Did Involvement in Role-Playing Games Lead to Girl’s Murder?

Did a teenage boy’s reported fascination with role-playing games play a role in the stabbing death of his 12-year-old sister, Stephanie Crowe? That’s a question investigators might ask as they reopen a 15-year-old murder case following the retrial and acquittal Friday of a man who served more than a decade in prison after being convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 2002.

THE CLAPPER MEMO by Bob McCartyAccording to the Los Angeles Times report via which I learned of 44-year-old Richard Tuite’s acquittal, Michael Crowe was one of three individuals originally charged with murder after his sister was found stabbed to death inside her family’s home in Escondido, Calif., in January 1998.  According to the report by Tony Perry, the district attorney at the time went so far as to say Michael, then 14, had confessed under questioning and that a murder weapon had been found beneath the bed of one of his friends.

Within hours of reading the Times report, I published a piece in which I focused on ABC News Chief Investigative Reporter Brian Ross’ flawed coverage of one aspect of the case (i.e., the technology used during the interrogation of Michael Crowe by Escondido police investigators) and the attention the case received in my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO. But I didn’t stop there.

I searched online for more details about the case and stumbled upon a synopsis (see screenshot) of a 2002 television movie, “The Interrogation of Michael Crowe.”  Published at IMDb.com, a paragraph from that synopsis appears unedited below:

The Interrogation of Michael Crowe PosterHis family is horrified, his parents unbelieving that their son could kill his little sister so brutally, she was stabbed 14 times and Michael, just like about every red-blooded American teenage boy, has lots of drawings of knives used in various poses. He plays Dungeons & Dragons, a role-playing game which can become theoretically a bit violent amongst the players and in which many kinds of blades are used

Could it be that the victim’s brother had a penchant for role-playing games that some associate with violence?  I have no way of knowing.  One would assume, however, that the individual who wrote the synopsis based its content upon what he gleaned by watching the television movie — which, by the way, I have not watched.  Regardless, I suspect investigators will look into this subject matter as they revisit the case in search of truth.  Rest assured, I will keep my eyes on developments in this case as they surface.

To learn more about this case and other details related to the use of credibility assessment technologies during interrogations of criminal suspects, order a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO. The product of an exhaustive four-year investigation, the book is available in paperback and ebook versions and has been endorsed by several high-profile Americans who understand the implications of my findings. Order your copy today!

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

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About BobMcCarty

A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Bob McCarty graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism in 1984. During the next two decades, he served stints as an Air Force public affairs officer, a political campaign manager, a technology sales consultant and a public relations professional. Today, Bob spends most of his time researching topics, writing about them and publishing those writings. When he’s not writing online, he’s working as an author. Bob’s first published book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 2011), chronicles the life story and wrongful conviction of Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran. In his second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO (May 2013), Bob connects the dots between a memo signed by James R. Clapper Jr. — the man now serving as our nation’s top intelligence official — and the deaths of dozens of Americans in Afghanistan at the hands of our so-called Afghan “allies” wearing the uniforms of their nation’s military, police and security forces. Bob is married, has three sons and lives in the St. Louis area. Bob is available for media and blogger interviews. Simply drop a comment here, leaving your name, organization, phone number, e-mail address and area of interest. He’ll try to respond as soon as possible.

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