October 21, 2020: Elizabeth Olten Murdered
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I'm Vanessa Richardson and today I'm joined by our guest host Carter Roy from obituaries together, he and I delve into the lives and relationships between two historical figures in each episode. Carter is here to discuss the aftermath of today's story while I'll cover the narrative. Thanks for having me Vanessa, today, we're covering the tragic murder of Elizabeth Olten. When police identified her killer as Eliza Bustamante, they were shocked by her callous motives. Let's go back to the small town. Of Saint, Martin's Missouri it's October twenty first two, thousand, nine at five PM. Awesome Pans bubbled on the Stove Savory aromas made nine year old Elizabeth Mouth Water, which was a problem because she didn't have time for food. She had a role in the school play and needed to rehearse her lines. While Elizabeth recited the same phrase for maybe the billionth time her brother grimaced she only took his annoyance as encouragement adopting an overly dramatic accent. She said her line yet again. Just before a fight could break out between the siblings Elizabeth heard pounding at the door. It was Emma a six year old neighbor from down the street she wanted to play Elizabeth immediately turned to her mother pleading for permission to join Emma outside to her delight her mother agreed just as long as Elizabeth was home in time for dinner at six. Elizabeth didn't need to be told twice in seconds she was out the door. Already, the sun was setting casting long shadows across the thick forest beyond Elizabeth's backyard. She didn't have long before darkness fell. So Elizabeth and Emma made the most of their hour of play. All the while Emma's half sister Eliza lingered near by watching them. Elizabeth wasn't sure what to make of Elissa. She was a teenager with all the Moody Miss that implied sometimes, she made upsetting jokes on the other hand she was usually nice to Elizabeth and she seemed cool and grownup. So when Eliza said, she had something to show her Elizabeth only hesitated for a moment before allowing the other girl to lead her into the forest. Ama- didn't get the invite at first that made. Elizabeth Proud. She alone was mature enough for Eliza. But the fun walk through the woods quickly became a nightmare. Elizabeth never emerged from the forest alive but Eliza did. Later that evening Eliza strode into her room and shut the door quickly her heart raced adrenaline surge through her veins. Her bedroom was her safe-space a haven where she could calm down in process what had happened bizarre phrases poems and sketches were scrawled on the wall some in pen and others in blood too many times elicits powerful emotions had welled up and threatened to overwhelm her she needed to let them out. The walls were living diary capturing her darkest impulses. She also had a literal diary which she soon flipped open to the first blank page. With a deep breath Eliza scrawled quote I just killed someone I strangled them and slit their throat and stabbed them. Now they're dead I don't know how to feel at the moment. It was amazing. As soon as you get over the Oh my God I can't do this feeling. It's pretty enjoyable. I'm kind of nervous and shaky though right now K I gotta go to Church Now L. O. L.. Once. The confession was on paper she smiled with relief then she shut the book and walked out of the room. Elissa was at peace. Up next investigators determine how and why Eliza murdered Elizabeth. Listeners who doesn't love a good ghost story rattling chains mysteriously moving objects unfinished business. I am ready for all things spooky and so is podcast network starting October. First, we're bringing you the scariest most hair raising ghost stories ever imagined every Thursday on the new original series haunted places go stories Alistair murden summons, a new spine, tingling tale of rates, phantoms, and chilling apparitions. 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Most were friends believe she was kind friendly and above all and normal teenager. But her life was anything but normal. Elissa grew up in an unstable environment with their parents spent time in jail her mother for drug and alcohol abuse her father for assault. When she moved in with her grandparents in two thousand, two things seemed to turn around at least from the outside. A few trusted friends knew about her suicide attempt when she was thirteen or the fact that she was briefly institutionalized afterward. Olis' online persona however did hint at her obsession with death. Her my space in Youtube profiles alluded to self harm and quote killing people. Her tweets were also alarming, but few people took her posts seriously. Maybe. Everyone wrote them off as teen. Angst. Meanwhile elicits real life behavior became more disturbing. She dug and filled numerous empty graves in her backyard rehearsing for the eventual murder she planned to commit. She needed was a victim. It's unclear why Elissa targeted her nine old neighbor. Sheen Elizabeth never fought and elicit didn't hate the young girl. As she later explained. Elissa killed her because according to highway. Patrol Sergeant. David Rice. She merely quote. Wanted to know what it felt like. On the evening of October twenty first she dispatched her half sister Emma to someone Elizabeth from her house. Then, she led the girl into the forest. There she strangled Elizabeth stabbed her and slit her throat. The crime was so senseless that local investigators who are joined by concerned residents, and later by the FBI didn't know where to start when her mother reported Elizabeth Missing. Ping's from Elizabeth cellphone authorities to the wooded area near the neighborhood. A day after Elizabeth's disappearance, a tip led investigators to Eliza. Around. The same time what seemed to be a fresh grave was discovered behind the Teenagers House. Elicit confessed that she dug it explaining to an investigator that she liked digging holes. That grave was empty but presumably given elissa strange behavior investigators zeroed in on her as a suspect they seized her diary during a search and discovered that the final entry had been scribbled over with a blue pan. At. First. Apparently, the only word they were able to make out were slit and throat. But this was enough to have them bring Olisa in for questioning. She soon, confessed to the murder and led investigators to the grave where she buried Elizabeth's body. Using a blue light. They were eventually able to recover all of lists censored text. Revealing written confession. Given the brutality of the premeditated crime Elissa was tried as an adult. Her trial was scheduled for two thousand twelve but first, prosecutors offered elissa bargain. She'd served ten to thirty years in prison. So long as she pled guilty to second degree murder and armed criminal action. She accepted. The deal outraged Elizabeth's mother Patty Price. She didn't think Elissa deserved clemency. As price testified during lists arraignment. So. Much has been lost at the hands of this evil monster a hater I hate everything about her she's not even human. The words may have seemed harsh, but elicits crime was monstrous. We can debate whether she acted out because of her troubled childhood or if she had an inherent darkness within her. But whatever elicit motives? One thing is undeniable. Her crime revealed how cruel people Can. Be. I'm Vanessa Richardson thanks again Carter for joining me today. Thanks for having me. You can find my podcast obituaries spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Thanks for listening to today in true crime to hear more about women and girls who broke the law checkout female criminals on spotify today and true crime is a spotify original from podcast. You can find more episodes of today in true crime and all other originals from podcast for free on spotify. 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