Rachel Shoaf, along with her friend Sheila Eddy, lured Neese out of her reminding her friends that she knew about their sexual relationship. make a lot of sense. That Shelia and Rachel were falling out with Skylar has been well established. But certainly there are better ways to end a relationship than murder. However, there are several problems with this explanation. First of all. "There were rumors that Skylar, Rachel, and Shelia were doing drugs Shelia was devoid of emotion, unless you asked questions she didn't.
The aftermath After Shoaf and Eddy killed Neese, they chose not to bury her, instead leaving her body on top of the ground where she fell, covered in branches and leaves.
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Then, Shoaf and Eddy cleaned up, changed clothes, and burned the ones they had used during the attack. The next day, Shoaf went to church camp. When police discovered that Neese was missing, they first believed that she was a runaway from footage of her running out of a house and getting into a car.
Eddy and Shoaf went out of their way to seem like innocent, concerned friends. Eddy helped distribute missing person flyers and went on search parties in the woods. Do they know something? It soon became too much for Shoaf. Six months after the murder, she had a nervous breakdown and checked into a mental health facility. After getting discharged from the facility, Shoaf confessed the murder to police, so overcome by emotion that she could barely speak.
Eventually, both Shoaf and Eddy pleaded guilty to murder charges. The only time Eddy showed any emotion was when she was sentenced to life in prison. You can look into the eyes of those who were responsible but you can never know what they heard as they were taking her life.
Searching for the best true crime podcasts? But when Dave Neese gave a tearful testimony, she looked absent, as if the whole thing didn't concern her, that, if anything, she had been in the right killing her "bestfriend". She pled guilty but did not assume responsibility for her crime; she only did what she had to in order to get over the proceedings as quickly as possible. Psychopaths consider themselves superior to society and its norms.
If Shelia found Skylar annoying, then, in her mind, she was justified in killing her. Many, particularly older people and former friends, have wondered and will keep wondering how a girl like Shelia could commit such a terrible crime; after all, she doesn't resemble a killer.
And yet that's exactly what psychopaths are like: Unlike sociopaths, psychopaths appear normal to outsiders. People with dungeons in their basements and bodies buried in their backyards have been described by their neighbors as "nice and helpful".
Psychopaths exhibit " superficial charm ", making them appealing and chameleon-like - until you scratch below the surface and find there's nothing there. It is the sociopaths who act like they don't care while they in fact do care at least about those closest to them. Psychopath act like they care but they don't. Their emotional life is shallow, but they recognize the value of expressing emotions in specific situations for personal gain hence Shelia crying on Skylar's bed when she knew Skylar's mother would hear it.
Their high They know certain things are wrong but they don't "feel" the norms. Unconditional love, the kind of love Skylar felt for many, is a completely alien concept to psychopaths.
Their friends exist for them, to entertain them, to make them feel good about themselves and to gain power over others. Possibly the last photo Skylar took of her "best friend" late June Casey Anthony killed her own daughter because she found her an inconvenience to her social life. Similarly Shelia Eddy killed her best friend because she didn't want to be friends with her anymore, because she found Skylar annoying and didn't like the idea of Skylar revealing their general secrets to her new friends.
And she manipulated her weak, mentally unstable friend to help her do it. While Rachel might have genuinely felt at some point that they aren't really gonna go ahead with the murder during her apology, Rachel said the person who committed the murder wasn't the "real me"Shelia must have been looking forward to doing it.
A common trait among psychopaths is that they get bored easily, which contributes to risk-seeking behavior. Murdering Skylar would have been what's known as a "thrill kill", the killing of someone for the excitement of the planning and killing.
That'd have been Shelia's moment of gratification.
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Early videos and photographs of Skylar and Shelia together are a bit hard to look at now knowing how it all ended up for them. They looked so good together, until they met Rachel. While some have, with the gift of hindsight, mentioned individual instances in Shelia's early life that seem to back up the idea that she always was a psychopath, age is relevant: Psychopathy is a disorder that usually arises in a person's early teens.
Skylar, and others around Shelia, would have been helplessly unaware of this. Skylar's parents would have had no idea that Shelia, their daughter's "bestie" whom they loved as if she was their own, was growing increasingly indifferent to the feelings of others.
Of course, none of this alone explains the murder. Psychopaths can kill people and not feel bad about it, but that doesn't mean they necessarily want to kill people; psychopathy doesn't imply sadism. Psychopaths are also slightly above average in IQ: Even if they had a motive to kill someone, they might still consider it not worth the risks. Many, if not the majority of homicides are stupid in their execution: A guy walks into a liquor store, gets a few hundred dollars from the register and then shoots the cashier in the face.
Even some supposedly thought-out murders appear downright farcical, as if from a Coen movie. Murdering Skylar might have been the most stupid thing the girls ever did, but it still took six months to find out what happened that night, and even then only because the weak link confessed. For sure, the investigators and friends of Skylar helped by applying pressure, but as far as evidence is concerned, they had nothing against the girls until Rachel came forward.
The bloody clothes and murder weapons were never found. If they don't have a body, what are they gonna charge the girls with? The kind of fearlessness usually associated with psychopathy combined with normal youthful arrogance must have only helped her believe she could get away with it.
None of this is meant to imply that Rachel Shoaf is somehow less guilty. She committed the exact same crime as Shelia did. If she didn't really want to do it, she had plenty of time to call it off. And if she is capable of empathy, then that makes her all the more guilty. At least Shelia can always use her lack of empathy as an excuse.
But Rachel should have known better.
Neither is Shelia any less guilty because of her supposed psychopathy. Psychopathy is not a mental disability that'd prevent a person from understanding the consequences of her actions, or from controlling those actions.
If they had found a mental disability, the defense would have used it in court.