The WoW Murder Was More Horrific Than You Can Imagine

Back in spring 2010, two teenage boys—Kruse Wellwood and Cameron Moffat—raped and killed 18-year-old Kimberly Proctor before mutilating and burning her body under a bridge. Then, one of the boys told a friend on World of Warcraft what they did. Their crime was gruesome, but that's only half the terrible story.

In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, writer David Kushner, author of the excellent Masters of Doom, examined the horrible crime in a piece titled "Murder by Text". The article, in the link below, is fairly explicit and not for the feint of heart.

Kushner, who writes extensively about games, didn't cop out with an easy blame-WoW-for-the-murder like a lesser writer would, but rather, detailed both boys' past history. Both boys did not have happy or healthy childhoods. Kruse's father, for example, was sentenced to life in prison for raping and killing a 16-year-old girl—a crime Kruse knew about.

From the Kushner's piece: "In February 2009, Kruse posted an entry on a WordPress blog entitled, 'Early Warning Signs of a Serial Killer.' He listed common traits including animal abuse, fascination with fire, abandonment by a father, and an intense interest in sadomasochistic porn. 'The peculiar thing is I meet all fourteen criteria' of a serial killer, he blogged. "Apparently though meeting all criteria makes it unlikely for the subject to be a serial killer. I suppose only time will tell.'"

An awful story well told by Kushner. Read the full article in the link below.

Murder by Text [Vanity Fair]


    Poor Girl. Damn there are some sick bastards out there.

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      That's pretty sick even for a pathetic joke. Keep it to yourself.

    He mightn't have copped out by blaming it on WoW. But it's looks like the name of this article is there to draw you in some hit's via google. :(

    It's so upsetting.
    So upsetting.

    Just finished reading it, couldn't stop after starting.
    such a horrible story.

    I'll have to read the article. Vanity Fair is really good mag actually. They have interesting articles.

    I have the same birth day and year as this girl, I can't believe her life got cut so short.

    Aw wow first thing I read this morning , couldn't stop reading :( . Such a sad and gruesome story, its sad that people like this even exist.

    I have to agree with everyone's sentiments here, but I also wanted to throw my nod in and also suggest that everyone track down a copy of Masters of Doom if they get the chance. It is pretty rare that I agree with ANYTHING that Ashcraft says, but it really is a fantastic read.

    Well, that was quite upsetting. She seemed like a lovely girl too. I was only able to read about half the article because I'm a big softie. :(

    Just finished reading the whole thing. Jesus that is some messed up shit. Normally, I'm of the opinion that the death penalty is barbaric and unnecessarily cruel, but for these two, I'd make a special case. They're obviously warped, evil monsters with no chance of rehabilitation and serve no purpose still existing on this Earth. My only consolation is that they receive some of that famed prison hospitality.

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