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A teenage girl enlisted her boyfriend to help murder her mother and younger sister, it can now be revealed.
Sweethearts Kim Edwards and Lucas Markham, who were 14 when they became Britain’s youngest double killers, were named yesterday for the first time.
The embittered schoolgirl and her lover killed her mother Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and sister Katie, 13, in ‘brutal executions’ as they slept.
Edwards let Markham into her house and watched as he smothered and stabbed the pair. With blood staining the walls, Edwards stripped naked next to her mother’s body and had a bath with Markham to wash the blood from him.
They spent the next 36 hours in the house, with the bodies still upstairs, watching teenage vampire film Twilight, eating ice cream and having sex.
You have to go back to the murder of James Bulger in 1993 to find a remotely comparable crime. The same question asked in the aftermath of that tragedy will surely be asked now: were Kim Edwards and Lucas Markham born wicked or were they made so?
Outwardly, Kim Edwards was a typical teenager. She loved shopping and pop music. She lived with her mother Elizabeth and younger sister Katie. Mrs Edwards took the girls to pantomimes when they were younger.
They were very much part of the community. Mrs Edwards ran drama and choir classes at church, where Katie was a volunteer. The sisters were part of a Safer Neighbourhoods scheme to tackle problems such as anti-social behaviour. Kim was popular at school and excelled at art.
She told social workers she was ‘jealous’ of Katie, she admitted, because she was ‘like an angel, bright and brilliant… I was a train wreck by comparison. I saw her and mum were inseparable. As the years went by I became more blank, and punched my feelings away.’ She said believing her mother favoured her sister ‘made me feel like s***. It did nothing for my self-esteem whatsoever.’
Any chance Lucas Markham had of a normal life effectively ended when he was five. That was when his mother, who had been suffering from cancer, died – days before her 30th birthday. His father, a local handyman and driver, was rarely around, so Markham and his brothers were farmed out to various family members.
There was a more disturbing incident two years ago, after of the death of a local man, Warren Free. It was alleged that Mr Free, 42, was subjected to a vicious assault involving a metal pole following a confrontation with six youths in a park over damage to his property.
‘I was out walking the dog one day when I saw him,’ said Jane Blandford, 49, who knew the Edwards family through school. ‘He was with a group of kids and was boasting about how he had been there when Warren was killed. He thought it was hilarious and that he was untouchable.’
Kim Edwards and Lucas Markham began their relationship on May 23, 2015, shortly before he was excluded from Sir John Gleed. He had asked her out on Facebook after finding out she had a crush on him. They were inseparable.
Explaining her attraction to Markham, she said they had the same attitude to life, ‘that it was s***... and it was only going to get worse’. He offered an escape from the despair of her home life.
Outside school, the couple retreated into their own increasingly dark world, writing about self-harm, suicide and depression. It was, the court heard, as if the couple were ‘almost playing chicken with each other’.
‘She deserved it,’ Kim Edwards said of her mother following her arrest. ‘I’m glad she’s dead. Ever since I was young I never got on with my mum, and knew that she favoured my sister more than me.
‘I felt left out and depressed and suicidal. I got rid of what made me depressed: My mum.’
Markham told her: ‘I’ve done lesser things and felt more bad about doing them than this.’
originally posted by: knowledgehunter0986
The chilling details from a double murder that took place last year are finally being revealed. Withheld due to their age, we now know these are the youngest double murderers in British modern history. Eerily similar to this case I highlighted not too long ago. Are kids really this #ed up?
originally posted by: zosimov
I saw nothing in OP at all trying to justify the murders.