Alyssa Bustamante, a Missouri teenager who admitted stabbing, strangling and slitting the throat of a young girl wrote in a journal on the night of the killing that it was an "ahmazing" and "pretty enjoyable" experience — then headed off to church with a laugh. The entry, which was read in court on February 6, distilled the teen’s feelings following the murder: "I just f------ killed someone. 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 now...lol."
Bustamante was convicted in January 2012 of the murder of 9-year-old playmate Elizabeth Olten in October 2009. The two had played together for years in a small town west of Jefferson City MO. Bustamante had dug two graves prior to the killing, leading to the prosecutor’s conclusion that she had premeditated the murder of the girl. There was speculation that Bustamante also planned to murder her brother.
At the hearing, which will determine sentencing in the controversial case, Bustamante (18) sat quietly and glanced around the courtroom as law officers, attorneys and other read from her diary that she had jotted down as a 15-year-old. A handwriting expert at the hearing described how Bustamante had used blue ink in an attempt to cover up her original journal entry on the night of little Elizabeth's murder.
Bustamante pleaded guilty in January to second-degree murder and armed criminal action last month and faces at most a sentence of life in prison with a chance for parole. The least she could get is 10 years. Elizabeth’s single mother and other relatives have demanded that Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce impose the maximum sentence. Patty Preiss, Elizabeth’s mother, described her daughter as "happy, little girl," when she left her home about 5 p.m. after begging to go play with Bustamante's younger sister. "So much has been lost at the hands of this evil monster," Preiss tearfully said, "Elizabeth was given a death sentence and we were given a life sentence."
Preiss said to the court as Bustamante looked on, "I hate her, I hate everything about her." Judge Joyce cut off her testimony when she described Bustamante as "not even human."
Bustamante confessed to police early in the investigation, but the confession was ruled inadmissible in court because the police who questioned her used "deceptive tactics." This was not the case with her diary. The confession because widely known before Bustamante’s trial because of her admission that she had murder Elizabeth because she "wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone."