• Anatomy of a Teen-aged Thrill Killer

    February 11, 2012 3:04 am 69 comments
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  • Teen Thrill Killer Alyssa Bustamante

    Anatomy of a Teen-aged Thrill Killer


    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – Confessed teen thrill killer Alyssa Bustamante, 18 of St. Martins, Mo was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the slaying of 9 year-old Elizabeth Olten. Bustamante was 15 when she lured her 9 year old neighbor into the woods telling her she had a surprise waiting. Once concealed in the woods Bustamante strangled the smaller child then pulled a knife from her backpack slitting the victim’s throat and repeatedly stabbing her. The 9 year-old was then wrapped in a blanket and tossed into a shallow grave that Bustamante had dug days earlier.

    It is a horrific crime for such a young girl to carry out, but even more shocking is the premeditation Bustamante exhibited. With her large pretty eyes, beautiful auburn hair and freckled face Bustamante admitted that she killed Olten… “Just to see what it felt like.”


    Though innocent and childish in appearance Bustamante’s diary entry revealed her to be a girl that is demon possessed, one who carefully planned the murder days in advance. And when the diary entry she’d made right after the slaughter was read in court it was evident that the 15 year-old was a cold-blooded murderer who felt no remorse for her crime. It was her own words that would seal her fate.


    Using texting-style acronyms Bustamante described the murder with a sense of exhilaration… “I strangled them and slit their throat and stabbed them now they’re dead. I don’t know how to feel atm. (At this moment) It was ahmazing. As soon as you get over the ‘ohmygawd I can’t do this’ feeling, it’s pretty enjoyable. I’m kinda nervous and shaky though right now. Kay. I gotta go to church now… lol.”


    Bustamante’s defense team portrayed her as a troubled teen before engaging the “Prozac defense” during the trial. Bustamante was on Prozac for depression at the time of her crime, and her attorneys claim it was the use of the drug that drove her to kill.


    Prosecutor Mark Richardson argued, “The motive has to be the most senseless, reprehensible that could be in mankind, and that is to take a life for a thrill.” Richardson said Bustamante deserved the toughest sentence possible, life without the possibility of parole.


    St. Martins is a small town of just over 1,000 in population which made this case stand out, crimes like this usually occurs in large cities like New York City or Los Angeles. The first time Bustamante shed tears is when she stood to face the judge and jury who held the now 18 year-olds fate in their hands.


    Justice came swiftly for the confessed child killer when the jury returned with a verdict of guilty. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Pat Joyce handed down two terms – life in prison for 2nd degree murder with an additional 30 years for using a weapon during the commission of the crime. The judge ordered Bustamante to serve her life term first, removing any likelihood that she will ever see the light of day again.


    What madness could drive such a young girl from a small town in America’s Heartland to commit such a deplorable act? ChrisTwire readers wanted to know so chrisTwire sent Brother Johnathan Bane to St. Martins, Mo to investigate.


    Upon arriving in St. Martins I was immediately struck by its small town charm, everyone seemed to know each other and where very friendly when I spoke with them. Most at first found the crime difficult to accept, nothing so evil had ever happened here before. But I didn’t find anyone who believed Bustamante’s life sentence wasn’t justly deserved. One woman I approached on the street and spoke to said… “She got what was coming to her. I hope they dump her in the Lesbo tank in prison so the dykes can have their way with her.”

    Her chilling diary entry, “got to go to church now… lol” seemed like a good place for me to start. I soon learned that Bustamante had attended church in Jefferson City at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Well this was the first red flag for me. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a Mormon church whose beginnings date back to the 19th century. Today it has grown into a global cult that has been tolerated in most American communities.

    Bustamante was introduced to the dark cult of Mormonism by her grandparents

    I learned Bustamante attended regularly and “participated in several different youth activities.” I learned from church officials that the teen thrill-killers grandparents had been given custody of her in 2002 by a California court. Her mother Michelle Bustamante has a long history of drug and alcohol related charges. Her father Cesar Bustamante is currently serving time in a Missouri prison on felony assault charges. This fact raised the second red flag for me.


    Bustamante had lived at her grandparent’s ranch-style home at 626 Lomo Drive for several years with her three younger siblings; just four houses down from the Olten home. Neighbors said Bustamante and her siblings often played with 9 year-old Elizabeth Olten. Juvenile court officials testified Wednesday that Bustamante’s grandparents had provided a stable home with plenty of support.


    My next stop was Jefferson City High School where Bustamante was a sophomore at the time of her arrest. Her friends described her as “fun-loving,” but admit they were shocked at the news that she was a murderer. Her teachers state Bustamante was a “gifted student” who did not apply herself in class, another red flag.


    Her friends admitted Bustamante had lived a hard life and had a troubled past. She posted her videos to YouTube stating that her hobbies were “killing people and cutting.” A nurse who examined her found over 300 scars on her arms, legs and torso from self-inflicted wounds. Juvenile officials in their report claim they had to keep the girls fingernails cut short because would use them to cut up her arms while in custody.

    After being introduced into the Mormon cult Bustamante was forever changed

    While attending Simonsen Ninth Grade Center last year Bustamante dressed all in black and was apart of the local goth scene. This was the forth red flag. The more I learned about this young thrill killer the more I was struck by the nagging question, why didn’t someone see this coming? I eventually concluded that in such a small town in America’s Heartland where murder is rare, and child thrill killers are all but unheard of, no one saw it coming because no one thought something like this could happen in their community. So while Bustamante’s behavior and dress seemed odd to many it was written off as harmless youthful expression.


    On my flight back to California I surmised in such a tight knit community that experienced little crime its understandable why the locals dismissed her behavior. None the less the warning signs were all there. This young girl had come from a home where the parents had a history of drug and alcohol abuse as well as violence. And even if her grandparents did provide a stable and supportive home life for her they did introduce her into the dangerous Godless cult of Mormonism.


    It’s clear that Bustamante was a bright girl who didn’t apply herself in school. Her school life would suggest there were social issues with her peers as well. Her bizarre behavior, dressing in all black, and joining the goth scene made her stand out amongst her peers. She needed acceptance but wanted to stand out as being different, her own person and not part of the crowd.


    What happened in this case was a lack of Christianity in the home. This child had never been introduced to true faith through Jesus Christ, God was absent in her life. She spent much of her childhood in an abusive loveless home where no doubt she herself must’ve been abused. Her mother was a junkie always chasing her next fix, and her father who had a history of violence most likely raped her from a young age.


    And the California court that awarded custody of the four Bustamante children to their grandparents did them no favors. They were placed in another Godless environment again where her grandparents engaged in strange Mormon rituals of sexual debauchery and drugs. No doubt these children were abused during these Mormon rituals, and introduced into the cult of Mormonism. I suspect they saw regular abuse in their grandparents Godless household.


    In the end Alyssa Bustamante got exactly what she wanted most. To be noticed, to stand out from the crowd. Be careful what you wish for… in this case two young girls lost their lives and futures. I ask that all of us pray for Alyssa in hopes that she will find God while serving her life sentence. God will forgive her if she is genuine in faith. Otherwise this girl is as dead as her victim.



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    Brother Johnathan Bane Brother Johnathan Bane dedicated his life's work to the service of the Lord when he was a boy growing up in Los Angeles. He has been involved in ministry work most of his life. In 1992 he founded Brother Johnathan's Ministries to provide aid to those impoverished people of Uganda. Brother Johnson lived and worked to develop his ministry in Koya in the Busoga Province from 1999 - 2009. He is now retired and living in Agoura Hills, California where he works as a freelance writer and investigative journalist from home.

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