Female Killers · Missouri

Child murdered by teen for thrill

October 21, 2009
St. Martins, Missouri
Alyssa Bustamante (15) murders 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten (pictured) to see what it was like to kill someone

Olten, who was acquainted with Bustamante from school, went missing on October 21 after leaving a neighbor’s house. Bustamante grabbed Olten as she walked by, beat and strangled her, stabbed her chest, and sliced her throat and wrists, then discarded her body in a shallow grave.

One piece of damning evidence against Bustamante was an entry she wrote in her diary, dated October 21:

I just fucking killed someone. I strangled them and slit their throats 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 ‘Oh My Gawd. I can’t do this’ feeling it’s pretty enjoyable. I’m kinda nervous and shaking though right now. Kay, I got to go to church now LOL.

Bustamante attempted to destroy this entry, but a forensic consultant was able to restore it. She pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was given a life sentence with the possibility of parole.

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