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Jacky Thompson

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Syko Sam and The Farmville Murders Richard Alden Samuel McCroskey III, known better as "Syko Sam," a 20 year old from Castro Valley, CA, was a horrorcore rapper for Wicked Intent Records and Serial Killin' Records. Sam started online-dating Emma Niederbrock, a 16 year old from Farmville, VA, and they finally met along with Melanie Wells (pictured right), Emma's best friend, to go to a concert in Michigan. http://www.myspace.com/537808371/photos/5011634 http://horrorfanzine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/melanie_wells.jpg While in Michigan, Sam noticed Emma texting other men which angered him because he thought that they were exclusively dating. This is what police think set him off. http://images.smh.com.au/2010/09/21/1938905/rapper-420x0.jpg When coming back from the concert, Sam went off by himself for a few days, only to return drunk and high on pills. Sam used a maul and a pein head hammer that he found outside the house to kill his victims. -First he killed Melanie Wells who was asleep on the couch downstairs.
-Then Emma's mother, also asleep, upstairs.
-And finally Emma Niederbrock who was in her room downstairs asleep. None of the victims awoke during the attack. Sam stayed with the bodies until Emma's father, Mark came in from work. Sam then killed him and moved Melanie and his body into Emma's room down the hall. After cleaning up, Sam recorded an apology and stated he realized he'd need to pay for his actions and spoke about suicide. Sam stole Mark's vehicle, wrecked it, and then went to the airport where he awaited a plane back to California.
While waiting the police showed up and arrested him. He didn't resist arrest at all. When asked why he did it he said simply that "Jesus told me to do it" and then laughed.
He pled guilty so that the issue wouldn't go to trial where he would be sentenced to death. He now resides in Red Onion State Prison serving his life sentence. Personal Reflections I couldn't believe how Syko Sam went from one of my favorite artists to a serial killer in less than 2 years all because of an online relationship. As far as the suicide/apology video that he left behind, that was ridiculously stupid. If he really believed he deserved to pay for his actions he would have stayed there after confessing to the murders. I still have a little bit of respect for him because of his willingness to be arrested. He could've ran easily but instead he cooperated. I have actually written him in prison before and he doesn't seem like the kind of guy to murder someone. He is very regretful but still doesn't need to be released. Emma, Mel, Mark, and Debra were all victims in a wrong place wrong time situation. It's not good that he killed 4 but one would have been better than being a serial killer. I believe Emma would have been murdered either way.
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