October 8th, 2009
03:52 PM ET

'Horrorcore' singer suspected in Virginia killings

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/10/06/virginia.horrorcore.killings/art.horrorcore.syko.jpg caption="Richard Samuel McCroskey has been arrested in connection with the killings of four people in Virginia."]
Wayne Drash

Elizabeth McCutchen and a friend were walking to book club two weeks ago in quaint Farmville, Virginia, when they strolled by a home on First Avenue. "Something smells dead," her friend said.

They were thinking animal. A dog, a cat, something like that. They never imagined they were smelling the remains of massacred humans. It was Thursday, September 17. But another 24 hours would pass before police made the gruesome discovery.

Richard Samuel McCroskey III - a 20-year-old rapper in the underground genre of "Horrorcore" who sang of chopping people into pieces - has been arrested in connection with the slayings. The crime scene was so horrifying police would not even describe it, saying only that the victims died of blunt force trauma.

The victims were Mark Niederbrock, 50, the beloved pastor at Walker's Presbyterian Church; his 16-year-old daughter, Emma Niederbrock; Melanie Wells, Emma's 18-year-old friend from West Virginia; and Niederbrock's estranged wife, Debra Kelley, 53, a professor at Longwood

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  1. Cindy

    I read of this story when it happened and could not believe it!! If the killings were so gruesome that even the police wouldn't talk about them then it had to be just out of this world and sickening!! I am glad that you all went and looked into this. Looking forward to seeing the report about it tonight.


    October 8, 2009 at 10:57 am |