Teenager Murders Girlfriend Over A Bet For Breakfast

15-year-old Joshua Davies used to joke about killing his on-again, off-again girlfriend.



Rebecca Aylward (left) and Joshua Davies (right) | Photo Credits: Daily Mail

15-year-old Rebecca Aylward was murdered in Aberkenfig, South Wales, in 2010 for one of the most casually cruel and trivial reasons ever: a bet. More than the murder, the reason for it disturbed the community beyond reason.

A Toxic Young Romance

Joshua Davies | Photo Credits: Wales Online

Rebecca and Joshua started dating at the fledgling age of fourteen- both naive and foolish. They grew up in the Aberkenfig, South of Wales and their relationship reflected the immaturity of their age. They kept on breaking up and getting back together; it was often enough for Rebecca’s involved parents to be confused about the relationship status on the eve of her murder.

The relationship met an inevitable hiccup when rumors about Rebecca’s pregnancy started floating around in high school. She broke up with Joshua, and both started seeing other people. Meanwhile, Joshua often fantasized about and expressed his anger to friends by saying he wanted to poison Rebecca or push her into the river. Creepily but predictably enough, this was a customary threat.

A Bet To Murder The Girlfriend

On October 22, 2010, Joshua again texted his friends that he wanted to kill Rebecca. His friend teased him, betting he’d never be able to follow through and offering breakfast if he did. Joshua took it to heart. He actually followed through. And the only reason for that was the bet.


On October 23, Joshua sent a disturbing text to his friend. It read:

“Don’t say anything, but you may just owe me a breakfast.”

It later turned out that Joshua also posted often on social media about wanting to murder Rebecca, and his friends used to egg him on. They thought it to be edgy and a joke. Little could they have imagined how wrong they would be.

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