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"Syko Sam's" Motive May Be Linked To Text



    "Syko Sam's" Motive May Be Linked To Text
    Prince Edward County
    This Castro Valley man is the prime suspect in a quadruple homicide in Virginia.

     A cab driver who drove a Castro Valley man suspected of killing four people to the airport says he talked about fighting with his girlfriend over a text message from another man.
    Richard "Sam" McCroskey was arrested at the airport the next day.  He was about to fly back home to the Bay Area. He was charged with killing his girlfriend's father, Presbyterian minister Mark Niederbrock.

    Authorities expect to charge McCroskey with killing his girlfriend, 16-year-old Emma Niederbrock; her mother, Longwood University professor Debra Kelley; and Emma's friend, 18-year-old Melanie Wells of Inwood, W.Va.

    They were found bludgeoned to death Sept. 18 in Kelley's Farmville home. 

    Driver Curtis Gibson says McCroskey told him he fought with his girlfriend because he read the text message.

    McCroskey's sister, Sarah, described him as a kind person who never fought back when people picked on him.

    "He was extremely passive," Sara said, "so just hearing that my brother is the main suspect just really blows my mind."

    McCroskey's father played guitar in a band called S&M.  Sarah McCroskey says the family was not a "lovey-dovey ... 'Leave It To Beaver' kind of family."  She said she thought something might be wrong after she heard a voice mail her brother left at the family's house last Thursday that ended with "I love you guys."

    McCroskey posted video of his Castro Valley bedroom just three weeks ago.  His walls are plastered with posters that celebrate bloody, gory imagery of music centered on killing, suicide and violence.  Family members said he spent most of his time in his room on his computer.

    Alameda County authorities searched that home before dawn Monday, taking with them a computer and more than a dozen paper bags full of evidence.

    McCroskey was known as "Syko Sam" to the Web world because of what is being described as an obsession with notorious serial killer "Son of Sam." His MySpace page features his raps about killing, maiming and mutilating people.  On his YouTube channel, McCroskey goes under the name "Lil Demon Dog."  That is another reference to serial killer David Berkowitz.

    He also posted a video of himself after he flipped over a cross on the grave of a U.S. Marine. 

    On Tuesday, a woman known as "Kinky Suicide" sent a message to McCroskey that read, "i dont know what to think... i thought u loved her... u said u loved me 2.. u would of killed Me too wouldent you?! you had the chance u had the oppertunitys Why them i dont understand!? this isnt like u!"

    As deputies escorted McCroskey to the police station Saturday after his arrest at the Richmond airport, McCroskey was asked by a reporter why he did it. He said, "Jesus told me to do it," WRIC television reported.

    McCroskey has not cooperated with police since his arrest on Saturday.  Police found him napping in the baggage area of an airport waiting to fly back home to the Bay Area.

    Police said there was no indication anyone else was involved and would not say when the victims died.

    A judge has set a preliminary hearing for Jan. 11, and Prince Edward County Commonwealth's Attorney James Ennis said prosecutors needed the extra time to look over the evidence.