March 14, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Writings from and pictures of an aspiring rapper serving life for killing his 16-year-old girlfriend, her parents and her friend are being auctioned online.
Several so-called "murderabilia" websites are selling items from Richard Samuel Alden McCroskey III. The "horrorcore" rapper sang about bludgeoning and raping people before the 2009 murders.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/Mfk26e ) that Virginia, like many states, has a law that bars criminals from profiting from their crimes. But the law does not prevent a third party from selling such items.
In one of the letters for sale, McCroskey asked for photographs of two of his victims.
One of the website operators tells the newspaper that McCroskey did not receive any money from the sales and doubts he even knows the letters were sold.