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Updated: Aug 11, 2023

Christa Pike was the victim of severe, repeated physical and sexual abuse, violence, and neglect that began when Christa was very young.

Christa Pike was the victim of severe, repeated physical and sexual abuse and violence that began when Christa was a young child. She did not receive the medical and psychological care and attention she needed from her family or state actors.

Growing up, Christa suffered an “almost unbearably abusive background,” according to Dr. Jonathan Pincus, Professor of Neurology at Georgetown University. Christa was repeatedly beaten and abused by her father, maternal grandmother, and several of her mother’s boyfriends, including one boyfriend who was charged with assault for punching Christa in the face.

By the time Christa was 18, she had been raped twice, physically abused by at least seven different family members, and sexually abused by at least three individuals. There are strong indications that Christa had been sexually abused by her grandmother’s boyfriend starting at the age of two. When Christa was 9, she was raped by a man who lived near her family. In both instances, state actors failed to report the incident or take action against the signs of abuse.

Not long after, Christa attempted suicide by overdosing on Tylenol. She was then diagnosed with depression, but never received proper medical or mental health treatment. At age 12, Christa attempted suicide again following the death of her beloved paternal grandmother, the only person she felt was truly kind and nurturing toward her in childhood.

At age 13, Christa was physically and sexually assaulted by her mother’s boyfriend. Following the assault, Christa was removed from her home by the TN Department of Children’s Services but returned home after only three months with minimal follow up. At age 17, Christa was raped again by a stranger. Hospital records confirm the rape, but only minimal investigations followed from local authorities.

Upon entering the Job Corps program, Christa entered a toxic atmosphere of violence. According to an application to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, while the Job Corps is marketed as a “government-run residential program designed to help troubled teens gain job skills”, in actuality, “the administrators who ran Job Corps tolerated violence and neglected their young residents”. Students regularly carried razor blades or box cutters for protection. Lacking a sense of security and stability likely deepened Christa’s underlying trauma.

While Christa’s adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) do not excuse her actions, they offer an explanation for her compulsive actions that evening.

4 comentários

I've had more sexual trauma than she did, I never killed anyone. I could see defending her if she was imprisomed for murdering one of her abusers. Stop making excuses for evil people. She didn't just murder someone, she brutally tortured them!


No sympathy for Christa Pike from me. That evil bitch knew what she was doing. She should have been put down like a worthless mangy mutt decades ago.


Christa Norman
Christa Norman
14 de dez. de 2022

You need to change this to "MercyForColleen'sMom" to help her get her daughter's skull piece back so she can lay ALL of her to rest. After reading this page, I see no sympathy for the real victim.


I cannot comprehend how this petition even exists. You can cast blame on Christa‘s upbringing and abuse, or her age, but I’m also her age, also had a rough upbringing, and I did not beat someone to death with a rock, then carry a piece of the skull as a souvenir. Lots of people suffer through abuse, and still know better at age 18 than to do such a vile act. Then, there’s the matter of her attempted murder and escape in prison, long after this supposed “ignorance of youth”, and long after any diagnosis of mental health issues. Even if she suffers from the listed mental health issues this petition cites, any competent psychologist would say she still knew…

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