April 23, 2006
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
The bodies of the Richardson family are found after being murdered by Jasmine Richardson (12, pictured) and her boyfriend Jeremy Steinke (23, pictured)
Steinke had glorified the movie Natural Born Killers, a satirical crime film in which the main characters murder the girls’ parents before embarking on a killing spree. He reportedly told an undercover police officer it was “the best love story of all time.” Steinke, who claimed to be a 300-year-old werewolf and allegedly carried a vial of blood around his neck, and Jasmine had met at a concert, and her family and friends immediately disapproved of the relationship, citing the large age gap between the two.
In an effort to be together, the couple murdered Jasmine’s parents and brother. Jasmine’s mother Debra (48) was killed first, stabbed 12 times including one stab which pierced her heart. Her screams got the attention of her husband Marc (42) who attempted to come to her aid. Marc was then stabbed 24 times. After her parents were murdered, Jasmine went to her 8-year-old brother Jacob’s room and stabbed him 5 times, including a deep slash across his neck.
Police initially believed Jasmine was another victim, taken from the home by her family’s murderer. When she and Steinke were found the next day approximately 80 miles away, however, she and Steinke were arrested. Both were charged with 3 counts of first-degree murder, and both found guilty.
Because Jasmine was under 14 at the time of the murder, she was ineligible under Canadian law to receive a sentence of more than 10 years. She was released from prison into a psychiatric hospital in 2011 and completed her sentence in 2016.
Steinke was sentenced to 3 concurrent life sentences. He will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years in prison.