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          The Night Four Girls Went into the Woods and Only Three Came Out Alive

          June 05, 2014

          Dr. Phil takes a hard look at a disturbing trend in the news: Teenagers murdering their best friends. Several cases, including the fatal stabbing of Skylar Neese, have shocked the nation, leaving many to wonder: Why and how could this happen?

          Hear from a woman who says she lived exactly such a scenario. Karen was just 17 years old in 1985 when she and a friend lured Missy Avila, also 17, to a spot in the woods where her life would ultimately end. Karen, who spent 23 years behind bars for her involvement in Missy’s death, recounts that fateful day. What does she say happened? And, if she could go back, what would she do differently? Hear the message Karen wants to impart to all young girls.

          Plus, when Shemida first appeared on the show, she said she had been diagnosed with more than 70 medical and mental health conditions and was in so much pain she could barely get out of bed. But her family said they believed she was fabricating some of her issues for attention. How is Shemida doing now? 

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          Best Friend Killers

          In 1985, when Karen Severson was a teen, she and her friend, Laura Doyle, lured 17-year-old Michele “Missy” Avila to a spot in the Angeles National Forest, where her life would ultimately end. Avila’s body was found a few days later, face down in a stream with a log on top of her body.

          Three years would pass before police would identify her killers when a third teen who accompanied the girls that day, Eva Chirumbola, told authorities that Severson and Doyle went into the woods with Avila, while she waited at the vehicle. At trial, Chirumbola testified for the state against the other two, and she was never charged with a crime.

          Doyle and Severson were convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 15-years-to-life. Severson was released from prison in December 2011 after serving 21 years, and Doyle was released in December 2012 after serving 22 years. 

          Karen Severson gives her account of what happened that deadly day.

          Karen insists she didn’t know there was going to be a murder that day. She says they just wanted to confront Missy about her involvement with their boyfriends. She claims that although she pushed Missy toward Doyle in the stream and then dislodged a log for Doyle, she left the scene and didn’t know until later what happened to Missy.

          “It sounds like you’re trying to trivialize your involvement.”

          Karen explains what happened when she faced Missy’s family after they learned of her murder.

          Seventy Diagnoses?

          Tune in for an update on Shemida, who was diagnosed with more than 70 illnesses and mental health conditions and had been prescribed 80 medications in the last 10 years. How is she doing now?

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