Alyssa Bustamante: Her Confession Was Off-Limits, But Her Journal Is A Different Matter

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Alyssa Bustamante, the young woman who killed Elizabeth Olten, her nine-year-old neighbor, had a sentencing hearing today in Jefferson City. Although Bustamante, now eighteen, confessed to police, the confession was ruled inadmissible in court because the police who questioned her used "deceptive tactics."

But that confession was much-publicized before the trial because of the sensationalistic nature of her statement, most notably her admission that she murdered Ohlten because she "wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone."

At today's sentencing hearing, sections of Bustamante's journal was read aloud to the court. The then-fifteen-year-old Bustamante wrote that strangling a child and then slashing her throat was "ahmazing."

She wrote further:
As soon as you get over the "ohmygawd I can't do this" feeling, it's pretty enjoyable. I'm kinda nervous and shaky though right now. Kay, I gotta go to church now...lol.

Bustamante pleaded guilty to the crime in early January of 2011, when prosecutors dropped the charge of first degree murder to second degree murder; today's sentencing will determine if she goes to jail for life. Olten's mother was there, and according to the Associated Press report, she pleaded tearfully with the judge to give her the maximum sentence.
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ILoveUnicorns
ILoveUnicorns

That's just terrible that there are people out ther like that... I have 4 words for Alyssa, Rot In Jail Forever

Mortadel
Mortadel

Deceptive tactics? This ain't right. Can't these people do their job without disrespecting the law the swear to uphold?If I crossed the line at my job I'd be gone in a heart-beat. Besides now they screwed the accusation strategy.

Doct Rsally
Doct Rsally

I think this poor child needs mental help and lots of it!

Torey sheline
Torey sheline

nice job using one entry to alow people to judge someone, news writers are retards

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

When the bitch gets the shit beated out of herby the prison in mate women she. Will cry MOMMY! At least I am looping she gets the same thing she did to the little girl.

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

One little girl killed. My heart go to the family that lost there daughter. AS for the bitch that killed may you burn in the pits OF HELL. IF I WERE THE JUDGE YOU WOULD GO TO PRISONFOR THEREST OF YOUR PITFUL LIFE.

mercurystar2002
mercurystar2002

This has nothing to do with race people! It's about psychotic little bitch that deserves the same fate as that innocent little girl that she murdered. How about a march down death row Alyssa? LOL! Omygawd! You'd like that...Right?!

sooo disappointed
sooo disappointed

Andre Gonzalez seems to be the most logical and intelligent person commenting on this issue. People always get racist when there isn't a need. Who cares what race she is. Bottom line she is a murderer who should have gotten death. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.

Pawnmasta
Pawnmasta

I know this won't win me many fans, But not here to make friends just write my mind. It looks like people are forgetting this girl was 15 at the time she committed the murder.15.At that age she cannot have consensual sex, she cannot vote, drink or drive a car and on and on..Yet she is considered an adult in the justice system?

What are the reasons a person of 15 is not allowed by law to do any of the things and more that I have listed?

Exactly.

Yet she is given life with the possiblity of parole being judged as an adult would be judged, an adult who would (or should) have a sense of consequences. (though I still think there are many 18 year olds that are not mentally adults)

I remember being quite a bit like her at that age, I knew everything, My teachers were a joke, my parents could "ground" me all they wanted I still did what I did..Then I grew up.

It is terrible what happened to the little girl..but to throw another young person away for life..it just doesn't feel right...There are no alternatives I know that, it still feels wrong.

Camsheel
Camsheel

I hope the little basted goes to prison for life. Oh that is too easy. To bad they can't just put her to death now. She will burn in HELL FOR WHAT BASTERD DID

Andre Gonzalez
Andre Gonzalez

This girl needs severe psychiatric treatment and maximum sentencing. I'm not sure if someone at this age committing this kind of crime and having that kind of introspective response can be saved. I'd like to hope so—but hope is a perpetual spring even when it's wrong.

PS:

I can't even believe these comments on here are full of argument about racism. THE ARTICLE is about murder! White, black, brown—dead is dead, murder is murder. Disrespectful and disgusting is the fact that the subject of race was ever even brought up. Educate your selves on how to add a comment relevant to what is being asked. 

Emina Talic
Emina Talic

 it's a sign of doomsday..that is what happens when asocial people have children, who become like them..girl..and doctors pls take that bi*ch and conduct medical experiments on her..peace to all normal and good people around the world...my sincere condolemces to the family brutally murdered ! :((( p.s. sorry if I wrote something wrong, my english isn't very good.. 

Silo44
Silo44

Why do I have to see her face and read her bloody ramblings?? There are good people in this world that deserve a lot more attention than that. So once again the media glamourizes a psicopath, ensuring that the supply of copycats never runs short. That is disgusting.

KITTY
KITTY

And you thought PSYCO BITCH was only a song! Give her life without parole.

Demolishonluver_66
Demolishonluver_66

whatever.. people can do what they want with their lives. I can bet she's actually pretty pleased with herself in this. But if there weren't people like this in the world we would probably over populate. It's sad that a girl died but big deal, people die everyday.

videopoison90
videopoison90

The white court system will protect this white girl she'll avoid any jail sentence or jail time she'll be given a warm comfy chair to to talk about her problems to a psychologist then she'll be let into the world to be made famous though writing about a book which will be brought my other psychopaths like her......

Now if that was a Black or Latino they would of been given the death sentence instantly.....

DISGUTING

Honda300ex_rider
Honda300ex_rider

Send her ass to jail for life! Rot in there u cold hearted bitter Bitch!! Much love an prayers for the little girls family..its terrible there is humans out there like that. That's one thing u should NOT have to worry about in life...Rot bitch please WASTE OF SPACE & Apparently ruining others! Lots of others including me..don't let me see u if not! JAIL 4 LIFE PLEASE!

gribble
gribble

She might be able to lead a normal life after release ... there are examples ... the Mary Bell case comes to mind...  because the personality isn't fully locked in and there's some flexibility still. Ie, her conscience might be revived. Then again she could not commit such a crime again because of the consequences, but still be disturbed .. They need a good shrink to figure it out.. lol

JustCurious
JustCurious

Wait, you think adolescent sociopaths are at the root of population control? LOL! Read a book dude.

blunt_truth
blunt_truth

I bet we'll be discussing your trial next then huh?

Laylabyrum
Laylabyrum

Protect her? She recieved life plus 30 years.  The must of done an awful job at protecting her.

Puremontanaxtcy
Puremontanaxtcy

She is Latina you inbred. Bustamante is a Latino name, You bigot. I bet youre black.

JustCurious
JustCurious

You DO realize that this white girl killed a 9 year old WHITE girl, don't you? How the hell did you actually manage to take the brutal murder of a child by an adolescent sociopath and SOMEHOW decide it was a race issue? I'm not actually looking for an answer, I already know you're an idiot.

Demolishonluver_66
Demolishonluver_66

thats so funny x) i'll assume youre black or something so here's what i would like to respond with.... GET OVER YOURSELF

NYDIESEL
NYDIESEL

I bet you can't tell me a black or latino that has been given the death sentence instantly? 

Your a racist and I hope you rot just like this idiot "white" girl

punkin003
punkin003

Um, there are plenty of "white" people doing prison time for murder.  Some even on death row. 

Roger
Roger

'DISGUTING' ?? another racist who can't spell.

Doct Rsally
Doct Rsally

Her problem was lack of sufficient medication.  She needed an atypical anti-psychotic added to her anti-depressant and probably a mood stabilizer, too.

Demolishonluver_66
Demolishonluver_66

No, I was simply stating that everyone gets too caught up in matters that, honestly, dont concern them. And our voices will never hurt Alyssa because she wont ever see or hear them... In her own little world, she's probably satisfied. So no matter how much someone thinks they'd "burn that bitch" if they saw her, no one is really ever gonna do shit to her. I just find it funny that everyone lets a "waste of life" get them so bent out of shape

Sunilak60
Sunilak60

Bustamante is an Italian name.

Remember555
Remember555

 She could could be Spanish (from Spain). Last time I checked, they were white. By the way, assuming he's black make you just as much of a bigot. The Internet if full of ****ing retards lmao.

Anonymous
Anonymous

White people would have a difference of opinion had they been born black, or latino, etc.  Only white people say things like "white people get penalized hard too" this is true but they have to be serial killers...just like blacks and latinos have to be drug dealers.  I have seen cases where drug dealers got as much time as a white man who committed murder.  Personally, I feel everyone who commits a crime should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law no matter the color.  But if you have never experienced racism or live in a world where you think it no longer exists, god bless you and may you continue to have a life where you are considered equal.  

Anonymous
Anonymous

True, but it seems to be shocking when white people commit crimes, it's expected of African-Americans and Latinos.  Google the statistics. Facts are facts.

SlfGvrndOpinion
SlfGvrndOpinion

It's not about being racist, it's about facts.  Check the statistics.  It's sad, but quite true.  Statistically white males/females get a lesser penalty for crimes equal to those committed by a Latino or African American male or female. Why is it that men are paid more than women who have the same qualifications, same degree, etc...  It has only been a jury of one's own peers since intergration.  Times have changed and everyone's world view differs, doesn't mean it is impossible for racist in the judicial system to still exist.  Furthermore, pointing out someone's mistakes i.e. "another racist who can't spell", doesn't make you the better person.  We all make mistakes, they could argue you missed what is important as many of do.

Demolishonluver_66
Demolishonluver_66

I completely agree. It just doesnt seem right to fight hate with hate. She's the violent monster here, let's not become one ourselves. Ya know? I'd rather not let a fucked up person like her influence my life and ruin my day because she doesnt deserve to ruin my day. I just dont like conflict :)

GGMon
GGMon

Readers act out on their emotions so if they are "getting bent" it's with good reason: a little girl is dead....and while you're right, let's just hope her cell mates won't find out about her crime. If they do, they will make her life hell.

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