Joshua Jenkins, who as a teenager killed his entire family after an argument with his mother, is one of the most famous cases of mass murder.
Tragedy struck in 1996 when a mentally incompetent, or perhaps psychotic, teenager brutally murdered his entire family without showing any remorse.
Where is Joshua Jenkins today?
Joshua Jenkins is serving his sentence for the California murder of his entire family at Mule Creek State Prison. It has been more than 25 years since Joshua committed the horrific crime; he is currently 41 years old.
Joshua was arrested in 1996 and imprisoned in 1997 after pleading guilty during his trial. With his next hearing scheduled for August 2022, his next parole date is fast approaching.
Joshua Jenkins, a serial killer who killed five people in 1996
In their documentary American Monster, Investigation Discovery tells the story of Joshua Jenkins and his horrific crime through interviews and dramatic re-enactments.
When they heard about the case on the news, people found it difficult to accept that a family member had murdered their relatives in cold blood.
Murder of George and Alene Jenkins Joshua Jenkins was arrested for the murder of his grandparents Alene and George Jenkins, his sister Megan, and his adoptive parents.
Having no children, Joshua and Megan were adopted by his incredibly loving and kind adoptive parents.
However, Joshua began exhibiting excessive violence and mood swings at the age of 5, and this behavior only got worse as he matured into an adolescent.
Adoptive parents George Jenkins and Alene Jenkins
Rumor has it that Josh tried to kill his father with a crossbow, prompting his father to enroll Josh in a boarding school for troubled children.
Josh killed his entire family while they were vacationing with their family at their grandparents’ home in California as the incident only enraged the boy and fueled his hatred towards his parents.
All of the adults in the home were stabbed with a kitchen knife and hammered to death while they slept. Megan, his sister, was unaware of the situation, yet he repeatedly hit her with an ax before killing her.
The young killer then attempted to cover up the crime scene by piling up all the bodies and attempting to set them on fire before escaping.
Joshua Jenkins was sentenced to death and imprisoned
Joshua Jenkins was arrested in 1996 for the murder of his entire family and later found guilty on five counts of murder and one count of arson and sentenced to 112 years in prison.
The doctor contradicted the defendant’s claim that he was legally insane despite suffering from a mental illness. The defendant initially denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to mental illness.
He pleaded guilty without further argument, and in 1997 Mule Creek State Prison in California sentenced him to 112 years in prison without prospect of parole.