Richard Samuel Alden McCroskey

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'Horrorcore' Rapper Gets Life for Killing 4 in Va.

McCroskey takes plea bargain to avoid death penalty

(Newser) - Aspiring horrorcore rapper Richard McCroskey, 21, today received a life sentence after pleading guilty to the slaying of 4 people in Farmville, Va. McCroskey admitted that relationship problems had prompted him to kill girlfriend Emma Niederbrock, 16, her mother Debra Kelley, and Melanie Wells, a visiting friend of Emma's, in...

Horrorcore Rap Killings Shock Sleepy Va. Town

Questions abound about music's role in family's slaughter

(Newser) - Farmville is a sleepy Virginia town of 7,000, hardly the kind of place you’d expect a Californian “horrorcore” rapper to brutally bludgeon four people to death, Yet that's exactly what 20-year-old Richard Alden Samuel McCroskey III, aka “Syko Sam,” is suspected of doing. “I...

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