BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – Emily Evil Reznick said her mother beat her, filled her head with lies and over medicated her.
And on July 7, her mother tried to kill her, the teenage girl said. Reznick, 16, claimed in letters from Juvenile Hall that she and her boyfriend, Nikolai Thorn Roach, acted in self-defense.
Authorities called to an Oildale home found Michelle Louise Taylor, 54, dead with a stab wound to the neck. Reznick and Roach were arrested on suspicion of murder.
“My own (expletive) mom tried to kill me (sic) and I did everything I could to get her away and my BF was there and saved my life that morning,” Reznick wrote in a letter from Juvenile Hall that month .
In dozens of letters Reznick shared with sister station KTLA 17 News, she wrote about the boredom of life in custody, her plans for a possible career as a nurse and her love for Roach.
She has written repeatedly about the mixed feelings she has for her mother.
“I hate mom so much but I loved her because (sic) she was my mom,” Reznick wrote in the Aug. 12 letter. “I will never forgive her for what she has done to me and what she has done to me and all the lies she has deceived me with.”
Through her filings, Reznick indicated that both she and Roach were 15 when Taylor was killed, meaning they could only face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
Assistant District Attorney Joseph Kinzel said he could not comment on Reznick’s case or the abuse allegations.
In her letters to boyfriend Kenneth Eagles, Reznick expressed her hope that she and Roach would marry after her release.
“I want to be gone as soon as possible,” she wrote in a letter dated September 3. “I want to be free and with Nike. I need him the most to know how he is, he makes me feel safe, he is everything to me.’
In another letter, dated September 6, Reznick said, “I’m not going to lie to you Ken, I hate myself so much for what I did, I cried that I’m here and I feel alone. . .”
Reznick said in the same letter, “I didn’t want to (expletive) kill her, that was like the last thing I wanted to happen.”
Eagles, 70, told 17 News he believes Renzick suffered years of abuse, both verbal and physical, from Taylor. He witnessed bruises and cuts on her, including marks around her neck.
“Those weren’t little bruises,” Eagles said.
He met Reznick about four years ago when she was 12 and she lived near him in the area of Taft Highway and South H Street. Eagles said he was known as a “grandpa type” and knew most of the kids in the neighborhood.
One day around midnight, as he was driving into an apartment complex, he saw Reznick outside alone. He asked her why she didn’t go home and she said she couldn’t because of her mother, Eagles said. He didn’t like it but said it wasn’t safe for her to be out so late.
Reznick began stopping by regularly and their friendship grew, Eagles said. He began to learn more about her.
“She felt very comfortable and safe there, and that was important to me,” he said.
The alleged abuse is escalating
Eagles found out that Reznick’s father died a month ago from what she said was a scorpion bite.
Soon, Eagles began to notice the bruises. He said Reznick eventually confided in him that Taylor had beaten her.
“She reminded him of his father, and his mother hated his father,” Eagles said Reznick told him.
As she got older, the abuse worsened, Eagles said. Reznick fought back once when she was 14, he said.
“She was so proud of herself when she said, ‘My mom tried to hurt me and I pushed her away this time,'” Eagles said.
Reznick told him she knocked Taylor over. She said Taylor laughed and threatened to call the police and report her for abusing the elderly, Eagles said.
Taylor and Reznick moved to Oildale, where the abuse continued, Eagles said, escalating to the point where Taylor was “boxing (Reznick) like a man.
On June 7, the Eagles read a report on the 17 News website that a woman had been killed in Oildale. The next day he read that two juveniles had been arrested.
“Of course I broke down,” Eagles said of his reaction when he realized who the teenagers were. “But I knew it was self-defense.
Eagles said the situation breaks his heart because he knows Reznick loved her mother and Taylor, despite the abuse, loved her. He said that Taylor often buys gifts for Reznick after he hit her in an attempt to make up for what she did.
“He keeps telling me, ‘I love my mom and I have nightmares every night,'” Eagles said.
Reznick expressed this feeling in her letters, the confusion of hating her mother yet still loving her. Feeling remorse for what happened while claiming it was self-defense.
“I hate myself for what I did,” Reznick wrote in the Aug. 16 letter.
According to her letters, she is not the only one. Some of the teenagers in Juvenile Hall hate her, she said. They don’t refer to her by name.
“They call me a ‘mother killer,'” Reznick wrote.
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