The Lillelid murders: remembering a c...

The Lillelid murders: remembering a crime that still haunts Eas...

There are 14 comments on the WBIR Knoxville story from Apr 7, 2008, titled The Lillelid murders: remembering a crime that still haunts Eas.... In it, WBIR Knoxville reports that:

Few stories grip a community the way this one did, ten years ago. It was a crime that left three members of a family dead, and one forever scarred.

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Nikki

Oxford, MI

#1 Apr 24, 2008
If you met these women today you would agree life sentence's are way too harsh! I love Karen and Natasha, they are awesome people today! They did no killing, they deserve freedom, let the dude's rot away! They can't control another persons' thoughts or actions, get off thier backs and help them they deserve it!

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#2 Apr 24, 2008
The sentence is not meant to reflect how likable a persons was, is, or will become, but the seriousness of the crime of which they have been convicted. There aren't many crimes more serious than murdering an entire family except for one who was left for dead.

They agreed to the life sentences to avoid the risk of a death sentence. If they thought that they could make a case for a lighter sentence, they could have gone to trial and followed up with appeals. They chose not to. If the sentences are "too harsh," they have only themselves to blame every step along the way.
Karen

AOL

#3 Apr 24, 2008
Nikki wrote:
If you met these women today you would agree life sentence's are way too harsh! I love Karen and Natasha, they are awesome people today! They did no killing, they deserve freedom, let the dude's rot away! They can't control another persons' thoughts or actions, get off thier backs and help them they deserve it!
Are you kidding me? Have you forgotten exactly what these animals did to this poor family? The only crime this innocent family did was try to witness to these monsters and show them some kindness. What kind of people does it take to execute an entire family? I know the little boy survived, but that was only because they thought he was dead too. These teenagers claim to be devil worshippers, whether they were or not it is still obvious that they are pure evil. They were present during the crime, they did NOTHING to help the victims, and that makes them just as guilty as the person/persons who pulled the trigger. I pray that these killers have made things right with GOD, but they still have to pay for their crimes regardless of where they stand now as human beings. They still murdered a whole family that had done nothing to them. I can't recall what the sentences were (whether it was life in prison or the death penalty). But I personally am a strong supporter of the death penalty. The only justice for the Lillelid family is for these killers to serve their complete sentences. Hind sight is 20/20, but that doesn't change what they did.

Since: Feb 07

Knoxville, TN

#4 Apr 24, 2008
Nikki wrote:
If you met these women today you would agree life sentence's are way too harsh! I love Karen and Natasha, they are awesome people today! They did no killing, they deserve freedom, let the dude's rot away! They can't control another persons' thoughts or actions, get off thier backs and help them they deserve it!
You are joking, surely. I'm far more interested in helping, say, Peter Lillelid than Karen or Natasha. They can fester in prison for 80 more years for all I care. I was in high school in Greene County when this murder happened. Something like that happening in your quiet little town changes you. I will never understand people like you, with sympathy for the devil, or, in this case, devils.

Since: Feb 07

Knoxville, TN

#5 Apr 24, 2008
I heard that little Tabitha tried to offer the murderers a piece of chocolate candy before they shot her. Yeah, Karen and Natasha are AWESOME people. Truly Awesome.
Dad

Knoxville, TN

#6 Apr 24, 2008
Nikki wrote:
If you met these women today you would agree life sentence's are way too harsh! I love Karen and Natasha, they are awesome people today! They did no killing, they deserve freedom, let the dude's rot away! They can't control another persons' thoughts or actions, get off thier backs and help them they deserve it!
You need to hang out with the Taylor Olson supporters on the Johnia Berry murder thread. Maybe we'll get lucky and these 2 losers will take the same way out and save taxpayers money, too.
Right Wing Lunatic

United States

#7 Apr 24, 2008
Nikki wrote:
If you met these women today you would agree life sentence's are way too harsh! I love Karen and Natasha, they are awesome people today! They did no killing, they deserve freedom, let the dude's rot away! They can't control another persons' thoughts or actions, get off thier backs and help them they deserve it!
Oh, cry me a friggin' river!

“Subject to Change”

Since: Apr 07

Internet

#8 Apr 24, 2008
Nikki wrote:
If you met these women today you would agree life sentence's are way too harsh! I love Karen and Natasha, they are awesome people today! They did no killing, they deserve freedom, let the dude's rot away! They can't control another persons' thoughts or actions, get off thier backs and help them they deserve it!
You've got to be joking. Keep them behind bars simply for participating in their attention-seeking little black-wearing quasi-cult.

Let her write poetry about her sadness.
Dudley

Redmond, WA

#9 Apr 24, 2008
Nikki wrote:
If you met these women today you would agree life sentence's are way too harsh! I love Karen and Natasha, they are awesome people today! They did no killing, they deserve freedom, let the dude's rot away! They can't control another persons' thoughts or actions, get off thier backs and help them they deserve it!
Oh, puh-leeze!

Sgt. Frank Waddell of the Greene County Sheriff's Department was one of the first on the scene. He said that someone from a nearby house had reported gunshots "and people laughing and hollering...like somebody having a party."

They're right where they need to be.
Lynn

Maryville, TN

#10 Apr 24, 2008
I could give a rats azz about them today. Everyone seems to find God in prison, but they have no clue he exists before they go or once they leave. Let them rot.
mother

Erwin, TN

#11 Sep 14, 2010
Nikki wrote:
If you met these women today you would agree life sentence's are way too harsh! I love Karen and Natasha, they are awesome people today! They did no killing, they deserve freedom, let the dude's rot away! They can't control another persons' thoughts or actions, get off thier backs and help them they deserve it!
WHAT?????????Are you serious?????? Did you forget what they did to that family? They had FUN murdering a whole family, innocent children including (a miracle that one survived-but they thought this precious little boy was dead too). If these women were such NICE people, they would not have executed this family! I don't care if they pulled the trigger or not, they were there with and particpating in the execution of whole family. The world's people are lucky they were caught and put in prison (at least), otherwise they could have went on the murder more family, including yours. would you really feel safe at night if these 2 "nice women" lived in your neighbor hood, around your family or children?
scott

Erwin, TN

#12 Sep 14, 2010
These nice women , as nikki put it, had problems before they MURDERED this family. Authorities and school officials, hospital also could have maybe prevented this tradgedy. Natasha Cornett was committed to the Charter Ridge Behavioral Center in Lexington, Kentucky. she was diagnosed as Bipolar and dangerously disturbed. After 11 days "HELP" she was released because she had no insurance. Cornett, and some of the other teens, approached school authorities for help because of bullying and harassment, but were told that they were "freaks" and "deserved it". The parents and friends of several of the teenagers called the Kentucky authorities and the Virginia Highway Patrol with a description of the car the teens were travelling in, when they were running away to begin with, WARNING that the teens were armed, and that one was violating parole. Nothing was done! According to the New York Times Research study on rampage killers, it is common for friends, families and others to contact the authorities prior to a murder being carried out, only to be rebuffed by the police. The teens were pulled over for speeding near Gate City, Virginia by a state trooper who failed to search the car or detain the teens, despite the fact that he thought they were dangerous. BEFORE THE MURDERS!!!
jennifer

Powell, TN

#14 Jan 18, 2016
Nikki wrote:
If you met these women today you would agree life sentence's are way too harsh! I love Karen and Natasha, they are awesome people today! They did no killing, they deserve freedom, let the dude's rot away! They can't control another persons' thoughts or actions, get off thier backs and help them they deserve it!
Perhaps your generosity and appreciation of these two would be curbed a tad, had you known or loved those whose lives were ended that fateful night. Or had either you, or your child had to suffer the pain, on so many levels, that little Peter did.
They may be the nicest people on the face of the Earth, sinless, and above reproach now. But, they are not in prison for how they are now. They were tried and convicted for the part they played that night, for the choices they made.
How easy it seems to be for you to generously forgive these two for their crimes. Too bad you cant seem to manage that same compassion for their victims.
Life in prison should be the very least they deserve for the roles they played. I remember very well the "Father Satan tells me what to do!", so boldly shouted for the tv cameras...a far different song than the "We're just kids, they shouldn't put us in jail!", they were singing after the convictions. Those two are exactly where they should be, and should be thanking their lucky stars, and the Lord above they didnt get worse!
Dianagrandin

Webster, NY

#15 Jan 27, 2017
Knox Sadie wrote:
I heard that little Tabitha tried to offer the murderers a piece of chocolate candy before they shot her. Yeah, Karen and Natasha are AWESOME people. Truly Awesome.
They are HORRIBLE humans. They are where they belong. They Don't suffer from nightmares, I bet that boy who survived does. They can rot in jail, the Bastards !

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