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Heather Birden Connecticut

Holly Aeschlimann
Holly Aeschlimann, 19 was murdered in Connecticut in April of 2015. This case is amazingly close to that of Rachel Wade. Holly and her killer, Heather Birden, 20, had a longstanding dislike for each other. Heather had stabbed another girl, a juvenile, once before in 2014. She was held in Niantic Correctional Facility for next three months before the murder as a result of a violation of her probation, and was then released to an in-patient substance abuse rehabilitation facility.

Reports state that Birden asked her boyfriend for his knife and then left his house to find Holly stating "I have to end this tonight." Witnesses say Heather arrived and the two began to fight, ending in Holly being stabbed in the head and neck at a crosswalk outside an apartment complex in Torrington, CT.  Her friends rushed her to the hospital where she died. 

Heather was hiding under a vehicle a short distance away and feigned confusion when police found her. She spent the next several hours under investigation alternately crying and showing confusion before eventually admitting to stabbing Holly. 
Heather Birden


Witnesses and friends of the two girls say they had never gotten along and bickered and fought all through high school. News reports stated this particular fight was over a boy Holly was dating and Heather was friends with. 

A witness captured the fight on cell phone video. Police say it was Holly who threw the first punch and can be seen clearly pummeling Heather who is under her at one point. From her position under Holly, she swings the knife and slices Holly's throat. Holly stand up and holds her throat. Blood is seen escaping through her fingers and she screams for someone to take her to the hospital. 

She was officially charged with murder in on May 1, 2015 and is in jail on a $1.2 million bond.