In 2009 in Cole County, Missouri, a chilling murder took place at the hands of then-15-year-old Alyssa Bustamante. Bustamante enjoyed killing and took pleasure in causing harm to herself — or even to her younger siblings. This pleasure culminated with the brutal murder of nine-year-old Elizabeth Olten.
She had been a troubled child and was raised by her grandparents from a young age because of her parents’ instability.
Her father was a violent criminal spending time in jail, and her mother suffered from addiction and was regularly in and out of prison for various offenses.
Between the state of her home life, her depression, and a passion for violence that she would begin to display, it quickly becomes clear exactly how horrifying and tragic this murder was.
10 Her Parents Weren't Around
Bustamante’s childhood was traumatic. Both of her parents were in jail and addicted to drugs — her father was even a violent criminal being held for assault.
Because of this, Bustamante was sent to live with her grandparents, hoping that she would benefit from the stability and security they could provide. Unfortunately, the damage had already been done.
Shortly after Bustamante moved in with her grandparents, she began displaying signs of severe depression and a deep interest in death and murder.
9 Her Friends Worried About Her Death Obsession
Bustamante had been dropping clues to her intentions long before she murdered Olten. She had several friends in school who attempted to stay close with her but maintained a distance because of her obsessive fascination with death.
She even told her friends and others on her YouTube channel that her hobbies included “cutting” and “killing.”
She enjoyed death and violence, which made her friends fear her — leaving her isolated when she needed support and friendship the most.