By Ikhwan Hastanto; translated by Jade Poa | Vice | 10 March 2020, 9:42pm
A 15-year-old girl made headlines in Indonesia last week after she turned herself in for the murder of her 5-year-old neighbour on March 6. She told police that the murder was premeditated and that she had dark thoughts leading up to the killing, also revealing that she allegedly made notes and drawings in preparation for the crime. In a March 5 Facebook post, the suspect nonchalantly detailed her crime, stating that she would turn herself in the next day. The act of violence has left Indonesians searching for answers. Why did she do it?
The victim was visiting the suspect’s home on March 5 when the murder took place. The 15-year-old held the toddler’s head underwater in a bathtub for five minutes, then strangled him to death. She then tied up his body and stuffed him in her closet. The suspect told police that the act was inspired by the horror film Child’s Play, which tells the story of Chucky, a doll possessed by a serial killer.
The perpetrator’s young age, unclear motive, and lack of remorse led many to classify her as a psychopath, especially after she told police that the murder was “satisfying.”