EL RENO — The ex-convict accused of strangling his girlfriend and her four children is a fan of Insane Clown Posse, a rap/hip-hop duo known for profane lyrics about murder fantasies, necrophilia and violent acts.
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They perform in concert as “wicked clowns,” wearing black and white clown makeup.
A line in one song, “Murda Cloak,” goes “I’m killing today to take this feeling away.”
The lyrics of another song, “Sleep Walker,” include the lines “Choke ’em. Kill ’em. And sleep right through the night.”
Josh Durcho, 25, is charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the deaths in El Reno. He listed ICP — short for Insane Clown Posse — as his only musical interest on the Web site MySpace.
On one arm he has tattooed the words “Wicked Clown’o.”
One criminology expert said violent lyrics can influence troubled young people who absorb themselves in the music.
“Would violent lyrics in and of itself push someone to violence? No,” said Kathleen Heide, a criminology professor at the University of South Florida and author of “Why Kids Kill Parents.”
“But if they … were angry … alienated … depressed … doing alcohol and drugs … have difficulty with feelings and they’re not successful with life, that absorption in negative themes … can provide the impetus,” she said.
Durcho was unemployed and has been in prison for marijuana.
The singers could not be reached for comment.
ICP fans are called “Juggalos” and “Juggalettes.” Fans have been implicated in other high-profile crimes across the country.
In North Carolina, four teenagers were accused last month of killing a friend in a bizarre case.
The teenagers allegedly read their friend his fortune with tarot cards, beat him in the head with a hammer and suffocated him with duct tape, according to news accounts. Those details mirror lyrics in Insane Clown Posse songs and one of the suspects identified himself on MySpace as a Juggalo.
In Utah, a man identified by police as a member of a Juggalo gang was found guilty last week of attempted murder. Police say he attacked a teenager with a medieval battle ax. Insane Clown Posse sells items depicting a stick figure with a hatchet.