10 Terrifying Real-Life Kids That Belong in a Horror Movie

Despite all of the ghosts and ghouls, murderers and lunatics, and vengeful spirits in horror films, time and time again, the most horrifying things in these movies are little kids. From The Exorcist, to The Shining, to newer movies like Orphan, sometimes the most horrifying things come in the smallest packages. But even some of these onscreen terrors pale in comparison to the horrific crimes committed by the following real-life children.

Lorenzo Ferreira
In November 2015, Jaine Ferreira went into her backyard in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil to check on her 17-month-old son, Lorenzo. When she found him, he was covered in blood with a snake struggling to get free from his mouth. Terrified, the Jaine grabbed the toddler and rushed him to the hospital. But when doctors examined him, they found no injuries and no signs of poisoning. Apparently, Lorenzo had found the snake, bitten it, and killed it, all before it could hurt him. The snake turned out to be a jararaca, which is an Amazonian viper that happens to be one of the most venomous snakes in the Americas. 
Barry Dale Loukaitis

“This sure beats the hell out of Algebra.”

One cold February afternoon in 1996, 15 year-old Barry Dale Loukaitis walked into his algebra classroom dressed like a Wild West gunslinger. He was armed to the teeth and opened fire on his classmates. He killed two students and his Algebra teacher, saying in the panic, “ This sure beats the hell out of algebra, doesn’t it?”Loukaitis had planned to take one of the students hostage and to use him to get out of the school. Instead, a gym teacher heard the gunshots and offered to be the hostage when he stumbled upon the scene. The teacher then wrestled the gun from Loukaitis’s hands and subdued him until police arrived.

Loukaitis is currently serving two life sentences with an additional 205 years on top of that.

Jesse Pomeroy was born in 1860. Between the winter and fall of 1871 (when he was 11), he captured and tortured 4 younger boys. When he was caught, he was sent to a reform school, where he was supposed to stay until he was 21. He was let out early on good behavior after a year and a half.

Unfortunately, that was when he began to kill. When he was 14, Pomeroy kidnapped and killed a little girl. Shortly thereafter, he murdered a four year-old boy in such a gruesome way that he almost decapitated him.

When police found the victim and came to think of Pomeroy as a suspect, they questioned him. When asked if he killed the boy, his response was a cold, unfeeling “I suppose I did.”

Most people that heard about the case wanted the death penalty, and he was actually sentenced to hang. However,  the governor refused to sign the death warrant, and Pomeroy’s sentence was altered to life in prison and solitary confinement.

William York

 “All he alleged was that the child fouled the bed in which they lay together, that she was sulky, and that he did not like her.”

In 1748, at 10 years old, William York was imprisoned for the murder of five year-old Susan Mayhew. Anewspaper at the time actually published the grisly details of the crime along with an illustration of the murder.

York was convicted under a code of law that required the death penalty. It was warned that a failing to convict him could make other 10 year-old boys think that they could murder girls that they “did not like” and found “sulky.”

But still, judges were not prepared to kill a small child, so they delayed the execution time after time until 1757. At that point, York was pardoned and admitted into the Royal Navy – which beats Great Britain’s old method of criminal disposal: dumping them in Australia.

Lionel Tate
At 12 years old, Lionel Tate became the youngest person to ever be sentenced to life without parole for the 1999 murder of a six year-old girl. The details of the murder remain murky, but his mother was babysitting the girl at the time. While his mother was upstairs, Lionel was downstairs with the girl, but soon ran up tell his mother that the girl was not breathing.

Tate claimed that he had just been trying wrestling moves he’d seen on TV and that the girl’s death was an accident. However, details of his story directly contradicted physical evidence, and he was convicted of first degree murder.

In 2004, the conviction was overturned on the grounds that Tate did not receive a fair trial due to not really understanding his charges. He was released with 10 years of probation and a guilty plea to second degree murder, rather than first.

Just one year later, he was sent back to prison for an armed robbery against a pizza delivery man. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced a 10-year sentence and an additional 30-year sentence for violating his probation.

Alyssa Bustamonte

“I wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone.”

In 2009, 15 year-old Alyssa Bustamonte used her little sister as bait to lure a nine year-old girl away from her home and into a secluded, wooded area. The girl, a neighbor named Elizabeth Olten, had come over to play with her sister, and Bustamonte “ran into her” while she was walking home.

She lured her into the woods and proceeded to brutally attack Olten. She stabbed her in the chest, strangled her, and sliced her throat – all because she wanted to know what killing someone felt like. She left the girl’s body in a shallow grave she covered with leaves. She then wrote in her diary:

I just f*cking killed someone. I strangled them and slit their throat and stabbed them now they’re dead. I don’t know how to feel atm.

It was ahmazing. As soon as you get over the ‘ohmygawd I can’t do this’ feeling, it’s pretty enjoyable. I’m kinda nervous and shaky though right now. Kay, I gotta go to church now…lol.

Bustamonte later confessed to having dug two graves, which suggested that her twin brothers may have been the initial target. She is currently serving a life sentence.

“What I feel is the emptiness of my soul.” 

Graham Young, aka the “teacup poisoner,” was convicted of murdering his stepmother and poisoning several other members of his family in 1961 when he was 14. He was then sentenced to a mental hospital for a minimum of 14 years. There were instances of inmates being poisoned during his stay, but strangely, they were never connected to him.When Young convinced his supervisors that he was “cured,” they released him at the age of 23. He proceeded to go on a poisoning rampage in the early 1970s, poisoning 70 other people. Two of his co-workers died, though the deaths were attributed to a virus “bug” as so many other people had gotten the illness as well. Finally, the lack of appreciation for his handiwork grew too much for Young to bear. He suggested that investigators look into thallium poisoning; after all, he was a bit of a toxic chemical hobbyist in his spare time. Only then did police uncover his criminal past – and later, his detailed diary.

Young was convicted of two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and two counts of administering poison, though many more people had displayed symptoms. He received four life sentences and died in prison in 1990 at age 42.

Josh’s mother, Melissa: “As I pondered where to begin, I noticed a wet spot on the floor at the corner of Josh’s softside waterbed and groaned, “Don’t tell me that bed is leaking!” I touched the corner of the mattress and it was soaked. I decided to investigate the cause of the leak rather than tackle the cleaning. I needed to find out how bad the leak was; whether I’d need to drain the bed or not.”In 1998, 14 year-old Josh Phillips was playing baseball when he accidentally hit his neighbor, eight year-old Maddie Clifton, in the eye with the bat. She screamed, and out of panic, he dragged her into his house and strangled her with a phone cord. When that didn’t kill her, Phillips stabbed her 11 times and ultimately beat her to death with the baseball bat.

Clifton’s body was only discovered and Phillips named a suspect a week after her disappearance. Josh’s mother noticed that his waterbed appeared to be leaking. When she moved the mattress to investigate, she found the little girl’s body inside.

Phillips was convicted of the murder and is now serving a life sentence with no possibility for parole.

The Aniyah Batchelor Murder


“There are only losers, no winners in the case.”

Because he was charged as a juvenile, the murderer’s identity in this case is being protected due to his age. But that doesn’t change the graphic nature of the crime. In 2012, a 12 year old-boy in Maryland beat to death a two year-old foster child, Ainyah Batchelor, who was living with his family.

The boy admitted to having hit her 6 times, but the autopsy report showed over 50 external and internal injuries. Prosecutors say that he was likely jealous of Ainyah’s presence, and that was the motivation for his horrible crime. But the judge was convinced that the boy didn’t fully understand the gravity of what he’d done, so he sentenced him to therapeutic foster care.

Carl Newton Mahan

“I’m going to shoot you!

In May of 1929, Carl Newton Mahan, age 6, and Cecil Van Hoose, age 8, had a fight over a scrap of iron. Cecil took the scrap from Carl and slapped him in the face. Carl retaliated by going home and grabbing his father’s 12 gauge shotgun from above the door. He ran back to Cecil, pointed the gun at him, and yelled “I’m going to shoot you!” And that’s just what he did , fatally wounding the boy.
They actually tried the six year old for murder, but after 30 minutes of deliberation, the jury decided that manslaughter was more appropriate. He was sentenced to 15 years of reform school and released to his parents on $500 bail.

Later, a circuit court judge issued a writ that prevented Mahan from being sent to reform school because he was a 6 year-old that was tried in front of a jury. This went against standard procedure, and the jury had no authority to convict. So Mahan just went home.