17 Former Homecoming Queens Whose Lives Went Seriously Wrong

Molly Shattuck. (YouTube>
Molly Shattuck. (YouTube)

1. FROM NFL CHEERLEADER TO CONVICTED RAPIST

When she joined the Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders in 2005 at age 38, Maryland socialite Molly Shattuck became the oldest cheerleader in NFL history. In 2014 at age 47, she was convicted of statutory rape due to a series of sexual trysts she’d had with a 15-year-old male friend of her son’s. She had performed oral sex on the youth over Labor Day Weekend 2014, “occasionally met in parked cars,” and swapped sexts with the boy. Thirty years previously, she had been voted homecoming queen of Delaware’s Ford City High School. (sources: 1, 2)

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2. FROM HOMECOMING PRINCESS TO MANSON FAMILY MEMBER

Leslie Van Houten. (YouTube)
Leslie Van Houten. (YouTube)

A devoted acolyte of Charles Manson as well as an enthusiastic imbiber of LSD and speed, Leslie Van Houten had twice been elected homecoming princess at California’s Monrovia High School. One night in August 1969, accompanied by five other Manson Family members, Van Houten visited the house of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, where she aided in the latter’s death by stabbing her numerous times in the back. (sources: 1, 2)

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3. BEAT HER SISTER WITH A FAKE LEG IN A TRAILER HOME

Donna Sturkie-Anthony as a homecoming queen. (YouTube)
Donna Sturkie-Anthony as a homecoming queen. (YouTube)

A former homecoming queen from Norwin High School in Pennsylvania, Donna Sturkie-Anthony had numerous brushes with the law. These involved smearing her feces in the back of a police car during a DUI arrest, allegedly stealing a neighbor’s phone and vowing to burn down their trailer if they snitched, tossing ground meat at a neighbor, and threatening to kick a pregnant neighbor in the stomach. But the lowest she ever sank was a 2008 incident where she was visiting her sister’s trailer and an argument erupted that culminated in Anthony allegedly removing her sister’s prosthetic leg and beating her with it. (sources: 1, 2)

Donna Sturkie-Anthony as a criminal suspect. (YouTube)
Donna Sturkie-Anthony as a criminal suspect. (YouTube)

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4. HOMELESS AND COVERED IN AIDS SORES

In 1968 Rita Grant was voted homecoming queen of Florida’s Eau Gallie High School. Eighteen years later she was living on the streets of San Francisco, shooting up heroin with dirty needles. Her teeth were rotted out, her hair was dry like straw, and she was so ravaged by AIDS that seven-inch oozing sores on her buttocks threatened to eat toward her spine. (source)

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5. TRIED JOINING ISIS

Jaelyn Young. (YouTube)
Jaelyn Young. (YouTube)

Nineteen-year-old Jaelyn Young was an honor student and homecoming queen at her Mississippi high school. In the summer of 2015 she and her boyfriend were arrested and charged with conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist group—namely, the Islamic State, AKA ISIS. The FBI alleges that their undercover agents engaged in email conversations with Young where she’d expressed her desire to move to Syria and wage holy war on behalf of ISIS. She also allegedly said she wanted to breed and help raise little “cubs” to fight for ISIS in the future. (sources: 1, 2)

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6. DRANK HERSELF TO DEATH AT FRAT PARTY

Samantha Spady was the embodiment of a popular girl at her high school in Beatrice, NB—she was the cheerleading captain, class president, and homecoming queen. But one fateful night in 2004 while she was attending college, she guzzled multiple beers, several shots of tequila, and topped it all off by chugging vanilla vodka from a bottle at 4AM as members of the frat house where she was partying chanted, “Go! Go! Go!” She passed out soon thereafter, and her associates said they thought she could sleep it off. But she was likely already in a coma, and her body wasn’t discovered until the next day when a frat boy was taking his mom through a tour of the fraternity chanced upon her corpse. Spady’s blood-alcohol content at the time of her death was roughly five times the legal limit. (sources: 1, 2)

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7. BEATEN TO DEATH WITH A LEAD PIPE

Doreen Picard. (YouTube)
Doreen Picard. (YouTube)

In 1982 former Rhode Island high-school homecoming queen Doreen C. Picard was strangled with her own sweater and then beaten to death with a lead pipe. A man known as Raymond “Beaver” Tempest was convicted of the killing and sentenced to an 85-year prison bid. But in 2015 he was released after he successfully petitioned a judge to compare his DNA to that found on Picard’s cadaver. (sources: 1, 2)

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8. RAPED AND MURDERED IN A TENNESSEE MOTEL

Jennifer Hampton was the high-school homecoming queen in the tiny town of Waterloo, AL. In 2008 while staying at a Days Inn in Knoxville, TN, she was raped, strangled to death, and dumped in a nearby lake. A 20-year-old illegal immigrant who didn’t speak English was arrested and convicted of Hampton’s murder after his common-law wife, who worked at the motel, noticed blood on his pants. He’d used his wife’s master key to break into Hampton’s room. A fisherman found Hampton’s nude body floating in a lake about ten miles from the motel. (sources: 1, 2)

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9. MOST LIKELY TO BE FAMOUS

At her high school in Louisville, KY, Kayla Brown was voted both homecoming queen and “most likely to be famous.” One day in 2013, only a year after she graduated, her life was cut short by a hit-and-run driver in a white sedan. (source)

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10. SHOT AND DUMPED NEAR A SEWAGE PLANT

Miki Koontz of Williamson, WV, was a former cheerleader and homecoming queen when she was shot to death in 1996 at the age of 17 under orders of a local drug boss whom she allegedly owed $2,000. Her body was found near a sewage treatment plant. (sources: 1, 2)

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11. SHOT WHILE PREGNANT DURING A DOMESTIC DISPUTE

In a Pennsylvania church parking lot one night in 2005 while choir practice was going on inside—apparently so loudly that no one heard gunshots—former homecoming queen Catherine “Cat” Palmer was shot in the hip after an apparent domestic dispute with her boyfriend of three or four years. Her twelve-week-old fetus survived the ordeal unscathed, registering a strong heartbeat shortly after the shooting. A friend described Palmer as “a very sweet person” who “would never hurt anybody.” (source)

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12. BLUDGEONED TO DEATH AND DUMPED ON THE ROAD

Vickey Lee Harvey was a former cheerleader and homecoming queen in rural Washington state. In October 2011 when she was 59 years old, a male acquaintance murdered her and dumped her corpse along a remote road. (sources: 1, 2)

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13. STRUCK DEAD BY A SPEEDING PAROLEE

Francesca Vitale Weatherhead. (YouTube)
Francesca Vitale Weatherhead. (YouTube)

Francesca Vitale Weatherhead was a 25-year-old newlywed and former Michigan homecoming queen on the day in October 2014 when she was driving to work and got creamed by a recently paroled felon with multiple arrests who ran a red light during a police chase. (source)

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14. MURDERED BY HER CHEATING HUSBAND

Michele MacNeill. (YouTube)
Michele MacNeill. (YouTube)

Dr. Martin MacNeill was a California physician, porn addict, serial cheater, and child molester who was found guilty of force-feeding his beautiful blonde wife Michelle—a former homecoming queen and beauty queen—a fatal dose of pills in April, 2007. Cold as ice, Dr. MacNeill set up the murder so that Michelle’s six-year-old daughter discovered her mother’s unconscious body in a bathtub filled with bloody water. (source)

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15. SHOT DEAD IN A GAS STATION ON NEW YEAR’S DAY

Mercedes Morris was a former homecoming queen at Lee High School in Huntsville, AL. On New Year’s Day 2014, she was shot dead while sitting in the passenger seat of a car at a gas station. (source)

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16. RAPED AND KILLED BY A MENTALLY RETARDED MAN

Marjorie “Greta” Mason of Pulaski County, AR, was an Air Force nurse and former homecoming queen who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered on February 2, 1983. A mentally retarded man named Barry Lee Fairchild was convicted of the murder and died of lethal injection in 1995. (source)

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17. STRANGLED AND DUMPED IN A RIVER

Mary Horton Vail. (YouTube)
Mary Horton Vail. (YouTube)

Mary Horton Vail of Lake Charles, LA was a former homecoming queen whose dead body was recovered in a local river in 1962. A scarf that had been wrapped around her neck and shoved deeply in her mouth, as well as bruises on her neck and legs, suggested that this was more than the simple drowning her husband Felix insisted it was. But before he could be questioned for murder, Felix skipped town and was never seen again. (source) TC mark

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