Crime Time ~ Frenemies, “The Snitch”

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Frenemies,  Season 1, Episode 11, “The Snitch”

Fort Worth, Texas, December 7, 2000

Murder in of itself is incomprehensible enough, but when a murder is committed by a family member or friend, it’s even more disturbing and unfathomable.

“The Snitch” is about two best friends Misti Mayo and Christine Smith, who were inseparable, as close as sisters. The two small-town girls began going to nearby Fort Worth to party and ended up connecting with some rather shady people. Misti and Christine eventually moved to Fort Worth and got an apartment together. By this time, Misti had given birth to a baby boy and she wanted to leave the wild life behind. Christine continued to hang out with the criminal element and often had her seedy friends over to the apartment. One evening, Christine and three others robbed a tire store. They brought the tires to the apartment to hide them. Misti was furious. She was worried she’d get blamed and go to jail, leaving her young son behind.

Shortly after the robbery, the cops came around asking questions and Misti told them who had committed the robbery. Christine and her cohorts learned that Misti snitched on them. One evening, they invited her to go out with them. Misti agreed, thinking they were going to dinner. The group drove her to a secluded area and began attacking her, stabbing, bludgeoning and basically torturing her—all with her son in the car. Misti begged Christine to stop them, but Christine participated. When Misti realized she was going to die, she requested that she be allowed to hold her baby one more time. They granted her wish, then took the baby away and headed to Shreveport. On the way, they wrapped Misti’s head in packaging tape to stifle her screams. She died en route. Oil was poured on her body, presumably to cover fingerprints, then Misti’s body was dumped. The group abandoned the baby in a van outside a Dallas restaurant, then went on with their evening. Ravenous, they went out to eat after the murder.

After Misti was reported missing, Christine at first told police that she had been raped in an alley and disappeared with her 4-month-old son, but she recanted her story and confessed. The episode included an interview with Christine and one of the other offenders. Christine didn’t appear remorseful in the least. She almost seemed to expect kudos for not murdering the baby as well.

Despicable…sick and twisted. I just don’t understand how the incident went so far. How do you progress from anger at your friend to savagely, painfully slaughtering her? Putting aside morals and conscience and basic human emotions, one thing that always baffles me about these types of cases is the thought process of the killers. You are afraid of getting in trouble for stealing tires, so you MURDER someone? Do they really think they’re not going to get caught? Sure, some do get by with their crimes, but the likelihood is very small.

All four of the perpetrators were found guilty, Christine and the two males were sentenced to life in prison, while the other female was sentence to 30 years in prison. Misti’s baby was given to a foster family. I was surprised there weren’t family members who would take the baby. Misti was only eighteen years old. What an all-around tragedy.

[I love true crime shows, and I watch them every night. (Since I write suspense, thriller, and mystery, it’s not a waste of time…it’s research, right? 🙂 ) I love Investigation Discovery and watch many of the various shows, although some are a little too cheesy. However, there are plenty of shows that are done well enough to feed my fascination with murder. Each week, I’ll blog about some of the recent episodes I’ve seen and I’d love to know your thoughts. Let me know if you’ve seen the episode and, if so, what you thought about it.]

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14 responses to “Crime Time ~ Frenemies, “The Snitch”

  1. sharonbuchbinder

    What monsters. I hope they are enjoying their time in prison. For a long long long long time.

  2. chenice

    i just wanted to say that the baby was put up for adoption as dante was labelled abandoned and the family had no say.


    • Janice P Robinson

      Which was ridiculous because his mother was dead and the people who abandoned him were not related to him and had never had custody of him. Just some do-gooder couple wanting to get their hands on somebody else’s kid.

  3. Ruthie

    This is so disturbing. They got just what they deserve…

  4. Sara

    I watched this episode also. I myself was wondering why nobody from her family or the father took custody of the child? Maybe they were deemed unfit? That’s the only explanation I could come up with. I understand the state said he was abandoned but after finding out the mother was dead wouldn’t that change? I watch a ton of these crime shows but these types of stories still baffle me!! How can you murder a close friend or family member? I can’t possibly begin to imagine what is going through these people’s minds. Just stop being friends!! And to think murder is a good idea so you don’t get arrested for burglary?! I would much rather do the 3 years max for burglary then the 30 to life for murdering someone! But obviously these people don’t think rationally. I guess I’ll never understand!

  5. Sarah

    Not condoning any actions made, but you have to think of how young these people are. How would you react in that situation at 17? They had no business being in the place they were in, rather than at home, and the police should’ve arrested the two girls at Mistis apartment when they confessed about the robbery. Christine was 17. She got herself into a situation that she did not know how to get herself out of and something horrible is what came of it.. The man her boyfriend brought around was not a good person at all, and in fact was charged with another murder that had taken place the week before Mistis. Had the police arrested the girls at Misti’s apartment, this wouldn’t have happened. There was a custody hearing regarding Dante and his father, you can find the public records online, from Tyler TX I believe. I pray for continued peace and comfort for Mistis family and I hope that Dante will seek out his biological family and that they will get to know him and he will learn about who his mother was.

  6. Janice P Robinson

    I wouldn’t say it’s true that Christine “didn’t appear remorseful in the least” during that interview. To me she appeared remorseful. Her remorse does not excuse what she did, so the only point I see in denying it is to make everyone hate her just a little bit more than they already do.

  7. Amber Tibbetts

    I knew misti and her family if I remember correctly her family was not given a chance to get the baby we all loved in a trailer park in Reno tx she was amazing I was 12 when this happened .

    • Melissa J. Medina heat breaks for this family. I’m sure you remember correctly. State to state DSS issues are difficult to fight unless you have the financial means to do so. I hope Donte was at least raised by a loving supportive family and he knows his mother loved him and did not abandon him.

  8. Crys

    What can I watch h this episode on

  9. Joanne Tricarico-Demeri

    I saw this story on I killed my BFF. Really sad, she was so young. What did they expect her to do? Why not get the stuff out of her apt. Her BFF deserves whatever comes her way. I hope she has a real hard time in jail

  10. Missy

    I just watched this episode…sick to my stomach. What POS to beat a mother to death with her child right there. And her BFF lied and said Misti turned them in then acts like Misti brought this on herself. She’s not even one bit remorseful and acts like dumping Donte in a van should negate killing his mother. My heart breaks for that beautiful child. Then…What she say…..???? You don’t know what you’d do. How dare you try to justify what you did!! I hope you rot in jail till u’re 100 y.o. The death penalty is too good for you.

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