A 16-year-old California girl with the middle name ‘Evil’ claims she and her boyfriend murdered her mother in self-defense after she suffered physical abuse after her father died from a scorpion bite.
Emily Evil Reznick claims that her mother, Michelle Louise Taylor, 54, would beat her, overmedicate and emotionally manipulate her by ‘filling her head with lies’ according to letters the teen sent from Juvenile Hall to 17 News.
On July 7, Reznick claimed that her mother attempted to murder her, and that she and her boyfriend Nikolai Thorn Roach fought back, leading to Taylor’s death with a stab wound to the neck.
The pair were quickly arrested on suspicion of murder and conspiracy, and despite being abused, Reznick expressed mixed emotions about the incident.
‘My own (expletive) mom try (sic) to kill me and I did all I could to get her off and my BF (sic) was there and saved my life that morning,’ she wrote.
‘I hate my mom a lot but loved her cuz (sic) she was my mom. I will never ever forgive her for what she has put me through and did to me at the end and all the lies she put me through too.’
At the time of Taylor’s killing, Reznick said the pair had both only been 15, meaning that if convicted they could only be held in custody until they turn 25.
Assistant District Attorney Joseph Kinzel told KGET that he couldn’t comment on Reznick’s case or the allegations of sexual abuse.
Kenneth Eagles, 70, a close friend of Reznick’s who has also received correspondence from the accused teen, said she was desperate to be released so she could be with Roach.
‘I want to be out as soon as I can,’ she wrote to the 70-year-old, who claims that he believes Reznick had suffered years of abuse, both physical and verbal.
‘I want to be free and with Nik. I need him the most tbh (sic) I need to know how he’s doing – he makes me feel safe, he’s my everything.
‘Not going to lie to you Ken I hate myself a lot for what I did I cry about being here and I feel alone. I did not mean to (expletive) kill her that was like the last thing I wanted to happen.’
Eagles told 17 News that he met Reznick when she was 12 years old and assumed the role of a “grandfather type” in the neighborhood where he knew the majority of the children.
He recalled seeing Reznick sitting outside by herself around midnight as he drove into the apartment complex where he lived.
Reznick allegedly told him that she couldn’t go home because of her mother when he questioned her about what she was doing there.
After that first incident, Reznick began stopping by on a regular basis, with Eagles explaining that the encounters allowed their friendship to grow.
‘She just felt very comfortable over there and safe, and that was important to me,’ he said.
The 70-year-old said he saw bruises and cuts on Reznick, as well as marks around her neck.
He first noticed the bruises after learning that Reznick’s father had died from what she claimed was a scorpion bite.
Reznick allegedly told him that her mother had beaten her because she reminded Taylor of the teen’s father.
‘These weren’t little bruises,’ Eagles said.
‘She reminded him of her father, and the mom hated the father,’ Eagles said.
The abuse allegedly got worse as she got older, Reznick apparently fighting back once when she was 14.
‘She was so proud of herself when she said, ‘My mom tried to hurt me bad and I pushed her back this time,” said Eagles.
Reznick told him she had knocked Taylor down, but Taylor just laughed and threatened to call the cops and report her for elder abuse.
Taylor and Reznick moved to Oildale, where the abuse allegedly escalated to the point where Taylor was ‘boxing’ Reznick ‘like a man.’
Eagles ‘broke down’ after reading a report about a woman killed in Oildale and learning of the arrest the next day.
‘But I knew it was self-defense,’ he said.
Reznick’s letters to the Eagles are riddled with self-hatred, with the author admitting that she “hates herself” for what happened, despite her claims of abuse.
She also claimed that other teens in Juvenile Hall despised her and referred to her as a “mom” killer.
Reznick and Roach’s readiness hearings for that day were postponed to late November on Thursday.
Defense attorneys said they were waiting for unredacted reports from the coroner’s office, which were expected to be ready by November or December at the latest.
The hearings were postponed for the third time on Thursday.