During a lengthy court hearing on Tuesday, prosecutors discussed Oxford High School shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley’s journal and text messages. Among the shocking revelations: Crumbley tortured birds, idolized the infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, and planned to rape a fellow female student.
The disturbing details regarding the 15-year-old gunman’s thoughts before the deadliest school shooting of 2021 were unveiled at the hearing to determine if the teenager should be moved to a juvenile detention center. Currently, Ethan Crumbley is being tried as an adult in the state of Michigan for the Oxford shooting, which killed four people and injured many more last November.
Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Markeisha Washington went through the case during Tuesday’s hearing, painting a portrait of a highly disturbed individual.
“In text threads with his friend, and his journal, he outlines plans to stalk, rape, torture and ultimately kill a female classmate,” prosecutors said, according to the New York Post. “He expressed delight in torturing a family of baby birds, and he wrote about the joy of listening to them squeal as he killed them.”
In January, a lawsuit filed by survivors claiming negligence against Oxford Schools Superintendent Tim Throne stated that Ethan Crumbley mutilated and tortured a bird in his room for six months. A bird’s severed head was later found in one of the school’s bathrooms, but the superintendent did not sense any “threat to the high school” at the time.
According to Crumbley’s journal, the 15-year-old also planned to “stalk, rape, torture and eventually kill a female classmate,” according to Patch, a move he viewed as something his idol, cannibal killer Jeffrey Dahmer, would do.
“When you die, you need to be remembered for a long time doing something that will make people think of you until time ends,” he allegedly wrote in his journal.
Prosecutors stated that they believed he sought the notoriety of being a school shooter. So they refused to use his name throughout the court proceedings.
“He wants to be remembered,” Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Collins Collins added. “His actions were not impulsive. They were calculated, rehearsed and well thought-out.”
The 15-year-old allegedly asked multiple times in custody where he could get his “fan mail” or “hate mail,” which he excitedly waited upon.
“The scary thing is,” he once texted one of his friends, “I like being this f–ked up.”
Attorneys for the 15-year-old are reportedly planning an insanity defense, where they will have to prove that he was mentally unstable and unaware of what he was doing. Prosecutors will argue that the shooting was not only premeditated, but that Ethan Crumbley was excited about the attack.
“This is someone who was having a mental health crisis, and no one did a thing,” defense attorney Paulette Loftin said. “He had no one in his corner to get the help that he desperately needed.”
Crumbley’s parents, who are also being tried for potential negligence and four counts of involuntary manslaughter, allegedly once denied his plea to see a therapist.
“This is a devastating situation, and we don’t know what his presence in our classrooms, how that may trigger or impact other young people,” stated a representative from the juvenile detention facility. “I would also be concerned about his safety.”
Ethan Crumbley faces 24 charges including terrorism and four counts of first-degree murder. Due to the severity of the crime, he is currently being charged as an adult. According to Fox News, Oakland County Circuit Judge Kwame L. Rowe will decide whether or not to transfer him to a juvenile detention facility next week.