Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Just what does a “monster” look like? According to Patty Priess, mother of slain 9 year old Elizabeth Olten, of St. Martins Missouri, it looks like Alyssa Bustamante!

In October of 2009, Bustamante, 15 years old at the time, strangled, stabbed and slit the throat of 9 year old Elizabeth. She used her own younger sister to lure Elizabeth out “to play”. She had also dug a few shallow graves in anticipation of her kill. In her confession, Bustamante said she wanted to feel what it was like to kill someone. In a journal that was later found, she wrote "I strangled them and slit their throat and stabbed them now they're dead. I don't know how to feel atm. It was ahmazing. 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" She then went off to a church dance and enjoyed herself while Elizabeth’s family and police began a massive search for little Elizabeth.

Bustamante could have been charged with first degree murder and sentenced to life in an adult prison with no chance for parole, but instead pleaded guilty to second degree murder and armed criminal action. Wednesday morning she was sentenced to life in prison with the chance for parole for the murder and a consecutive 30 year prison term for the criminal action charge.

Bustamante apologized to Elizabeth’s family at the trial, Patty Priess, mother of the slain girl, sat silently, staring blindly forward and made no response.

Bustamante’s lawyers attributed her actions to the fact that she had been taking the drug Prozac for an extended period due to depression, and the drug made her prone to violence. Elizabeth’s mother still thinks Bustamante is “an evil monster”.
Murder victim Elizabeth Olten

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