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Cyntoia’s Story: The 16 Year Old Killer

In 2004, Cyntoia Brown was arrested for the murder of a 43-year-old man. Cyntoia was a prostitute and he was her client.

Film-maker Daniel Birman was granted unique access to Cyntoia from the week of her arrest, throughout her trial and over a period of six years. His documentary explores the tragic events in her life that led up to the murder, and Cyntoia’s biological mother meets he daughter for the first time since giving her up for adoption 14 years earlier.

The film explores the history of abuse, violence, drugs and prostitution back through three generations. As Cyntoia faces a lifetime in prison, the programme asks difficult questions about her treatment by the American justice system.

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  1. Does anybody have a link to offer so that I can reach & watch this documentary pls?

  2. Such a shame, this girl, like so many others, was continuously failed by every system, by the people who studied into and paid to help such children, it’s in most countries and here in the UK too, being abused since a small child and left to fend for themselves does adopt anger hatred and self loathing, which obviously can lead to a violent streak or indeed murder. Eileen Wornoss had a very similar upbringing and was a victim of abuse and became a murderer, and once again, the system fails them by sentencing them to death or life, no treatment no counselling no care.

  3. Of course every comment here has to drag religion into it.

  4. What bothers me is the fact that they portrayed this man as so upstanding and just ommited the fact he wanted to have sex with a child which you can clearly see she was child. So what does that make him? A pedophile. Lord only knows what he was making or expecting of her. But of course that wasn’t brought up. I believe this needs to be retried. I am not saying she is innocent but I so believe that this man had some sick intentions.

  5. Yea she ain’t gettin a fair trail she was under age this bullshit

  6. A 42 year old john turns a trick with a 16 year old girl, that’s not statutory rape? ( oh wait this is the south, them crackers like em young) Did her counsel think for a second to show the jury what that girl looked like at 16? — she had become more hardened and mature by the time the DA shrewdly delayed her trial. I don’t even care about her motive. Raping a sixteen year old child should be rewarded with an execution. If I had seen them together I no doubt would have killed him also. Our justice system has it wrong, molesting children is a far more heinous crime than murder. Murder you send a soul to the next life, child molesters steal a child’s soul and and leave a rotting husk to endure a life of misery.

    • I agree with you 100%. I don’t think you needed to make the cracker remark. Believe me it comes in all colors. I believe just the fact her attorney didn’t show pictures of her at 16 should get her a new trial. What kind attorney did she have? A court appointed.

    • Amen…this case totally got me…I couldn’t understand how she would be convicted no matter if he just “invited” her over for food and to sleep…pfft my butt. A man who is not her father should not have her over period…if he didn’t call the police upon arriving home with her to let them know a runaway is on the streets alone then he should have been killed or known to have wanted to have sex with her. Our system baffles me. smh.

  7. You all sound extremely uneducated.

  8. My heart hurts for her they need to let her free

    • You don’t know how I feel for her .. she must be freed at some Point she has served enough, little poor girl. I pray for you and Blame the parents

      • If no parents there, then a system has failed them, care homes, social services, police force, councils and schools, all are to blame for not helping this and every child being brought up in the system. In the UK we have children in care homes that are being targeted by Muslim men and are plied with drink and drugs then sold out as prostitutes to Asian men.
        Councils care homes and police all failed these girls when they looked for help, where can they go and who can they trust.
        I bet many law enforcement counsel and even judges are a part in these rings.

  9. My heart hurts for her. She really had no real chance in life. I think that life in prison is not far but I do believe she did not mean to kill him. I pray the lord will allow her another chance in life in the free world. This is just to sad.

  10. Man that sick pedophile deserved to die and he will be in hell for all eternity cause he was a sicko..poor girl no chance in life..But she has a chance to go to heaven and be forgiven.. Pray for her.

    • Could u please shut up… You have no right to say she should die, mistakes happen and she was just a child with bad foundation, she deserves another chance!

      • ummm Princess you jumped down this person’s throat too quickly without reading what they wrote clearly. Angie stated that the man should die not her. You totally owe her an apology!

  11. If you don’t know the lifestyle please shut your fuckin mouth

  12. Hell this little girl is a victim of her own life ”we” as adult’s destroyed her childhood what do ”we” expect…for her to be a productive citizen after all she went trough ? And then this happen’s are you surprised I’m not so what do we do…lock her up and trhow away the key to a life that should be.
    I’m a Canadien and this shit would never happen here, US think it’s not illegal yet in your country but you better start now you have a long road to travel…

    • Amen. My thoughts exactly! Its just not fare and she deserves to given a fare chance in life. Make something of her self, get married and have some children. I know the lords sees all of this and I just pray he gives her that chance.

  13. I see comments that say she needs prison etc but the Arkansas kids that premeditated to killed those children In their school and succeeded went to a juvenile center… they could have tried her as a juvenile. I know children who can not be helped they are cold. I’ve seen them. This was not that, had it been so.eone she knew like that kutthroag guy etc maybe and she only shot once. She didn’t know the law she was not a criminal nor was she a theif. She confessed right away she was a kid backed I to a corner afraid of the unknown and had it been you,you would have done the same

  14. All I see is a bunch of people making excuses for her. From the very beginning of the ‘documentary’… then the excuses continue in these posts…

    • hey why don’t you find yourself a not so fresh roadkill and suck on it’s ass for a while it might give some grey matter that you obviously need.

  15. It is bad the way she was treated, but that does not give her a right to kill. She needs help & I,m hoping she gets it where they send her, but I doubt she will. And she should pay for killing. We cant have people taking the law into their own hands.

  16. The real crime here is that prosecutors get away with charging children as adults. If anybody needs to be in prison for life it’s the prosecutors that charge children and the judges that approve such reptilian behavior.

    • They’re murderers !! Old enough to know right from wrong !! Do you want this killer living w you !? I didn’t think so !!

      • No the mfa she killed should’ve been dead or and jail he ain’t. Have no business tryna sleep with a 14y. Girl an the first place he is 43 grown asl

      • Yes. If she lived with me I would protect her. Please look at all the facts. The 43 year old man that picked her up was behaving aggressively and threatening her severely. It was out of self defense.

      • Has it ever crossed your mind that we have laws protecting adolescents for a reason?

      • So how would you actually feel if you were in her shoes . How would you feel if you was in her situation. This was an 16 year old girl who has been rapped held against her will. Had a gun held to her head before. Have you been through half of the things she went through in her lifetime. Do you know how it feel to be abandoned . To feel like you have no one to turn to . I don’t think you do because you wouldn’t have made this comment. The real criminals are getting a way . The ones forcing young teenagers to have sex with them and sell theirselves . Do you have a daughter. So she does not deserve this punishment. How about they give you life in jail .

        • WELL SAID..IPRAY SHE GETS A SECOND CHANCE.. JUST PRAY FOR HER..

        • I totally agree 100percent she has been through alot people say lock her up its two sides to the story personally nobody has a right to judge anybody u aint god and if u never walk in her shoes then how the hell can u judge so lets be clear that girl dont deseeve to be in there she been through all sorts of trama in her life and she only 16he took advange of her she still a baby/child think about if it was your daughter thats whats wrong with the world yall so conflicted and judgemental its a damm shame i l hope she get out and get whatever help or resources she need!

        • Thank you, I was wondering where the people with compassion went.

  17. Would any of you take her in? Give her guidance? At this point, after what she has seen and done in her life, would you invite her into your homes and help her?

  18. IF YOU THINK CYNTOIA’S SENTENCE N UNFAIR SIGN THIS PETITION

    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/free-cyntoia-brown

  19. It’s crazy how a 16 year old can get charged with murder for defending herself. The thing that gets to me the most is her saying ” I thought he was reaching for a gun” so she was scared and defended herself … & continuesly I hear about officers shooting and killing people and there reason is ” I thought they had a gun”, or ” I thought they were about to shoot me”, & “it was self-defense ” and blah blah blah and they don’t get charged , even with there being evidence of no weapon, even filmed evidence. But this 16 year old child gets life. Over REAL self defense . What’s wrong with the system !?

  20. If prostitution is illegal…why is this young girl in jail? She took a man off the streets that was doing illegal activitys and i highly doute at 16 she just decided to prostitute most clients are tricked….like now its days they call them escorts but do you know they do more then just escort somebody. Its dangerous and after the first male takes it too far you cant just leave your pimp or whatever this man was wont let you slip away that easy. She needs help she need love she need support she doesnt need jail. She was 16 he was 43 not only was illegal by holding any clients he had a minor client smh. Whatever judge s3ntenced her is a peace of shit

  21. What a lot of people fail to realize is that there Is a lot of psychological instabilities that are developed in children who come from broken homes, yes there are many people who have the same traumas as she did and don’t kill but not everyone has the same mental capacity to understand things and maturely make a decision that says I won’t do what my mother did to me. I’m going to walk away from that life style. You really have to have some outside influence to guide you some kind of hope. And unfortunately for her she didn’t. And I feel for her. It’s good that she now realized these things but for those of you saying maybe she deserves life, what you do as a child does not define who you are as an adult. That’s like saying people who drop out of school will amount to nothing for not finishing when some of the wealthiest people in the world didn’t finish hs. Just saying. I hope she gets out of prison and can start her life fresh.

    • She was ADOPTED she didn’t come from a broken home.

    • I agree with you completely as I was one of those children. Abandoned twice by my mom at2 and again at14, lived on the streets from14 to 17. Sexual abuse was rampant in my foster home and my therapist ask me why I never turned to prostitution when so many did thinking foolishly that they were in control. My question to him was”how is that control?”
      Every child matures differently and why knowing this babies background would they imprison her? She needs help not incarceration,she’s been in a kind of prison all her life!

  22. I feel for this girl mehn my prayers n best wishes go out to her

  23. Every adult screwed that child.

  24. I heard a saying that ” bad things happen when good men do nothing” each one of us making a comment in support of Cyntoyia let’s step out of our space let’s reach out to the powers that be and plead her case. No time for the nay sayers cause as we all know carma is a *+^&$#*&^. May all those in support be bless beyond your imagination the rest oh well .A real christian and not just cause I was born in the land of the free.

  25. Thanks Sparkels would you do what you can to give this young lady a chance share within your community you do a little,I do a little we just might be able to turn the hand of justice in her favor thanks.

  26. This is really sad. It really tugged at my heart. For those who say she could’ve broke up with him and listened to her mom’s rules. That is a very ignorant way of thinking and not even worth posting. Kids go for anything they feel is love. The lifestyle she lived made her think this was right. If you watch she was finding herself and realizing her mistakes when she was being evaluated by the psychologist. What teenager do you know that follows every rule. All kids break rules and make mistakes. That’s how they learn. She was just in some situations that she should never had been in. I feel for this girl. This was a cold hearted decision to put this teenager away for life. So many people gave up on her and she just did what she was taught. She was trying to survive. I’m sorry this happens and I hope she finds peace. Shame on everyone that was involved in putting her in jail for life. For those who say she should ve listed to rules and broke up with him. Watch it again or grow up.

  27. A lot of ppl grow up in a hard kinda way and don’t kill. Maby a life sentence is to much but she should of been found guilty.

  28. This was a truly heart breaking story. I can’t believe the jury found her guilty and she got life. She made a humanly mistake. How can they not see her situation. The man was a man not a boy but a 40+ yr old man why is he looking for sex from a little girl why take her to his house to be alone and not a hotel room. Why bcuz he had plans and she did what was in her best interest to protect her self. I’m sorry but she deserves a chance on a real life. I wish her the very best and I pray the justice system corrects the issues. All through out the video I saw her beautiful smile I hope she doesn’t give up hope. Her life isn’t over this isn’t it. I’m sure God has a better plan and I as a person who wants to become an officer feel disgust of what those 2 officers did. They should have known she didn’t understand what our Miranda rights are she was 16 how could she understand fully. But goes to show u how honest she was she had nothing to hide and that should prove a lot about how that night went. God bless her today, tomorrow and always.

  29. This was truly sad and it broke my heart to see how they charged a 16 year old little girl with 1st degree murder when she shot a grown man who had just bought her a $6 dollar meal, violated her sexually and talked to her about his life as if she was on his level. In America we do not protect our children we imprison them.

  30. To the author:
    Words have meaning. Cyntoia wasn’t a prostitute…she was prostituted.

  31. There are a lot of people who grow up in those same circumstances that don’t end up doing those same things. Maybe they get lucky and meet someone that changes their life? Who knows! But just because you have a hard life when your younger does not constitute what you do when you are older! I feel bad for her or anyone that has to deal with that, but their are resources out there to help you turn your life around. It’s a sad situation!

    • People like you kill me ! You lack empathy for her situation because you do not understand it. She is a child being taken advantage of by a grown man. He deserve what he got nasty bastard. The deck was stacked against her from the start. Society failed her and life in prison is the consequence. Some people do get out but that is a rare few. You can only understand if you have walked a mile in her shoes. It is sad just sad that the event happened in the first place.

      • ‘Society’ didn’t ‘fail her’ her own MOTHER – Gina FAILED HER!!

        Quit blaming Society for everything…blaming Society is an excuse…a cop out…

        People need to start taking RESPONSIBILITY for their own “Choices” and “Actions”

        Cyntoia is the ONLY ONE DOING THAT…everyone here on this post and in this documentary is making excuse after excuse for her…

  32. Well she couldve broke up with him her mom didnt have to do drugs in the first place and you truly only run away from home if u dont want to follow the house rulez no matter what they are

    • or maybe you run away because your beaten or molested? oh wait that’s not following “rulez” right?

      • Are you serious? You make yourself sounds foolish.

        Where was it said or proven Cyntoia was ‘Beaten’ by her adoptive Mother or Father? Where did it say she was taken from the home by DHS because she was being Abused?

        • Cyntoia told the psychologist that her father, meaning Thomas, hit her, and sometimes said he didn’t know why when she asked. Of course that doesn’t constitute “proof”, but she’s so forthcoming with other events in her life, including her own bad behaviors, so I don’t think she was lying.

          • Izumi you sound like a reasonable, rational person.

            Let’s be honest here.

            When I was a teenager and when i was being disrespectful my parents “let me know who was the adult in the room”, and who was in charge, end of story.

            In retrospect, I probably deserved whatever I got….I will never say it was “abuse”….and it certainly didn’t make me run out and find a “cut” to hang with…

            She had “help” at age 13-14.
            I think the place was Woodlawn in TN…this was a ‘last chance’ place for ‘at risk’ kids to go get help…after that…the next place to go was jail or prison.

            Now, I am sure Cyntoia, as intelligent as you see her, and I don’t doubt it either, at this point she was well aware of ‘why’ she was sent there…(she was acting up, acting out, attacking fellow students, stealing, drugs and behaving badly).

            You have to help youself, to save yourself.
            Christians put it another way…God helps those who help themselves…
            No one besides Cyntoia, no matter how much ‘help’ she got could help her deal with her problems without doing some of the “hard work” herself…there is no “magic wand”…

  33. May god be with her,i as a parent feel the pain her mother its feeling,not bcuz i been through this but bcuz i have kids and wouldn’t want this for my kids…I will pray for her and i wish her the very best TODAY,TOMORROW AND ALWAYS…baby girl dont give up GOD knows you did a mistake and his the only one who could forgive you….be positive and always have faith,may god be with you..

  34. I Don’t Think She Should Get Life

  35. This documentary really touched me.I know what’s it’s like to be young and make decisions that you don’t take a chance to think about how it’ll affect your life.I cried while watching this not only because of the things she’d already experieced at such a young age but at the fact that this was not a just decision.

  36. This absolutely shattered my heart. This was a young girl who was struggling through life with many issues that she probably wasn’t even aware that she had. Genetics and generational patterns really do play a major role in who we are and how we function as people. I don’t believe that she was innocent and a crime was clearly committed, however, psychiatric care and counseling would have been a better option in my opinion. Sending her to prison for life for protecting herself against a crime being committed against her is preposterous and yet another grave injustice of our so-called “justice system”. This helps no one. I pray for this young woman’s Soul and I pray that God will touch the hearts of those who have the power to overturn this decision and give this young woman another shot at LIFE! BLESSINGS!

  37. R U people serious!!!!!! She went out to sell herself(not matter her age) and got caught up in a bad situation(ho hummm) she knew what she was doing and intentionally went out to prostitute. She may look innocent cause she is only 16, but bad things happen to BAD people.

    • 2 Timothy 3:1-5 talks about the attitudes of people today. This child did have a bad life. She needs help not condemning. Who are we to judge her. If we put ourselves in her shoes for just a moment maybe we would feel differently.

      • OMG was anyone here actually paying attention to this Documentary? Or is ignorance that blissful?

        Her biological mother was 16. She was drinking AND became a Crackhead. Why? To “escape” from her ‘problems’ and Cyntoia, who WAS her ‘responsibility’. Drinking and a crackhead, instead of facing HER “responsibilities” something that OUR ‘society’ is getting very good at…

        Has anyone here been paying attention to her ADOPTIVE Mother? The Woman who raised her from 8 Months Old?
        Does the Woman speak and act like any thing other than a RESPONSIBILE PERSON?

        The only ‘Bad’ life Cyntoia had was the one SHE created. And she says so!

        • The psychologist didn’t explain it very clearly, but research has proven that negative events, including parental violence, neglect, substance abuse and/or mental illness, have very definitive effects on children, even if those events occur only in early childhood. But Cyntoia also suffered some physical abuse from her adoptive father, and, if you listened to her descriptions of the 3 dozen men she had sex with, I think she said 5 or 6 were relatives, so she suffered sexual abuse, too. There is also no question that mental illness has a hereditary factor, meaning that even if she experienced no abuse or turmoil whatsoever, there’s still a chance that she would suffer from mental illness. And possibly the same is true with substance abuse. Unfortunately, this young woman had many, many factors going against her, then, when she “acted out” the way nearly all teenagers do, she didn’t really understand how to get out of the situations she got herself into. She didn’t have the same comprehension and coping skills many other teens with stable upbringings have. She actually seems to be an intelligent and insightful young woman; it’s unfortunate she wasn’t at that level of maturity before running away and getting involved with an abusive man who controlled her with violence and drugs. And sadly, she took a life because she thought it was her best reaction in that particular situaltion. This is someone who probably would benefit from counselling and support, and could be an asset to society. There are many murderers who are hardened criminals with no remorse and little chance of rehabilitation; Cyntoia really doesn’t seem to be one of them, and shouldn’t just be thrown away.

          • Look, all I know is this…If YOU (anyone) allows themselves to be a “victim” you (anyone) will always be a “victim”.

          • You’re correct that we’re only seeing one side of this story being presented here. I’m not saying that the victim doesn’t merit some justice. It seems that whenever the defendant is someone society disdains, however, it isn’t justice but vengeance that’s meted out. And it happens that in this case, there are some particularly burdensome mitigating factors, also. However much we view sex as just a biological function of all animals, it doesn’t change the cold, hard fact that the sex industry (from escorts to street walkers and all in between) victimizes women far greater than it does men, but even ignoring that gender imbalance, most people in the sex industry are minimized & ignored by those in the mainstream and are the targets of violence, disdain and blame. You’d be hard-pressed to find even one whose story is, “I became a prostitute because I like sex”. It’s always because they need money & have no other skills or training, or because they’ve been controlled by others & forced into it. If you’ve been fortunate enough to have had at least a halfway decent upbringing by parents who cared about you, in all likelihood you’ve become an adult with a healthy enough ego to stop others from victimizing you. Unfortunately, that isn’t true for some people who often find themselves controlled & defined by others until they no longer understand how to break the cycle.

    • Didn’t your mother teach you that when you have nothing nice to say don’t say nothing at all hmm

    • Her life was stunted way before she could understand between right & wrong. And she is not a bad person and cause bad things happen to good people more than not. She needs help do the right thing

    • R you serious!!! Did you watch it.. she had a choice die or get the money. This fool was IN HIS 40S. Wow. That’s rape by itself. She was a troubled kid. What the hell happened to you? Who are you to say she is a bad person. So it’s ok for 40 year old men to have sex with kids now? Smdh

    • There is a reason that a 16 yr Old is not deemed an adult. Society fails our children everyday this chIld is product of our society of you and me. What grown man looks for a young girl to buy sexual favors? Why his house cheap bastard? He had issues too and yes she should be held accountable but not for entire life she did not wake up one day and said hmmm I’m going to kill a man today ….

      • Are you kidding me?

        She is NOT a PRODUCT of me. Quit dragging “Me” into this socitial stuff!

        “What grown man looks for a young girl to…?”
        First start with her **** Boyfriend/ PIMP!… (Or did you miss that part)… Her boyfriend/pimp who put a gun to Cyntoia’s head and made her have sex with HIM AND his bro’s.

        She looked ‘cute’ and ‘sweet’ with her braids in court at the beginning of the film… I am SURE she didn’t portray herself like that when she was ‘forced by her boyfriend/pimp to “get her lazy a** out there’ and make some money (for drink and drugs)…

    • You my dear are unbelievable and either life has been hard on you and you are bitter or it will be hard and you will be alone

    • What sort of human being are you, being a prostitute doesn’t make her a bad person. I suppose you call yourself a Christian too. Sometimes people in life are thrown in to bad situations that doesn’t make them bad, Often people make wrong choices in life. A bad person in my eyes is someone who harms a child whether it is physically, sexually or mentally. She was abused and harmed and now she is in jail for life that is appalling.

    • Yeah she went out to prostitute cause her boyfriend made her after he raped her and threaten to kill her mom? Have you ever been so scared of someone you do exactly what they say? I have. Trust me i was molested from 3years- 9 years old and i didnt tell a soul cause he said he would hurt my mom. Now was i a bad persom who deserved bad things?!?!?! That statement can go both ways. Are we gonna ignore the fact that a 45 year old man was gonna pay a obvious little girl to have sex with? Ignorance is the problem in this world. Ill pray for you donna.

      • Obivious little girl?? There are “little girls” out there who LOOK like they are 18 or 19 and they are 14 or 15!?!!

        I am quite positive she didn’t have ‘braided pig tails’ when SHE was soliciting Sex for Money. If it was not him it would have been someone else…she was carrying a GUN.

        Or did everyone miss that little fact?

        The “little girl” had a GUN in her purse….

    • Your clearly sheltered & have never had to deal with real life experiences open your eyes & wake the fuck up Not everyone could be so special to have everything handed to them on a silver platter she deserves a chance at life

    • No comment about what other are saying to u?

    • Seriously YOU NEED HELP if bad things happen to bad people the minute u post your comment something would have happen to you MAY GOD BLESS YOU.

    • You say she’s a BAD person because she was prostituting you say she’s a BAD person because she killed a man and that BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO BAD PEOPLE! Well does that mean her being held at gun point and forced to have sex or being told to go out and make money using her body or being left with many people as a baby because she’s a “BAD” person or maybe because she was never given a shot at a good life and never given the help that she truly needed at a young age! That’s why people are saddened by this documentary. Oh and the phrase is bad things happen to good people, but bad things like rape and murder shouldn’t be wished on no one!

      • Cyntoia ran away from…what seems to be a stable home enviroment…

        Who ‘forced’ her into that? That was a ‘choice’ made by poor little Cyntoia who obviously doesn’t know when she has a nice home. Maybe not perfect be her adoptive mother obviously cares about her. How many kids get a chance like THAT?

        Does her Adoptive Mother, Ellenette, come across as any other than that?

    • I hope you’re not a mom

    • You obviously have no idea what is like not knowing when your next meal will be and how you will get it and you obviously have never been through anything severe because when you are at your lowest you will do anything to make ends meet at 16 there is no way for you to do things on your own you need a parent for everything and the fact that she didn’t have one left her with only a few decisions so. She was not an adult she was a confused little girl who thought everyone was out to get her . Maybe if you knew suffering you would be a little more sympathetic

    • That lifestyle has caught up a lot of innocent girls. I was a wholesome foster kid from small town Oklahoma, a valevictorian (sp?) that ended up in Vegas on a sales job that went bad. I was homeless out there and I have no family to back me up. I was naive and ended up in that lifestyle. I did what I had to do. Then I ran away from a pimp and went back to college. Never touched drugs or committed any other crimes. So…..sometimes bad things happen to bad people or sometimes bad things happen to good people or even little girls that get caught up in their parents mistakes. Truth is you don’t know what this child went through. I met so many girls in that lifestyle that didn’t want to be there. They aren’t that different than you they just weren’t as lucky as you. I’m not saying it’s not a decision they made but not everyone can be as high and mighty as you. However those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. I’m sure you’re not perfect.

      • Again, did YOU watch the documentary??

        For cripes sake! She HAD A NICE HOME!!

        “SHE” ran away…SHE was with a bad boy druggie…HE Abused her…

        LISTEN to the anguish of Ellenette, her ADOPTIVE MOTHER…does SHE sound unstable? ? She loves Cyntoia, I do not think Ellenette made any mistakes..

        Cyntoia made mistakes…she admitted to it…

        What is everyone here hearing in this documentary that I’m not??

    • Wow, you sound really slow. What people seem to be missing is that she was a child! At 16, she was doing what she had to do to. No one knows what they will do at their lowest. This poor girl seems to have been failed by everyone around her. There were plenty contributing factors that led up to this crime that could have been avoided. Before you jump up so quick ready to chastise her, I hope you have lived a pure life. Smh, social media is the only place where people talk a bunch of shit knowing good & well they are living an miserable existence. But, anyway glad to know that you are little miss perfect.

    • Ok, Ms High and Mighty. You don’t see anything wrong with a Sunday school teacher, choir person, very active in the Church of God soliciting sex from a prostitute, an underage one at that? I’m not condoning what she did but her family and health history coupled with the so called man of God’s action led to this. As a man of God, he could have done something else, like PRAY for her, try to steer her to the right path but noooo, he wanted sex from an underage girl.

      • She HAD NO CONTACT with her biological mother for 15 years!!

        She HAD a stable home life, SHE RAN AWAY…Cyntoia made a CHOICE to be with bad Boy druggie “Boyfriend”…He didn’t just ‘happen’ on her door step…

        You go looking for that kind oF garbage you find it…these days they are a dime a dozen…

        and wow, suddenly everyone in America is a “victim”…

        Only Cyntoia us the ONLY ONE who is actually taking responsibility for her actions…

        “I” killed a man…”I” executed him…That is why I am always depressed…”I” have to think about that everyday…-Cyntoia Brown

    • You have to look at her mindset and all the stuff she been through in life..Yes, she committed a crime but what state of mind did she really had..she went through so much at a young age. At what point did someone step in to get her help..I think they should make her do time in jail but at the same time get her help,so she can deal with what going on insde of her…she’s probably carrying around a lots of pain,hurt,rejection&confusion ect..let’s in brace her with prayer not cured words

    • Yeah I bet when you were that age u were the perfect ideal person and knew exactly what you were doing that knew how all your decisions would play out
      WHO THE FUCK ARE U TO CALL A YOUNG GIRL A BAD PERSON THAT PROBABLY WENT THROUGH SHIT U WULD NEVER UNDERSTAND NO MATTER WHAT (age) U r

    • Just take a second to maybe consider/review/ponder on WHY she was a “bad” person as you have so quickly labeled her. She was a precious soul (as we all are when we are brought into this world) but she unfortunately didn’t have the same “luck/blessings” that I’m assuming you and i did. Her life STARTED off with a series of unfortunate events and mistreatings. In your first stage of life, if you are not correctly guided (which she wasn’t), you’re vulnerable to take in everything that’s going on around you. Im sure she couldn’t understand what was happening to her (drug addicts, foster care, physical violance), let alone WHY it was happening to her. Now how could she cope with that? You and I wouldn’t know how that affected her and how she was feeling because we weren’t in her shoes. Yes, we create our own lives but that’s only possible if you are AWARE that we are capable of allowing/manifesting a beautiful life to enjoy. She got into a whole lot of trouble alright but can we really blame a child for not having anyone to steer them in the right direction? I couldn’t. She was a 16 year old PROSTITUTE that pulled the trigger on a GROWN man that was inflicting fear on her before and in the process of fucking her! She confessed. Should she NOT be punished at all for her actions bc she was a child? no, there certainly has to be consequences but in my opinion ending her life with a life sentence is not the answer. And especially not labeling her a “BAD” person. We should try to learn lessons from everything: We should be more nurturing of children, not just ours but the children all over the world, because they are our future and it hurts my heart to see anyone end up like this. Let’s start taking responsibility, you and i and everyone else seeing <3 lets raise "good" people, after all we're all brothers and sisters. Wish you well.

      • She shouldnt have done that still she ran away from a stable home to be a prostitute

        • Someone needs meds

        • Who are you people?? You call her home life stable. This is so sad. Really. Her biological family had psychological issues. She was a child who did not know right from wrong. This is just crazy and disturbing. Lord have mercy on your soul.

        • She ran away after being raped, molested and threatened at 13. Judging from your syntax, you may be 13 or 14 yourself. I hope this never happens to you and that things don’t get so crazy that you find yourself doing insane things to survive.

  38. This is so sad .. I believe there should be justice but not a life sentence . That man had no morals . But this little girl suffered enough ! I’m gonna share this story so that the world knows and step to help this child .. Our system failed her so now who is gonna pay for that ? Don’t worry I’ll wait …..

  39. Brought tears to my eyes, Cyntoia was a child and does not deserve life. She should definitely be punished but should also be given another chance. The jury took no consideration to her childhood and what she went through. I hope come this Fall something happens for the better for Cyntoia. She deserves another chance at life. I will be writing to the Governor even though my letter may not make a difference but I do hope attention is brought to this case and Cyntoia is given another chance. There are murderes in my town that have committed worse crimes and only got 15-25 years. But yet a child who was picked up by a man damn near 3 times her age gets life because she felt the need to protect herself before something happened to her smh this is so sad. #FREECYNTOIA

  40. With me being an 18 year old female , I can say that I went thru some of the worst things possible , and I must admit I did some pretty shitty things before of how I kept everything to myself thru out my childhood til around the age of 14-15 maybe , I turn my life around , I continued to do better in school and I recently graduated Class Of 2014 , I just prayed and ask God to forgive me , even went to Church and he took all my hurt and pain away , It hurts me to know that it all happened to her , she could have choosen a better to resolve the situation , but at the end of the im happy she continued to smile and be happy , I hope and pray that they work something out for her , I see so much potential in her , may God work his ways for you , she deserve a 2nd chance and she will get it

    • Guest, I am happy to hear you have found help and “chose” to “receive” that help.

      Christians say God helps those who help themselves…
      I am glad you ‘found’ him. Keep him near and you will never be alone in times of loneliness or need…

      You sound like you are on the right path…wishing you a bright future!

  41. She deserves a 2nd chance, this man was have sex with a 15 yrs old.. he’s not moral; he shouldn’t of had her in his bed. 15 yr old with no crime records or history shouldn’t be trailed so harshly.. we are definitely not the ppl we where as teenagers.. get her out, and let her live her life

    • I totally agree you You! I cannot believe this man and what his intentions were with this Little girl got completely set aside. It’s like he was justified in soliciting sex from a minor and all that he intended to do disregarded. She had no history of murderous behavior but 1st degree conviction is unreal to me considering all facts.

  42. This is such a sad story. This girl was betrayed by every grown-up in her entire life she needs help not life. This makes me sick that they would lock her away for life when clearly in her mind she was using self defense.

  43. This is the man to address in this matter let’s get the ball rolling on this one people and we can be instrument in helping Cyntoia Brown
    Office of Governor Bill HaslamTennessee State Capitol
    Nashville, TN 37243-0001
    Phone: 615/741-2001

    Fax: 615/532-9711

  44. Let’s give this exposure make this story go viral get the attention of the governor who has the power to pardon. As we all know there are many in her situation but if we can start with her get her some help together we could get the ball rolling just one to start and i believe Cyntoia needs our help before the systems harden’s her and make her a worser victim I believe there is still hope,please in humanity help.

  45. http://law.justia.com/cases/tennessee/court-of-criminal-appeals/2009/browncyntoiadeniseopn.html

    Real story here, this documentary sucks. Victim was shot in the back of the head close range. Doctor testified he was sleeping when she shot him. She also testified initially, that the guy picker her up from the street not as a prostitute but to help her out of the streets. Bought her food and brought her to his home. He tried to have sex with her but they didn’t do it. A friend of hers testified that she said to him “I killed a man for 50 thousand dollars and some guns”. Another nurse who had an altercation with her testified she was grabbed by her and told “I’ll kill you like that guy but not with one bullet in the back of the head but three”. Also when police went to the motel she stayed, she jumped to defend “kutt” saaying he had nothing to do with it.

  46. This is injustice too the core I will speak to YHWH and petion the speedily release for Cyntoia a victim of the system for a intervention from on high for her release intervention from those with deep pockets to get her some good legal help. I will post on facebook ask for help for her , signatures whatever it takes to fludd the Tennesse womens correctional and the governer of said state for release of this young women. Cyntoia help is on the way

    • Hello I live outside the USA but I would like to help in any way possible. This child is a victim of all the adults in her life and needs a fair chance. Please let me know what I can do.
      Sole

  47. This saddens me. As a 23 going on 24 year old adult i can personally say that i am not the same girl i was when i was 16 as im sure many of you can also say about yourselves. Also based on the way she was raised and the lack of love that she felt it led her to make horrible decisions in people. I remember at that age all i wanted was to feel hot and desired and loved as most people going through puberty do. Everything i felt was like an electricity volt through my body and was usually led by ignorance. I felt everything so passionately and i had not yet discovered the meaningful things that i know now in life. Fighting and killing were things that were around me and i thought were cool based on me growing up in a rough neighborhood with gangs and pimps and the glamour this kind of lifestyle receives in the media. Now that i’m older i understand the gravity of it. I wish they put her in a psych ward due to the constant abuse and also gave her intense therapy with a heavy probation sentence maybe 10 years after her release. They just threw her life away, she was really a child. I hope people understand what just happened to her and i hope she will get the justice and freedom she deserves.

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