On the evening of July 6, a 15-year-old girl by the name of Anna Schroeder, waited for her mum to come home from work. She was holding a loaded .38 revolver.
When her mum, Peggy, came through the living room door of their Illinois home, Anna told her to put a towel in front of her face and allegedly shot her in the head – killing her immediately.
Anna then text her friend, Rachel Helm, also 15, and confessed the murder. When Rachel refused to believe her she replied with a picture of her mother’s dead body, according to the Daily Mail.
She then told her to come round to dispose of the body and clean up the blood and she agreed.
When they realised disposing of the body was too much work, they decided to burn the house down. Shortly afterwards firefighters found Peggy’s charred remains.
Before Anna was arrested she made a chilling Facebook post about her mother saying that she would never forget her.
The post read:
I don’t even know if you can see me right now but if you can I just want you to know you were my best friend.
I wasn’t always the best daughter and I’m so sorry. I love you so much mom I just want you to know and I’ll never forget you.
After the two girls burnt the house down, Rachel confessed everything to her own mother who took her to Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department for questioning.
Then Anna was also arrested and they were then taken into custody at the Mary Davis Detention Home in Galesburg.
Anna has since been charged with wo counts of first-degree murder, concealment of homicidal death and arson. If convicted she could be jailed until she is 21.
They are scheduled to appear in court August 8.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.