'Crazy' Sergeant Urged US Troops to 'Kill for Sport'

Army ignored warning about death squad team leader, say soldier's parents

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 28, 2010 3:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – Soldiers charged with murdering Afghan civilians for kicks are blaming a "crazy" sergeant that the parents of one said they warned the Army about. In a chilling videotaped interrogation, Corporal Jeremy Morlock recounts being ordered to kill civilians during heroin-, opium-, and hash-fueled raids. At one point, Sergeant Calvin Gibbs tossed a grenade at an unarmed civilian and ordered: "Wax this guy," Morlock recalled. "Gibbs had pure hatred for all Afghans and constantly referred to them as savages," he added in a statement. Another witness said that "if Gibbs knew that I was sitting in front of this camera right now, there's no doubt in my mind that he'd f***king take me out," reports CNN.

The family of another of the five soldiers charged with murder, specialist Adam Winfield, said he told his parents to report Gibbs because Winfield feared he'd be killed if he did, reports ABC News. The Winfields say they contacted six Army offices and their US senator, but nothing was apparently done about Gibbs." I said my son is in Afghanistan. There's a rogue sergeant out there apparently killing innocent victims," recounted Winfield's father, Christopher. He said one sergeant told him it's a "he said" situation and that nothing could be done. "I was floored," said Winfield. Army officials say they are investigating the Winfield's information.

Corporal Cpl. Jeremy Morlock.   (AP Photo/U.S. Army)
US Army Specialist Adam Winfield told his parents he was too frightened to report his sergeant, and asked them to do it, according to his family.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Winfield family, HO)
Emma and Christopher Winfield said they warned the Army about their son's bloodthirsty sergeant but no action was apparently taken to rein him in.   (AP Photo/Erik Kellar)
Jeremy Morlock talks about a killing during a videotaped interrogation.   (RealHoodGoon)
Jeremy Morlock sits at a hearing yesterday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.   (AP Photo/Peter Millett)
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Corp. Jeremy Morlock recounts killing scene ordered by his sergeant.   (RealHoodGoon)

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