If you've been watching the Jodi Arias trial, you've heard countless people wonder how such a brutal crime could have been committed by a woman. And while Jodi's crime was savage, she seems downright mild when compared with Brittany Holberg.
Brittany, now a resident of death row in Texas, asked for a new trial this month based on the claim that she didn't receive proper legal counsel at her first one. She'll need a lot of luck--or a brain-dead judge and jury--to wriggle out of her death sentence, though.
Brittany was convicted of robbing and killing an 80-year-old man in his own home. The victim was beaten with a skillet, a steam iron, a hammer, a telephone, and a space heater, then stabbed almost 60 times with weapons including a butcher knife, a paring knife, a grapefruit knife, and a fork. She finally shoved a lamp pole five inches down the victim's throat to stop him from gurgling so much.
Just like Jodi Arias, Brittany claimed she committed the murder "in self defense." But unlike the Jodi Arias jury, Brittany's jury had no problem at all handing down a quick death sentence.