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Profiles of Strong and Independent Women: Part 10 - Christa Pike
Hey everyone. What does a strong and independent woman do when she thinks another woman is trying to steal her boyfriend? Well she kills her and shows off the skull from the dead corps! This is a new world we live in isn't it, Christa Pike is now on death row. She is yet another example of a strong and independent woman!!!
Christa Gail Pike
March 10, 1976
|Criminal status||Awaiting execution on death row|
|Parent(s)||Glenn Pike and Carissa Hansen|
|Conviction(s)||Conspiracy to commit murder,
Murder — March 22, 1996
|Criminal penalty||Death — March 30, 1996|
Time at large
|Date||January 12, 1995|
|Location(s)||University of Tennessee|
|Weapons||Box Cutter and Rock|
|January 14, 1995|
Christa Gail Pike (born March 10, 1976) is an American convicted murderer, and the youngest woman to be sentenced to death in the United States during the post-Furman period. She was 20 when convicted of the torture murder of a classmate she committed at age 18.
Pike lived a troubled life and dropped out of high school. She joined the Job Corps, a government program aimed at helping low-income youth by offering vocational training and career skills, and attended the now-closed Job Corps center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Pike, who is white, began dating a black man a year her junior named Tadaryl Shipp. Together, they developed interest in the occult and devil worship.
Pike became jealous of 19-year-old Colleen Slemmer, who she thought was trying to "steal" her boyfriend from her; friends of Slemmer deny the accusations. Along with friend Shadolla Peterson, 18, Pike planned to lure Slemmer to an isolated, abandoned steam plant near the University of Tennessee campus.
On January 12, 1995, Pike, Shipp, Peterson, and Slemmer signed out of the dormitory and proceeded to the woods, where Slemmer was told they wanted to make peace by offering her some marijuana. Upon arrival at the secluded location, Slemmer was attacked by Pike and Shipp while Peterson acted as lookout. Per later court testimony, for the next thirty minutes Slemmer was taunted, beaten, and slashed, and a pentagram was carved in her chest. Finally, Pike smashed Slemmer's skull with a large chunk of asphalt, killing her. Pike kept a piece of her victim's skull.
Pike began to show off the piece of skull around the school, and within thirty-six hours the three were arrested. The log book showed that the four of them left together and only three returned. They also found the piece of skull in Pike's jacket pocket. The girls' rooms were searched and a copy of the Satanic Bible was found in Shipp's. Pike insisted they were merely trying to scare her and it got out of control.
During Pike's trial, the prosecution was aided by evidence and a confession. Pike was charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder. On March 22, 1996, after only a few hours of deliberation, Pike was found guilty on both counts. On March 30, Pike was sentenced to death by electrocution for the murder charge and 25 years in prison for the conspiracy charge. Shipp received a life sentence with the possibility of parole in 2028. Peterson, who had turned informant, received probation for pleading guilty to being an accessory.
Appeal of conviction
Following the guilty verdict, Pike "launched, cancelled and then re-launched" an appeal of her conviction in the Tennessee state courts. In June 2001, then again in June 2002, against the advice of her lawyers, Pike asked the courts to drop her appeal and sought to be executed via electrocution. Criminal Court Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz granted the request and an execution date of August 19, 2002, was set. Pike soon thereafter changed her mind and on July 8, 2002, defense lawyers filed a motion to allow the appeal process to continue. This motion was denied. However, on August 2, 2002, a three judge state appeals court panel ruled that the proceedings should be continued and the execution was not carried out. In December 2008, Pike's latest request for a new trial was turned down and she was returned to death row. This denied request is believed to be the final allowed under the appeals procedures in the State of Tennessee. As of May 2014, no execution date has been set and her case has now entered the federal court system. A federal court has denied a request to release and overturn the death penalty conviction.
Attempted murder conviction
On August 24, 2001, Pike (with alleged assistance from inmate Natasha Cornett) attacked and attempted to strangle fellow inmate Patricia Jones with a shoe string, and nearly succeeded in choking her to death. She was convicted of attempted first degree murder on August 12, 2004. Although it is the position of the Tennessee Department of Corrections that Cornett assisted in this crime, their investigators concluded there was insufficient evidence to charge her with helping Pike attack Jones.
Attempted prison break
In March 2012, it was revealed that Pike had made escape plans involving corrections officer Justin Heflin and a New Jersey man named Donald Kohut. Kohut had visited Pike in prison, but complete details of his relationship to Pike were not immediately known. The attempted prison break was thwarted by a joint investigation involving the Tennessee Department of Corrections, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the New Jersey State Police.
I am surprised that they did not go for the crazy person approach. Just another female doing what females do. Killing men, killing each other, killing animals, all over whatever reason that is present at the time.
Does this remind anyone of Angelina Jolie with her vial of blood that she wears of her boyfriend or such? Men tolerate a certain level of crazy if she is hot enough, is what that makes me think.
"Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did."
Groucho Marx: Duck Soup (1933)
They need to just taze her to death now. Tazer face can do it.
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