Claire Elaina Miller is an American juvenile killer accused of sororicide (killing of one’s sister) on February 22, 2021. The victim and older sister, Helen Miller,19, had cerebral palsy and was confined to a wheelchair. Claire Miller was fourteen when she killed her sister and as of this writing, she is being tried as an adult in the State of Pennsylvania.
At 1:08am a Manheim Township dispatcher received a frantic phone call from a “hysterical” caller claiming that she just “killed her sister.”
Police arrived at the 1500 block of Manheim Township on Clayton Road five minutes after the call began.
In the front yard, a frantic Claire Elaina Miller,14 greeted them, wearing a blue t-shirt with a cat's face and checkered pajama pants. She was rubbing her hands in the snow, desperately trying to wash off her older sister’s blood from her hands.
She told the responding officers that her older sister, Helen Miller,19, was still in her bed where Claire had stabbed her repeatedly.
Claire Miller’s parents, completely unaware of the happenings outside, were awakened when police entered the home.
Left Knife In Neck
Chief Rudzinski reported, “[Claire] directed them to the bedroom where they found her sister with a stab wound.”
Helen Miller was on her back in her bedroom with a bloody pillow over her face.
“One of the officers removed the pillow and saw a knife sticking out of Helen’s neck just above her chest. Helen’s hands were up near her head and officers noticed a large amount of blood on Helen’s chest and on the bed.”
TikTok Goes Viral
Looking through family videos (TikToks), Claire seemed to live in a loving household with loving parents.
The 2,500 square foot home was setup to accommodate Helen’s condition. The home was purchased in 2005 under Helen M. Miller Irrevocable Trust - apparently trusting the home to a disabled child is a common practice, which helps secure the longevity of care that the child will need.
Claire Miller was in 9th grade and attending the Lancaster Country Day School, a small private school of 550 students.
As this case is so recent, it’s near impossible to know the true motive of why the 14-year-old killed her older sister. Speculation is rampant online, but I have found no one who knows Claire Miller post on any of the forums.
News sources point out that Claire Miller had 22k TikTok followers on her account @spiritsandsuchconsulting, but this may have inflated after she posted the video of the bloody giraffe.
It’s difficult to know for sure, because TikTok quickly removed her account from their platform.
Helen Miller was born with cerebral palsy, a motor disorder disability in childhood.
No matter what Claire Miller’s true motive was for killing her sister, what we know for certain is that her parents have now lost half of the family.
Tragically, the Millers lost the eldest, Helen, and now the youngest, Claire, is locked behind bars and facing serious prison time.
An article by PennLive.com describes Claire’s father having to walk up to face his daughter, who stood in front of a camera-linked stream where “he stood directly in front of it to get a better look at his daughter."
Clearly, Claire’s father is desperately trying to understand how and why this happened.
A friend, name unknown, who talked with Claire same night of the murder told police that Claire was having “suicidal and homicidal thoughts”
Tried As An Adult
In Pennslyvania, and a handful of other states, they will try a person ten years old and above as an adult in homicide cases.
This is the reason Claire Miller’s photo and name have been made public.
Unlike the other states, the burden of proof is on the juvenile and not on the Stated. This simply means, when a juvenile commits murder in a normal state, the state’s prosecutors must deem them a child or not. This practice is flipped in Pennslyvania, given Claire’s defence lawyer full responsibility to get her case moved to a juvenile court.
A juvenile court will focus more on rehabilitation of the killer, whereas an adult prison will care more about days served.
Claire Miller is currently awaiting her sentence for the murder of her older sister.