Cassandra Bjorge

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Cassandra "Cassie" Bjorge is a 17-year-old  who lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She and her 18-year-old boyfriend Johnny Rider murdered her grandparents Wendy and Randall Bjorge in April 2017.

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Cassandra Bjorge
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Perpetrator: Cassandra Bjorge (Granddaughter)

Johnny Rider ( Boyfriend)

Date: April, 2017
Location: Lawrenceville, Georgia
Motive: Unknown
Crimes: Senicide


Early Life

Cassie was born and raised in Atlanta and moved to Lawrenceville, Georgia at some point in her childhood.  Bjorge lived with her grandparents and attended Duluth High School. Bjorge was known to run away from home and had done so in late December of 2016 and early April of 2017. Bjorge is in a relationship with her boyfriend, Johnny Rider.

Deaths of Wendy and Randall Bjorge

According to court documents Cassandra Bjorge and Johnny Rider planned the double murders for days before the killing actually took place. On the night of the murders they waited for her Grandparents to go to sleep and then they attacked. Johnny Rider attacked the Grandfather and Cassie Bjorge would drag her Grandmother into the bedroom and began to assault her. The elderly couple would have their throats slit. The teens would then barricade the bedroom and invite friends over for a party. Police believe the two teen killers stayed in the home for days after the murders. On top of the murder of her Grandparents the teen kllers had planned to kill Johnny Rider’s mother and sister. 

On the evening of April 8th, Cassie's family members asked the police to do a welfare check on her grandparents, Wendy and Randall Bjorge. The family had not heard from the elderly couple for some time and were worried about their condition. Since no one answered the door, they left and respected their privacy. 

Later in the night, police were called to an assault that took place. Ryder had attacked his sister and her boyfriend and ran off with Cassie. When police arrived, they did not find either of the two but discovered the vehicle that belonged to the Wendy and Randall. 

Police returned to the Bjorge's residence and forced their way into the house. Upon going upstairs, the found the deceased bodies of Wendy and Randall in an apparent homicide. Cassie and Johnny became suspects in their murder. 

The next day, police located Cassie and Johnny to the address of 4000 McGinnis Ferry Road at McGinnis Ferry Apartments in Suwanee, GA. The address was a friend of Ryder's who did not know the extent of the situation. When Cassie and Johnny refused to leave the residence, a SWAT team was called in for assistance. When they entered the home, they found Cassie and Johnny with self-inflicted stab wounds. Both were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center to be treated for their injuries. 

According to arrest warrants, Cassie and her boyfriend beat her grandparents with a tire iron before finishing the job by slashing their throats. Authorities believe that their bodies may have been laying around for at least a week before they were discovered by the police. During that time, Cassie and Johnny invited friends over to party and smoke weed while the bodies of her grandparents were rotting upstairs.

Sentencing

They were each sentenced in 2018 to two life sentences with the possibility of parole in 60 years, plus 21 years to be served concurrently with the life sentences after they pleaded guilty to murder, aggravated assault and theft in the April murders of Bjorge’s grandparents. 

"They broke into her grandparents house and, over a period of time, killed both the grandmother and the grandfather,” Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said. “And then (they) stayed in the house for a period of time and sealed it up. They taped up the windows and things to prevent discovery of the body.”

Gwinnett Judge Debra Turner, who sentenced the teens on Friday, said the case disgusted her.

“I just continued to be stunned that you (two) sealed areas so that you could make sure the smell of decaying human flesh wouldn’t be noticed, that you had parties and ordered Chinese food while you had two that you had brutally murdered lying upstairs,” she said.

Rider would have faced a possible death penalty because he is an adult, but that’s a moot point because he pleaded guilty to the crime. He and Bjorge admitted to murder, aggravated assault, and theft for killing the grandparents last April.

In court Monday, Rider asked for forgiveness and described his actions as "evil," 

"I know what I have done is abominable and evil and is deserving of hellfire," Rider said. "I would like to express my deepest apologies to the Bjorge family. I'm so sorry for the pain and grief I have caused all of you."

Bjorge did not speak.