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Violent-rap artist is slaying suspect

September 20, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A California man who recorded violent rap songs and posted them on his MySpace page was arrested by investigators who suspect him of killing four people in a central Virginia college town.

Richard Alden Samuel McCroskey III, 20, of Castro Valley was taken into custody at Richmond International Airport, where authorities believe he tried to catch a flight back to California. McCroskey is being held in Farmville, where he faces charges of first-degree murder, grand larceny of an automobile and robbery.

Officers found the bodies Friday afternoon in the home of Debra S. Kelley, an associate professor of sociology and criminal justice studies at Longwood University, school spokeswoman Gina Caldwell said.

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