Amarjeet Sada

World’s Youngest Serial Killer: Amarjeet Sada

Time and again we hear stories of children being kidnapped, sold, and killed. Few often do we come across stories where children kill and less common are tales of children serial killers. If reports are to be believed, then the world’s youngest serial killer hails from India. Amarjeet Sada, a boy from Bihar committed three murders when he was just 8 years old. Deemed a Sadist by a psychologist, he was arrested in 2007 for killing one girl and two babies.

Sada was released in 2016 and his current whereabouts are unknown.

The then 8 years old boy from Mushahar Bihar, Amarjeet Sada committed the first murder at the age of 7. He was born in 1998 in a poor Bihari family and his father worked as a laborer. To date, he holds the infamous title of being “The World’s youngest serial killer.”

Though very little is known about his background, it is believed that Sada’s family was very poor and lived in a small house. Sada committed three killings, the first one in 2006 when he murdered his six-year-old cousin, the daughter of his uncle. Then a few months later, he strangled his eight-month-old baby sister to death. In 2007, he killed even a younger baby of three months. It was his neighbor’s daughter named Khushboo.

Amarjeet Sada

According to Khushboo’s mother’s statement, she left her baby sleeping alone at a primary school and went out to complete some chores. When she returned, Khushboo was missing. She informed her other family members and all the villagers started searching for the missing child. A case was even registered. When the police arrived and questioned Sada, he freely admitted to his crime and led the villagers to the crime scene.

He has taken Khusboo to the nearby field, hit her with the bricks, and strangled her to death before burying her body. When the body was recovered, police suspected Sada to be the murderer of the prior two killings. Then Sada admitted that he killed his cousin and baby sister in a similar style of execution. Allegedly his family knew about his killings but remained silent as it was their ‘family matter’.

When the police took Sada in custody, he showed no remorse and smiled a lot. They had psychiatrists visit him who later concluded him a “sadist who derives pleasure from inflicting injuries”. The other stated Sada has “no sense of right or wrong”. As a child cannot be jailed in India, he was detained in a children’s home in the Munger village of Bihar until he was 18 years old. It is believed that Sada was released in 2016 and since then his whereabouts are unknown.

Apart from Amarjeet Sada, there are no other child serial killers in India, however, another infamous child serial killer hails from Essex. James Fairweather from Essex was 15 when he stabbed two people to death. The youngest serial killer in the US is Craig Price, who committed his first murder when he was only 13 years old and continued the killings until he was arrested when he was 47.

But the question remains- what inspires children to become murderers?

According to a few studies, all the serial killers stated to have these abnormal thoughts when they were children including the famous serial killer, Ted Bundy. Humiliation and frustration at a young age sometimes trigger kids to sought to unlawful methods of finding fulfillment. For some people, humiliation is the worst thing that can happen to them and this, in turn, suppresses their self-esteem to a level where the human mind could only console itself through uncanny methods of getting back their lost self-confidence. Such is the case with Edmund Kemper, the Coed Killer of Santa Cruz.

Amarjeet Sada

Media also plays a crucial role in shaping the perception of young children. The tough and cool portrayal of typical criminals and psychopaths in the cinema leads the kids to aspire to become something they might not have otherwise become. In the case of Christopher Gribble who murdered Kimberly Cates in 2009, he said that it was a ‘cool’ experience.

Other times, children who naturally have less self-esteem due to their looks or performances often conceive these notions by mixing themselves into the wrong crowd. They befriend people who are known to have strength and are dominating in order to prevent themselves from getting humiliated by others. These children participate in activities they might not initiate themselves. Such cases were seen in several school shootings where one shooter is influenced by another mastermind.

Very less are cases where a person is a born psychopath. There’s no denying that these cases do exist, however, most of the time it’s our surrounding that triggers the psychopathic traits. They are the most difficult violent offenders to treat as they are designed in a way that leads them to negativity.

People can spot the impact of certain factors during this vulnerable time of childhood only if they are alert enough to identify them. 

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