Paris Bennett is a psychopath and a murderer who brutally killed his younger sister, Ella Bennett. Paris was 13 years old at the time of the murder and stabbed his sister 17 times. He takes full responsibility for the crime and experts have concluded that he cannot be cured.

Paris Bennett and his sister Ella Bennet

In his initial confession, Paris Bennett stated that he had committed the murder of his sister with the intention of punishing his mother, Charity Lee, as he held resentment towards her. He acknowledged that he knew that the death of his sister would cause his mother significant emotional harm. It should be noted that prior to this tragic event, Charity Lee had relapsed into drug use after maintaining sobriety for 12 years.

Ever since that tragic night, Lee associates her daughter with butterflies, as that was the last painting she created in school. Additionally, in 2012, Lee gave birth to another child, Phoenix, despite the events that occurred with Ella and Paris. Despite this, she allows for communication between Paris and her son Phoenix.

What happened on the night of the murder?

It was around 12:30 am on February 5, 2007, when Charity Lee, while working at Buffalo Wild Wings, was informed by the police that her daughter had been harmed. She immediately requested to be taken to her daughter, to which the officers responded, “you can’t go, she’s dead.”

She asked them if her son is okay. And they said, “We have him…”

Paris Bennett with his mother Charity Lee

Before going to work, Charity Lee arranged for a babysitter to be present at her residence to oversee her children, Ella and Paris Bennett. Paris, who possesses a genius-level IQ of 141, had other plans in mind. He convinced the babysitter to leave the residence around 10 pm. Paris, who was 13 years old at the time, entered his 4-year-old sister’s room, where he choked, assaulted, and stabbed her 17 times. He then engaged in a conversation with a friend from school for six minutes before placing a call to 911.

He told the operator, “I accidentally killed somebody,” the operator responded, “You think you killed somebody?” Paris said “No I KNOW I did. My sister…. I feel so messed up.”  The operator told him to perform CPR on his sister, but he sat there doing nothing as he knew Ella Bennett was already dead. 

As revealed in the book “How Now Butterfly” by Charity Lee, prior to committing the murder of his sister, Paris Bennett engaged in the prolonged consumption of violent pornographic material, including “S&M,” “bondage,” and “sadism.” Additionally, he conducted searches for snuff films. He then proceeded to sexually molest and murder his sister

Lee wrote in her book “His stabs were slow and methodical, not frenzied, not an uncontrollable rage, Not all were deep. Most were shallow jabs and punctures.”

At first, Paris claimed that he killed his sister because of a hallucination that made her appear as a pumpkin-headed demon on fire. However, later he admitted that he had planned the attack on his little sister and revealed that not only did he want to kill her, but he also planned to murder his mother.

Paris planned the attack with the intention of making his mother suffer. He wanted to take both of her children away from her, by killing his sister and knowing that he would go to prison, leaving her to suffer for the rest of her life.

When Charity went to prison to visit her teen son he said: “You’re right. I did kill her.” Even while in prison, he continues to hurt his mother, saying things like, “By the way, I enjoy watching your pain.”

‘My son is a monster, and because he is a monster, I have lost my daughter.’

Charity Lee

Lee knows that Paris might kill her one day. This realization came after a visit ended with Paris trying to choke her. She wrote in her journal, “He slammed the table into me, pinning me against the concrete wall behind me. He cut off my air. I was in shock, paralyzed. I thought I was going to die there. Then he pulled the table back, I caught my breath, and he slammed it into me again.”

In 2017 Paris Bennett spoke to The Family I had and expressed: “I chose to do my crime and I take full responsibility for my crime. And I wouldn’t say there was a predisposition to what happened. I’m not insane, and I don’t suffer from any mental illness.”

Interview with Piers Morgan 

In an interview with Piers Morgan, Paris Bennett revealed how he initially targeted his mother but then murdered his 4-year-old sister, as a way of punishing his mother in the worst way possible.

He said: “For many years, there was just this hot, flaming ball of wrath in the pit of my stomach, and it was directed at my mother. And one of the reasons why I chose to kill my sister and not someone else is because I knew that by doing that I could hurt my mother in the worst possible way, because I had always known, as a child, that the most devastating thing to my mother would be the loss of one of her children, and I found a way to take away both her children in one fell swoop.”

He further added, “Yes I did commit a monstrous crime but does that one mistake define my entire life… I don’t think it does.”

“In my opinion, if you were scripting a movie about a young psychopath, you would choose somebody like Paris. He is highly intelligent; he has an IQ level of genius. He is very articulate, he is very well-spoken. He is good-looking. But of course, it’s very real what he did.” Piers Morgan said. 

Paris Bennett Now 

Paris is currently serving a 40-year sentence at the Ferguson Unit Texas State Prison. He is aged 26 and will be eligible for parole in 2027. Experts have advised Charity Lee and her son Phoenix to go into hiding after Paris’ release from prison. However, even with the threat, she allows her youngest son Phoenix to talk to Paris because she wants to teach him about unconditional love and forgiveness.

Paris Bennett Now

Lee understands what caused her son to commit the inconceivable crime. When Paris was 11, she used cocaine for a six-month period, which caused him to step in and look after his sister.

Ever since the death of her daughter, Lee associates her daughter with butterflies, since that was the last painting she made in school. Lee has gone through a series of emotions and chooses to forgive her son and accept him for who he is. “My son is a psychopath. I can’t help him. That may not matter in the long run. What may matter is I can’t, not at this point, give up on him. I love my firstborn with as much intensity as I have since that day I found out I was pregnant with him. ” 

“What I know about my son is this. He is sick. He couldn’t care less that he sexually assaulted and murdered Ella. He has a dark side that is dormant right now, but my son is dangerous. Under the right conditions, I truly believe he could kill again, with as little compunction about it as he has for what he did to Ella. I know he will experience those conditions on a regular basis once he is sent to prison. I sincerely hope he does not have to kill again because Texas has no concern for human rights.”

In 2012, Lee gave birth to another child, Phoenix. Despite what had happened with Ella and Paris, she allowed Paris to speak with his son Phoenix. Lee has stood by her son, even though she knows that when he gets out, she and her son Phoenix might be his next target.