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Jasmine Richardson, Jeremy Steinke, and the Richardson Family Murders

Antonia is a writer who is fascinated by mysteries and psychology. She writes many articles about criminal cases.

A photo of Jasmine Richardson before she met Jeremy Steinke.

A photo of Jasmine Richardson before she met Jeremy Steinke.

The Richardson Family and a 12-Year-Old Killer

When children murder, it's shocking. Even more shocking and unimaginable is when children murder their own parents. The youngest person ever charged with multiple counts of murder in Canada is Jasmine Richardson, who was 12 years old at the time of the crime.

She and her then-23-year-old boyfriend, Jeremy Steinke, murdered not only her parents, Marc and Debra, but also her eight-year-old brother, Jacob, in cold blood.

On April 23rd, 2006, the bodies of the Richardson family were discovered in their home by a six-year-old boy, who spotted the lifeless bodies of Marc and Debra through a first-floor window. Little Jacob was later found upstairs, lying on a bed.

The police found that the couple's 12-year-old daughter, Jasmine Richardson, was missing from the home, and they feared that she had been abducted. However, evidence started piling up quickly that ruled out kidnapping and instead pointed to her involvement in the murders.

The next day, on April 24th, 2006, Jasmine and her boyfriend Jeremy were located 100 miles away, and both were arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

What Happened and Why?

Twenty-three-year-old Jeremy Steinke was a "goth" and self-proclaimed 300-year-old werewolf who purportedly met 12-year-old Jasmine Richardson at a punk rock concert in 2006. Jasmine immediately became enamored with him and the goth lifestyle. They were in love; while awaiting trial behind bars, Jeremy even proposed to Jasmine through an exchange of jailhouse letters. She accepted.

When Jasmine's family found out about her 23-year-old werewolf boyfriend, they became furious, grounding her and forbidding her from seeing him. For Jasmine and Jeremy, this was reason enough for them to die.

Though Jasmine had discussed her plans to kill her parents with her friends on more than one occasion, none of them ever took her seriously. During the trial, she would claim that she never meant it; it was just "stupid talk." Unfortunately for her parents and her younger brother, it became a reality.

Evidence From Online Accounts

While searching for evidence and looking for a motive for the gruesome murders, the police came across multiple online accounts that belonged to both Jasmine and Jeremy. It would be easy to assume that Jeremy, being the older one in the relationship, was the one who came up with the plan, but their online accounts told a different tale.

Amongst the most telling were two messages; the first message, sent from Jasmine to Jeremy, read: "I have this plan. It begins with me killing them and ends with me living with you."

The other message was posted on a Windows Live Spaces account belonging to Jeremy, where he had written:

"Payment! My Lover's rents are totally unfair; they say that they really care; they don't know what is going on the [sic] just assume. As their greed continues to consume, she is slowly going insane. She continues to thank that I came, into her life to help her out, and to stop what they keep trying to shout. It's all total bullshit. Their throats I want to slit. They will regret the shit they have done. Especially when I see to it that they are gone. They shall pay for their insulince [sic]. Finally there shall be silence. Their blood shall be payment!"

The Night of the Murder

Less than a month later, Jasmine's parents paid with their blood, just as Jeremy had written. On that fateful night, Steinke first attacked Jasmine's mother and father downstairs, stabbing them to death. He then went upstairs, where Jasmine proceeded to stab her little brother Jacob in the chest while he pled for his life. Jeremy then finished him off by slitting his throat.

Jasmine testified in court that he was gurgling. She stated that the reason for their decision to kill her brother was that she thought it was cruel to leave him to live without his parents. Two hours after the death of her parents and brother, Jasmine and Jeremy were laughing and kissing at a nearby restaurant.

At trial, when she was asked why they murdered her parents and little brother, Jasmine said: "I loved him so much. I thought it would bring us closer together."

I loved him so much. I thought it would bring us closer together.

— Jasmine Richardson

Another photo of 12-year-old Jasmine from her Myspace page.

Another photo of 12-year-old Jasmine from her Myspace page.

Trial, Verdict, and Sentencing

Jasmine Richardson went on trial in June of 2007. She was 14 at the time. She pled not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder. The trial lasted approximately a month, and in July of 2007, after three hours of deliberation, the jury brought back the verdict: guilty on all three counts.

In November of 2007, Jasmine was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, which is the maximum sentenced allowed by the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The act states that any convicts who were under the age of 14 at the time they committed the crime cannot be charged as adults and can be given a maximum sentence of 10 years.

Jasmine's sentence included credit for 18 months time served, with four years to be spent in a psychiatric facility, followed by four-and-a-half under conditional supervision in the community.

In December of 2008, Jasmine Richardson's boyfriend and accomplice, Jeremy Steinke, was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to three concurrent life sentences in prison. He will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years.

A book was written about this case: Runaway Devil: How Forbidden Love Drove a 12-Year-Old to Murder Her Family.

Update 2022: Jasmine Released, Jeremy Incarcerated

Jasmine Richardson, as per the guidelines of her sentencing, was released in 2011 to serve time under conditional supervision in the community. In September 2011, she became a freshman at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. Her 10-year sentence was officially completed in 2016, and she was fully released from the criminal justice system.

At the time of her release, Jasmine's attorney Katherin Beyak felt that "the system has worked in this case" and that she was unlikely to re-offend. Beyak also noted that Jasmine's youth criminal records would be sealed after a five-year period of Jasmine not committing any crimes as an adult.

Officer Brett Secondiak, one of the first to arrive at the bloody crime scene, expressed concern that Jasmine wasn't really rehabilitated and hoped that she hadn't "tricked" the criminal justice system.

It is surmised by observers of the case that Jasmine is living in an undisclosed part of Canada, presumably under an assumed name.

Jeremy Steinke remains incarcerated in a Canadian federal facility, but according to the Correctional Service Canada website:

"...the specific location of inmates is considered personal information under Canada's Privacy Act, and cannot be disclosed without the inmate's prior consent."


Dominique Cantin-Meaney from Montreal, Canada on February 16, 2020:

Her case was discussed on a podcast that I enjoy.

RonnyGustov on May 02, 2019:

Deanna, her name is not "JR" anymore. I was actually 'friends' with her on Facebook until last fall, how did I find out? The pictures of her now and the pictures of her when she was 12 are pretty much a dead match, the age adds up and there are/were pictures of her with her deceased parents/brother taken when she was a child up on her profile. Rest assured, she no longer lives in Alberta and has a boyfriend in the States, so she may actually leave the country. I do believe that the name she uses on Facebook is not the name she now legally goes by either and has pretty much everything set to private and the profile picture she uses is an anime-style drawing. I'm not going to divulge her identity, so don't ask.

DEANNA GRAHAM on April 12, 2019:

I wonder if her name is still Jasmine Richardson.

Melissa on March 15, 2019:

My dad was a journalist who covered this story. He and his co-worker wrote a true crime novel called "Runaway Devil". Truly is a fascinating story. The book sold in north America in two day's. His book is used as a teaching tool. This murderer is truly a psychopath.

Janisa from Earth on August 18, 2018:

I don't think she deserves to be allowed to return to society for what she did. Even though she was still a child at the time. She made a grown-up decision and should be held responsible for it. on April 13, 2018:

When someone has been so abused how are they suppose to handle,ordinary life,even if they don't hurt anyone but themselves,nothing with these people is normal,they live in a world were they perceive it to be hostile,and people keep showing them how right they are.

Verónica on January 03, 2018:

They were laughing and kissing each other at a restaurant after the murders ... She hasn't ever acknowlegded what she did, no remorse, nothing. Maybe her conduct during those 10 years under surveillance was great but... she's a psycopath and she hasn't learned a thing. Only that next time she won't be able to leave after serving 10 years, so it might be not worthy to murder again.

Jay on November 13, 2017:

My question is why did they let their 12 yr old daughter go to a punk rock concert in the first place? But anyways, as a parent of 3 daughters I wouldn't have called the cops on him, we have our own way of dealing with monsters like this!

gigibic on June 04, 2017:

I read a story a few years ago about a 15 year old girl in Iran who committed a murder and she was stripped naked and whipped to death in the public square!She died after being given 65 hard lashes with the whip!

John Skull on May 28, 2017:

You know when stuff like this happens it's much of the time societies fault.

keyondre McFadden on April 13, 2017:

Anybody know how to contact her? Im ready to smash her. She is hot.

Kia on March 28, 2017:

This girl was and is evil. She doesn't deserve a second chance. If she were in America they would have put her away for 25 years. Her whole family is dead because of her selfishness and she still gets to live her life? She deserves the death penalty.

Angeleyes on March 22, 2017:

This is one seriously sick twisted girl, I just hope she got the help she needed while locked up. If I had a 12 year old daughter and I found out she was seeing a 23 year old I would be calling the cops on him, I can't understand why they didn't, maybe if they had things may have turned out differently for them. Not that I blame them for what happened here but maybe if he had been arrested and they had been separated his influence over her would have disappeared and this tragedy could possibly have been prevented.

Melanie Palen from Midwest, USA on March 09, 2017:

Wow, this is insane. I too would have been upset if my 12-year-old daughter were dating a 21-year-old guy. I would have called the police! I feel so much for the parents and child who died because of this mentally ill 12 year old and (also mentally ill) boyfriend. Such a horrid story!

hollie on February 09, 2017:

i cant belive it shes 12 when she did it she mus be crasy

james on January 20, 2017:

i thought what she did was justified

anon on January 17, 2017:


Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on July 28, 2016:

I think she is definitely a psychopath. According to Psychology Today, this is a "personality disorder that is exhibited by people who employ a combination of charm, manipulation, intimidation, and sometimes violence to control others, in order to satisfy their own selfish desires. It is estimated that approximately 1 percent of the adult male population in the U.S. are psychopaths (1).Men are more likely than women to be psychopaths." There is no cure nor treatment for psychopaths. The best thing we can do is to spread knowledge of this condition so that others can protect themselves. This is a compelling article.

Jeff on July 26, 2016:

I understand that people don't want to sentence kids to a lifetime of prison, but when something like this happens and the killer gets out in his/her 20s, that's just not right. Her brother never had a chance at life, and she gets her life back after only 10 years. Also, and I'm sorry if this sounds like blaming the victim, that's the last thing I want to do and I don't mean it like that at all, but the parents should have called the police on that p.o.s. pedophile boyfriend. I don't know if that would have changed the outcome, but a 23-year-old who's dating a 12 year old girl belongs in jail. Just maybe if they didn't have contact with each other, this wouldn't have happened. I in no way blame the parents for not doing so. If it comes across that way, I swear that's not how I meant it. It's entirely possible that they did call the police and the article didn't mention it, and even if they didn't, they couldn't have guessed what would happen.

Veronica Adams from Mobile,AL on May 08, 2016:

I remember this one.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on May 07, 2016:

A real horror crime that should have merited only death by hanging. Sometimes the devil enters even a child and one must smother it. Very sad indeed.

Tom on May 07, 2016:

Mika, she's been out if jail for years. But now she has no restrictions. No curfew, no supervision, etc.

Sulabha Dhavalikar from Indore, India on May 07, 2016:

My God, it's horrible to read. It's very, very nightmarish to think that such individuals can be born in a world that's contained in the lap of beautiful nature.

mika on May 06, 2016:

I can't believe she's out of jail...

emma on May 02, 2016:

I think that the parents should have took away everything she used to text and then moved far away

D Heather on April 27, 2016:

Interesting article.

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on April 26, 2016:

It is not the parents or school, it was just in that child. I have seen the best parents that when the child gets out of the house the kid can go bad. It happens. Thanks for the review, it was interesting.

AOS Products on April 26, 2016:

Something bad news

Nicole Young 07 from Chicago Illinois on April 25, 2016:

I couldn't agree more concerned999, very well said.

concerned999 on April 25, 2016:

I don't understand why these demented killers are not tried as adults under the law. It's not as if they are isolated cases. There is a long list at the end of this story of similar incidents involving kids approx 12 years old. I can also think of another incident in Calgary (1992) where a young boy named Ryan Garrioch was stabbed to death in a school yard by another student.

If they are old enough to do the crime, they must do the time.

Can you imagine this girl being assimilated and living a normal life when her own attorney says she does not fully appreciate the gravity of what she did? It's negligent and reckless to put her back out on the street. Murder is the most serious crime yet in many cases, the perpetrators do less time than those convicted of drugs and property offences. Time to overhaul the system and make sentences commensurate with the gravity of the harm done and need to protect society.

Nicole Young 07 from Chicago Illinois on April 24, 2016:

Very morbid! I just couldn't imagine how a young 12 year-old female would be able to kill her parents, and worst....she also murdered her 8-yr-old brother who was pleading for his life!! This is very horrible, just the thought of it brings chill to my spine. I think there is a need to amend the law for juvenile delinquent, yes, Jasmine was minor when she committed the crime, but giving her 10 years for 3 counts of murder is not enough. Especially that she has no remorse for the crime she's done.

Carol McNairy Wight from Provo, Utah on April 24, 2016:

lisa...thanks for agreeing with me. Why DO they let this stuff on?

Lisa VanVorst from New Jersey on April 24, 2016:

Are you kidding me? Lilly this is serious and horrific story not the place for what you wrote. Why does hubpage editors let these comments take place. This is why I rarely write on this site anymore.

Carol McNairy Wight from Provo, Utah on April 24, 2016:

Lily..this is neither the time or the place to solicit your sex needs.

Lisa VanVorst from New Jersey on April 23, 2016:

Oh my God, what a horrific crime. This is the first I have read of this. Although Jasmine was a minor when the crime was committed, I feel she also should have been sentenced to three concurrent life sentences. This girl and that man are psychopathic killers. Those poor parents as they looked into the eyes of their own daughter and that pervert 23 year old man. Her poor brother only eight years old pleading for his life at the hands of his older sister. What a sick world we live in.

Michelle W from Kansas on April 23, 2016:

Good Hub and thank you for highlighting the fact that this is a mental health issue, not a religious/fashion/parenting issue. You'll find many serial killers who come from privileged and well-rounded backgrounds. I have just begun working at a mental institution and I can tell you that a lack of physical discipline was not what made these people the way that they are.

Keep up the good work! You are bringing important issues to light :)

Sneha Sunny from India on April 23, 2016:

This is just awful! That's all I can say. Awful.

Carol McNairy Wight from Provo, Utah on April 22, 2016:

Having had a rebellious teenager, I know how difficult it is to control them. Although my child did not do anything this horrific it was enough for me to know what a dilemma a parent can be put in. Perhaps the answer is to have free mental health training for parents who have children out of control. If they could have handled it early on maybe it would have made a difference. AS it is, I would say this child needs to be incarcerated her whole life. She has not learned to be responsible for her own actions or to even regret them. She is a danger to society.

Visitor156 on April 20, 2016:

People saying there MUST be some latent mental illness or something behind this, that "you won't let me see my boyfriend so you must die!!!" isn't enough reason. No. Wrong. It's exactly enough reason for an irrational child. It is all the reason this little self-absorbed piece of shit needed to do what she did. It has nothing to do with lack of discipline, nothing to do with some secret, exotic mental illness ... it's just a self-absorbed little shit thinking other people's lives are secondary to her own desires. Nothing unique or mystical about it, stop mythologizing this vile piece of garbage. She should have been executed.

OzChic on January 14, 2016:

You have to wonder why her parents (once they found out about her 23 year old boyfriend) didn't call the police on him, maybe if he had been removed from her life there might have been a chance that they would still be alive today, of course its entirely possible the same outcome could have occured even with him gone from her life as she is clearly a very twisted individual but I think being with him and the lifestyle he lived contributed to her mental problems and really didn't help them.

Anonymous on January 02, 2016:

Imagine how her parents and brother would feel... How would you feel? Someone very close to you killed you in cold blood and she barely had a slap on the wrist. She was rehabilitated in a very comfortable manner. How would you feel? I bet you would be turning in your grave! I know I would.

Look at Karla Homolka for instance, she has been shamed into what she did and many people know who she is now. It doesn't cause any problems knowing. But it does bring some justice for that family. If you can even call it that. I'm disgusted on how all of this has turned out. Living comfortably on tax payers money who work hard and actually has a sence of "love" for the ones close to them. Getting a free education in Calgary?!? That's fucked. There are alot more deserving people... I can go on and on about this. I just hope someone in the system will have the morals to give information up to the public, even if it's Anonymous.

JetX on November 21, 2015:

Only her psychologists can say whether she's a psychopath or not. I can see how the immaturity of her youth coupled with the delusory fantasy she conjured up with Steinke could factor strongly towards the argument for a temporary psychosis. It appears that Steinke and J.R. generated a shared madness, a folie a deux, which may have initialised with Steinke who was obsessed with the idea he was a 300 year old werewolf, and living his own version of Natural Born Killers. If J.R does have the capacity for empathy and can sort out her “issues with understanding the severity of the murders” then she could feasibly be rehabilitated. A 'normal' person with appropriate levels of emotion, empathy, and personal responsibility, would find the reality very hard to live with. My heart breaks when I hear about the 8 year old brother, so innocent with his stuffed animals and light saber, pleading for his life, scared, and then dying in a horrific scene. It's almost too much to bear thinking about. She has to live with the reality of that memory and its evident accountability on her part. I can't imagine that she would ever have a good life. A secret like that is so big it's unavoidable.

Noname on April 25, 2015:

I have been reading this story since the crime was committed. I don't believe she was mentally ill or she is now. I believe she manipulated her boyfriend first and then justice system by showing that she progress. I read the book "runaway devil" and met the author as well. When I was 12 I knew what was doing and was responsible for my actions. Whatever she did she deserves to be rotten in hell. I totally believe that young offender act should be changed and there should be tougher punishments for crimes like this. Some people say she will rehabilitate but what about her brother !! He will never get second chance !! He will never see the light again! Why sould she get chance !! If you have murder once you will murder again just like once get addicted to something you stay addicted !! She should be kept in jail for the rest of her life !!

Noname on April 25, 2015:

I wonder where is she now ???

Anthony on February 22, 2015:

Just stop talking about it n leave her alone already I mean she was 12 n with a 23 year old n everyone wants to blame the 12 year old n make it out like she's a monster r something come on y'all know the 23 year old planed some of it I mean I was born at night but not last night lol

anonymous on February 02, 2015:

I am deeply disturbed by the comments I have read here. You criticize a murderer as if she is an animal. I am not defending her, but you act as if you are not capable of doing the same as her. All humans are capable of killing each other. Do not think of yourself as higher than others because in reality, your just like us.

Yoleberry on January 25, 2015:

Being released from prison at age 23 is no justice. Canadian law needs to be changed. This girl should stay in jail for many decades

Jake from NYC on January 24, 2015:

Just goes to show you how easy it is to affect a child's mind. Humans are animals of emotion. So in a way im not shocked by this, for people tend to forget that we are animals. Animals who have a hard time in the beginning of life figuring out what it is what we are , and what we can become. This is a sad story non the less.

Snakesmum on September 28, 2014:

Somewhat disturbing, and the shortness of the time served was disturbing also. It seems that killing people today gets less time in gaol than stealing cash from multinationals. Depending on who you are sometimes as well. I feel that she should still be inside, not going to college getting a chance she never gave her brother.

Theodore on December 08, 2013:

You guys/girls are very lucky, the thing that made this even more scary for me was that Jasmine looks EXACTLY like my sister, like a twin. I almost wondered "what the hell, she murdered noone from my family, I'm still alive" until I've seen Jasmine's name. Not to mention the way people would treat her because they confuse her with the murderer.

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on November 21, 2013:

A heartbreaking and disturbing tale, but a well written and informative hub. Thank you for sharing this. Voted up.

belleart from Ireland on November 21, 2013:

Heartbreaking and yet really scary at the same time. That poor family

Rohan Rinaldo Felix from Chennai, India on November 20, 2013:

Totally gripping and heartbreaking at the same time. I simply cannot imagine someone killing his/her parents and sibling. Voted up and interesting.

Anne on September 30, 2013:

My father died when we were 13 and a very mature 13 a year after they bought a house. My sister and I were fraternal twins and were there for our mother as we just moved into a small house with no insurance because of our dad's bad heart but we survived because we helped mom around the house, cleaning and cooking while she looked for a job that would keep us together. That was in the fifties before all this new technology and I would never trade that time for today. To murder ones parents and little brother who begged for his life is beyond comprehension. She should stay in jail for the rest of her life and damn our Canadian justice system and the blood sucking legal aid lawyers.

Anne on September 30, 2013:

It is almost scary today to have children what with all the violent videos, tv movies and in theaters, facebook, instagram, I phones etc. etc. Kids today won't play box games at home with their family like Trivia Pursuit etc. It seems that the family unity is disappearing and the kids are only here for us to support them instead of belonging.

dylan on September 16, 2013:

wtf why would they even look at this guys stuff again to see if he should get to go on parole in 25 years. he should stay for his 3 concurrent life sentences in prison. go through the first one then go on with the next 2 in hell cause im pretty sure that's where hes going.

WTF World from Earth on August 21, 2013:

LOL how do you bring that up on a first date? "There's something you should know...I murdered my whole family when I was 12 years old."

I don't know if I would be turned on or what.

KourtneyOldford on August 18, 2013:

What I have to say is ... nobody deserves to die, it is a sin and especially poor Jacob he was 8 years old and he had his whole life in front of him and his sister and her stupid boyfriend took it away from him, im not a hater to Jasmine and Jeremy but it was cruel what they both did too her parents and little brother, they were raised not to be hurt anyone.... it breaks my heart to see people suffer in dealth, that's all i have to say

dysfunctional on July 29, 2013:

I knew both of them very well (Jeremy and jasmine) jasmine's. Parents were good people who didn't deserve this. Jasmine should still be locked up. She is sick. She wanted her family dead she hated rules. When Jeremy could try and talk her out of it. She would cry. Jeremy would do anything to keep her happy. Jeremy was scared. And alone. She tricked him. Now look were u are jasmine. Never gonna get to marry jer now. Jeremy also was no better l. What 22 year old prays on 12 13 year old girls? His mom was a drunk retard no wonder why he turned out the way he did. Don't blame the music or the make up and the clothes cause I listen to the same music and dress the same as they did and I didn't kill anyone. Come on! It has nothing to do with mental health either cause mentally she was fine. Or at least she was until she watched Jeremy kill her family. That would definitely screw with someones mental state. Jeremy didn't turn her into a monster. She turned her self into one. Phyco twisted twat. What kind of person kills her little brother. Like just for that she shouldn't be let out. In America a young man back in 1993 at age 14 killed 3 year old boy. He's still in jail. Age doesn't mean shit. She was just as much part of it as Jeremy was she should be in jail still to. She planned it all and made him do the dirty work. I know for a fact if I see her. I will attack her. I loved my big brother Jeremy and wished he never met that evil little witch. Once a killer always a killer. She needs to be locked away for good. Doesn't matter what age you are. We all were raised to not hurt others. She should rot.. Rest in peace lil Jacob marc and beautiful full spirited Debra always in our hearts. Xoxoxoxox

Antonia Monacelli (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 11, 2013:


There is no way to go about contacting her, unless someone who knew her personally had information to give you. Due to her age at the time and the nature of her crime, her name has now been changed, and any way that you would be to locate and contact her would be fairly nearly impossible.

I'm also not sure what you mean when you say to ask questions for someone in a similar situation, but if you are looking for someone you can talk to about what you are going through, someone who can relate or help you with your problems and they way you are feeling - I would be willing to try to listen and help you if I can. If you'd like to talk about anything, you can always reach me by email at

Chloe on June 11, 2013:

Also, is there a way of contacting her? Just to ask questions for someone in a similar situation?

Brooklyn All Day Baby on March 31, 2013:

Most (not all) but most parents really do spank their children because it releases pinned up frustration or even rage within themselves. So really,in ALOT of cases when children are spanked, it really is only to make the parent feel better. That is revolting to me.

Amy on March 25, 2013:

And in response to Tay's comment, I am disgusted at your behaviour. Judging someone for the name they have. What relevance does that have to this topic or anything else for that matter. Just because someone's name is Osama does it make them a bad person? It's people like you who encourage hatred and disruption in the world.

Amy on March 25, 2013:

Second chances should be given to those who truly deserve it and show complete remorse for their actions and also pose no threat to society. However, Jasmine is not one of those people. Why risk the lives of innocent people and children just for the sake of second chances? If you can guarantee that she will never commit such a heinous crime again then fair enough but if there is even a shadow of a doubt, is it really worth the risk? Would you allow this girl to share the same taxi, university dorms or bedroom with your child? If the answer is no then it's pretty clear we're Jasmine belongs. In prison away from other potential victims!

Amy on March 25, 2013:

Second chances should be given to those who truly deserve it and show complete recourse for their actions, also pose no threat to society. However, quite Jasmine is not one of those people. Why risk the lives of innocent people and children just for the sake of second chances? If you can guarantee that she will never commit such a heinous crime again then fair enough but if there is even a shadow of a doubt, is it really worth the risk? Would you allow this girl to share the same taxi, university dorms or bedroom with your child? If the answer is no then it's pretty clear we're Jasmine belongs. In prison away from potential victims!

Shawn T. on February 28, 2013:

How nice she is enjoying her life back at school, wow and I thought the US justice system was a mess. This girl knew exactly what she was doing and is very smart, ruthless, and shows no fear, or mercy. Once a killer always a killer, 10 years , what a joke I feel sorry for her parents and her little brother. She makes me sick.

kb on February 07, 2013:

Wow! I wonder how she feels today? Does she have any remorse? Do the ghost of her family haunt her?

gigibic on January 09, 2013:

Hi,i want to relate a story about what happened to a girl friend of mine on our confirmation day when we were 14 back in 1971.where as she wasn't murdered,she was attacked and sexually assalted by a 16 year old boy.For our confirmation[catholic] all of us girls were dressed in our required white,poofy knee length dresses with our veils,lace socks and shoes and we had the required white cloth diaper and the playtex toddler size rubberpants and under shirt under our dresses to symbolize the purity of our baptisms when we were babies.My friend was walking over to another friends house after her party to show her friend her outfit when the boy who was walking behind her caught up to her and started talking to her.he told her how nice she looked in her white out fit and was making conversation with her.There was an abandoned house on the street we lived on and he told her to come with him to the house so they could talk and 'hang out'.So she went into the house with him and he grabbed her and threw her on the floor and held her down while he ripped her rubberpants of of her then pulled her diaper down and raped her right there and then.he hit her a few times to get her to cooperate.After the rape,her forced her to do oral sex on him then tied her up with some rope so she couldn't get away.He took off and left her there in the house and she was discovered 3 hours later when a woman walking by the house heard her yelling for help.the woman called the police and my friend was taken to the hospital and examined then brought home by her parents.she was in very bad shape mentally and emotionally and suffered trauma for months afterwards.the boys was eventually caught and charged and thrown in jail.

kittykat on November 14, 2012:

Yikes... I live right by mount royal!

inkhart on October 29, 2012:

To all you people mentioning how twelve year old's are easily manipulated: "Did you kill your parents?" I for a fact hated my mom at that age sometimes. Sometimes I'd shake in rage over it too. My mom was physically and emotionally abusive to me and my little sisters and sometimes I just wanted her to disappear, but you know what? No matter how much a felt like I despised her, at the end of the day I had enough heart to realize that I actually loved her and there is NO WAY IN HELL that I'd let anyone harm her, much less do the harming myself! Same goes with my little sisters! Listen, it's true, at that age we get angry and we feel things we can't explain and we say things we can't take back and even do things we later regret but we don't ALL KILL. There must be a glitch in people like this. Like when god was handing out decency, they gave it back or something because there's noway to explain why someone would do something so heinous other than they simply have a monstrous soul or lack there of all together.

Minister of Yahweh on October 24, 2012:

I don't know how old are these comments of children murdering their parents but I can say this much to all that are reading the comments, it is satan's power that binds these people and uses them to kill one another. Yeshua HaMachiach who is Jesus Christ is all we need to protect ourselves from such attacks. Turn to Jesus before it's to late for all of us, amen.

Tay on October 14, 2012:

^ says someone named OSAMA

OSAMA on September 29, 2012:

she killed her 8 years old brother after living a nice life. what do think she is going to do after years in prison. they shouldn't release her.

sandy on September 27, 2012:

I have to agree with bill on this one. on September 27, 2012:

I agree. But why would someone want to meet her besides be a friend or date?

I respectfully disagree with you in saying people who idolize murderers are less weird. And yes, over time it seemed they were serious and not wanting attention. which I think is scarier. It was just a ruse and not taken seriously by me. But either way, watching over forums for months if not years to desperately seek a murderer is creepy and much stranger.

Antonia Monacelli (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 27, 2012:


Sorry I missed your comment previously.

I do not see how this page is unfair to Jasmine; first of all, I'm not "taking her future" by any means by writing about the crimes she was a part of. Books, news articles and webpages already exist that discuss her and her crimes, and some are quite a bit more cruel and judgmental. The government has already protected her by giving her a new identity, so it's not as though someone is going to read my article, see her name, and go find her for some vigilante justice. I hardly see how this is unfair to her.

Just because she "paid" for her crimes does not mean that further discussion of them should not occur. What more do I want? Well, as with all of my Murderous Children articles, I think it's very important that we discuss and analyze these types of crimes, so that we, as a society, can hope to understand and perhaps prevent them in the future. I do not believe anyone is born evil; born mentally ill perhaps, or subjected to such an atrocious childhood that they snap before they even become adults. I haven't written any of my articles in an attempt to punish the subjects of them, but I don't think that just ignoring or forgetting about a crime because the person has been punished already by the justice system is the answer, or a very wise thing to do. We can only hope to learn from the past, so that we can at least attempt to change or prevent the same things from occurring in the future.

Antonia Monacelli (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 27, 2012:

I didn't say it isn't weird at all, but I'm sorry I do find it weirder when someone trolls a forum and actually talks back and forth *to themselves*, as multiple different people while also apparently "trying to talk to some sense into people", over a span of several months, and then pretend to be an administrator banning one of their own 'personalities'.

I clearly said that it might not be the smartest or SANEST thing to do. I also said was that it doesn't mean that they are trolling, as you seem to think, they might actually genuinely want to meet her. Trolling is someone who is doing something to get a rise out of people; if this person genuinely wants to meet Jasmine, they aren't trolling, therefore they don't need a "taste of their own medicine" so to speak. No where did I state that they don't need any sort of mental help; though that is debatable, depending on why they want to meet her. If it's because they want to date her or be friends, then yes, I would have to say they probably do need to seek help. on September 26, 2012:

People who want to marry them or meet them need the mental help. And actually, no not much time at all taken. Not that big of a deal. It's funny you think someone who is like that isn't weird, but the people who try and talk some sense into people like that are.

No offense taken, but seriously, when trolls say stupid things like that for attention, it gets annoying after a while. There are plenty of others that agree with me. I just hope you can be as accepting of people who give trolls a taste of their own medicine as you are with people who want to meet murderers who killed their own family.

Because really, the latter needs far more help than the former.

Antonia Monacelli (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 26, 2012:

Or maybe, just maybe, they actually want to meet her and aren't trolling at all. People write to serial killers all the time; people marry convicted murders who are never getting out that they have written to in jail and fallen in love with. It might not be the smartest or necessarily the sanest thing for a person to do, but it doesn't mean they aren't completely serious about it, or that they do not just have a genuine interest in what others consider to be weird or morbid.

In all seriousness, this seems to have done more than consume you and your time, it seems like it's a pretty big deal to you and something you have spent quite a bit of effort and time on. I'm not joking or saying this to make a dig at you, but perhaps you might consider getting some sort of mental health counseling or help of some kind. on September 26, 2012:

Well, someone who continuously spams forums saying how bad they want to meet her is definitely trolling. Maybe sometimes they need a taste of their own medicine.

Antonia Monacelli (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 26, 2012:

Wanting to meet her is not nearly as weird or as childish as one person who continually stalks an article pretending to be multiple people in the comments section. on September 26, 2012:

childish that people follow these posts in hoping to meet her. on September 26, 2012:

anyone who wants to meet her is weird.

Delitseon on August 28, 2012:

These kinda of stories make me wonder how things will turn out in the future. I mean, she seems like a semi average preteen girl. I only say semi because she had no remorse afterwards which makes feel sick. But you have to see that she is still human. She seemed to have blocked any empathy though.

Poor little boy. But if my brother pleaded for me not to hurt him like that if we got into a fight, I would probably punch him anyway, infact it may even make me more upset at him. But I have some anger issues that I am working out. Very sad story.

I am a bit confused on how everyone is getting so mad at her. She was twelve. Yes she should have learned right from wrong and she is a very twisted girl, but it shames me to think that would say that. If her life was in your hands would you help her? If you wouldn't help a twelve your old whos life depened on you no matter what the story, then you are just as twisted.

GothiKate on August 27, 2012:

This page is very unfair to Jasmine. She lost her childhood, why do you want to take her future? She has paid her debt to society, what more do you want?

inside and out on August 23, 2012:

Funny Hw people think of another after reading all the comments above this world is really sick lol funny I wonder Hw each in everyone of us will pay for our sins see u guys in Hell even heaven is Hell my friends

xNonox on August 12, 2012:

I hope one day she can find real help and go back into the real world. If not don't let her out because you feel bad for her but only if she is really ready. Her biggest punishment now is that she cannot change the past

tiffany on August 05, 2012:

This is horrible.. poor family! also I think the fact that her little brother pleaded for his life and they still killed him is disgusting.

justine on August 04, 2012:

hi this so crazy read the book its better tho and watch out you might be dead

Sickened on July 26, 2012:

Obviously the people talking about how he changed her and that he was the problem didn't read the book. This twisted mentally ill child should have been tried as an adult. Just knowing that she will be out back in the community makes me sick. I'm glad shes no longer in my city hope she never comes back. I was there the day they found the bodies Police dogs going up and down the alleys. It really makes you stop and think how even in such a small city some sick twisted person could be right around the corner. I'm not talking about goths either i know plenty of very normal goths the fact that they were goth had nothing to do with the fact they were mentally ill. Also theirs a difference between a goth and a vampire or werewolf wanna be's.

Tay on July 24, 2012:

She looked alot more pretty before she met Jeremy in the pictures. Either Jeremy changed her drastically or it's been hiding inside her all her life?

Rex. on July 22, 2012:

@ Fay Dempsey

10 years. 6 in custody, 4 years probation.

lo on July 19, 2012:

im just intersted in what shes like now

Ess. on July 14, 2012:

@Antonia Monacelli

Wow, way to fuck with somebody's head huh? Talk about childish. But y'know.. it all makes sense now. Hm, guess i should be a bit more wiser. Thanks so much for letting me know. You're the best. :)

But hey, are any of those people real and the imposter was just posing as them after? Like was gettingold, sylvia, naeem or alex originally somebody else?

Antonia Monacelli (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 13, 2012:


No problem, but you should also know that I looked back further, and Barb was not only pretending to be admin, but also many people who were talking to you. It was all the same person who was pretending to be you, then also gettingold, sylvia, naeem, alex, and the reply by that DJMarie person was also her pretending to be them, not the original person who commented.

Ess. on July 12, 2012:

@ Antonia Monacelli

Hmm, yeah i kind of wondered why when Brab got banned, the one who banned her said "Admin" and not "Antonia Monacelli". I just didn't care enough to say anything or keep thinking about it. This Brab seemed like a liar anyway, I didn't want to keep reading their posts or responding.

Thanks for letting me/everyone know though. :)

Antonia Monacelli (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 12, 2012:

Nice try "Admin", but you aren't part of administration for hubpages, and since this is my article, I'm the only one who can ban people from commenting (aside from the site themselves).

Barb hasn't been banned, but I suspect you know that Admin, since you are also Barb. I'm not sure why you felt the need to pseudo-ban yourself from the conversation, but that considered, I highly doubt that anything else you have said is very likely to be true.

Vicereine on July 11, 2012:

@ Brab

No one has to comment for me to know that people are prejudice, or can be. The only reason I looked up "Jasmine Richardson" is because someone was using her as an example of why Goths should be banned from the planet. And I know that the article never said that only Goths can be insane. I simply stated that its best not to be prejudice.

Ess on July 10, 2012:

@ Admin

Sorry for spamming. I'm done anyway.

Admin on July 10, 2012:

Okay, barb, or whoever, you have been banned. You would be wise Ess. to stop spamming this forum as well. You have been warned.

That is all.