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Christa Pike

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Christa Gail Pike (born March 10, 1976), is the youngest woman to be sentenced to death in the United States during the post-Furman period. She was 20 when convicted for a torture and murder she committed at age 18. According to a piece published in Singapore's English language newspaper The Straits Times on April 22, 2001, Pike lived a troubled life and dropped out of high school. She joined the Job Corps, a government program aimed at helping low-income youth by offering vocational training and career skills, and attended the now closed Job Corps center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Pike fell for a young man named Tadaryl Shipp, one year her junior. Together they "dabbled" in the occult and devil worship. Pike became jealous of fellow student Colleen Slemmer, 19. She thought Slemmer was trying to "steal" her boyfriend from her. Though friends of Slemmer deny the accusations, Pike was set on a vendetta. Along with friend, Shadolla Peterson, 18, Pike planned to lure Slemmer to an isolated steam plant that was abandoned close by on the University of Tennessee Campus. On January 12, 1995, Pike, Shipp, Peterson, and Slemmer signed out of the dormitory and proceeded to the woods where  ( Wikipedia article )

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Date of birth
1976-03-10
Place of birth
West Virginia

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