The Farmville Murders

September 18th, 2009. Farmville, Virginia. Kathleen Wells hadn’t heard from her daughter, Melanie, for a few days and was worried. Melanie was staying in Virginia with her friend Emma Neiderbrock. Whenever Kathleen called Emma’s home, Richard McCroskey, Emma’s boyfriend, answered the phone and told various stories about where Melanie was. Kathleen called in a welfare check on the home on September 18. Inside the home, police found the bodies of four people. Questions arose. Was this a story of a jilted lover? Or was an intense interest in death and horror behind these murders?


Debra Sue Kelley Find a Grave 9/28/1955

Mark Alan Niederbrock Find a Grave 3/20/1959

Melanie G. Wells Find a Grave 2/13/1991

Emma Kelley Niederbrock Find a Grave 10/15/1992

Castro Valley’s “Syko Sam” Accused of Killing Four NBC Bay Area 9/20/2009

In-Depth Look at “SYKO SAM” WSET 9/20/2009

Rapper charged in Va. slaying SFGate 9/20/2009

Slain girl on Bay Area rapper’s MySpace SFGate 9/21/2009

Church Grapples with Loss of Pastor WSET 9/21/2009

Investigators probe “horrorcore” music in Farmville slayings WSLS 9/21/2009

McCroskey Had Spoken with Police Before Arrest WSET 9/21/2009

Gruesome Details Revealed in “Syko Sam” Killings NBC Bay Area 9/22/2009

‘Horrorcore’ killing suspect quiet, picked on SFGate 9/22/2009

Castro Valley’s Syko Sam” Obsessed with “Son of Sam” NBC Bay Area 9/23/2009

Quadruple-murder suspect’s sister had received death threats over Virginia slayings The Mercury News 9/25/2009

‘Syko Sam’ Allegedly Argued With Girlfriend CBS 5 9/26/2009

Timeline of Events Leading to the Arrest of Richard “Sam” McCoskey III in the Farmville Murders WTVR 9/28/2009 (Stuck car is on wrong day)

Father made futile trip to Farmville in search for slain daughter The News & Advance 9/30/2009

UPDATE: Details emerge about weapons used in Farmville killings Richmond Times-Dispatch 11/3/2009

Va. man pleads guilty to murders SFGate 9/20/2010

McCroskey pleads guilty in Farmville slayings Richmond Times-Dispatch 9/20/2010

McCroskey pleads guilty to Farmville murders, gets life in prison NBC 12 9/20/2010

McCroskey Sentenced to Life in Prison The Rotunda 9/21/2010

HOLMBERG: SykoSam letters from prison pretty much worthless, but telling WTVR 7/31/2012