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EXCLUSIVE: Alyssa Bustamante Photos Reveal Inner Life of Elizabeth Olten's Accused Killer

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Facebook Photo: Alyssa Bustamante.

NEW YORK (CBS) Crimesider has obtained exclusive photos of Alyssa Bustamante, the 15-year-old alleged killer of Elizabeth Olten, 9.

PICTURES: Accused Teen Killer Alyssa Bustamante's Inner World

The collection of Facebook and MySpace photos reveals a multi-faceted teenage girl who appears troubled and typical at the same time — smiling, seemingly carefree in one photo, holding her hand as a gun to her head in the next.

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Photo: Elizabeth Olten.

PICTURES: Accused Teen Killer Alyssa Bustamante's Inner World

In one photo (top left), thin red lines of, what appear to be, self-inflicted cuts, are seen on Bustamante's left wrist.

Bustamante listed "cutting" and "killing people" as her hobbies in her Youtube profile, according to the Associated Press. That post has since been taken down.

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Facebook Photo: Alyssa Bustamante.

PICTURES: Accused Teen Killer Alyssa Bustamante's Inner World

Olten, the 9-year-old neighbor of Bustamante went missing in Cole County, Mo., on Oct. 21, 2009 while she was walking home from a neighbor's house. Her body was found two days later after a massive search effort and Bustamante led police to a grave in the woods, authorities said.

An autopsy revealed that Bustamante allegedly strangled, cut the throat of and stabbed Elizabeth; killing her, say police.

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Photo: Alyssa Bustamante.

PICTURES: Accused Teen Killer Alyssa Bustamante's Inner World

Bustamante then buried Olten in a grave she had dug five days before the murder, according to investigators.

Bustamante has been charged with Olten's murder and will be tried as an adult, a judge ruled last week.

On Friday Nov. 20, a judge ordered Bustamante to Fulton State Hospital for up to 96 hours of psychological evaluation after her public defender, John King, said she was "demonstrating signs of severe depression and anxiety," was on suicide watch in jail and had tried to cut herself with her finger nails.

Earlier in the week, juvenile justice officials testified that Bustamante attempted to commit suicide in 2007 and had been receiving mental health treatment for depression and cutting herself.

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