(Kirsten sure didnt), Saying bullies need to get what they deserve. Even so, I said before, and Ill say it again, still no excuse to murder. Youre no better than Bernadette haters as well. After the attacks start again, Ellie must find the killer before they get to her. Bunch of fg liars. You want to defend your friend and so you should but once you start calling names and trampling over the comments of others you single yourself out as a bully. There is no way Bernadette is better than Kirsten. Kirsten wasnt a Bully. Im incandescent with rage. Bernadettes parents also left Orinda, but its unknown if they left the state of California. The Petaluma Argus-Courier Tuesday, June 26, 1984, San Francisco Examiner Thursday, June 28, 1984, San Francisco Examiner Friday, June 29, 1984. 30 years ago, 15-year-old Costas was lured by a fake invitation for the Bob-O-Links service group dinner. Anyway, the past cannot be erased, rather we can learn from every instance and scenario. Every School has kids people dont like! A lot of girls are Conceited, dont mean they deserved to be Murdered. If you werent Popular she looked down on you just as bad as Kirsten did. Kirsten loved playing Nancy Drew, she and her friends were crazy, I would tell them, I got to put up with you guys today. Bernadette/Jeanette has paid her dues. Why cant people leave this case alone. Yes sex offenders have to let people know theyre registered sex offenders true, but Bernadette was a child who murdered another child in the (courts eyes) I agree she should have to let people know what she did, but Court system is the one to blame for that. I cant assimilate anyone on the appearance to defend a so-called bullying. The movie and rolling stone for both girls in a narrative to sell newspapers. Couldnt get the smell out of car for weeks. Both girls attended Miramonte High School in Orinda, California. I know right. It was only a matter of time before she d get caught so she came forth. She couldnt careless about Orinda to start with let alone go back there. Kirsten was well liked and cared. First, an assumedly innocent girl murdering her schoolmate got people by surprise. Like I said, Bernadette is shady. You are one OBSESSED weirdo. Nancy and Joanna? Killing is going to far. I was born with common sense. Society in the richest places raise their children to be obnoxious and unbearable little freaks who will at some point push a normal person to the brink,so whatever happens is something they are a part of as well as the person they have pushed. She was a young girl, a funny, silly girl who could also be obnoxious. Probably was, she allowed 2:girls to take the blame. If Kirsten wanted to smoke pot, Bern would of esp. Maybe I made a mistake somewhere in the story (not sure youre mostly just saying I was not being honest what is that about?). I dont go by Movies cause Movies dramatize the events to how they perceive it. So whoever said Kirsten was mean, and was a B I cant picture that, I didnt know her very well either, we all have a mean side, I never seen it in her. 99.7 percent of teen girls are Smart alecks. Cause Bernadette was so obsessed with Kirsten liking her, she had some idea it was Bernadette, also Bernadette owned a Pinto same make as the car seen speeding away. Sarah Dugdale was cast as the victim, Nina Miller. She had her whole life ahead of her, even if she was a smart aleck she would of grown out of it long before now. Kirsten was nice, yeah, she and a few she didnt like, but they were the kids no one liked. Kirsten May of been just like that, I couldnt tell you thats true. I cant stand snobby bitches who put others down and bully them. Those girls like Chris she hung with has changed, theyre not like they were in school, Kirsten would of changed also as she got older. Kirsten was always joking around. Its always so sad when a murder happens to anyone especially a young girl who has her whole life ahead of her. They might not win but they can make a case for smearing the name of their daughter if indeed she was not a bully. Lisa Thorner: 5 interesting facts about Damon Wayans' ex-wife. Those bullied girls like I said were loose or cussed and smoked and (dressed roughly).. She is evil and a Monster (with a very dark Soul). Kids can be cruel, its always been that way. How do you know she was mean? No excuse for what she did, BTW she was not the poor White trash the Movie deployed her to be, she had a nice home, and was just as well off as Kirstens family, lived on the better side of town. So dont feel Sorry for her. She did have the cutest clothes of all time and knew it. She served her jail sentence, got released early and is living an everyday life today. They told about the girls ran out of School. Bernadettes parents were devout Christians (Catholics). I dont know why you are saying nice things about Kristen she was very mean and she said stuff that offended people she stop acting like she was innocent. Kirsten was a Bully, I had heard she was,, and heard she wasnt and it was hard to picture her as a Bully. Click here to read more of the story, which later became the (fictionalized) subject of not just one but two TV movies A Friend to Die For and Death of a Cheerleader.. I was in 8 the grade with Kirstens brother Peter and Bernadette had babysat me years prior and was very sweet. She was happy go lucky mostly, she only had a couple (she didnt like), we all have someone we do t get long with. There is no justification for murder, and I am not siding with the criminals, but you can push someone so far. She stuck to her story initially, but when Hilley described the psychological profile of the suspect in the case which showed, among other things, that the killer would have little remorse for her crime, Bernadette said, It sounds like me.. Snobs like Kristen who think they are better than everyone, put others down, and degrade them because of their class status are the reason shootings like Columbine took place. That didnt happen that way. I just felt like I didnt fit in at Miramonte or Orinda. Thier homecoming Queen was friendly and always spoke to people. She was home with a friend and an adult man who was watching them, classmates say. Thats teens for you, its tough being a teen, most of them are smart alecky at some time or another, but we outgrow it. I thought Miramonte was a nice place, if you make good decisions myoumwill make it (popular or not). Yes. Bernadette had plenty of other friends, she was in that group, Kirsten didnt have anything against Bernadette, if she would of left her alone, eventually they may of became friends, no she couldnt wait, wanted it all right now and pushed and forced her way into it. I didnt get on yearbook. The costas still have to deal with pain and grief and it doesnt matter if she was angry nobody thought about kirsten or her family by letting bernadette get a slap on the wrist! We bought a do up property. Upper middle class at least. As I also wrote to you in a previous comment, judging from your malicious, reprehensible comments and utter ignorance and delusion, your moral fiber is rotten to the core, and I pity any child subjected to your skewed guidance as their moral fiber will no doubt succumb to decay. Students at Miramonte High School in Orinda, whose social acceptance Bernadette Protti craved, said yesterday she should be kept in prison for a long time. If we have the fear of God n understand the importance of Gods creation. Kellie Martin did a masterful job playing the role of an awkward teenage girl desperately yearning for acceptance from the "In" crowd in high school. I believe she made a fool out of herself begging and crying to Kirsten about how she feels no one likes her ( which wasnt the true case then) and was kept repeatedly begging to Kirsten to be her (friend) and made a complete fool out of herself and it just freaked Kirsten out and scared her. Thats my belief. Love indeed. The school was a freak show. It tells the true story of Bernadette Protti and Kirsten Costas. Kirsten and Bernadette were both well off. On the afternoon of the third day of the trial, Judge Edward Merill found Bernadette Protti guilty of second-degree murder. We all have someone we dont like, and we wont be liked by everybody. The Homecoming Court was as popular (if not more) popular than Kirsten. She was not some vulnerable lost soul who was bullied mercilessly. Things were never the same after all that, it was a horrible experience, one good friend was dead and another friend was her killer, it was to much for us to take in and swallow. Why deliberately refrain from giving examples if she could have been accused of first degree murder? The knife was her sisters for making lunch it was even in the movie that way. She was outgoing even as a nurse, but now, I hear she dont really associate with anyone outside of family. She was mean and Stuck up also. Many say they cant trust anyone anymore, not after what Bernadette did. Deadly Women portrayed Kirsten differently, she was kind of like that, but cut up more and more bouncier. How did you talk and act around those girls, ask yourself that! Well youre bullying Kirsten( as Karen said) a dead girl who cant defend herself, that you know nothing about That movie was one sided. Lol the people saying bernadette was better looking and Kristen had it coming, oh boyhoping your not the ugly neighbor living on my block and lurking in my bushes. The fire happened early Sunday morning at a home on the 500 block of Moraga Way in Orinda. To bad she did cause Im sure she would of grown out of her ways and be a positive influence in someones life today even. I heard Bernadette was Snobbish also as well. Well as I said its like that in any School, I think high school is a setting where everyone is competing and wanting to race tot he top and cut down anyone who gets in thier way. She and one of her good friends practiced all the time. Just because there was bullying in a fictional movie, doesnt mean the Bernadette was bullied by Kirsten in real life. Kirsten was angry for her lying to get her out under false pretenses, and she knew something was off. In real life, Bernadette Protti almost got away with murdering Kirsten Costas, but ultimately ended up confessing to the crime. Most people would find that bizarre and off-putting and would certainly not deserve to be killed over it. Read the posts from August 2019. Bernadette was just as nice as we were on swim team together growing up. How is that possible. Unfortunately, no one was home as nobody answered the call. Kirsten wont grow out of hers, Bernadette took that chance from her. The future is right around the corner, its a waste to go after someone cause the law didnt do their job. She had a slumber party on her 15 th BD we all snuck into a pool and swam, (a fun night) and to bad she didnt get to celebrate her 16th Birthday, Art and Berit planned on taking us all to a Hotel and spend the night. One of the most popular girls attending the Miramonte High School in Orinda, Calif., Costas was envied for her beautiful looks and privileged background. The only apparent witness to the killing told reporters that he and his wife were playing pinochle in their home with neighbors in nearby Moraga when Kirsten, looking frightened, came to their door and asked to use the phone to call her parents. Angela gets snubbed as she attempts to kiss an elder gentlemen sitting in his car. They werent as bad as you think. She and her friends were mostly ( stuck up) and self absorbed, She wasnt typically a bully just more snooty, at least thats how she appeared to me. Of course, the characters' names were changed in the movie. Who knows what was true or not. If there was people in need, in the Bobbies we helped those people.. if someone didnt have nice clothes we were theyre Secret Santa at Christmas time If someone wasnt as smart, (we didnt knock them down), we helped them Kirsten did to,(so did Bernadette) In fact, Bernadette wanted to help the poor. At the start of the proceeding, Bernadette sat facing forward, her mouth slack, her eyes unfocused. Jealousy is an ugly thingmuch like bernadette. As I said, Kirsten was Conceited, and Stuck up, but not no Bully. A sane or fragile person would not have been able to endure being confronted with so much pain that they were responsible for, yet Bernadette could and did. Put God first. After her release, she moved to another state and changed her name. Donnah Winger murder case: What happened to convict Mark Winger? As for knowing her Personally I didnt, I know someone who did, she was Bubbly and full of Jokes and Laughs. Learn how your comment data is processed. Her parole would have gone ahead sooner apparently but in 1992 one of the parole board Victor Wisehart voted to keep her in jail as she showed an inability to control her anger and he felt that she was still a danger to the public, she had had a violent altercation with a boyfriend in the prison/school system, he said there was a hidden trigger that switched on when she didnt get her own way! She idolized Kirsten and her clique, wanting to be more like Kirsten. Did you ever stop and think that Bernadette was a fragile human being? But for the most part Kirsten got along with mostly everyone. Bernadette was in with them to so was Jill. So please stop drudging up the past and move on with your lives please. homely? She was sentenced to a maximum of nine years in a juvenile prison in April 1985. However, Bernadette's babysitting alibi went unverified. Whoever DD is of Kirsten and them didnt like her, its cause she probably acted (Weird) around them. "Her smile; you couldn't miss her smile. If someone from Orinda ran into her, especially one of Kirstens friends, they would probably spit at her. Doesnt make her a killer, thats being a teenager but dont make it sound like she just said shut up thats unrealistic. Read the article. She mostly liked everybody. I do believe she didnt like outcasts like Nancy and Joanna there. I didnt know her, but had a friend whos Facebook friend did. But to say Bernadette was a Sweet girl. The people implying that Kristen had it coming, or whoever else blamed her parents, are, in life, the jealous Bernadette types. you werent there so shut up I agree with Karen Karen get your pretty face back on here Is this the same Karen I grew up with?. You know whats really sad? Shes on the East Coast last I heard, I hear shes fine health wise, and some say she wasnt feeling well awhile back, not sure why, shes mellowed out a lot through the years. Oh please bet you were t any better. She needed friends, more encouragement from teachers, not teasing and ostracisation. Im not saying that she should have been killed, but sometimes bad behavior has a terrible outcome which is why we all need to teach our children to respect the feelings of others. Find out more here. How do you know she was a mean girl? She is a Sociopath. But I will feel honored at the same timebut I still would have been weirded out. I read alot om her to. I agree Bernadette should of at least got 20 years like (Karen Severson and Laura Doyle) murder of Missy Availa, that happened a year after Kirstens like 5 hours South of us. Bernadette was a sweet girl, thats why it was so hard to beleive she was the killer. The 2 blamed girls were Victims, so how dare you! You claim you know Kirsten, are you the one who told about the Bullied Girls who were ran out and Demonized. A popular 15-year-old girl who was stabbed to death on a neighbors doorstep may have been the victim of another teen-age girl, police said. I believe she kept crying and begging for her friendship and it weirded Kirsten out. I never seen her make fun of anyone, of course, I wasnt around her that much, but she was friendly and nice. Bernadette May of been misunderstood to, I thought she was Snooty to. Not a plaine jane.get real. Pre-meditation seems sensible between the clothes and the knife. Then you wouldnt be worrying g about these people being the Life of the Party. However, she got a job in the student office alongside Kirsten, which resulted in the popular girl asking Bernadette to do her different favours. The case was solved in December 1984, and a classmate named Bernadette Protti was arrested. The script for the movie was written by Randall Sullivan who wrote the one-sided scathingly critical Death of a Cheerleader article for Rolling Stone, which the movie was based on. Required fields are marked *. I only talked to Remember teen girls will be teen girls, and they grow out of caddiness when they get older, but Kirsten never got that chance so so horrible. I got the impression they were both Stuckup ( Bernadette and Kirsten) they were friends to. Also Karen, Kirsten favors Stacey Dash, with Lindsey Warners personality on Saved by the Bell. They dont even bother to investigate her alibi to see if she was telling the truth? So RuPaul,Kelly and Sarah, you all need to get facts before you say Kirsten got what she deserved. My friend was surprised it was Bernadette who murdered Kirsten! What have internet sleuths found out? I love Kirsten think about her all the time. I never saw her actually bully and some said they cant picture Kirsten ever being unkind Kirsten was loved by many very many. I dont understand why Kirsten Costas was portrayed as a pretty girl or how she even was some one to be jealous of. Still no one deserves to die. A few more saying they didnt fit in and refuses to come to Reunions, I say you dont want to come then dont. If Stacy Lockwood's funeral was Catholic, it would be unlikely the priest would wear a green stole and the casket covered in purple. She didnt bully, but she told people how she felt. I think Kristen called Bernadette out on being a lesbian. She lured Kirsten out of her house under false pretences to the non existent sorority dinner and then drove Kirsten to an empty car-park at night. Hollywood tends to make villains heroes, and innocent people into villains. I liked School and I wasnt popular, but I still liked it. She dared to say she could not commit suicide because her religion would not allow it, but did not take into consideration the life of Kirstens! You can also get our free newsletter, follow us on Facebook & Pinterest. The case is extremely old now. 15-year-old Kirsten Costas was ruthlessly murdered on June 23, 1984, by one of her schoolmates. She said she used a knife she found in the Pinto to stab Kirsten to death. I cant get to the point quickly. I highly doubt I would like you either. Moreover, the 1994 movie, A Friend to Die For explores the same story. Well it is best to not bother the girl anymore sick or not, cause she moved on and so did the Costas family, so why keep the fuel burning, its just best to let folks live their lives. Shes still a Murderer and will never be anything but, as long as shes Alive, I wont forgive her for it, and neither will Kirstens family and friends. Bryan Callen: divorce story, wife, net worth, latest updates. Material on this site is provided for purposes of education, criticism, commentary, cultural reporting, entertainment, historical reference, and news reporting/analysis. It's a remake of 1994's A Friend To Die For, which became a popular rerun for Lifetime under the Retronym Death of a Cheerleader, so they used that title for the remake. Im sorry.. So Vanessa I answer your questions. I always noticed Bernadette would give Kirsten stares and mean looks at times. Maybe Snooty, but no Bully. The juvenile code dictates a sentence of confinement to the age of 25. Her house too, apparently had paint peeling off, and was not the type of place she imagined herself to be living in. Kirsten ran from the car and Bernadette pursued her. Youre not getting that, let Kirsten Rest In Peace. Even her childhood BFF cant forgive her for such a Horrible Act, if it was drugs or Alcohol she was I. Very, very mean. Im still scrolling through your crazed obsession. Why are you victim shaming ? Its best not to post comments at all on Bernadette anymore. You copied your little story from some other website. It sounds like she was only mean one time about her having cheap ski boots. So if your child were bully someone they deserve to die ? B was a Psycho and always will be. You dont know whether or not Kirsten had to go without anything. According to Bustle, the Costas family relocated to Hawaii in the aftermath of the tragedy. If the ones acting like Hoes were demonized while everyone lived happily ever after, why were they demonized. Shame on such a post you wrote! Police said today 15-year-old Kirsten Costas thought she was going to a sorority-like initiation the night she was stabbed to death just a few yards from her Orinda home. We have got you covered when it comes to the true story behind Death of a Cheerleader. They made that clear and so did she Every single day. I was a 1985 highschool graduate.i had skipped a grade so my classmates were more mature physically and socially. By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man; body, mind and spirit. ~ Mahatma Gandhi. Kirsten would of long outgrown that before now, if she had of lived. You obviously didnt know Bernadette to describe her as Sweet. Bernadette, the youngest of six children, grew up in a hard-working family, but she was not happy and content with how things were. Kirsten Ill admit she wasnt in favor with stupid acting people and had zero tolerance for them, (as did I). Never wished Kirstens unfortunate death, she may of been misunderstood, but she never talked to me, neither did Bernadette. She didnt care wheather her mom or dad suffered, she just would not subject herself to something like suicide because she loves herself more then anyone else. I would rather die., Asked what Kirsten had done to make her angry, Bernadette said: I have a lot of inferiority feelings and I really have bad feelings about myself. Sure would be interesting to hear the truth behind this tragic story instead of listening to this gossip and speculation of what both girls were like and how they behaved. When this plan is upended, it fuels her jealousy and results in murder. Bunch of Bernadettes lurking around everywhere. This is the true story Death of a Cheerleader is based on. Kirsten, the apple of the eye, soon began to make waves at school. she threatened to tell everyone at school the next day, she didnt tell Alex Arnold ( the Man who drove her home) again it was to insane he probaly would of freaked and she didnt want to scare him with the details. Do you really think its acceptable to lure someone out of their house under false pretences and then expect a positive reaction if your lie is discovered? She was described as a nurturer in an episode of Killer Kids. If so, sweetie I want to meet you. Kirsten wasnt a Bully, she was Conceited and stuck up. Kelly and Bridget are modeled after Kirsten and Bernadette. Bernadette should of gotten 25 to life for that Crime. I feel very sad for both sides. Bernadette later wrote a letter to her parents confessing to the murder. Kirsten understandably didnt appreciate the fact that she was lured out of her house under false pretences, so she left Bernadettes car. I forgive her to a degree, but wont accept what she did to Kirsten, she will live with that the rest of her life. Nancy was Sweet, she just took things the wrong way. She didnt hate anyone. Bernadette had plenty of friends who loved her. 'Death of a Cheerleader' follows the story of two girls in Hollybrook High, in the fictional town of Colina, California. You could see if from down the hallway," said one Miramonte student who went to school with Luca. I believe Bernadette tried to friend her, and as I read and I do believe she acted on impulse, I believe she was just so enraged she snapped and did the (unthinkable). Society in the richest places raise their children to be obnoxious and unbearable little freaks. 2023 Cinemaholic Inc. All rights reserved. Rubbish. Im betting youre some white chick who wouldnt know. I been bullied to. So youre justifying Murder due to bullying? We have got you covered in that regard. Powered by WordPress.com VIP. Additionally, the Bernadette character was portrayed as sweet and innocent, while a sexy twenty-something Tori Spelling played the part of the 15 year old Kirsten. Her self esteem was riding on Kirstens approval! A Murderer, So Kirsten was a Snob, a lot of ppl are, the way she died,was Horrific. That child was a nightmare to her peers and friends (lets not forget how much she disrespected them every day). As you have likely seen from Bernadette Protti's documentary, Kirsten Costas was murdered with a butcher knife out of jealousy by Bernadette Protti. Im not sure about that case, but Kirsten I cant picture her being a bully, yes telling how she felt, that she did well. Its sad, but when all is said and done its not worth it. There was no justification for murder even if the victim was a bully, which it seems she was, at worst, catty. Bernadette was snotty to. Is it respectful to suggest that Kirstens parents should have raised her better and that they are to blame for her murder? So I would say to any bully, we all have our weaknesses,. Most teen girls are smart alecky and mean. She looked like Kirsten with her curly hair, and the Life of the Party like Kirsten. The following morning, a cold, blustery day, Bernadette gave her mother a letter and asked her not to open it for half an hour. Everything is Me! first of all, the judge had to be stupid to find it second degree murder and it doesnt matter if she didnt plan to kill kirsten. Frequently considered a cult-classic, the 1-hour and 31-minute-long film offers a chilling depiction of the horrific murder story. Bernadette is a Weirdo as Kirsten spotted, this wasnt about Bullying, it was about being called out in front of the School, and tarnishing her reputation, which in the long run it did. She liked mostly everybody. The rumours were so intense that her mother prevented her from taking a lie detector test and transferred her from the learning institution. A popular 15-year-old high school cheerleader described as an All American girl was stabbed to death on a neighbors doorstep, apparently by another teenage girl. You the one who told about the girls ran out of Miramonte as well. Bernadette could be to at times She was no Angel some thought of her as Stuck up(Bernadette that is) and her BFF was kind of popular, but not as popular and Bernadette, Stacy, Diane, Jessica and Carrie. You know movies arent real, dont ya? I guess that makes their daughter better than anybody elses. However, despite being a member of this popular entity, she wasnt satisfied as she wanted more. I had just got out of high school at that time from north of the bay area Yet it hit us all so close to home the horror of it seemed to change everything in a way all those years ago What brought me here is my own grief at the unsolved stabbing murder of my girlfriend And she resembled Kirsten in appearance and likely even more in personality I pray for Kirstens soul and her family What they have gone through the last 37 years the neverending nightmare it is literally Room 101 Something torn out of you removed an amputee Tortured by the phantom limb You can feel where it was what it was like to have it remember it but its gone. Maybe she did something to make it bad. Well said Sarah. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/kirstenmarina.costas.9 The news flew through the town. No right to Murder a person. You got kids in all school people try to duck away from and avoid. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I honestly thought Bernadette wouldve looked worse. They were weird and odd mostly, I didnt like them myself. Knowing that the Protti family is no longer poor, I hope they didnt benefit financially from this film! People can get really nasty at this school, says one junior, standing with a group of classmates on the lawn surrounding Miramonte. Shed tried, and been accepted as part of the schools cheerleading squad, and had joined the Bobbies, an elite sorority-like club made up of the 30-35 most beautiful and popular girls in the school. The goth was actually into New Wave music and was not goth people at the school just thought she was weird for dying her hair New Wave because it was such a conservative school. The sad thing is that adults act the same way. She supposedly suffers from depression. She just didnt think at the time and it cost a lot of people lots of problems. No, there is good and bad in every person, just the people are guilty for not seeing the reasons that cause that kind of things. Read the facts of the case instead of perpetuating lies that Kirsten pushed Bernadette or that she bullied Bernadette. First published on November 19, 2018 / 6:32 PM. Kirsten was, and classmates mostly said she was a free fun spirit with a big heart and love for life.