Farmville Murder House

505 1st Avenue, Farmville, VA 23901

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Quick Facts

Killer(s): Richard Samuel McCroskey,

Victim(s): Mark Niederbrock, Dr. Debra S. Kelley, Emma Niederbrock, Melanie Wells,

Written by: Jewls Krueger

About This Location:

In 2009, 21-year-old Richard McCroskey lived in San Francisco with his sister. He met sixteen-year-old Emma Niederbrock who lived in Farmville, Virginia through their mutual interest in horror-core music and they had started a relationship. In September of 2009, the pair met in person for the first time when Emma's parents took her, McCroskey, and Emma's friend Melanie Wells to a horrorcore music concert. They all returned to the Niederbrock home on Sept. 14, 2009.

Upon their return to the house, McCroskey was upset about the way his visit was going, and how his relationship with Emma was not going as he had expected. During the night, he took a small, wood-splitting hatchet and first attacked Melanie Wells, who was asleep on the couch downstairs. Next, he made his way upstairs to Emma's mother's room, where he attacked and killed Dr. Debra Kelley with the hatchet. In his final attack of the night, he made his way to Emma's room and killed her. None of the victims had defensive wounds, so it was concluded that none had awoke before their attack. For two days, McCroskey lived in the home with the bodies of his three victims. After 2 days, Emma's father, who was separated from Dr. Debra Kelley, came to the home for a visit. When he entered the home, McCroskey attacked and killed him as well.

After the murders, McCroskey bought a ticket for a flight back to his home in the Bay Area in an effort to flee. He was apprehended at the Richmond International Airport and immediately taken into custody. Although he murdered 4 people, under Virginia law he was able to be charged with 6 counts of capitol murder. McCroskey initially did not cooperate with investigators, but ultimately pled guilty to all charges and was sentenced to life in prison.

Finding the Location

Farmville, Virginia is just over an hour west of Richmond. The home is located on the west side of town and is just west of Longwood University. The home is located on the west side of 1st Avenue, just south of a park that contains a football field. The home is private property, remember to stay on public roads and walkways at all times and be respectful of current residents and neighbors.