On July 27, 1996, Eric Rudolph, a handsome, mysterious, and very dangerous serial bomber, detonated a 40-pound pipe bomb, the largest in U.S. history, at the Atlanta Summer Games, killing two and injuring 111.
After being subjected to gang rape and other brutalities, Sarah Kruzan killed the pimp who’d controlled her since she was eleven years old. Sixteen at the time of the murder, Kruzan was sentenced to life without parole. Public outcry and a new juvenile offender law enabled her release in 2013. Read about her and other teenage girls sentenced to extremely lengthy prison sentences.
A babyfaced Courtney Schulhoff was just 16 when she plotted her father’s murder and enlisted her 20 year-old boyfriend’s help to carry it out. Steven Schulhoff, 48, was found beaten to death in the family’s Altamonte Springs, Fla., apartment on Feb. 10, 2004.
An agreement was announced in a California court Friday in the case of Sara Kruzan, 35, who was sentenced to life without parole at age 17 for killing her abusive pimp. Under the agreement–which was a long time in the making–Sara is now convicted of second-degree murder with a sentence of 19 years to life.
At age 11, Sara Kruzan met a man who bought her gifts and took her out. He became a much-needed father figure until two years later, when he raped her and began selling her for sex. After five years of sexual abuse, Sara shot her pimp. She was sentenced to life without parole at the age of 17, in what many see as an abuse of justice. Now, Sara may finally have a shot at freedom.
Are killers born or are they made from circumstances that force them to crime? It’s a question that has vexed psychiatrists and criminologists for centuries. Now comes the case of Cristian Fernandez, the 13-year-old accused of murder in Jacksonville, Florida, whose depraved upbringing raises the issue again in a shocking case with national implications.