Convicted Killer Christa Pike Wants a...

Convicted Killer Christa Pike Wants a Second Chance at Life

There are 193 comments on the First Coast News Jacksonville story from Jan 24, 2008, titled Convicted Killer Christa Pike Wants a Second Chance at Life. In it, First Coast News Jacksonville reports that:

Talk Back: Post a comment on this article WBIR-TV Video Report By WBIR-TV Knoxville KNOXVILLE, TN -- Christa Pike killed Colleen Slemmer in 1995.

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mandy

Shelbyville, TN

#1 Jan 29, 2008
I was locked up with Crista Pike she is not as bad of a person as people think she is a warm hearted person i was locked down on max with her that is were death row
Mandy

Shreveport, LA

#2 Feb 29, 2008
How Ironic- same name, totally different opinion. This animal tortured an innocent victum and now has people like you trying to defend her. If people would use their common sense for one minute they could see how evil, inhumane, sick, horrible, terrifying and sadistic her crime was. Think about the mother of this person for one second and you will no longer feel "sorry" for someone paying for their crime. I've never met her, but I bet she will say anything at this point. Don't listen to her now. Listen to what she did, said, and wrote when she brutaly murdered a human being and wasn't changed by years in prison. When she was free and could make her own choices, that is when you will see the true person. Then you can see that these people are evil and don't deserve to be characterized as "warm hearted". ARE you Kidding me???????
Mandie

Whiteville, TN

#3 Mar 4, 2008
Wow! Yet another Mandie. I also have met the infamous Christa Pike at TPW in Nashville. This girl is evil to the core. She has absolutley no remorse for what she did. She's a Satan worshipper, how is that "not a bad person"? And I don't understand why everyone always refers to her innocent looking face. When I see her face, it terrifies me. You can see the evil in her. Anyone who says differently is probably evil themselves, or just completley blind to the devil within her. Look at what she did then, not what she says now. Yeah, anyone will say they're sorry after the fact. She's scared to die, and I don't blame her, She's going to go straight to hell for what she did and who she is.
cait

Huntington, NY

#4 Apr 3, 2008
I think it was bad what she did. But anyone who thinks she should die is sick. I dont even know why death row is allowed. because that is murder as well. just with a fancy name and in the law. there is nothing different between the death sentence and murder. they are both 2 cruel things. and i think that she deserves a second chance in life. they should let her out and keep her in maybe a house arrest or just have someone keep an eye on her. and if she does anything stupid like try to hurt someone again then str8 back to prison. i hope she doesnt get life in prison and i hope she doesnt get the death sentence either. thats my opion.
Laura

United States

#5 Apr 11, 2008
Christa Pike did a horrible thing. Killing her does not bring Colleen Slemmer back. Life in prison is no kind of life. Contrary to what the media would have you believe, you do not have cable TV, swimming pools, poker games, etc. It is a miserable, vulnerable existence. It might be better for Ms. Pike to spend her life in prison reflecting on what she has done. I have read the book about this case and reviewed the case extensively and also recentle watched a special on women on death row. I do not believe that Christa Pike has accepted FULL responsibility for what she has done. Maybe it is too much for her to come to terms with what she is and that is a murderer. People can change but they must still face their consequences. Life in prison with no possibility of parole would be a fair punishment for her. What have we really accomplished with our legal murder if we execute her? It will NOT give closure to Colleen Slemmer's family nor will it bring her back. Two wrongs don't make a right-statistically or logically.
Alan

Cookeville, TN

#6 Apr 11, 2008
Mandy from shreveport you asked what about the victims family but you failed to ask about pikes family. To start off she was molested before she could even talk and she was raped at least three times before she turned 17. Her parents showed a flagerent disreguard for the law and smoked marijuanna with her amoung participating in other illegal actities with her. Her mother had many boyfriends who either beat or molested her regularly. Whenever her mother was tired of her she sent her to live with another family member which combined with all of the other factors lead to ms pike to develop a mental disorder that both the defense and the prosecution failed to bring up until after she was senatnced to death. I know you will say that you cant just use hard times as an excuse but when it affects her ability to reason and see the extent of her actions it should have been heard by the jury. Ms. Pike's mental disorder should not free her from any wrong doing but in this country, with the exception of texas who executes shoplifters, capital punishment is reserved for people who commit the worst acts of evil possible. Due to ms. pike's inability to understand the gravity of what she was doing the death penalty should not be used on her. I guarentee that had the jury heard the evidence i heard while watching a post conviction hearing they would not have considered death but settled very appropriatly on a life sentance without the possibility of parole as she deserves. She commited a sick and twisted crime you were correct, but how can she be put to death when she couldnt even comprehend the severity of her actions?(I ommited some of the more graphic details in respect to those who, like myself, would rather not hear them; but i assure you she did not have a full understanding of the situation)
James

Parker, CO

#7 Apr 13, 2008
Alan from Knoxville: So, you want sympathy for Crista Pike? Capital punishment is reserved for people who commit the worst acts of evil possible?
There are people in this world who've been abused in their lives and DO NOT commit acts like this!

What do you think she did???!!!!

After killing her victim, she put a piece of the victim's skull in her pocket to show around.

She KNEW what she was doing! Until people like YOU stop this "waaaaaaaaing over the 'innocent' criminals" it will never end.

EXECUTE Crist with the most extreme measures!!
James

Parker, CO

#8 Apr 13, 2008
Some of yall's responses are enough to gag a maggot.

Crista deserves a second chance at life? What are yall smoking????

If she does not get the death sentence, leave her in her jail cell for LIFE with only 1 hour out for "recreation."

Sure, she'll be alive and get her "second chance at life" but she will suffer more.
flagirl

Decatur, GA

#9 Apr 15, 2008
James wrote:
Some of yall's responses are enough to gag a maggot.
Crista deserves a second chance at life? What are yall smoking????
If she does not get the death sentence, leave her in her jail cell for LIFE with only 1 hour out for "recreation."
Sure, she'll be alive and get her "second chance at life" but she will suffer more.
A second chance?? No, Colleen did not receive a second chance. I personally know Colleen's family and the he** they live every day because of Crista. I see a mother who only wants to finally bury her daughter so she can lie in peace. A mother who is tortured year after year while Christa's lawyers use all their "tricks" to keep her off death row. A mother who had to see her daughter's skull and teeth during court this past week. That is where our compassion should be. Yes, criminals can repent and as they age realize what they did was so wrong. But that does not negate what she did. She must still pay for her crime. The sooner the better so Colleen's family can have closure and bury their daughter, finally.
Judge Hangin

Raiford, FL

#10 Apr 15, 2008
Crista Pike is deserving of nothing. She gave up her right to live in a free society when she tortured and killed Colleen. Crista should never be allowed to walk among us, again. Throw away the key. She is a dangerous person.

“Peace, Love and Beer!”

Since: Apr 08

Living that 70's show

#11 Apr 15, 2008
Laura wrote:
... Life in prison with no possibility of parole would be a fair punishment for her. What have we really accomplished with our legal murder if we execute her? It will NOT give closure to Colleen Slemmer's family nor will it bring her back. Two wrongs don't make a right-statistically or logically.
I'd like to inject something to this portion of your comment.

My answer to what would we really accomplish by putting her to death is this: A LESSON!

This country is so infested with sick individuals that jail, death sentances mean nothing to them. The intended scare that the death penalty is supposed to have isn't working for most...but it could work for some.

Maybe just because I feel that I have a normal brain, the thought of commiting a crime itself doesn't appeal to me. But if I was in a position to commit a crime because of opportunity, the thought of jail would be enough of a reason for me to say no thanks...let alone the death penalty.

I'm not sure what we could do as a soceity to deter more crime short of public hangings again, because what we currently have isn't working...but taking away the death penalty would be a no-no. Besides, I don't feel it my responsibility to pay for someone to spend life in jail for killing someone when they deserve to die themselves. What would be the point?

“B THE CHANGE U WANT 2 C IN PPL”

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#12 Apr 15, 2008
This story hits home for me as this is right in my back door, so to speak. I have been to this prison and actually met Christa Pike and when I met her (about 6 years ago) she seemed to show no remorse for what she did. I remember being horrified when the trial was going on and some of the things Christa and her friends did.

It is so sad that things like this happen. Christa's young life is ruined because of a stupid thing she has done. And I think of the family of the girl she killed. How terrible they must feel to read things like this all of the time, because it is in the news in Knoxville almost weekly. They need closure and I am afraid they will never get it.

I am just glad it is not my decision to decide her fate. But, in all actuality, Christa's fate is in her own hands as she chose to do this heinous crime and now she must pay for what she has done.

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#13 Apr 15, 2008
i say bash her skull in just like she did her victims...
RICK

Woburn, MA

#14 Apr 19, 2008
I THINK SHE'S HOT!
Joshua

Bell Buckle, TN

#15 May 16, 2008
My question would be to anyone: What would Jesus do? That is the ultimate question. Does she deserve to die for her crime. YES. However whos place is it to make that happen. We all will stand before our creator one day and be judged by him. Christa will do the same. We should not allow her blood to be on someone elses hands. Two wrongs do not make a right. She is deserving of forgiveness yes, not deserving of freedom!
Oh my

Jacksonville, FL

#17 May 16, 2008
Joshua wrote:
My question would be to anyone: What would Jesus do? That is the ultimate question. Does she deserve to die for her crime. YES. However whos place is it to make that happen. We all will stand before our creator one day and be judged by him. Christa will do the same. We should not allow her blood to be on someone elses hands. Two wrongs do not make a right. She is deserving of forgiveness yes, not deserving of freedom!
An eye for an eye?
Oh my

Jacksonville, FL

#18 May 16, 2008
Sturdivant Slim wrote:
Put this white scum to death!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =oHg5SJYRHA0XX
First intelligent thing you have ever said.

“WHAT HUMP? ”

Since: Mar 08

Chicago

#19 May 16, 2008
She acted like an animal and murdered and must be put to sleep like an animal.

She can plead her case with the Almighty
Philip_London_UK

Devizes, UK

#20 May 27, 2008
Christa Pike isnt really known in the UK - although her death sentence did get some coverage in the media at the time. The last execution in the UK took place in 1964 and the death sentence was abolished shortly afterwards. In the UK there is a sentence of "Life Without Parole" which applies to our most heinous criminals such as Rosemary West, Ian Brady, Ian Huntley and a few others. Although I am very sympathetic to Colleen's family I don't think the death sentence solves anything - in particular what must be galling for her family is the sight of Christa bemoaning her 23 hours per day captivity. I think if Christa had life without parole - the media would lose interest and Colleen's family might be spared the spectacle of Christa being interviewed and being accorded a sick "criminal celebrity" status. Given her second murder attempt I think Society could never accept her release and awful though it may seem we are all safer if she is kept inside.(even in Britain!)

“Just Add Obama ”

Since: Mar 08

Jacksonville Florida

#21 May 27, 2008
Sure, why not, letís give Christa Pike a second to do the honorable thing, suicide!

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