Best Friend Killers: What Happened to Skylar Neese?

July 30, 2014
On July 6, 2012, 16-year-old Skylar Neese was stabbed to death by her two best friends, Shelia Eddy and Rachel Shoaf. Six months later, Rachel confessed to police and led them to Skylar’s remains. Shelia continued to plead not guilty — until January 2014, when she finally admitted her part in the brutal murder. Both teens claimed they killed Skylar because they “didn’t want to be friends with her anymore” — but was that their real motive? And, who was the mastermind behind the plot? Dr. Phil sits down with Sklylar’s parents, Dave and Mary, who say they’re struggling to comprehend what happened to their little girl. How can they heal after such a horrific tragedy? And, how could Shelia — who had been friends with Skylar since she was 8 — and Rachel commit such a heinous crime?








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Skylar Neese, Shelia Eddy and Rachel ShoafMary, Skylar's motherDave, Skylar's fatherCrissy, Shelia's cousinShania, Shelia and Skylar's friendKim and Kelly, friends of Rachel's familyDaleen Berry, co-author of The Savage Murder of Skylar Neese

A Chilling Murder

Skylar Neese, 16, disappeared from her Sky City, West Virginia, home in July 2012. Six months later, after initially denying involvement, Rachel Shoaf, 16, confessed that she and Shelia Eddy, 16, had stabbed their friend to death and hid her body in the woods. Rachel pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Shelia pleaded not guilty until January 2014, when she pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

 

Skylar's parents, Dave and Mary, recall the moment they realized their daughter was missing and how they learned who was responsible.

Skylar's parents recall details of Rachel’s confession that still haunt them.



Friends and Family Speak Out

Dr. Phil discusses the events of the case, the investigation and its outcome with Skylar’s parents, as well as Crissy, Shelia’s cousin, Shania — who was friends with both Shelia and Skylar — and Kelly and Kim, friends of Rachel’s family. What could have caused the two girls to turn on their friend so violently? Crissy says “there were no signs of anything weird” with Shelia, but Shania shares what she believes is a possible motive.

Shelia’s cousin, Crissy, speaks out about who she believes masterminded the crime. “She isn’t a psycho.”

Shania, a close friend of Shelia and Skylar, explains her theory on why they killed Skylar.

Dr. Phil and Dr. Phil producers reached out to Shelia’s attorney, but their calls and emails were not returned.


Healing from Loss

Skylar’s parents share memories of their daughter. And, how do they move on from such a tragic loss?

 
“Everybody grieves in a different way. Please love and support each other through this,” Dr. Phil tells them. He explains that there may be days when one of them is struggling more than the other, and it’s important to accept each other’s place in their grief and help them get through it. “Never think that the length and breadth of your grief reflects the depth and breadth of your love. Because people who grieve for a year don’t love more than people who grieve for six months, or love less than people who grieve for two years. It’s different for everybody.”

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