13-Year-Old Killed Mom Who Took Away Video Game

In what has seriously got to be one of the most disturbing stories EVER, jurors in the murder trial of a 13-year-old boy accused of killing his mother heard the 911 call in which the teen confesses to shooting his mother 21 times with a rifle -- but not before trying to rape her. The Iowa teenager, Noah Crooks, calls 911 after the murder and rambles on for 10 minutes. He says:

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. I feel crazy and I know I'm not. I think I have some form of ADD. I tried to rape her. I tried to rape her but I couldn't do it. Who tries to rape their own mom?

Good question! Noah's lawyer is claiming that he has something called "intermittent explosive disorder."

On the 911 call, Noah himself seemed bewildered as to why he had just done the unfathomable to his mother. He talks about how she had just baked him homemade doughnuts that morning. The most he can come up with as to why he may have killed his mother is that she took away his Call of Duty videogame.

If I have to hear another story about a teen, a gun, and violent videogames. Can we not get our heads out of our arses and see that this combo is not the best idea?!

Noah seems in such shock as to why he did this, that in the 911 call, he says:

I just wish it was a dream so I could wake up and I could kiss her and hug her.

An expert plans to testify that Noah's "intermittent explosive disorder" is characterized by "repeated episodes of impulsive, aggressive, or violent behavior." Well, if that is true, then Noah must have had a history of aggressive behavior. This makes me wonder not only why there was a gun in the house, but even whether this was Noah's gun since in the 911 call, he refers to it as "my .22."

The horrible thing is that Noah's mom, Gretchen, seems the epitome of a good mom. She had baked her son doughnuts. She would write all over her Facebook wall about how "proud" she was of him. She had also recently published an app called "Click 'like' if you love your son!" There was no history of domestic violence at the Crooks' home. She's described as being a "compassionate" nurse by her supervisor, and she had helped victims of Hurricane Katrina.

We can say the kid is mentally ill -- but he had no history of it. We can say the mom didn't raise him right. But there's no proof of that either. We can blame it on medications or videogames or whatever else. I personally think too many people simply do not know how to handle anger. All of us experience it, and some of us go off the rails on it. And as soon as the "tumor of rage" -- in Noah's lawyer's words -- explodes and something horrible is done, the rager is left wondering what the hell just happened. The scary thing is that Noah, who shot his mom 21 times, could be out of the system by the time he's 18.

What do you think made him do this?

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Lori E Stancombe

he game. he was 13, way too young for that kind of game

LostS... LostSoul88

That's just heart breaking. 

jec72579 jec72579

That is so sad!! I have a 6 year old boy. Very infrequently, he will get so angry that he will just snap, and throw something, or slap his older sister, or even me. While one part of me thinks that this is part of growing up, another part of me gets VERY scared, because his father is an extremely abusive man. I'm afraid that although my son hasn't seen the abuse since before he turned 2, that it may just be in his blood, and he may just snap one day. This is why we have a zero tolerance policy for any type of physical aggression in my home. 


Although, to read this story, it doesn't sound like that's what happened here...


 

Scott Hobson

i dont like how the author of this story actually tried to blame the game & the gun. look at what the kid said to the 911 operator...he is clearly suffering from something much more serious than being exposed to a violent game. come on, pull YOUR head out.

summe... summerblythe

Im sick of dumbasses blaming video games for this kind of stuff.

LeeshaE LeeshaE

@Scott I agree my 15 year old brother has played violent video games for years, he is a model student, great brother, and the sweetest kid. That boy obviously had some mental illness perhaps one that recently afflicted him as many illnesses including bi polar disorder and schizophrenia commonly onset during the teen years.

redK8... redK8blueSt8

It sounds like something demonic.


You know, the Bible is full of mentioning of demonic possession, and somehow in the chronological snobbery of the human mind, we think it doesn't happen anymore, or that the very notion is ridiculous.


The greatest accomplishment of the devil is convincing the world he doesn't exist.

daydr... daydreamer6170

put down the bible and the tin foil hat red...fresh air could help

Lacey Tierney

Do you actually get paid to write like this? Ugh...

Max Maxey

red- the bible also says that you should marry the woman you raped and pay her father for his trouble. t

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