A teenage girl and a female classmate who stabbed their “best friend” to death continued a disturbingly casual presence on social media in the months before they confessed to the murder.
Rachel Shoaf, of Morgantown, West Virginia, along with her friend Shelia Eddy, lured 16-year-old Skylar Neese out of her house in July 2012, before stabbing her to death and hiding her remains in a wooded Pennsylvania area.
Six months before Shoaf and Eddy confessed to the killings, the pair remained active on social media as Neese’s parents and the police frantically searched for their friend.
On July 7, 2012, the day after she and Shoaf killed Neese, Eddy sent a tweet to a friend wishing her a happy birthday.
happpy birthdayy @young_muffintop!— shelia eddy (@_sheliiaa) July 7, 2012
Eddy kept up a steady stream of tweets about watching TV, school, doing homework and going to parties, according to a new episode of ABC’s 20/20 to be aired on Friday. She also tweeted about her close friendship with Shoaf:
no one on this earth can handle me and rachel if you think you can you're wrong— shelia eddy (@_sheliiaa) November 5, 2012
Then, on January 3, 2013, Shoaf finally told investigators what had happened and where to find Neese’s body. However, a few days later, Eddy was back on Twitter, posting tweets about watching her favorite TV shows.
staying home on tuesday is the best cause law and order svu is on all day— shelia eddy (@_sheliiaa) January 8, 2013
In March, authorities announced that the body found belonged to Skylar Neese. Eddy, still keeping up the act, posted a picture montage of the girls together with the message, “Rest easy Skylar, you’ll ALWAYS be my best friend.” She then tweeted that it was the “worst day of my whole life.”
worst day of my whole life— shelia eddy (@_sheliiaa) March 13, 2013
During her confession in January 2013, Shoaf told police she and Eddy plotted Neese’s murder while at school. The plan was to pick up Neese at her home then stab her to death in the woods, after counting to three.
On March 30, 2013, about a month before she was arrested for murder, Eddy tweeted “we really did go on three.”
we really did go on three— shelia eddy (@_sheliiaa) April 1, 2013
In January 2014, Eddy pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life with parole eligibility after serving 15 years in prison.
Shoaf, 17, pleaded guilty last May to second-degree murder and will be eligible for parole after 10 years.
Shoaf made a disturbing admission during her sentencing, saying they killed Neese “because they didn't want to be friends with Skylar anymore.”
Neese’s family revealed how Eddy had comforted them and joined in their grief to try and cover her tracks.
“She came and acted as if she knew nothing,” Neese’s aunt Carol Michaud said. “She pretended and stayed with us and comforted us and swore she had no idea what was going.To come to this day and admit she did just shows how evil she can be.”