Christa Pike, of Durham, NC. Convicted in Knox County, TN. She has been on Death Row since March 1996.She lives in a grey concrete box. It is full of stuffed animals, and family photographs. She is allowed one hour every day for exercise. She is 30 years old. She is sentenced to die.
Home is at the maximum security prison for women in Nashville, Tennessee. There is virtually no chance that Christa Gail Pike, 30, will ever leave prison alive.In 1996, the then 19-year-old Pike was sentenced to die by electrocution for an unspeakably horrific crime.
In 1995, Pike, a high-school dropout from a broken home, was studying computer programming at a Job Corps in Knoxville, Tennessee. Job Corps is a US government program that helps disadvantaged youth try and turn their lives around by offering career training. Students live in dormitories in its campus environment. Often, however, it is a hotbed of criminal activity.
Pike, who is white, met and fell in love with another Job Corp student, a black youth named Tadaryl Shipp, 17. They began dabbling in the occult and devil worship. Pike became convinced that a Job Corps student from Florida, 19-year-old Colleen Slemmer, was trying to steal her boyfriend. Those who knew Miss Slemmer dispute this, but Pike was sure. In the middle of January 1995, she told Shipp: "That little whore has to be taught a lesson." She and her friend, Shadolla Peterson, 18, concocted a plan to lure Miss Slemmer to an abandoned steam mill that is part of the University of Tennessee Campus. The mill is close enough to walk to, but deep in the woods, secluded, and away from civilization. No one was likely to come upon them. Or hear screaming. On the night of Jan 12, 1995, she told Miss Slemmer she wanted to smoke marijuana with her as a peace offering, to get things straight between them. Miss Slemmer agreed to a walk in the woods.
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Before leaving, Pike pocketed a box cutter and a small meat cleaver. Pike, Miss Slemmer, Shipp and Peterson signed out of their dormitory and headed out to the mill, walking along a dark jogging trail. Once they were swallowed up by the forest and completely isolated, Pike began accusing Miss Slemmer of trying to sleep with her boyfriend. The girl denied it, Pike became outraged and kneed her in the face. She pulled out the meat cleaver and sliced Miss Slemmer's' stomach, then Shipp jumped in and gashed her across the chest. The victim begged her to stop, but her cries fell on deaf ears. The box cutter came out, and the three others tortured Miss Slemmer for the next 30 to 40 minutes, stabbing and slashing her hundreds of times. Eventually, the three got bored with cutting, so Pike and Shipp held her down and carved a pentagram, the mark of the devil, in her chest with the meat cleaver. The victim was still alive. At the end, Pike picked up a chunk of asphalt and smashed the girl's head with it, again and again. And finally, after an hour of torture she was dead. Pike reached down fished a piece of her skull out of the gaping open hole in her head and put the blood-soaked fragment in her jacket pocket.
The three were arrested within 36 hours. Pike had been telling friends and showing the piece of the skull. The police also looked at the log book and saw the four of them signed out together, and only three returning. The police took the trio in for questioning. Shipp's room was searched, and a Satanic Bible and altar were found. A search of Pike's jacket turned up the piece of Miss Slemmer's skull. They questioned Pike, but she insisted she was only trying to scare the girl, and it got out of hand.
But the case against her was solid, and her trial for murder and the conspiracy to commit murder began on March 22, 1996.She was found guilty on both counts after only 2 1/2 hours of deliberation. On March 30, 1996, she was sentenced to death by electrocution on the murder charge, and on June 6, 1996, she was given 25 years for conspiracy. Shipp was given a life sentence with the possibility of parole, and Peterson got probation after pleading guilty to being an accessory after the fact.
Christa Pike was born in West Virginia on March 10, 1976. In later life Durham, North Carolina was called home. On January 12, 1995, she killed Colleen Slemmer in a remote area of the University of Tennessee Agricultural campus. She beat the worker and then killed her. Pike was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death.
On March 30, 1996, Pike entered the Tennessee Prison for Women. On August 24, 2001, Pike (with assistance from inmate Natasha Cornett) strangled inmate Patricia Jones with a shoe string nearly choking her to death. She was convicted of attempted first degree murder on August 12, 2004...
Below are some pictures of Pike thru the years: