Update: Chilling New Details Emerge in Syko Sam Horrorcore Murders Case

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Satanic Killer? Syko Sam aka LilDemonDog

New revelations have come to light in the case of "Skyo Sam" McCroskey, the 20 year-old Castro Valley wanna-be rapper, graphic designer, and alleged Santanic cultist, accused of murdering four people in Virginia last week, including his girlfriend, her best friend and her parents, a professor and a priest.

Virginia law enforcement authorities have determined the four were killed by blunt force trauma. News reports have also described McCrosky's seemingly calm behavior in the immediate aftermath of the murders; despite encountering law enforcement officers on two occasions, once at the victim's house, and once while driving a car belonging to one of the victims, McCroskey was not arrested until after the bodies were discovered, a day later.

A truck driver who gave McCroskey a ride and made small talk with him after the murders described the youth as having an odor consistent with rotting flesh. "He stunk like the devil," the driver told the Associated Press.

Despite reports that he was bullied, McCroskey's sister has described him as "a quiet kid who got along with everybody." Before deciding to become a horrorcore rapper a few months ago, McCroskey apparently spent large amounts of time in his room, playing violent video games and listing to heavy metal and horrorcore music. His alter-ego, Syko Sam, made numerous references in his music to "evil" voices in his head advising him to "murder continuously" and "take lives on a killing spree." A YouTube video shows McCroskey bragging about defiling graves.

But those aren't the most disturbing details to emerge in this macabre case. According to Paul Calcagno, McCroskey was part of a Satanic cult who engaged in ritual music videos and idolized David Berkowitz, the 1970s NYC serial killer who called himself "the Son of Sam." Calcagno is the author of a blog in which he describes meeting Syko Sam in 2006: "As a result of my personal experience with Sam and his affiliated "Horror Core" rap artists, I believe that New Mexico Rap Label "Serial Killing Records" is behind the grisly mass murder. Basically, I was an actor in one of their music videos. In the video they killed a priest, a Rabbi, a Muslim Cleric, and the Pope. Sam McCrosky killed a PASTOR IN REAL LIFE (Virginia pastor, Mark Niederbrock. )"

In the video, SickTanick kills the clergymen one by one by slitting their throats, masturbates onto a magazine, and is sexually serviced by a chained woman. The video also shows what appears to be the same woman committing suicide twice, by slitting her wrists in a bathtub and jumping off a building.

According to Calcagno, "the video was actually a Satanic ritual itself. The filmmakers were all members of the Church of Satan (they showed me the red membership cards)."

He also embellishes the connections between Berkowitz and McCroskey, who also went by the name Lil Demon Dog -- a reference to Berkowitz' insistence that he took his killing orders from a demon dog named "Sam." He also alleges that Serial Killin' Records honcho "Sicktanik and company often joked that if any of them were to go out and "pull a Manson", that they should "blame it on Jesus," before pointing out that McCroskey allegedly told a reporter "Jesus told me to do it" following his arrest.

Although SickTanic has claimed his music was simply a form of expression, his MySpace blog lists his "experience in the world of the occult," which he claims sets him apart from other "Satanic Rap" artists. On it, he says he has conducted both Satanic Baptisms and Satanic Masses. Creepy.

More details have also emerged about the victims and the lifestyle they and McCroskey engaged in, which apparently included heavy doses of sex, drugs, and occult practices. A comment posted Monday on "LilDemondog"'s YouTube channel by "XxKinkySuicidexX" appears to reference Emma Niederbrock, McCroskey's 16 year-old girlfriend, who was among the victims: "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!? "

Hauntingly, several messages from Melanie Wells on "LilDemonDog"'s MySpace page make references to the concert she attended with McCroskey before her death, excitedly referencing afterparties "in multiple hotel rooms." On June 9th, Wells wrote, "I can't wait to get druuuuunk."

Melanie Wells' MySpace page--which has been filled with poignant tributes from friends in the past few days-- describes her as an "SKR Unholy Disciple" - a reference to SickTanick's Serial Killin' Records, who McCroskey allegedly promoted for. She also calls herself a believer in "Laveyan Satanism," notes "McDonalds, cigarettes, caffeine and drugs keep me alive and healthy," lists her interests as including "blood and gore, open graves, dead people, animals"
and proclaims, "I'm a sinner and I repent not."

Wells' site also lists a poem, in which she fantasizes about killing a cheating lover: You're screaming and bleeding lying on the floor
I can't help it, I'm aching for more gore
Slowly I make an incision in your main artery
I feel the blood rush, gush all over my body
It's going deeper and deeper, your life is slowly fading
Your eyes roll back and your body starts shaking

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philliesgirl.akridge
philliesgirl.akridge

While people connected to Satanism do some truly horrible things, in no way whatsoever should anyone ever believe that people bring on their own deaths. NOBODY ever deserves to be slaughtered or murdered in any way EVER. This kid here was troubled to begin with and the music he listened to fed into his troubled life. Not the other way around. God Bless the victims.

rainstained
rainstained

I want to let people know that Satanism isn't what this describes above, this young man is evil and has a twisted view of reality. Satanism is more and eye for an eye mentality. Which doesn't govern over what he did. He killed people who never wronged him. 

Anyway I was a goth in my time and listened to the dark music, read darker poetry and even wrote some myself, as well as wrote songs, sang them , etc. Truth is that art is a form of expression and rarely means anyone will actually do what they write about. I used it as a form to get all that anger and frustration out. When I was done writing something I stopped feeling angry and that is how art should be. It should be emotional and moving, it should test our limits a bit. 

However, none of this ever made me do more than punch a wall or go out to clubs with friends. I never would have actually hurt someone else. All being gothic really did was give me a place to belong. Truth is in any social circle there are people who are unstable. Gothic culture in general gets a bad rap because it's more towards the more macabe part of life. The woman he killed was gothic too and she did nothing to him. Most gothic people I have met are sweet  and intelligent people. I am beyond sad that this monster took a beautiful light from the world. That is not what gothic culture or Satanism is about in the least. I don't like things being misrepresented so I wanted to make that clear. 

McCroskey needs the death penalty and deserves no less. He doesn't deserve mercy because his actions do not deem him deserving of it.

lettejes4lif
lettejes4lif

make me sick everyone so quick to blame the music. u take the music away there will STILL be "Syko Sam's, Manson's, Bundy's, ect ect ect" makes me wonder what people would point the blame at, parents, friends, tv. Why not try the real problem MENTAL ILLNESS! WAIT WAIT CANT DO THAT! THAT MAKES SENCE.

photogbil111
photogbil111

A fascination with Satanism, cannibalism, suicide, murder and rape ...what could possibly go wrong! < < < Extreme Sarcasm! 


ThinMint
ThinMint

I watched Web Of Lies last night as well. This was incredibly disturbing. The people involved were oblivious to the power of daily, repetitive and negative expression and thoughts.

onlyonesheri
onlyonesheri

Are there any prison updates on this case? I also watched this last night and oh my GOD.

stobacco
stobacco

I just saw this featured on Web of Lies.  Melanie Well's mother sadly lacks in sight into her failings as a parent.   She blamed the tragedy  on the pitfalls of internet relationships but she knew enough about McCroskey and the best friend Emma Niederbrock online to know they weren't suitable friends for her daughter.   Even more ironic her daughter wasn't a suitable friend for them either.  The last thing they needed was to get those children together.   She  neglected to say that parents need to monitor their teenager's music and the messages in their music.    She knew enough about the "concert" to know her daughter didn't need to attend.    The irony that they listened to music about serial killing and ended up being victims of a serial killer seemed to be completely lost on both Wells and the "musician's" (and I use that term euphemistically)  who befriended the victims.   They invited all that evil into their world with their choice of music and entertainment and yet they saw no connection to their nihilism and necrophilic music, and to the tragedy.   It was a strange blindness.  

philliesgirl.akridge
philliesgirl.akridge

@ThinMint I was into punk rock when I was a teenager, died my hair blue and all that and I grew up just fine, raised my kids just fine and have a very respectable job. Teens go through all kinds of crazy things before they grow up. No way should anyone blame anything on these victims. These two young girls look happy and nothing could have ever predicted what would happen to them. This troubled boy took it upon himself to do what he did.

photogbil111
photogbil111

@stobacco  "The irony that they listened to music about serial killing and ended up being victims of a serial killer seemed to be completely lost on both Wells and the "musician's" (and I use that term euphemistically)  who befriended the victims."


I completely agree and will take it a step farther! These so called "musicians" (and others like them) are guilty as hell for promoting & glorifying the sick behavior that resulted in 4 needless, gruesome deaths!  Their feigned shock shows just how out of touch with reality ...or perhaps worse ...how 'in-touch' with evil they are! 

photogbil111
photogbil111

@stobacco  I saw it as well and was appalled by the ignorance of Emma's parents ...not only ignoring their daughter's sick & perverted obsession with Satanism, death, murder, rape, gore  ...but actually supporting it with some delusional belief that they were helping her find "some joy" in life! Only a point-headed college professor mother and liberal minister father could come to that pathetic conclusion! 

A fascination with Satanism, cannibalism, suicide, murder and rape ...what could possibly go wrong! < < < Extreme Sarcasm! 

stephan305
stephan305

@stobacco so what you are trying to say is that this young girl brought this on herself?you are a BIG pile of SHIT!maybe someone will leave a comment like yours when you lose a loved one!asshole!

philliesgirl.akridge
philliesgirl.akridge

@photogbil111 @stobacco I guess you were never a teenager who did strange things. Most teens grow out of this stage and her parents did the right thing by taking these kids to this odd concert. Had they screamed at her she couldn't go and stop listening to that music and no Sam can't come out here, she would have done it anyway. duh

photogbil111
photogbil111

@stephan305 @stobacco  The "parents" (and I use that term loosely) that you pretend to be so concerned about were complicit in the death of their own daughters! It's insanely pathetic to think that the one girl's parents were a college processor in Sociology and a Presbyterian minister ...but not entirely surprising! 

philliesgirl.akridge
philliesgirl.akridge

@wild_bill454 @philliesgirl.akridge@stobacco I didn't say most kids engage in this type of behavior. I said teens do strange things. And in no way do ALL teens who do engage in this behavior run around killing people on a regular basis. Were there hundreds of teens murdered after this concert? NO. One mentally unhinged teen took it upon himself to do a horrendous thing. It wasn't a large group of people. He acted alone

wild_bill454
wild_bill454

@philliesgirl.akridge @photogbil111 @stobacco  I get it! So your advise to parents is to "encourage" their twisted and morally reprehensible kids into pursuing Satanism, cannibalism, suicide, murder, & rape indoctrination, eh? Just for the record ..."most teens" DON"T engage in, entertain, or glorify Satanism, cannibalism, suicide, murder, & rape! Just saying!

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