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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Horrorcore Rap Murder Suspect Syko Sam's Sick Video

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Schizophrenic Suburban? Syko Sam
  • Schizophrenic Suburban? Syko Sam

As the gruesome details concerning suspected multiple murderer and horrorcore artist Richard "Syko Sam" McCroskey continue to filter out, my stomach has gone from queasy to nauseous. The latest: on September 21st, after news of the tragic homicides had already been reported in the press, someone calling themselves "SykoSam666"--apparently not the real Sam, since he remains in custody in Virginia--posted a video on YouTube called "Syko Sam--the Voices"

The video depicts a hooded Sam--looking completely different from the cherubic post-teen shown in newspaper reports--snarling in a guttural voice about "evil voices" who urge him to do the unspeakable, yet don't care about his life. "They wanna see me get caught," Sam confides.

Eerily, the video seems to foreshadow the killings of Sam's 16 year-old girlfriend, her parents, and her best friend. "I got this deadly urge and I still don't know why/When I hear the voices, they tell me you're gonna die!," Sam howls. There's more, but you get the idea.

WTF? Seriously: what_the_fuck?!?! How does a normal-seeming, suburban youth become an alleged quadruple murderer? Surely, along the way, there must have been a cry for help?

Looking past the sensationalist aspects of the Syko Sam case, it wouldn't be surprising if it revives the debate over parental responsibility which emerged in the wake of the Columbine incident. Beyond the fact that Syko Sam's father, a heavy metal musician, allowed him to spend hours alone in his room playing violent video games and listening to equally-violent music, there's the question of why would the parents of an impressionable teenage girl allow her to date an older, self-professed Satanist--and drive her to concerts to interact with other Satanic Rap fans?

This may seem obvious in hindsight, but that's just asking for trouble. Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be horrorcore artists.

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