The jealousy of one teen girl over another ended in torture and murder back in January 1995, when 19-year old Colleen Slemmer suffered and died at the hands of Christa Pike and two accomplices in Tennessee. Adding to the senselessness of this murder was the fact that Colleen actually had no interest in the man Christa Pike had claimed as her boyfriend and the source of her jealousy. Was the mix up perpetrated by the man in question, was Christa Pike simply a psychopath destined to kill, or was the event the result of a perfect storm of emotions and uncontrolled rage?
Colleen’s murder went beyond the cruel taking of a young life as it inched into torture and overkill, leaving her disfigured, bloody corpse hidden and alone. Christa Pike was responsible for this unimaginable act and would be the youngest woman ever sentenced to death in the state of Tennessee.
Against a backdrop of troubled youth and Satanism, the story of Colleen’s murder brings up issues of nature vs. nurture, poverty, and mental illness. Join us at the quiet end as we discuss what brought two young women to an impasse which would lead to the murder of one and the imprisonment of another.
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