Jamarion was 12 years old when he decided he was fed up with life and wanted to end it all. Unlike most who want to end their lives, Jamarion chose an unconventional method. He decided the best way to kill himself was to stab another child on the playground and let the police have their way with him "like on the movies".
Michael "Connor" Verkerke, age 9, was playing in his yard with his little brother, Cameron, age 7, and an unidentified friend. A kid they had never met before approached them and asked if they wanted to go to the playground. They agreed. After playing together for about twenty minutes, Jamarion dug up the knife that he had previously buried in the sand and attacked Connor. He stabbed him five times in the back and once in the arm and then he threw the knife in the grass and ran off.
The full story can be heard on Ep 2 of Minor Murderers: Children Who Kill. You can listen here.
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Links to Sources and Credits
The Nymphaeum Part I & II (10:59) by Angelwing Exzel Music Publishing (freemusicpublicdomain.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
"In a Heartbeat" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Playground sounds: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License.