After planning the murder of their best friend, Rachel Shoaf and Sheila Eddy posed as if nothing happened. Sheila even tweeted the next day proclaiming Skylar Neese would always be her best friend. It wasn’t found till later that they both stabbed their best friend.
Murderer Rachel Shoaf and Her Whereabouts
Rachel Shoaf murdered one of her best friends, Skylar Neese, on 5th July 2012. The crime was carried out when she herself was only sixteen years old. The crime shocked the nation and received wide coverage.
She was convicted after confessing to the crime after suffering a nervous breakdown. The friends planned the murder in their science class and decided they would count to three before stabbing their dear friend.
The reason for committing the murder was simple: they didn’t like her anymore.
Who is Rachel Shoaf?
One of the best friends out of a trio, Rachel Shoaf is now a convicted felon. She was convicted of committing the homicide of her best friend, Skylar Neese. The crime was committed on 5th July 2012 but still receives coverage to date.
Rachel Shoaf was in her teens when she carried out the crime. She was sixteen so it was natural that the crime received media coverage.
The exact reason although isn’t culpable, but the stated reason by the friends was they didn’t like the deceased anymore.
The friends Shelia Rae Eddy, Skylar Neese and Rachel Shoaf attended University High School.
It is obvious since her arrest, Rachel was not able to continue her studies and is serving time for her sentencing.
Rachel Shoaf was sentenced to thirty years of imprisonment. People close to her were shocked to know she could even attempt such a crime.
Rachel was said to have the potential for a bright future as she had good grades despite developing some antics in her teenagers.
Biography of Rachel Shoaf
Rachel was born on 6th June 1996. She was born and grew up in the town of Morgantown, Virginia. She is now 25 years old.
She was said to be a good and obedient kid when she was growing up. By ethnicity, she is an American.
Her parents’ names are Rusty Shoaf and Patricia Shoaf. Rusty is said to be working at a clothing/apparel store while Patricia Shoaf was last reported to be in communications.
During the trial, there were doubts as to how the parents would support legal fees for the child. The suit was filed in the year 2014 by Skylar Neese’s mother against Rachel’s parents.
The Aftermath of the Crime Committed
Rachel Shoaf at the age of sixteen planned the murder of one of her best friends in a science class. She along with Shelia decided to ask Skyler to sneak out of her house so they could go to a secluded place to hang out and smoke marijuana.
Skyler jumped out of her house’s window and went to her friend’s car, in which they were waiting for her arrival. The destination was their usual hangout spot which was the Pennsylvania state border.
Unbeknownst to the girl, her two friends had come prepared with kitchen knives and weapons of murder to carry out the crime. They decided they would attack her when her back would be turned.
As soon as Skyler turned to get the lighter, the duo jumped on their friend with the items they had brought. Upon struggling, Rachel held her to the ground by tackling her which resulted in her knees getting injured.
After the crime
After achieving what they set out to do, they hid the body and acted normal after it. Shelia even tweeted after the circulation of the news.
Rachel suffered from stress and started to become mentally unstable. She started acting abnormally, such as attacking her parents and screaming at people.
Confession of the Crime
Due to her deteriorating mental health condition, Rachel Shoaf was then admitted to a mental health center. It was there when she soon admitted and confessed to the crime of murdering Shelia.
She led the police to the remains of the body which was yet to be found. The reason for the crime was that they didn’t want to be friends with her anymore. They simply didn’t like her anymore.
After her confession, she pleaded guilty on the trial to second-degree murder due to which she was handed a sentence of thirty years of prison. The only possibility of parole would be available after 10 years.
Rachel Shoaf Marriage and Relationships
Rachel Shoaf married a woman in the same prison where she was being held. According to reports, she has indeed married a woman but details regarding her are unknown.
Rachel Shoaf is homosexual. Even if Rachel had a boyfriend, which she stated she had fooled around near the church, people believe she had an intimate relationship with Sheila. This was also found in Skylar’s diary.
One of the reasons for the killing could be the revelation of Shelia and Rachel being homosexual. As Rachel’s family was religious, she was afraid about her family finding out her true nature of sexuality.
This revelation in sexual orientation only fed fuel to the fire in this side of the story.
Other Facts About Rachel Shoaf
Rachel Shoaf is the sole child in her family. She is also a part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Before her conviction, she was seriously involved with a pre-med student. His name was Mikinzy. Combine this with the fact that Rachel’s family was also very religious. Her mother was Catholic and followed strict teachings.
This probably led to the fact that she wanted to hide her true sexuality.
Her sentencing is being held at Lakin Correctional Center in Mason County, West Virginia. She is set for her hearing and possibility of parole after ten years from the date of her imprisonment.
Just a day before her eventual demise, Skylar Neese wrote a tweet. The tweet was regarding her friends Shelia Eddy and Rachel Shoaf.
The tweet read, “you doing sh** like that is why I can NEVER completely trust you.”
In the trunk of Shelia Eddy’s car was evidence consisting of murder weapons and accessories. Items included towels, bleach, change of clothes for each of them and a shovel for the burial of the body.
Items also included knives which they used to kill the victim.
The girls wore hoodies and had planned to stab their friend at their usual hangout spot, dispose of the body by burying her, change their clothes and then head back home.
The next day saw both girls acting normally as if nothing happened. Shelia Eddy even tweeted regarding her friend that she missed her.