Kruse later said he clearly understood what his father had done, but he seldom discussed it.
Kruse had been involved in a variety of incidents—from smoking pot to stealing money from mailboxes—by the time he was 16. A psychiatric report later revealed that Cam had been sexually abused at age four (although it was not publicly revealed by whom).
Kim was crushed and sought out the solace of her friends, including Cam and Kruse, online. They visited sadistic porn sites, and in their frequent chats with each other online, they began fantasizing about rape and bondage.They skipped school, smoked pot, played and surfed porn sites, but, despite frequent acting out, were never perceived as a serious threat.In February 2009, Kruse posted an entry on a Word Press blog entitled, “Early Warning Signs of a Serial Killer.” He listed common traits including animal abuse, fascination with fire, abandonment by a father, and an intense interest in sadomasochistic porn.During one chat, Kruse told Kim he felt more open around her than other people. “BURN HER FLESH.”“Y not keep her bound and alive,” Cam suggested.“That’s what I’m going to do but I need to get her stoned first and possibly seduce her.”“Lol, try quickly.”Later that morning, Kim was still in bed when her mother kissed her good-bye before going to work, and told her she loved her. The day before, Kim had found out she had enough credits to graduate from high school, and she was looking forward to hopefully volunteering at the local wild-animal-rehabilitation center, Wild arc.That day, Kim didn’t have classes, so her mother figured she’d sleep in.