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PostSubject: The Murder Of A Queen Bee   Thu May 18, 2017 8:18 pm

The murder of Kirsten Costas, is basically about a high-school girl with an inferiority complex (Bernadette Protti) who was, "obsessed" with a popular cheerleader (Kirsten Costas) and desperately wanted her approval. When Bernadette was scornfully rejected by Kirsten, she stabbed her five times with a butcher knife, resulting in the cheerleader’s death. This happened on June 23, 1984. The murderer and the victim were both fifteen years old.

So, this is what happened on the night of the murder, in detail; Bernadette had called Kirsten’s parents two days earlier while Kirsten was away on cheerleading camp and lied to them about taking Kirsten to a dinner for a sorority-like organization at their school, that both she and Kirsten were a member of. Bernadette was in fact planning on taking Kirsten to an unsupervised party that her friend had invited her to. The parents informed Kirsten, who made plans to attend the dinner. She was unpleasantly surprised when she saw Bernadette sitting in the car.

On the way to the, “sorority dinner”, Bernadette told Kirsten the truth about where they were actually heading. This piece of information evoked a strong reaction in Kirsten who told Bernadette that she refused to attend a party that she wasn’t invited to, claiming that it would make her look a, “loser” and that she cared about her reputation even though Bernadette might not care about her own reputation.
Bernadette, whose intention was to befriend Kirsten, was upset and told her how much she admired her and wanted to be like her. Kirsten told Bernadette that she was weird and that she was acting as if she was in love with her. Those remarks made Bernadette even more upset and she started weeping.  

Kirsten then got out of the car and ran over to a house nearby, asking if she could borrow the phone in order to get her parents to pick her up. Nobody answered, so the owner of the house (Arnold) offered to give her a ride home. He noticed that Bernadette’s car was following them, by looking at the rear window while he was driving Kirsten home.
When he dropped Kirsten off at her house, Kirsten discovered that her parents weren’t home and didn’t have any keys to the house. So she knocked on a neighbor’s door. That’s when Bernadette got out of her car and stormed towards Kristen, yelling, “I could’ve given you a ride!”

There was a butcher knife in Bernadette’s car, which Bernadette used in order to extinguish Kirsten’s life. She claimed that her sister used it to cut vegetables. I thought that was odd. Why would anyone cut vegetables in a car??? (Bernadette’s sister confirmed that this was true, but come on, she could’ve lied in order to protect her sister).

Bernadette fled from the scene before anyone could spot her and was able to hide the fact that she was Kirsten's killer for six months, before she wrote a letter to her mother and confessed what she'd done. Her alibi went unverified, so the police started suspecting that Bernadette had something to do with the murder. So I’m guessing that she was planning on keeping it a secret for as long as she could.

Bernadette claimed that she feared Kristen was going to tell their classmates that she was weird and infatuated with Kirsten, as a motive for killing Kirsten. Apparently Bernadette idolized Kirsten and was jealous of her popularity and charisma. Classmates claim that Bernadette was obsessed with being accepted and popular in general, even though she was accepted and had friends.

Bernadette was charged with manslaughter and was sentenced to nine years in prison, but only served 7 years. She has apparently changed her identity and is living a Christian lifestyle with her husband and children. I was appalled that she got such a short sentence. She doesn’t seem to pose a threat to society anymore, but I find it unfair how she gets to walk around and play happy family while a fifteen year old girl is rotting in her grave because of her.
For the people who are familiar with this case or have an interest in it; Do you believe that she lost control of her emotions and stabbed Kirsten in a fit of rage or that she committed first degree murder?

From the looks of it, Bernadette seems to have repented. But I’m not sure if it’s just a façade. She doesn’t exactly strike me as a cold and calculating sociopath though.

But she must’ve been emotionally unstable in some way, in order to do such a thing. I wonder if she was ever given a particular mental diagnosis. An inferiority complex alone, isn’t enough to make a person commit such a shocking deed. I mean, there have probably been multiple bitchy and haughty cheerleaders over the years and a lot of emotionally immature high-school girls who either resented or envied them, but this is the first case I’ve ever heard of when it comes to a girl brutally and uncontrollably murdering another girl because she was jealous of her popularity, felt rejected and was scared that she would be made fun of. Even if teenagers in general seem to consider high-school their entire universe, hence thinking that their lives are over whenever their reputation is tarnished or they're being shunned by their peers, I think committing murder because of it is a very extreme and unusual thing to do.  

Also, teenage girls tend to turn their anger and hatred inwards and engage in self-destructive acts, while it’s more common for males to take their anger out on their environment. So Bernadette stands out in that regard as well.
I personally think that Bernadette committed a so-called, “crime of passion” aka manslaughter. She had a murderous temper (no pun intended) and her impulse control leaves a lot to be desired. But she seemingly had remorse. Here’s one of her journal entries, “I have caused a lot of pain and hurt to a lot of people and I don’t want to hurt people anymore. I want to go to heaven when I die. I regret what I did, I can’t bring Kirsten back or change time. If I kill myself, I will hurt people even more (my family). I would go to hell if I killed myself”

Kirsten’s parents seem convinced that Bernadette never intended on taking Kirsten to a party, but planned to kill her right from the start. I think Kirsten’s parents simply want to believe that Bernadette committed a planned homicide, because it would confirm their belief/view that their daughter’s killer is a monstrous and evil demon with no conscience, who was put on earth to cause destruction.

Bernadette was obviously scared of what would happen to her if she confessed. Anyone would’ve been, if they were in the same position, sociopathic or not.  

This case was brought to my attention when I watched a movie that was based on this incident, a while ago. (Let me know if you want a link to the movie).

By the way, Bernadette apparently has a Youtube channel and has downloaded a video of a pie recipe. The commentary section is filled with hateful and scornful comments such as, “I disliked this video, are you gonna kill me now?” These people are obviously aware that she’s changed her name. It seems to be the real Bernadette Protti, because she never denied any of the accusations.
Well, all I have left to say, is that I never expected to get instructions on how to bake a pie from a murderer. Not to make light of a serious situation, but… killers don’t usually wear aprons, lol.

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PostSubject: Re: The Murder Of A Queen Bee   Mon May 22, 2017 12:46 am

I honestly can't feel sorry for the victim here.

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PostSubject: Re: The Murder Of A Queen Bee   Mon May 22, 2017 4:45 am

They both seem like horrible people. Bernadette as a deranged popularity-seeking nutcase, and Kirsten seems like an average narcissistic, stuck up popular girl.

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PostSubject: Re: The Murder Of A Queen Bee   Mon May 22, 2017 5:06 am

I just realised how horrible I sound.

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PostSubject: Re: The Murder Of A Queen Bee   Mon May 22, 2017 6:31 pm

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I honestly can't feel sorry for the victim here.

I know what you mean. Her arrogant personality and disdainful attitude leaves a lot to be desired. It's hard to commiserate with people who are like that.

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They both seem like horrible people. Bernadette as a deranged popularity-seeking nutcase, and Kirsten seems like an average narcissistic, stuck up popular girl.

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I just realised how horrible I sound.

Nah, you don't sound horrible. You simply described their personalities in a nutshell. It's hard to sympathize with shitty people in general, unless they treated you well, so I understand why people would have a hard time sympathizing with the victim in this case, especially if they've been subjected to bullying or know someone like Kirsten in real life.
But the way and the fact that she was murdered is dreadful and sends a chill down my spine. So I feel bad about the pain she endured and that her parents suffered as a result of her death. But I can't say that I feel particularly bad about the fact that the world consisted of a narcissistic, vain, materialistic and self-centered teenage girl less, when Kirsten died. However, I have to take into account that she was a teenager at the time of her death, so her personality/identity/individuality wasn't entirely formed yet. She could've grown out of her disdainful attitude and realized that there is more to life than popularity and status, eventually though. Who knows?

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PostSubject: Re: The Murder Of A Queen Bee   Tue May 23, 2017 3:38 pm

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I honestly can't feel sorry for the victim here.

I know what you mean. Her arrogant personality and disdainful attitude leaves a lot to be desired. It's hard to commiserate with people who are like that.

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They both seem like horrible people. Bernadette as a deranged popularity-seeking nutcase, and Kirsten seems like an average narcissistic, stuck up popular girl.

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I just realised how horrible I sound.

Nah, you don't sound horrible. You simply described their personalities in a nutshell. It's hard to sympathize with shitty people in general, unless they treated you well, so I understand why people would have a hard time sympathizing with the victim in this case, especially if they've been subjected to bullying or know someone like Kirsten in real life.
But the way and the fact that she was murdered is dreadful and sends a chill down my spine. So I feel bad about the pain she endured and that her parents suffered as a result of her death. But I can't say that I feel particularly bad about the fact that the world consisted of a narcissistic, vain, materialistic and self-centered teenage girl less, when Kirsten died. However, I have to take into account that she was a teenager at the time of her death, so her personality/identity/individuality wasn't entirely formed yet. She could've grown out of her disdainful attitude and realized that there is more to life than popularity and status, eventually though. Who knows?

Depending on their life experiences, some people never grow out of it. Sometimes it even grows to something worse.

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PostSubject: Re: The Murder Of A Queen Bee   Wed May 24, 2017 12:23 pm

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Depending on their life experiences, some people never grow out of it. Sometimes it even grows to something worse.

True, she could’ve turned into a worse and more insufferable version of her teenage self, as an adult. But since the rational part of a teenager’s brain isn’t fully developed until the age of 25 and since teenagers don’t have enough life experience, I think it would be unfair to assume that Kirsten’s personality (or any teenager’s personality for that matter) was already etched in stone.

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