Judith Eva Barsi (June 6, 1978 – July 25, 1988)
Barsi was the daughter of Hungarian immigrants József Barsi and Maria Barsi (née Benkő), who had both fled the 1956 Soviet occupation of Hungary and then immigrated to Los Angeles, California shortly before the birth of their daughter. Maria Barsi had aspired to be an actress herself, but later hoped that her daughter would be one, instead. Judith was discovered at a skating rink when she was five years old, but could still pass for three. She went on to appear in over 70 commercials and soon appeared in films. Later in her life, Barsi had growth hormone injections to encourage her growth.
As Barsi became more famous, her father József, an alcoholic and unemployed plumber, became increasingly abusive, jealous, and paranoid. He would mentally abuse her and once held a knife to her throat while threatening to kill her, because he was convinced that his wife and daughter would leave for a photo shoot or movie shoot and never come back. Barsi was taken to a child psychologist after breaking down in front of her agent. The psychologist identified severe physical and emotional abuse, and reported her findings to the authorities.
József would often stay home drunk and refused to let Maria work. The family was on welfare for a brief period until Barsi’s career started taking off around 1984. By the time she entered fourth grade, she was earning an estimated $100,000 a year which helped her buy the family a three-bedroom house in the West Hills Section of Los Angeles
József suffered from paranoia and had their house surrounded by a high-fence which could only be opened from inside the house. József remained a recluse and threatened to kill his wife and daughter many times. Child Protective Services was called numerous times, but as Maria was reluctant to press any charges, the case was never followed up. Maria rented an apartment for her daughter and herself as a daytime safe haven away from József.
On July 25, 1988, József shot Judith in the head while she was asleep, in her room. Maria, hearing the gunshot, rushed down the hall to check on Judith, where József met her and shot her as well.After pouring gasoline on the bodies and setting the house on fire, József then went into the garage and shot himself in the head with a .32 caliber pistol.
Satomi Mitarai (12) was murdered by a 11-year-old schoolgirl, in an empty classroom during the lunch hour at Okubo Elementary School in Sasebo The murder occurred on June 1, 2004. Mitarai’s body was left at the murder scene and her killer returned to her own classroom, her clothes covered in blood. The girls’ teacher, who had noticed that both were missing, found the body and called the police.
After being taken into custody, Mitarai’s killer was reported as confessing to the crime, saying “I am sorry, I am sorry” to police, Shortly afterward, Mitarai’s killer confessed to police that she and Mitarai had fallen out as a result of messages left on the internet.
As Mitarai’s killer was too young to be legally named in a Japenese court she was known as Girl A, later to become known as the internet phenomenom “Nevada tan.”
6th August 1990 - Boxing day 1996
Location: Boulder, Colorado
JonBenet was a beauty queen, at just six years old. From the outside she appeared like a normal little girl with a happy family life.
On boxing day there was a ransom note in the Ramsey’s house in exchange for JonBennet, She was gone, nowhere to be seen. The police were called, despite the note saying not to call them. When the detectives showed up they started searching the house for anything unusual, it was there that they found JonBenet dead in the basement. She had died from a skull fracture and strangulation. Autopsy showed that she had eaten a pineapple before she had died, and in the kitchen there was a bowl, of pineapple with an a spoon in. But the parents were adamant that they had not given her it.
Although speculation implicated John Ramsey he has never been charged. This case is still very much unsolved even though a school teacher confessed to the crime, the DNA they found at the scene did not match which mean’t no charges were bought against him. If you have any information on the murder of this little girl please contact your police station.
Update: JonBenet’s mother has now died, many believe taking the real story to the grave.
1991 - 14th August 2006
Alycia was just fifteen the last time she was seen, she appeared to be a happy young lady, content with life. But in August 2006 she disappeared without a trace. Police suspected she had runaway.
In March 2008 her body was found, in her own backyard. Her father Mark Mesiti and partner Shelly Welborn moved out of the home months after Alycia had gone missing, they were recently arrested on child endangerment charges, Mark is the prime suspect in the murder.
2004 - 18th May 2006
Her life was somewhat different to how people imagined. This beautiful little girl endured daily beatings with belts, as well as fists. It’s what her life had become, a fight for survival. Jameisha lost her fight. She needed protecting from the one person everyone though she would be safe with! Her mother!
In May 2006 little Jameisha could not find the strength to raise her arms to protect herself from the rain of blows coming down upon her. She took her last breath that day.
Kahitsha McKnight was charged with the murder of her daughter! She claimed that she had not murdered her and infact another person in the household did! The jury saw through the lies and sentenced her to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
2004 - 28th July 2006
Location: Bronx, New York
This little girl was murdered at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend. She had her life cruelly taken away from her after a long time of physical abuse. Even though people had reported abuse nothing was done.
The child care provider for Sharllene noticed the bruising on her and contacted the authorities. Just days later Sharllene admitted to hospital where she was suffering from blunt force trauma and severe head injuries. She later died from this injuries. The boyfriend - Paul Tejada-Jimenez was charged with child abuse result in the death of a child.
He was sentenced to 15 years, he is eligible for parole in 2015.
9th October 1970 - 1st September 1979
Location: Greenfield, Tennessee
Cary was playing on her bike, she had a smile from ear to ear, when she was approached by a man. Cary was told by this man he was looking for Cary’s father and asked for direction, Cary placed her bike on the sidewalk and jumped in the car. She was never seen again! Her lifeless and mutlilated body was found less than twenty four hours later just ten miles away from where she was last seen, she had been stabbed and raped.
Robert Glen Coe was arrested and charged with the murder, he was convicted and sentenced to death. On 19th April 2000 he was excuted by lethal injection.
1960 - 30th October 1975
Martha and her family moved to the area because her father was appointed a head position in an Accountanting firm. Sixteen months later Martha went missing, even though she was 15 her parents knew Martha well enough to know that she would never run away. Martha was good student and rather quiet to be around unless you knew her, and then her personality would bubble forth.
The very next day on Halloween Martha’s body was found by her friend under a pine tree, a golf club lay near by - the very weapon she had been beaten to death with. A nationwide murder hunt started.
Over 500 people attended her funeral, to say goodbye. With the school even starting up a scholarship fund in memory of Martha.
It took over 25 years for them to catch the killer - a Thomas Skakel. He was sentenced to just 20 years in prison for taking a wonderful girl from this world. Martha was worth a million of him, yet he will walk in the world again. Does this seem fair?
16th July 2001 - 31st March 2008
Location: Salt Lake, Utah
Hser was a Burmese Karen (Christian) refugee girl was born in a Thai refugee camp in Thailand. Her family came to the United States in August, 2007. Living in South Parc Townhouse in Salt Lake City, she had learned to make it her home. She was a happy girl with hugs and smiles. Hser Ner loved to wear pink. She loved to play and join in fun play.
Her love for life came to an abrupt when she was abducted and had her innocence stolen from her. Hser went missing from her home. She was taken by Esar Met who tried to hold her captive in his apartment which he shared with four other people. This is where he sexually assaulted her causing her such severe injuries that she died! She was also beaten around the trunk and head. Each one the injuries could have caused her death.
Met is currently being held on $2.5m bond. The death penalty is an option in this case. Lets hope this comes about.
14th October 1995 - 31st January 2001
Location: Brunswick, Maine
Logan had a difficult life, even at the age of five she had already suffered physiological disorders from the lack of nurturing she had. Her biological mum couldn’t cope and decided it would be best to let her go, go and have the nurturing that Logan needed.
Logan went into foster care. She ended up living with Sally Schofield who was a respected foster mother and caseworker of the DHS. However Schofield mothering skill fell under scrutiny on a couple of occasions, these claims were dismissed. Not long after Logan was murdered. Strangled to death. When the police searched the house they found evidence of a duct tape and a chair in the basement where she would take the children and bound them when they misbehaved - this is how Logan died.
Schofield claims that she couldn’t control Logan’s fits she had - which were caused to due to the lack of nurturing she had received.
Schofield was sentenced to 20 years if she serves her full term sentence. She appealed against this and asked for 17 years. This was denied.