Amanda Taylor became known as the “selfie murderer” or “selfie killer” after she stabbed her father-in-law, Charles Taylor, to death and then posed for a selfie with the bloody knife she used to kill him inside his Ellett, Virginia home. She uploaded the shocking murder selfie to a website about serial killers and was ultimately arrested and convicted of the gruesome crime.
“I have absolutely no remorse for what I did to Charlie Taylor at all. I did exactly what I wanted to do,” Amanda Taylor said during a recent jailhouse interview with Crime Watch Daily. “It was just something that made me really happy.”
The selfie murderer blamed her father-in-law for the suicide death of her husband, Rex Taylor. Amanda believed her father-in-law introduced Rex to drugs during his teenage years and the substance abuse caused his suicide. The younger Taylor killed himself in August 2014. Amanda stabbed Charles to death in April of 2015. The mother-of-two was recently sentenced to spend the rest of her life behind bars.
“I just wanted him to feel the pain I felt. That’s the most alive I’ve felt since Rex died,” Amanda Taylor, 24, said. “I was very happy, I was very happy just to finally get all that built-up hate and anger and all those feelings out on him.”
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The selfie killer stabbed Charles Taylor, 59, a total of 31 times. A least 11 of the blows with a bayonet-style knife would have been fatal. Amanda and Rex Taylor allegedly became obsessed with serial killers, murder, and death shortly before his suicide.
During the jailhouse interview, Amanda Taylor said she didn’t recall seeing anything during the murder. At one point during the stabbing attack, she said Charles Taylor looked up at her with an expression on his face like, “what are you doing?” While being stabbed to death, the father-in-law yelled and then reached up and grabbed Amanda’s hair before dying.
Amanda Taylor said all the yelling her victim was doing made her “nervous” so she asked her accomplice, Sean Bell, for help. Bell reportedly hit Charles Taylor in the back of the head with a crowbar.
When Taylor was asked why she decided to take a selfie with the bloody knife and the murder victim, her casual answer and tone appeared to indicate she still felt zero remorse for the brutal slaying which garnered international headlines.
“I was just really excited and I was like hey I’m gonna take a picture so I can post it and show everyone. It was just something that I, it made me really happy,” Amanda Taylor added during the same jailhouse interview.
After stabbing her father-in-law to death, Amanda said she was incredibly surprised by the intense sense of freedom that washed over here. The selfie killer said the experience is not at all like what is shown in movies and was “very different” from what she “had in mind” when launching her plot to kill Charles Taylor.
Not long after the selfie murderer took the now-infamous photo she tried to get in touch with ISIS, the Daily Mail reports. According to Amanda, she never heard back from the radical Islamic terrorist group. Taylor said she wasn’t planning to blow up anything or anyone but simply had this “weird obsession” with ISIS “for a minute.”
When being interrogated by Virginia police officers after her arrest, the selfie killer marveled at the lack of blood she got on her clothes due to the length of the knife used during the murder.
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While on the run Amanda Taylor posted a cryptic message to police officers online. The selfie killer threatened to “kill more” if law enforcement officers kept looking for her. The warning did not deter the police who eventually caught up with her. She also authored online posts stating stabbing Charles Taylor to death was a “good thing.”
The selfie killer wrote an Instagram post describing her post-murder feelings and included a brief note to her mother.
“Alright… it’s about that time. I’m going to go find my husband in Hell & finally be at peace. I love you mom & my beautiful crazies, I know you’ll give them the life I just couldn’t after everything… I can’t apologize ’cause I’m finally going to be free.”
In another online post about the selfie killer said she everything she had done was for the “right reasons,” the Sun reports. Amanda continued to blame her father-in-law for “destroying” her husband’s life, and by extension, her own.
‘Selfie murderer’, 26, reveals she took photo next to body of father-in-law because it ‘made her really happy’ https://t.co/aUsdSxt9Vx
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) May 18, 2017
Taylor also said she did not care what anyone thought about her decision to stab Charles Taylor to death. Amanda indicated she was seeking and finally received closure for her husband’s death. The selfie killer reportedly turned on her accomplice, Sean Bell, 32, while the pair were on the run after the murder.
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Bell was found unconscious on the side of the road. He was hospitalized briefly and then arrested. Sean Bell was also charged with second-degree murder and sentenced to spend the next six decades in a prison cell. He entered a plea deal during the Charles Taylor murder trial and is now serving out his sentence.
Amanda and Rex met in high school. She dropped out after becoming pregnant with their first child. They both wrote letters to imprisoned serial killers, Crime Feed reports. In April 2014 the couple separated, and Rex moved back in with his father. He continued living inside his father’s home until he hung himself in a shed on the property.
Selfie murderer, 26, says she took photo next to body of her father https://t.co/cOKB6Z47xqpic.twitter.com/0DCGjNZa4N
— Dodo News (@dododailynews) May 18, 2017
The selfie murderer’s attorney did not attempt to deny she stabbed her father-in-law to death at trial but argued instead his client believed she was committing a justifiable killing. The lawyer said love was a “powerful and overwhelming motivator” in the crime.
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