Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pretty Little Killers

Pretty Little Killers

So I've never really been one for true crime books, actually this is the first one I've ever read. I don't even think I've ever been interested in murders/kidnappings and whatnot when they've been on the news. The closest I've been to being interested is when Joran Van Der Sloot killed those two girls, mostly because I thought he was one of the most attractive men I've ever seen. Anyway, this one is not even a good crime, I'm just obsessed.

It started when I was getting my hair done about two weeks ago. I was in the processing stage with my color and I was reading an old issue of People. There was an excerpt from the book along with an article about the background on the case. Basically it's this (not to spoil it for anyone): Three friends; Skylar, Shelia and Rachel. They all became friends some way or another and they were a trio of "BFF's" as they were referred to. Shelia was like the ring leader, Rachel was there and poor little Skylar was the innocent virgin who wanted to look cool. So Shelia and Rachel were, possibly, lovers, and Skylar found out..threatened them on Twitter and what not, eluding to outing their relationship. So they picked her up in the middle of the night under the guise of a "joyride", took her into the woods and stabbed her to death. They were too lazy to dig a hole,  or too weak or stupid, so they just buried her body under some rocks and leaves. Sadly, they got away with it for 6 months. The cops in this case seem like novices, but they never even solve the case. Rachel has a mental breakdown and confesses everything, leads them to the body, eventually goes to jail. She outs Shelia, too. Sheila goes to jail. The book kept saying it was a complicated case, it seems pretty simple to me. I guess as normal human beings, we can't understand why someone would kill someone because they "didn't want to be her friend anymore", which is what Rachel told authorities when she confessed. 

The week that I had to wait for the book to be transferred to my library and into my hands, I read everything I could on the case, so I knew all the details before I read the book. There isn't too much literature on it to begin with. I read all of Shelia's tweets. Like literally all of them. I didn't bother with Skylar, because while her story is tragic, she's not that interesting. Shelia is really messed up. Like Dexter or Patrick Bateman, but she's just dumb enough to involve someone else in her murder. I'm sure that's serial killer 101. Rookie mistake, Shelia. This girl didn't cry during the trial until she was sentenced. 

It's a really sad case because usually when kids are killed, it's an adult and it's easier to wrap your head around. Just the fact that they probably would've gotten away with it if Rachel didn't confess is really scary. Everyone knew that they were lying about being involved, but no one would ever think these girls killed her. 

As far as the actual book goes, it was horrible. The content was good because the case is pretty interesting. The structure of the book makes no sense the way it is laid out. They'll mention something about 30 times, like how Skylar's supporters wore purple but never mention why. Until the last chapter when you find out it's Skylar's favorite color. 

It is an interesting read though. 

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