Parents Opposed to Pot, July 3, 2015
Writers from www.poppot.org have reviewed the book, Pretty Little Killers, the story of 16-year-olds, Sheila Eddy and Rachel Shoaf, who killed Skylar Neese in a marijuana woven web, and they offer plausible explanations for the girl’s actions through current marijuana research.
The authors, Daleen Berry and Geoffrey C. Fuller were given access to Skylar’s journals and writings.
A rupture in the friendship had developed 11 months earlier when Skylar saw Sheila and Rachel having sex at a sleepover. The book gives vague hints that Rachel and Shelia had wanted to get rid of Skylar for about 9 months before the murder happened, for fear she’d reveal the lesbian tryst. Although Skylar had at least two violent fights with Shelia Eddy before her friends killed her, she stayed away from them during most of the previous 6 months. But on that fatal night, the lure of sneaking out of her apartment to smoke weed broke her resolve.
The well-researched book explains that the three girls began smoking weed about 21 months before the murder, during fall of their freshman year. About 15 months earlier, the girls had been caught violating curfew, going out with older guys who had pot.
They suffered few obvious consequences, as teen use of weed is viewed as harmless. Many parents don’t realize how much more potent the drug is now, compared to the '70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.
At the end of the book, there is a summary of 15 warning signs to parents that their kids are in trouble. Pot and alcohol use are mentioned. Although these girls occasionally got drunk, the weed was by far the bigger focus in their relationship. The girls liked to sneak out at night in Shelia’s car to smoke pot, breaking curfew. And — of course — they smoked pot on the night of the murder.
The Parents Opposed to Pot writers go on to support the girls’ actions by identifying current research. There are 3 parts and a conclusion to this must read paper.