper tantrum, hurling objects and screaming obscenities. Most children do not want to behave in this manner. They cannot control their rages; their rages control them. The angry child or youth is a prisoner of her or his own anger. watch takedown tantrum taped
Families are also controlled by a child’s rage. Eventually abused or neglected children can become violent towards their parents and siblings and, at a loss to communicate with the child, the latter learn to live around the child’s pathology. They accept and deny their child’s abnormal behaviour. watch little criminals part 6 of 10
Eric Smith was a child of 13 when he committed his first and last child murder. Baby-faced and red-haired, Eric was diagnosed as having intermittent explosive disorder, a mental disorder causing individuals to act out violently and unpredictably. Like Jesse Pomeroy, Eric was a loner, often tormented by bullies for his protruding low-set ears, thick glasses, red hair and freckles. As a teenager, the friendless boy was seen pedaling around town for hours on end — alone. Like Ted Bundy, Eric was disturbed by his family origins, except in his case he was adopted. He never felt a real connection with his adoptive family.
It was August 2, 1993 when 4 year-old Derrick Robie was walking alone to a summer camp in rural Steuben County, New York. Eric encountered the unfortunate boy and reportedly led Derrick to a remote location where he tortured and murdered the child. Eric strangled and sodomized Derrick with a tree limb. He dropped two large rocks on Derrick’s head, which were determined to be the young boy’s cause of death with contributing asphyxia. He went into Derrick’s lunch bag, smashed a banana and took Derrick’s red Kool Aid, pouring it into the wound in Derrick’s head. watch derrick robie’s story
It has been reported that earlier in the day that Derrick died, Eric was overwhelmed by emotional torment and begged his stepfather, Ted Smith, to help him control his emotions. His stepfather ignored his son’s obvious distress and gave him the flippant answer that as a child whenever he got angry, he “grabbed a bag in our barn and started beating on it.” Unbeknownst to Ted, Eric left the house on his bicycle and eventually encountered Derrick Robie. After the murder, Eric returned home quite calm. watch derrick robie short
Four days after the murder, Eric visited a police station to see if he could assist in solving the crime. Investigator John Hibsch had no idea the murderer was seated across a table from him. Eric gleefully informed John that he found Derrick’s body in an open field. When John asked Eric where he had last seen the child, Eric’s demeanor suddenly changed. He clenched his fists and growled, “you think I did it, don’t you?”
Eric eventually asked a family friend “what would happen if it turned out to be a kid?” The woman replied ,”I think he would seriously need psychiatric help.” This wasn’t the answer Eric sought; clearly he wanted to know what the legal repercussions would be for a child who had killed another child. 5 days after killing little Derrick, Eric admitted to his family that he was the killer. They sat down with Eric and begged him to tell them what happened. Tammy cried and asked Eric why he killed Derrick Robie and Eric wept in reply, “I don’t know, I don’t know.” watch young killer gives first-ever interview
Soon after, Eric was arrested and charged with Derrick’s death. His lawyer, Kevin Bradley claimed Eric was not to blame because he “suffered from a very serious mental disease.” However Eric was found guilty of Derrick’s murder. After Eric’s sentencing of 9 years in prison to life, Ted and Tammy Smith were devastated. They felt Eric was sick and didn’t deserve to be sent to prison.
After 11 years in prison, Eric, aged 24, claimed that his family life was abusive, and just as devastating as the bullies who taunted him at school. However Eric insisted he had never been sexually abused. During a parole hearing Eric explained that he had changed, that he wanted to be a forensic psychologist and counsel children who bully other children. In spite of his future ambition, parole was denied. Parole hearings for Eric Smith are held every 2 years.
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