The real life romance of Jasmine Richardson and Jeremy Steinke is much like Twilight, if Twilight was a murder penned by Stephen King.
The love struck Canadian couple believed they were from another realm, and their love could conquer all. Jasmine believed she was a vampire, and Jeremy thought himself a werewolf.
The couple initially met at punk rock show when Richardson was 11 and Jeremy was 23. Through the internet website vampirefreaks.com the couple carried on their relationship. Despite their passion, their love could not conquer the Richardson family’s distaste for their young daughter’s much older boyfriend. The longer the two were together the more Jasmine’s image began to take on the goth appearance of her boyfriend’s.
Despite her parent’s disapproval of their relationship, the internet allowed for many back doors and open windows for the couple to talk.
This website Vampire Freaks was a community for those who felt disenchanted with the mainstream, and wanted to carve out their own dark niche online. The site began in 1999 and is officially closing its doors in February 2020. This is where their romance blossomed through love notes both in public as well as private.
In the way that many young girls do, Jasmine made her adolescent life feel like one of imprisonment and torture by misunderstanding and unduly cruel parents. She would forlorn about her restricted and lonely existence to her boyfriend for hours. They believed that if they could be together, only then would they truly be happy. That is when their plan began to take form, and it was Jasmine who initiated the idea of murder.
She wrote to Jeremy; “I have this plan.. It begins with me killing them and ends with me living with you.”
In the minds of the two lovers nothing could stop them, and on April 23, 2006 nothing did. Sneaking her boyfriend into the home after the family had gone to bed, Steinke stabbed both of Jasmine’s parents dozens of times. However, he left her younger brother’s life in the hands of his young vampire. Jasmine stabbed the boy multiple times before slitting his throat. He was only eight years old.
The two then made their escape from the murder scene before sunrise. It was just the next day when the bodies of one of the Richardson family member’s was spotted through a window and the police were called.
The pair were quickly apprehended after Richardson’s computer was searched. Each were charged with three counts of first degree murder.
Richardson was only 14 years old at the time of trial in 2007. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison. That may seem light, but 10 years was the maximum any youth could receive under the Canada’s Youth Justice Act. Four of those ten years she spent in a psychiatric institution. The following four years she spent supervised attending classes at Mount Royal University in Canada.
She was released in 2016 after completing her time and seen as a success for rehabilitation. After becoming a free young woman she changed her name and is trying to live a quiet existence in the community she changed for life.
In 2008 Steinke was also found guilty of three counts of first degree murder. However, unlike the decade of punishment his girlfriend received, he was sentenced to three concurrent life sentences in prison. The courts stated his earlier parole date would be 25 years from sentencing, roughly the year 2033. He now goes by the name Jackson May.