Woman Who Wanted to Tick ‘Murder’ Off Bucket List Is Convicted
A British woman was convicted of killing an autistic 18-year-old in Western Australia—because murder was on her “bucket list” of something to do before she turned 25.
Jemma Lilley, of Stamford, Lincolnshire, was convicted of killing 18-year-old Aaron Pajich in Perth before burying him in a grave and covering it with tiles and concrete, The Independent reported. After she finished, Lilley said that she was “so full of herself and euphoric” that she boasted about her exploit to a colleague, prosecutor James McTaggart told a court.
She was convicted along with former housemate Trudi Lenon, 43. Previously, Lilley, 26, wrote a book about a serial killer called “SOS” and attempted to assume the identity of the killer, the prosecutor said.
“The book was a big problem with me. At the beginning I was, ‘Fair enough you want to write a horror story’, but I didn’t like the contents of it,” Lilley’s stepmother, Nina Lilley, was quoted as saying. “She had always had an obsession with serial killers but she said it was a way of venting her frustration of what happened when she was a child.”
Pajich was lured to his death on June 13, 2016. Both Lilley and Lenon blamed one another for the teen’s murder.
“At the time of the murder, she was a person obsessed with violence and all kinds of unquestionably cruel manifestations of torture and was writing about it,” Crown prosecutor James McTaggart said, according to News.co.au.
According to the News.co.au report:
When [investigators] scoured the home for clues, homicide detectives found DNA traces and blood splatters throughout the home. Outside the burial site was just as crude.
The grave was covered with a tarpaulin, the concrete had just been poured, and tiles were laid sloppily.
Mr McTaggart told the jury the scene was “ridiculous”. And so was what happened next.
Mactaggart told the court that the Lilley “could hardly wait to blurt out that she had stabbed a person and finally killed somebody” but assured her Lenon “don’t worry [the next killings] will all be vigilante”.
The boy’s mother, Sharon Pajich, told reporters that she’s “heartbroken” and called his killers “disgusting animals.”
“He was my precious little boy, he was my first-born … he was full of life,” she said. “They (the killers) deserve everything they get for what they’ve done, they’ve taken an innocent boy from his loved ones.”