In what seemed like a fairy tale love story, 15-year-old Anne Kasprzak couldn’t wait to write down how much she liked Darwin Bagshaw, 14. Once they started dating, Anne could already picture their future together. So when she told Darwin she was pregnant, Anne thought they’d run away together.
On 10 March, Anne argued with her mum and went off to her room. They thought she’d gone to bed, but Anne had actually sneaked out of the house. When her mum checked later that evening, she realised she had disappeared, and she was reported missing.
The next day, a jogger spotted a shoe and some blood on a bridge over the Jordan River near Salt Lake City. Anne’s body was found close by, floating in the water.
She’d been so badly beaten around the head and face that she was unrecognisable, even to her loved ones. Investigators had to use scars, clothing and dental records to identify her.
One of her fingernails was pushed back and she had defence wounds on her body. Anne had fought bravely for her life on the riverbank but lost.
Anne’s young boyfriend should have been devastated by her death, but he was too busy covering his tracks.
That fateful night, she’d gone to him and told him she was pregnant. She wanted them to run away together.
But an autopsy later revealed that Anne wasn’t pregnant at all. Whether she mistakenly thought she was, or was pretending to be to get Darwin to run away with her, no one will ever know. But Darwin believed she was expecting his child.
A few days after Anne’s death, police discovered Anne’s blood on one of Darwin’s shoes. He said she’d had a nose bleed while at a mutual friend’s house who backed up his story at first, but then said he’d lied. A witness said they’d also seen a BMX near the crime scene and police knew Darwin owned one.
They discovered he’d sent a text to his friend begging him to back up the story about the nosebleed. “I need you to tell them, so I don’t get blamed,” he’d begged. Then he’d urged his friend to delete the texts.
Darwin was finally arrested in October 2014, two years after he’d killed his young girlfriend. Now 17, Darwin was charged with first-degree felony murder. It was decided that he’d be tried as an adult, despite committing the crime at 14.
At first, Darwin pleaded not guilty, but in February this year, on the eve of his trial, he changed his plea to guilty and said he wanted to take responsibility for Anne’s death. He said he’d simply “snapped” because he was too young to process the information that he was going to be a father.