Murdering The Youth

Is there any way to prevent a killer?

Who Am I?

I am Amelia Ramirez. 18 years old in the Kansas City area. I got to F.L Schlagle High School and I am a senior. I chose my topic because it is something very personal to me and a topic I wanted to learn more about. My cousin's case is a big reason for picking this topic. My personal experience was my cousin be found guilty of murder at a very young age. He was 10, and me and him had grown up together. It was a big surprise to the family and motivated me to start this project.

How does this affect you?

"Is there any way to prevent a killer?" is an open question to all viewers. This question may affect you because you may have had someone in your family, and or someone close to you that went through these events. Such as being around a killer, or murder, and not knowing. So is there any way to prevent a killer? Is there any way to detect a killer, and or be able to treat someone a different way and change their path for that.

What do I hope to gain?

From researching this question, I hope to gain the knowledge and understanding of those who I don't understand. I hope to understand the different mind of someone else and view the way they think and why they do the things that they do. I also wish to gain knowledge on the subject.

Thinking Process

As to finding the answer to my essential question I have researched kids with a history of murders and or violent crimes. Regarding my question I must start as young as I can. I read that, "Research suggests that children who commit this act fall into one of three categories: the severely mentally ill child; the dangerously antisocial child; and – by far the most common, in over 90% of cases according to one study – the severely abused child who is pushed beyond his or her limits."


Physical Abuse: 28.3%

Sexual Abuse: 20.7%

Emotional Abuse: 10.6%

Physical Neglect: 9.9%

Emotional Neglect: 14.8%

Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving more than 6 million children (a report can include multiple children).

My Process

While doing my research, I started off by looking up children (preferably under the age of 10) who has committed violent crimes and/or had been tried guilty. I then began looking up the cases of murders and their past's. I discovered that most of the murderers had a past similar to one and another. Abusive households and/or raised around drug abuse.

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What Do I Plan Next?

To finish my research and answer my essential question I will look into research of what children have said or what their parents have said about these cases. The reaction is often as important as the action. Their statements say a lot about what they really think about the behavior their children have done.

March 1989

In Pennsylvania, nine-year-old Cameron Kocher fatally shot a seven-year-old playmate with a high-powered hunting rifle. After shooting the victim he told the other playmate, “If you don’t think about it, you won’t be sad.” He was placed on probation until he turned 21.

Children do not develop a sense of remorse until they are five or six.

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Questions recieved

  • How do you feel about him being your cousin? I don't view him any different. I feel sad as if we should have paid more attention to him of him growing up.
  • Does it still affect you today? It does still affect me because I think of what if the situation never happened where would he be. I get sad because I realize one mistake can affect your life forever.

What's Next?

This experience opened this pathway because I enjoyed researching the topic and want to continue to learn more about this through first hand experiences. I believe that if you impact a child’s life at an early age they could grow up and follow a much brighter path than they would have without your help. Preventing a killer starts with child counseling, love, and respect. That is something I will enjoy doing. The significance of my project was big. It taught me something bigger with every research step I went through. To answer my research question, yes you can prevent a killer. Preventing a killer is going to involve child counseling, love, and respect. That is the start to something much bigger.