A Missouri teenager who admitted stabbing, strangling and slitting the throat of her neighbor Elizabeth Olten, wrote in her journal on the night of the killing that it was an “ahmazing” and “pretty enjoyable” experience” then headed off to church with a laugh.
These were the words written by Alyssa Bustamante (pictured above) that were read aloud in court on Monday as part of a sentencing hearing, to determine whether she should get life in prison or something less for the October 2009 murder of her neighbor (pictured left).
The journal entry was presented to the judge not long after Elizabeth’s mother and other relatives pleaded with Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce to impose the maximum sentence on this sick little devil.
FBI agents seized the journal from Bustamante’s bedroom during a search of her family’s home the day after Elizabeth went missing as hundreds of volunteers scoured the rural area around St. Martin’s.
Bustamante suggested to FBI and the Missouri State Highway Patrol officials that the girl had probably been kidnapped and that whoever had done so deserved to be convicted.
At one point, law enforcement officers discovered a hole in the ground in the shape of a shallow grave near Bustamante’s home. They testified that Bustamante acknowledged digging it but said she just liked to dig holes. It was only later that Elizabeth’s body was found concealed under leaves in another grave in the woods behind the Bustamante home.