On the afternoon of April 23, 2006, police learned about the untimely passing of the Richardson family. Three members of the family had lost their lives at the hands of twelve-year-old Jasmine Richardson, the oldest child of the house sold. Together with her 23-year-old boyfriend, the two claimed the lives of Mark Richardson, Deborah Richardson, and Tyler Jacob Richardson, who was only eight years old.
Many locals were left baffled by how such a young girl could do such a thing. However, I soon turned toward her much older boyfriend, Jeremy Steinke, with many people believing that he may have been the mastermind behind the crime. As always, welcome or welcome back to Twisted Minds. My name is James and this is the case of Jasmine Richardson.
The Richardson family was an average Canadian family. Unfortunately, not much is known about the family. This is because, at the time of the crimes, Jasmine was underage. We know that the family lived in Medicine Hat at the time of the crime. Medicine Hat is a somewhat small community in Alberta with a population of around 630.
What’s interesting about this area is that Medicine Hat is considered to be one of the 50 most dangerous cities in Canada, so this wouldn’t have necessarily been a great place for the kids to grow up. All things considered, however, things could have been much worse and all in all, the family seemed to have been doing fairly well. Jasmine Richardson always felt as though she didn’t fit in. This led her to adopt a Got Esque style, often wearing all black and using heavy eyeliner. She would listen to hard rock music as well as punk rock, and she would eventually meet her first boyfriend at a punk rock show.
The details about Jasmine seem to differ depending on what source you get your information from. Some people claim that Jasmine was always a happy and upbeat girl, insisting that she didn’t become a rebel until meeting her boyfriend. However, we have to ask the question, if she wasn’t rebellious or interested in the punk lifestyle, what was she doing at a punk rock show on the evening she met her boyfriend? Regardless, family and friends had nothing but nice things to say about Jasmine. It seems that for the most part, everyone around her blamed her bad behavior on her older boyfriend.
We know that around the time she met Jeremy Steinkey, Jasmine had been lingering around vampire-related message boards online. It seems like she had become very interested in the occult and other unusual subjects, with most of these subjects being particularly dark and gruesome. However, we have to keep in mind that this case began making headlines in 2006, the peak of the Twilight craze that had everyone interested in vampires and werewolves. So there is a chance that she was simply captivated by a popular book series and became deeply invested in vampires and werewolves. However, this is just a guess, and unless Jasmine decides to come forward one day and reveal more information about herself.
We don’t know much for certain.
What we do know is that her boyfriend, Jeremy had a much more complex life than Jasmine. Jasmine’s family was believed to have been very stable and very typical for the time. She never complained of any problems at home, and her remaining family and friends say that everything seemed to be completely normal for the family. For Jeremy, he had to endure a much different fate in his younger years. His mother was a raging alcoholic that seems to have been incredibly unhappy with the way her life had turned out.
After leaving Jeremy’s father, she began dating again and her new partner began to abuse Jeremy, sending him down a very dark road. Jeremy’s misfortune would simply take place at home, though, as it would follow him to school. Too many of his classmates at school picked on him and called him names, by all means. Jerry had no escape and no way to get away from his abuse. By the time he met Jasmine, Jeremy had already attempted to take his own life at least once.
From around the age of 13, Jeremy is said to have fallen off the deep end. He had developed the belief that he was a 300-year-old werewolf. He began to wear a vial of blood around his neck, but we have no idea where the blood came from and who it belonged to. Originally, after Jeremy and Jasmine met at a punk rock show, the two hit it off immediately. They began a relationship soon after, but Jasmine’s parents did not approve of their newfound love for one another.
Things grew so severe that Jasmine’s parents forbid her from ever seeing Jeremy again, but this would prove to be a fatal mistake.
It wouldn’t be long after Jasmine’s parents forbade the relationship that Jeremy and Jasmine began to plot various ways that they would be able to be together. The two claimed that they were madly in love with each other because of this. When Jeremy found out about Jasmine’s parent’s decision to never let them see one another again, he lost his temper and began posting incredibly concerning comments online. Jeremy took to social media on April 3, 2006, and wrote, Payment my lovers. Rents are unfair.
They say that they care. They don’t know what is going on. They just assume their throats. I want to slip. Finally, there shall be silence.
Their blood shall be a payment. This seems like a very clear plan, suggesting that Jeremy wanted to take the lives of Jasmine’s parents. However, the police say that they have reason to believe that Jeremy wasn’t the mastermind behind the plan at all. Rather, they say that they have text messages between the two that prove Jasmine was the one who first suggested taking the lives of her parents. Police have revealed two text messages between the two in which Jasmine texts Jeremy and explains that she has a plan for them to be together, she said.
It begins with me killing them and ends with me living with you. Jeremy immediately jumped on board and sent her a message in response, saying, Well, I love your plan, but we need to get a little more creative with details and stuff. Not too long after that, Jasmine seems to have begun speaking openly about her plan with her friends at school. It seems that almost all of her friends were aware of her plan, but none of them had any reason to believe she was serious about it. According to police, each of the friends felt as though she was simply joking or they simply didn’t believe her.
It’s been reported that the night before the attack, the two decided to meet up and watch a movie together. We don’t know how they managed to meet up against Jasmine’s parent’s wishes, but it’s reported that they watched the 1994 film Natural Born Killers together before going their separate ways for the evening.
At 01:00 P.m. On April 23, the bodies of three members of the Richardson family were found in the basement of the family home. The crime had been reported after a young boy had gone over to the Richardson family home, hoping to play with eight-year-old Tyler Jacob Richardson. When he arrived, he looked through the window and saw what he believed to be a body in the basement. He ran home and told his mother, who then called the police.
An officer arrived at the home within minutes and confirmed that there was at least one body in the basement. By peering through the window, he immediately called for backup and began rescue attempts to try to save the family. But it was far too late and everyone inside the home had already passed away. Strangely, the body of Jasmine was missing from the crime scene. Initially, police had every reason to believe that Jasmine was a victim as well and that she may have been held captive.
However, as they soon would learn, the truth was much scarier than fiction. A manhunt began with police doing their best to track down both Jasmine and Jeremy. They knew that the family’s lives had been forcefully taken from them and later revealed that Deborah Richardson had been attacked with a knife at least twelve times. Immediately afterward, Mark was attacked, though he managed to fight back while wielding a screwdriver. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough to fend off his two attackers.
Officers then made their way upstairs and found Jasmine’s younger sibling, Tyler Jacob, who passed away while lying in bed. When police began sorting through Jasmine’s belongings, they quickly realized that she was not a victim, but rather their prime suspect.
Police were able to track down both Jasmine and Jeremy within 24 hours. They used digital evidence to help their investigation, quickly learning that Jeremy had been involved in the crimes as well. They combed through many emails that were shared between the two, leading them to locate the couple inside of Jeremy’s truck. They were taken in for questioning after witnesses reported hearing the two talking about taking someone’s life. Jasmine insisted that she was not involved with the crimes, but evidence suggested that Jeremy had claimed the life of Jasmine’s mother and father while Jasmine went upstairs and took care of her younger brother.