An angry teenager took the most brutal revenge on her ‘strict’ grandparents...
Cassie Bjorge was a troubled teenager. In 2016, she was sent to live with the parents of her mum Amanda – Wendy and Randall, both 63 – in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
To an outsider, Cassie looked like a sweet and innocent girl. But, behind closed doors, she was starting to rebel.
Between October 2015 and March 2017, the police were called to the Bjorges’ home 31 times for a number of reasons, including domestic disputes.
At just 16, Cassie was charged with assaulting her grandmother. The teen was reported missing a number of times, leaving her grandparents sick with worry.
Cassie’s aunt and uncle, Sylvia and Chris, were concerned about the situation, too.
In April 2017, Wendy texted her daughter Sylvia.
I’m going to bed soon, she wrote. Maybe tomorrow will be better. All I can do is hope for the best and expect the worst. It shouldn’t be this hard for any of us.
Days later, after Sylvia had heard nothing from her mum since that text message, she grew increasingly concerned.
On 6 April, the police went to the Bjorges’ home to check on the family. The officers knocked, but there was no answer.
However, on the face of it, nothing seemed suspicious so the police left.
The next day, the officers returned to the property – just as the day before, there was no answer. A missing-persons report was filed.
The following evening, the police were called to deal with an incident.
A young woman had been attacked by her brother, Johnny Rider, 19. He’d arrived at his family home armed with a baseball bat, started lashing out.
And he was with a teenage girl – Cassie Bjorge.
When the police arrived, Johnny and Cassie had fled. Then the officers noticed Wendy and Randall’s car not far away.
Three hours later, the police returned to the Bjorges’ address, forced their way in.
Inside, they were confronted by a scene of utter horror– the elderly couple had been brutally slain.
Beaten to death and stabbed in the throat, their corpses were already decomposing.
The police realised they’d been dead for around a week.
The detectives launched an investigation and started searching for Cassie and Johnny.
They tracked them down to a block of flats and, at 9.54am the following morning, surrounded the building.
The teenagers weren’t ready
And the reason for such horrific killings..?
to surrender just yet, though. There was a standoff.
After around an hour, the police used a robotic device to enter the apartment.
It was then that they realised both Cassie and Johnny were injured, both with self-inflicted knife wounds.
The police believed they were trying to kill themselves before justice could be served and, by the time they got to them, both Cassie and Rider were unconscious.
The teenagers were taken to hospital, where Cassie had surgery.
Once they were discharged from hospital, the pair were taken to Gwinnett County jail.
Both pleaded guilty to murder, aggravated assault and theft.
And the reason for the killings? The sick teens felt the loving grandparents were too strict.
In February this year, Gwinnett County Court heard how the Bjorges were savagely slaughtered in their home by their own granddaughter.
The prosecutors told how, on the night of the murders, Cassie and Johnny waited for the lights to go out at the Bjorges’ home.
They let themselves in with Cassie’s key.
Cassie ambushed and beat her grandmother, while Johnny kicked Randall and beat him with a tyre iron.
Johnny then stabbed the elderly couple in the throats.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, the court heard how the teenagers went to great lengths to cover up their sick crime.
The prosecutors said they’d poured bleach over the Bjorges’ bodies, then sealed the doors inside the house to mask the stench of decomposition.
While the Bjorges lay dead, Cassie and Johnny were far from remorseful and ordered takeaways and even had parties, with their friends unaware of the horror that lay just metres away.
Members of the Bjorge family stood up in court and described the impact that the murders had had on them.
Randall’s sister laid out all of the agonising questions that ran through her mind when she thought about how her brother was killed by his own grandchild.
‘Did he die quickly? Did Cassie see his face?’ she cried. ‘Did he see Cassie’s face? Someone he loved so much, someone he was so proud of.’
The Gwinnett County judge spoke of her disgust at the lengths the teens went to in order to cover up their crime.
‘I just continue to be stunned that you sealed areas so that you could make sure the smell of decaying human flesh wouldn’t be noticed,’ she said.
‘That you had parties and ordered Chinese food with two people that you had brutally murdered lying upstairs.’
Cassie cried in the dock, but remained silent during proceedings, while Johnny spoke to the court.
‘I would like to express my deepest apologies to the Bjorge family,’ he said. ‘I’m so sorry for the pain and grief I have caused all of you. I know what I have done is abominable and evil and is deserving of hellfire.’ Cassie Bjorge and Johnny Rider were sentenced to life. They will not be considered for parole for 60 years.
The judge described the case as the worst she had ever seen.
She said, ‘I’m not sure I’ve ever imagined such a well-planned, despicable, heinous act to be committed by two such young people.’
Meanwhile, Cassie’s mum, Amanda Sterling – who had now lost both her parents and her daughter – told Press, ‘Not in a million years did I think something like this would ever happen.’
Then they’d ordered takeaways and had parties