Minor Murderers: Children Who Kill is a true crime podcast covering stories in which the killer was under the age of 18 at the time of the murder.
The first case I heard about involving a teenaged killer that really stuck with me was Cyntoia Brown who was a 16-year-old prostitute when she killed her 43-year-old john in 2004. The case happened in middle Tennessee, not far from my mother's house. This case will be covered in episode one.
I've happened upon a number of other cases, such as the murder of 9-year-old Michael Connor Verkerke, who was stabbed by 12-year-old Jamarion Lawhorn on the playground in Kent, MI. 15-year-old Zachary Davis bludgeoned his mother Melanie Davis with a hammer in Hendersonville, TN. Joseph Hall, age 10, shot and killed his father Jeffrey Hall in Riverside, CA. Rachel Shoaf and Sheila Eddy stabbed their friend 16-year-old Skylar Neese over 50 times then hid her body in the woods. Neese was missing for 6 months before anyone knew what had happened to her. Unfortunately, I've discovered there are plenty of cases to keep me busy for a long time.
Each story makes me wonder why. What makes these kids kill? Is it a horrible upbringing? Is it revenge? Is it fear? Or is it mental illness? Maybe it's a combination of these things. Or maybe it's something else altogether. Is there something we, as a society, can do to prevent these tragic killings? Is the justice system handling these cases correctly? Subscribe to Minor Murderers on iTunes, Spodify, or wherever you listen to podcasts as we delve into these cases of children who kill. Join the conversations on social media using the links above to learn more about each case and discuss the issues. Become a Patreon member by clicking on the donate tab for exclusive content.
Tracey Perger, host of Minor Murderers, was shoved into the criminal justice system when her two children were murdered in 1993. Prior to that, she had little knowledge of how it all works. After the murder of her children, she became thirsty for comprehension of the process, the laws, sentences, etc. She began writing a book about the murder of her kids as a novel, entitled I Had Dreams, before there was a conviction in 2005. She then rewrote it, named it I Had Dreams Nonfiction, and released it in 2012. A friend approached her a few months later and said that she had a friend who would like a book written about his brother's murder. When Your Back Is Turned was released in 2014 and Tracey appeared on Snapped (s 13, ep 13) regarding that case. After watching true crime shows for years she was turned on to podcasts in early 2016. Her passion for true crime was growing but she didn't want to write any more books. In the summer of 2018 she began a podcast called Open the Box Podcast to help victims tell their stories. Unfortunately, things didn't work out so she decided to pursue her other budding passion, stories about children who kill. In 2016, when she heard a few cases of children who kill she was moved to do something. She researched some cases and even spoke to an employee of Jupiter Entertainment (the company who produces Snapped). They encouraged her to pitch the idea, but life happened and Tracey got distracted. When Open the Box hit a brick wall, she decided it was then time to pursue Minor Murderers as a podcast.