14-year-old Noah Crooks from Wright County, Iowa admitted to trying to rape his mom and shooting her more than 20 times after she banned him from playing Call of Duty.
During the trial last Wednesday, the jury listened to the 911 call Crooks made at the night of the incident on March 24 last year.
“I’m not joking at all. She’s dead. I’m scared. I killed my mom with my .22. I don’t know why I did it,” he told the 911 dispatcher Barb Michael from the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department.
“I feel crazy and I know I’m not. I think I have some form of ADD,” he continued in the call.
“I tried to rape her. I tried to rape her but I couldn’t do it.”
According to his confession, his game was taken away by his mom because he was receiving bad grades at school. He lost control and found himself using the .22 rifle his mom gave him as a present when he was only 11-years-old.
“I tried rape [sic] my own mom. Who tries to rape their own mom? My life is down the drain now,” he said.
Mitchell County Sheriff’s Deputies Jeff Huftalin and Greg Halbach testified that they found Crooks’ mother, Gretchen, 37, naked from the waist down and her torso shot full of bullets.
Defense attorney William Kutmus said in his opening statement that a child psychiatrist will testify that Crooks suffers from intermittent explosive disorder, a disorder defined by repeated events of impulsive, aggressive or violent behaviour. According to several reports, Crooks and his mother would often fight but would make up by playing videogames. His father once heard Noah say that he has had thoughts about killing his mother but he never took it seriously.
Crooks has been charged with first-degree murder and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. His testimony resumed today at 9am in Wright County District Court in Clarion.
Source: Globe Gazette
Analysis from Chi Villafuerte
Before people start talking about the never-ending issue that ties violent behaviour with violent videogames, let’s not ignore that there is more than one factor at hand here. This incident also involves issues surrounding gun control as well as mental health. In a society where it is acceptable to gift an 11-year-old child with, not just a pistol, but a .22 rifle, there are bound to be repercussions.
However, I’m not going to say that there is absolutely no tie between violent behaviour and violent videogames simply because evidence behind this is inconclusive and I would rather withhold opinion until empirical evidence has been established.