The Snapchat Murders: The Story of Abigail Williams and Liberty German

The case of two middle school girls that stuck together until the very end.

Nicole Kenney

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Photo by dominik reallife on Unsplash

On February 13, 2017, Abigail Williams, 13 and Liberty German, 14, were murdered in a double homicide while out in the historic trails in their hometown of Delphi, Indiana.

Abigail (Abby) Williams and Liberty (Libby) German were as close as two best friends could possibly be. The girls attended school together and played sports such as volleyball and softball together. According to her older sister Kelsi German, Libby was known for playing “every possible sport she could play” which also included soccer and swimming. The two girls also played the saxophone together in their school band where they bonded together the most.

What made these two girls so compatible as best friends was their vastly different personalities. Libby was much more outgoing while Abby was more reserved and quiet. Despite their opposite demeanors, they complimented each other perfectly and they grew together as inseparable best friends.

The Night Before and Day of the Murders

On the night of February 13, 2017, Abby had a sleepover at Libby’s house where the two of them and Libby’s older sister Kelsi watched some movies together and painted. It was a Sunday night and the girls had the following Monday off from school due to a holiday. The next day at around 1:30 pm, Abby and Libby went out hiking at the Monon High Bridge Trail which was part of the Delphi Historic Trails system. Kelsi had dropped the girls off at the trails and Libby’s father was planning to pick them up at around 3:15 pm.

When Libby’s father was on his way to pick the girls up, he left Libby a voicemail at 3:11 pm. saying he was close to their pick up spot. At 3:15 pm, Libby’s father arrived at the trails and called Libby again, but he was sent to voicemail a second time. For about 20 minutes, Libby’s father went out and looked for the girls himself assuming they lost track of the time or their phones had died. After wandering the trails for 20 to 30 minutes and still not finding them, Libby’s father contacted her grandmother Becky Patty and the German family began to search for the girls…

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Nicole Kenney

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