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Father Thought 13-year-old Son's Text That 'I Killed Mom' Was a Joke

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/vie...text|Frontpage

CLARION, IA. — A text from an Osage teenager expressing remorse for fatally shooting his mother was originally thought to be a joke, the boy’s father testified on Friday during his son’s murder trial.

William Crooks, 41, testified in Wright County District Court in Clarion about receiving a text from his son, Noah Crooks, on the night of March 24, 2012, that read, “Dad this is Noah. I killed Mom accidentally. I regret it. Come home now please.”

William Crooks, who was away that night from the family’s rural home in Osage, said he thought Noah was joking, so he replied, “OK. Just throw her in the grove. We’ll take care of her later.”

Mitchell County Deputy Jeff Huftalin later called the older Crooks and told him there had been an accident.

Noah Crooks, 14, faces charges of first-degree murder and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse for the death of Gretchen Crooks, 37. He was 13 at the time of the death and is being tried as a youthful offender. That means he would stay under the supervision of the judicial system past his 18th birthday.

There also was testimony Friday about the alleged murder weapon, a .22-caliber Ruger that Gretchen Crooks bought for Noah in 2010.

William Crooks said his wife was the disciplinarian of the family, which led to some fights between his wife and son. He said Noah had a loving but sometimes stormy relationship with his mother.

“They’d have their issues but then the next minute they’d play games together,” he said.

Williams Crooks said his son once told him he wanted to kill his mother, but he didn’t take it seriously.

“I guess I didn’t take it as a threat at the time,” he said.

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CLARION — A Wright County jury heard 14-year-old Noah Crooks admit to shooting his mother more than 20 times and trying to rape her as testimony in the teen’s murder trial got under way Wednesday afternoon.

Crooks is charged with first-degree murder and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse in the death of his mother, Gretchen, 37, at the family’s Osage home.

The prosecution began its case by playing a recording of a 911 call Crooks made on the night of March 24, 2012, to the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department.

“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 dispatcher Barb Michael with the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department.

He repeated that several times in the course of the 10-minute conversation.

“I feel crazy and I know I’m not. I think I have some form of ADD,” Crooks said during the call.

“I tried to rape her. I tried to rape her but I couldn’t do it.”

He rambled on for several minutes as the dispatcher contacted deputies and dispatched an ambulance.

“Tell them my weapon is empty. I just wish it was a dream so I could wake up and I could kiss her and hug her.”

He said his mother made homemade doughnuts for him that night and he couldn’t believe he killed her after she did that for him.

Crooks continued talking about playing the violent video game, “Call of Duty.” He told the dispatcher his mother took away the game because he got some bad grades.

“Something just came over me,” he said.

“I’m going to have to move away. I’m never going to be able to get a good job now.”

He spendt several more minutes talking about how he would never be able to marry his eighth-grade girlfriend or get into a good college.

“That goes down the drain now. I’m going to have to move. I am going to go to jail.

“I tried rape my own mom. Who tries to rape their own mom? My life is down the drain now.”

The dispatcher told him deputies were on the way.

“They’re not going to shoot me or (expletive deleted) are they?” he asked.

Mitchell County Sheriff’s Deputies Jeff Huftalin and Greg Halbach testified about finding the victim stretched out on a corner of a sectional sofa. Her torso was riddled with bullets. Her pajama top was open and she was nude from the waist down.

In his opening statement, defense attorney William Kutmus said a child psychiatrist will testify that Crooks suffers from intermittent explosive disorder, a behavioral disorder characterized by repeated episodes of impulsive, aggressive or violent behavior.

Kutmus said about three hours before the murder Gretchen Crooks had taken away the video game controller from Noah, possibly sparking the shooting.

Testimony will resume at 9 a.m. today in Wright County District Court in Clarion.

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Re: Father Thought 13-year-old Son's Text That 'I Killed Mom' Was a Joke

intent to commit sexual abuse?

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intent to commit sexual abuse?
Yeah, he said during the 911 call that he tried to rape her but couldn't. I tried to find the 911 recording but couldn't.

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Re: Father Thought 13-year-old Son's Text That 'I Killed Mom' Was a Joke

Not only kills her but attempts to rape her corpse? Someone kill this sicko.

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Re: Father Thought 13-year-old Son's Text That 'I Killed Mom' Was a Joke

He looks pretty spoiled if you ask me, just my douchebaggery sense tingling.

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this is a sick kid. Scary to think he will be out at 18.

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Re: Father Thought 13-year-old Son's Text That 'I Killed Mom' Was a Joke

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Not only kills her but attempts to rape her corpse? Someone kill this sicko.

The attempted rape was first. If it's not in the op, I'll add the text.


*Gretchen Crooks was Murdered by Son Following Attempted Rape*
2 hours ago

This story out of Iowa might win the award for the most disturbing crime of the year. Allegedly, Gretchen Crooks was killed by her 13-year-old son. And it gets worse! He killed her after he attempted to rape his own mother.

There’s even a 911 tape in which the young teenager admits several times to the attempted rape and the subsequent rifle blast that killed her.

The 13-year-old son is currently on trial and is facing multiple charges, including murder. The 911 call, which lasted approximately 10 minutes, is a damning piece of evidence. In fact, his defense attorney is attempting to go the, “temporarily insane,” route instead of fighting the timeline of the actual events.

From all reports, there was never any violence in the household, while friends, family and neighbors are beyond shocked at what transpired.

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Re: Father Thought 13-year-old Son's Text That 'I Killed Mom' Was a Joke

freaked out over cod, lol, that game sucks

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Re: Father Thought 13-year-old Son's Text That 'I Killed Mom' Was a Joke

How did these parents talk to this kid? "I killed mom."

The kid did go on to say he didn't mean it and asked the father to come home now.

The father doesn't ask any questions and tells the punk he'll help him get rid of her when he gets home

No, "Why?," or, "What happened?"

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^yeah I'm not completely agreeing on the dad's story. but they should have put the kid in Lakeside or something if he really did have mental issues

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