Shanda Sharer. Teenage killers.

On the night of January 10, 1992, Melinda Loveless, Laurie Tackett, Hope Rippey and Toni Lawrence pick up twelve-year-old Shanda Sharer at her father’s home in New Albany, IN. It’s after midnight and the girls tell Shanda her girlfriend wants to meet her out. But what Shanda thought was a ride to see Amanda Heavrin, turned out to be her last night on earth. She would be beaten, stabbed, sexually molested and burned to death before the sun would rise the next morning. But why? Why would someone want to torture and kill a twelve-year-old girl? Jealousy. This is the tragic story of Shanda Sharer. Little Girl Lost.

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Books mentioned in the podcast:

Cruel Sacrifice by Aphrodite Jones

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On a freezing January in 1992, five teenage girls crowded into a car. By the end of the night, only four of them were alive. The fifth had been tortured and mutilated nearly beyond recognition. Her name was Shanda Sharer; her age–twelve.

When the people of Madison, Indiana heard that a brutal murder had been committed in their midst, they were stunned. Then the story became even more bizarre. The four accused murderers were all girls under the age of eighteen: Melinda Loveless, Laurie Tackett, Hope Rippey, and Toni Lawrence. Veteran true crime journalist Aphrodite Jones reveals the shocking truth behind the most savage crime in Indiana history–A tragic story of twisted love and insane jealousy, teen lesbianism, and the sadistic ritual killing of a young Innocent girl.

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