An 18-year-old man recently discharged from the Marines allegedly bludgeoned a boy to death with a sledgehammer to find out what it feels like to kill somebody.
Todd Rizzo told police he struck up a conversation with 13-year-old Stanley G.Edwards as the seventh-grader rode his bicycle by Rizzo's house Tuesday evening, then lured the youngster into the back yard by asking him if he wanted to hunt for snakes, prosecutor John Connelly said Thursday.
The boy knew Rizzo from the video store where Rizzo worked, Connelly said.
"Apparently he killed him for no other reason than to satisfy his curiosity about what it feels like to kill someone," the prosecutor said. Rizzo told authorities he had an intense interest in serial killers, and kept a book about Jeffrey Dahmer in his bedroom.
Rizzo was charged with murder and could get the death penalty. He was jailed on $3 million bail.