Jennifer Crompton
15 Years Old

August 10, 1971 to September 26, 1986

Jennifer Crompton was born in 1971; she died in 1986 when she was just 15 years old. Jenny lived in Bettendorf, Iowa and attended Pleasant Valley High School. It was at the high school when she was in the ninth grade when she met her boyfriend, Mark Smith. Mark murdered Jenny a year after they met, when she was attempting to break off the relationship.

Jenny was an honors student, a member of the pep club, and a member of a jazz-dance team. She was active in her church youth group. She excelled at foreign languages and her dream was to go to college, major in languages, and then move to Europe and pursue a career where she could use her flair for languages. Her immediate big dream was to get her driver's license when she turned sixteen.

Jenny loved her family (Mom, Dad, Stepmom, Stepdad, 10 year old sister, 1 year old brother) and we dearly loved her. She enjoyed family times, even though she was getting into those teen years when it wasn't "cool" to hang out with your folks. She is as precious to us now as the day we lost her. Her smile, her laugh, and her sweet personality remain forever imprinted in our hearts. We miss her every single day.

CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE MURDER

Mark Smith broke into Jennifer Crompton's house and waited for her to return home after school. He took a butcher knife from Jenny's kitchen and stabbed her 66 times when she entered the front door. Mark Smith then ran out the back door, leaving Jenny dying on the floor, where she was found by her stepfather five minutes later.

Mark Smith (her former boyfriend) was arrested three days later, after a shoe print in Jenny's blood was found on some envelopes near Jenny's body, and the prints matched those of Mark Smith. He was convicted of first degree murder. He was sentenced to life without parole. He was nineteen years old.

Mark Smith had no prior arrest record.

back to 14

Jennifer Crompton