While the topic of gun control remains hotly debated and gun violence continues to soar, most people possess easy access to a weapon just as deadly: kitchen knives. The Office of National Statistics reported over 26,000 knife-related incidents in the UK between 2014 and 2015. In 2014, the FBI revealed knife-related murders outnumber assault rifle deaths by a five-to-one margin. Such statistics get even scarier when you consider all the deranged knife attacks committed over the years, and that obtaining a knife requires only stepping into your kitchen.
In fact, some of the most gruesome attacks and murders occurred along the edges of these common household items. Throughout all eras of history, numerous famous people died from knife stabbings, dating from ancient Rome all the way up until the modern era. Each of these incidents, along with the violent stories below, expose the very real dangers that sit idly upon your butcher block. All it takes is for one person who gets the wrong ideas and decide to carve their dark thoughts into reality.
12-Year-Olds Stab Friend for Slender Man
During a sleepover from hell, two 12-year-old girls lured their friend into the woods and stabbed her 19 times. The girls used their friend as an offering to the fictional character Slender Man. After they stabbed her and left her for dead, the girls were found walking down the street toward Slender Man's mansion - which doesn't exist.
Miraculously, the victim survived the attack and managed to crawl for help. Her former friends are currently on trial for her attempted murder.
BFFs Stab Friend Because They Didn't Like Her
Teenagers Sheila Eddy, Rachel Shoaf, and Skylar Neese were inseparable. Then, on July 6, 2012, everything changed.
Eddy and Shoaf lured their best friend into the woods and stabbed her to death.
Neese was reported missing, and everyone looked to Eddy and Shoaf for answers. Finally, Shoaf had a nervous breakdown and confessed to killing Neese with Eddy.
When asked why they did it, Shoaf replied, "We just didn't like her."
Jodi Arias was fueled by jealousy and rage when she showed up at the home of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, on June 4, 2008. A passionate night filled with sex turned deadly when Arias stabbed Alexander as he showered.
Arias brutally attacked a defenseless Alexander, stabbing him over 27 times. She severed his throat so deeply, he was nearly decapitated. His body was covered in stab wounds, including his hands, demonstrating that he tried to defend himself. After the grisly stabbing, she shot him in the head for good measure.
The psychotic scorned ex initially claimed she wasn't there that night, but when evidence linked her to the scene she claimed self-defense.
During a sensationalized murder trial, Arias did her best to tarnish Alexander's reputation by painting him as an abusive sex addict. The jury convicted her of first-degree murder. She will remain in prison for the rest of her life.
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Janitor Stabbing Spree Kills Eight Kids
It took 37-year-old janitor Mamoru Takuma just seven minutes to kill eight children inside their elementary school.
On June 8, 2001, Takuma entered the Ikeda Elementary School in Osaka, Japan, and started stabbing children and teachers. In total, thirteen children and two teachers were wounded.
Takuma suffered from several mental illnesses, including borderline personality disorder. He was sentenced to death by hanging, which took place on September 14, 2002.