filed in In The News on Jun.01, 2007
I’ve posted about child serial killers before. People are always amazed that a child can be a serial killer. Anyone can be a killer. I believe some people are just born evil. I think too many people are quick to say “mental illness” or “medical conditions” when it comes to those who are serial killers, especially children. Anyway, here’s an article on the latest child serial killer, this one from India.
Eight-year-old boy accused of three murders
Randeep Ramesh in New Delhi
Friday June 1, 2007
Police in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, are investigating claims that an eight-year-old boy has killed in cold blood three babies â€” including his eight-month-old sister and nine-month-old cousin.
The case came to light when a mother could not find her six-month-old daughter after leaving her asleep at a school in Musahari village. After a police search the child’s body was found buried nearby.
A few hours later, Amarjeet Sada, who police claim suffers from psychiatric disorders, apparently admitted that he had strangled her and led villagers to the spot where he had disposed of the body.
NDTV, a news channel, showed pictures of Amarjeet outside the local police station. The child allegedly crushed the little girl to death with a stone and buried her body. He was arrested and appeared in court earlier this week.
“She was sleeping in the school. I took her a little away, and killed her with a stone and buried her,” he reportedly told police. Villagers claim Amarjeet is also responsible for the deaths of his sister and cousin but that the matter was hushed up.
The boy has been placed in a remand home in the nearby town of Munger. Under Indian law, a child cannot be sentenced to death or sent to prison, but can be detained at a children’s home until they turn 18.
The frenzied reporting of the case highlights the growing trend in Indian media to focus on gruesome killings. Earlier this week the newspapers were filled with stories about a serial killer who dumped the headless bodies of his victims outside the main jail in Delhi. The man, reports said, had been arrested in a murder case in 1998 but acquitted four years later.