HIGH SCHOOL HORROR
Skylar’s BFFS turned out to be Bloodied Feral Foes...
Watching her little girl, Skylar, and pal Sheila playing with their dolls must have made Mary smile.
Skylar, eight, had met Sheila Eddy at primary school in Star City, West Virginia.
Mum Mary Neese knew that her daughter’s playmate had had a tough life already – a car accident had left her dad brain damaged and disabled, and her parents had split up.
The pair soon became thick as thieves, more like sisters, really.
But when they moved to high school together in 2010 and met a new pal, Skylar learned that two’s company, three’s a crowd.
Rachel Shoaf had muscled her way in between the two girls. The three started out as friends, but Rachel competed with Skylar to be closest to Sheila. Loving the attention, Sheila played them off against each other.
When they turned 16, Skylar, defeated, decided she was never going to be friends with Sheila like she had been when they were little girls.
About 10pm on 5 July 2012, Skylar came home from her part-time job at a burger bar and went to bed. But when her dad, Dave, went to wake her in the morning, her bed hadn’t been slept in.
A bench had been pulled under the open window and she’d clearly climbed out of the ground floor room.
He and Mary called the police to report their daughter missing.
Meanwhile, Sheila had a confession to make.
She and Rachel had picked Skylar up in Sheila’s car and gone off together, like old times.
They’d dropped her at the top of the road at about midnight, because Skylar didn’t want her parents to hear the car. Sheila was distraught.
She spoke to Dave and Mary every day, desperate for updates, and helped put up posters.
Tearful Rachel said exactly the same thing as Sheila.
The police suspected they might know more, but had nothing to go on.
Then, in December, Rachel had a nervous breakdown.
She spent a few days in a psychiatric hospital.
After her discharge in January 2013, she spoke to her mum and dad and they went to the police. ‘I know where Skylar is,’ she said.
She took them to a lonely spot 20 miles away, just across the state border of Pennsylvania.
It was where they often drove to smoke weed, she said.
Skylar’s remains were found under rocks and branches. She had been stabbed 50 times. Rachel said she and Sheila had decided to kill Skylar.
When asked why, she shrugged and said, ‘We just didn’t like her any more.’
They’d sent Skylar texts to pretend they wanted to make up.
In the end, Skylar believed them and agreed to sneak out.
Once they reached the spot, they got out of the car to smoke.
‘Damn! I’ve forgotten my lighter,’ said Sheila.
‘Don’t worry,’ said Skylar. ‘I’ll get mine. It’s in my bag.’
As she turned her back, Sheila and Rachel glanced at each other.
‘One, two, three,’ they chanted and stabbed Skylar.
She tried to run, but Rachel tackled her to the ground.
Skylar managed to wrestle her knife from her, but Sheila continued stabbing.
The ground was too rocky to dig a grave, so they covered her up. They cleaned the blood off themselves with bleach and paper towels they’d brought especially, and destroyed their bloody clothes.
Police searched Sheila’s car and found Skylar’s blood.
She and Rachel were charged with murder.
Sheila denied it and tweeted how Skylar would always be her best friend.
Sheila and Rachel eventually pleaded guilty to Skylar’s murder in 2013, and West Virginia courts tried them as adults.
Rachel received a sentence of between 10 and 30 years for second-degree murder, while Sheila got 15 years to life for first-degree murder.
Skylar’s parents campaigned for Skylar’s Law, which stated that an amber alert must be issued for every missing child to give the best chance of finding them.
‘Sheila was like a part of our family,’ Dave said.
‘She and Rachel are both sickos, and they’re both exactly where they need to be: away from civilisation, locked up like animals.
‘Because that’s what they are, they’re animals.’
Skylar met her ‘best friend’ at primary school in Star City Skylar (centre) thought Rachel (left) and Sheila wanted to be friends again… Sheila initially denied murder... ... But Rachel confessed to police The Real Life Heathers episode of I Killed My BFF is on Saturday 19 January at 9pm.