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The "Collie Killers"
The "Collie Killers"
Australian law prohibits revealing the identities of two 16-year-old girls who strangled their friend Eliza Jane Davis, 15 (right,) during a June 18, 2006 sleepover in the Western Australia coal mining town of Collie. While Davis slept, the two girls stayed up discussing what it might feel like to commit a murder. After plotting their crime, the girls stuffed a chemical-soaked cloth into their victim's mouth while strangling her with speaker wire. Once Davis was dead, they buried her in a shallow grave near the house. The young killers reported Davis missing, and pretended to assist police in their search for the girl. Realizing that the body was not well-concealed and would quickly be found, they turned themselves in to police, telling officers that while they knew killing was wrong, it felt "right" to them. Both girls were sentenced to life in prison, with eligibility for parole after 15 years.
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