Children are usually thought of as innocent, so cases of killer kids are always highly disturbing to the public. The Child of Rage documentary, which aired on HBO in 1990, shocked viewers with its depiction of psychopathic children. Beth Thomas, specifically, gave disturbing interviews in which she expressed a desire to murder her brother and adoptive parents.
What really happened to Beth Thomas? The true story of the Child of Rage is a tragic story of extreme childhood abuse and neglect and its psychological consequences. Luckily, intensive therapy managed to help Thomas and she now leads a normal life. Ultimately, her is a story of hope. With the right therapy and care, mental health issues caused by abuse can be overcome.
At the time, however, watching Beth speak so openly about her dark thoughts and urges shocked viewers everywhere. Most had never seen what a psychopathic child looked like and the damage she could have inflicted if she hadn't had such a loving family is downright scary to consider. Here's everything you didn't know about this disturbing expose on a very troubled child.
She First Exhibited Disturbing Behavior Toward Her Brother - Including Trying To Kill Him
Beth Thomas showed aggressive tendencies from the moment she was adopted, many of which were directed towards her brother. Thomas expressed homicidal thoughts towards her brother on several occasions and sexually and physically abused him. Eventually, this culminated in Thomas repeatedly bashing her brother’s head into a concrete floor in an effort to kill him. Her parents eventually resorted to locking Thomas in her room at night for the family's safety.
She Had Plans To Kill Her Parents
Beth's adoptive mother had noticed several of her kitchen knives were missing. In the documentary she describes feeling guilty for wondering if Beth had anything to do with it. Then one day Beth asked about the knives, describing just how they looked to her mother. Her mother describes Beth giving her a "malicious smile" and she knew in that moment Beth had the knives.
The documentary interviewer asks Beth about the knives and she she wanted to do with them. Matter of factly she responds, "Kill [my brother] John and Mommy with them. And Daddy."
Beth Exhibited The Same Early Behaviors As Many Serial Killers
Beth Thomas displayed a variety of disturbing behaviors after she was adopted. In addition to harming her brother, she harmed animals and family pets. She once killed an entire nest of baby birds. In the documentary, after being asked about her pets and happily describing them all, the interviewer asks what she does to them. She replies matter of factly, "Stick 'em with pins." When asked why she says, "To kill them."
She also displayed sexually inappropriate behavior, such as fondling her grandfather and masturbating in public.
The Adoption Agency Withheld Key Information About Beth Due To Confidentiality Laws
Beth Thomas’s adoptive parents wanted to know why their adoptive daughter was displaying such violent behavior. However, when they asked the adoption agency for information, their request was denied. The agency cited confidentiality laws, making it difficult for Thomas’s parents to determine the cause of their daughter’s behaviors.