Horrorcore Rapper Arrested in Murder Case, Suspected in Slaying of Four


Farmville, VA—An arrest has been made in the slaying of four people, including a pastor, in a small Virginia town.

Authorities say that the suspect, a 20-year-old aspiring rapper, had written lyrics bragging about the thrill of killing. Richard Alden Samuel McCroskey III has been charged with murder, robbery and stealing a car from Pastor Mark Niederbrock, who has been tentatively identified as one of the victims.

The state medical examiner’s office has not released the identity of the victims, however, and asked police to make this clear. Once the other bodies have been identified, they said, McCroskey will be charged with the three other murders. It has not been revealed how the victims were killed.

Police were dispatched to the home of Niederbrock’s estranged wife, Debra Kelley, after a West Virginia woman whose teenager was visiting Niederbrock and Kelley’s daughter, Emma, called them to say that she had not heard from her daughter and was worried. When investigators arrived at the home, a man matching McCroskey’s description claimed that the girls had gone to see a movie. Police returned the next day and discovered the four bodies.

McCroskey attempted to fly home to California, but was arrested Saturday at the Richmond, VA airport. He is currently in custody.

According to authorities, McCroskey and Emma Niederbrock had met due to their shared interest in horrorcore music, which is characterized by hip-hop rhythms and violent lyrics. McCroskey had recorded songs, under the stage name Syko Sam, that dealt with death, murder and mutilation.

Messages posted on social networking sites led police to believe that the two not only knew each other, but were planning a visit. McCroskey’s MySpace page lists posts and messages from a person with the username Ragdoll, which friends claimed was Emma Niederbrock, including one dated September 7th which made reference to the two being together. Additionally, a mutual friend said he saw the three of them – McCroskey, Niederbrock, and her unnamed friend – together at a music festival in Michigan.

Police admitted that the suspect’s songs and writings were “a little disturbing” and that they were looking into his involvement with the horrorcore genre.

One of McCroskey’s songs, which was entitled “My Dark Side,” includes the lyrics, “You’re not the first/just to let you know. I’ve killed many people/and I kill them real slow. It’s the best feeling/watching their last breath./Stabbing and stabbing ’til there’s nothing left.”


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