Alyssa Bustamante: Her Confession Was Off-Limits, But Her Journal Is A Different Matter


Alyssa Bustamante, the young woman who killed Elizabeth Olten, her nine-year-old neighbor, had a sentencing hearing today in Jefferson City. Although Bustamante, now eighteen, confessed to police, the confession was ruled inadmissible in court because the police who questioned her used "deceptive tactics."

But that confession was much-publicized before the trial because of the sensationalistic nature of her statement, most notably her admission that she murdered Ohlten because she "wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone."

At today's sentencing hearing, sections of Bustamante's journal was read aloud to the court. The then-fifteen-year-old Bustamante wrote that strangling a child and then slashing her throat was "ahmazing."

She wrote further:
As soon as you get over the "ohmygawd I can't do this" feeling, it's pretty enjoyable. I'm kinda nervous and shaky though right now. Kay, I gotta go to church

Bustamante pleaded guilty to the crime in early January of 2011, when prosecutors dropped the charge of first degree murder to second degree murder; today's sentencing will determine if she goes to jail for life. Olten's mother was there, and according to the Associated Press report, she pleaded tearfully with the judge to give her the maximum sentence.