October 8th, 2009
05:29 PM ET

What is 'horrorcore' music?

Program Note: Tune in tonight to hear more about the case from Gary Tuchman on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

[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."]


A 20-year-old from Northern California is suspected of brutally killing four people. Richard Samuel McCroskey is a musician who calls himself 'Pyscho Sam' on YouTube. His lyrics are offensive and included messages about abuse, rape and killing. Authorities say he is accused of carrying out the same type of crimes about which he rapped.

The type of music that McCroskey practiced is known as the "Horrorcore" genre.

To learn more about this type of music and to hear samples, go here.

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  1. meg

    I am very against this type of music! I refuse to get involved with anyone who listens to it. I dated a very very abusive guy when i was around 20 and he was deeply into this music, he hurt me physically and emotionally, I dont blame his actions on the music its self but he would sing these songs durring the abuse. To hear about this kind of crime it saddens me but does not surprise me. hearing this turns my stomach and takes me back to that time in my life 🙁

    October 8, 2009 at 11:51 pm |
  2. Natalie

    To say that "Horrorcore" rap caused a man to kill four people is ridiculous. Have you turned on the news, internet, or even cartoons for that matter recently. I believe that education and parental advising are one of the biggest factors that play into the outcome of who we become. If it's not there or lacking...well there you go!!!

    October 8, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  3. Brian

    Horrorcore is crap like ICP, Twiztid...music angry pre-teen kids listen to.

    October 8, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  4. allie mayhem

    GREAT!! And yet again the music is going to get blamed because he is a psycho!

    October 8, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  5. Cindy

    I can't believe that people actually can get into this type of sick music. It's obviously people that have problems mentally...at least you would think. No sane person would be into music about killing people in gruesome ways.


    October 8, 2009 at 5:32 pm |