A Texas teen who viciously stabbed a stranger and later recounted the experience as "a high unlike any other" has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Pearl Moen was 17 when she nearly killed a nurse she encountered randomly on a street in Austin and stabbed her 21 times in November 2015.
Moen received the 15-year sentence as part of a plea agreement, according to the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, after admitting she attempted to murder the 23-year-old woman.
In a disturbing journal entry that prosecutors said she wrote following the attack, Moen called the rush she felt in the heat of the moment "absolutely fantastic."
"So, okay, I'll start with the exciting bit. I stabbed an innocent woman to death earlier today. (Technically yesterday since it's 1 am)," Moen wrote. "It was absolutely fantastic. Murder gives me a high unlike any other, it feels like this crisp unreality. Flashing & sparkling. Adrenaline & shock. Fight or flight mode.
"How do I even go about describing it[?] The whole thing was unreal. I'm so proud of myself. I stabbed her like 20 times. Maybe more. I wasn't counting. She screamed & grabbed at me saying "what the f***?! Help. Leave." For now, I should explain why. Other than the fact that I'm a homicidal psychopath. I have a deep hatred towards people right now...
"Yesterday I lost my other gold ring I've worn all my life on a chain as it was ripped off by a girl I was murdering. Fate is weird..."
Also in the diary were drawings of the scene, prosecutors said.
But despite Moen's diary claims that she killed someone, the victim survived the stabbing.
The victim suffered massive blood loss, a collapsed lung, and permanent nerve and tendon damage. "I always thought she would walk around with guilt, but knowing she had this joy and this pride is very unsettling," the victim told KXAN.
While addressing the court, though, the victim said she was "glad the defendant stabbed her rather than a child, an elderly person or someone who could not defend themselves."