In Woodstock, Illinois, on January 18, 2009, 24-year-old Kyle Morgan invited 28-year-old Robin Burton Jr. to his house. Since Burton was a wayward, homeless video gamer at the time, they got along great at first. After their shared experience of being unable to procure narcotics in the city, they became fast friends.
But within a few hours, things changed when Morgan hit Burton over the back of the head with a hammer and stabbed him over twenty times. He tried to escape to one of the neighboring states after the murder, but he was eventually caught in Nashville. There were allegedly acts of “wanton cruelty” and “extraordinary brutality” at the crime scene.
Prior to the Murder Kyle Morgan had a Long History of Mental Illness and Substance Misuse
It has been speculated that Kyle Morgan, the murderer who smeared Robin Burton’s bloody remains across a wall, was suffering from mental illness at the time of the crime. They found a UNO card 666 on Burton’s chest with the words:
“It is better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.”
It was first thought that Satanism and ritual abuse were involved in the murder because of the bizarre nature of the crime scene. Nonetheless, the trial shed light on Morgan’s long history of serious mental health and substance addiction concerns.
Morgan’s problems with mood swings, sadness, and substance abuse led to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Since he was 16 years old, he had tried suicide at least eight times, despite receiving several treatments. His MySpace page was called “Thrill Kill Kyle,” and he was like “true crime reading and sucking blood.” Photos of explosions, pentagrams, serial killers, and bound ladies filled his profile.
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Morgan is Still Incarcerated for the Remaining 30 years of his Sentence
Morgan had recently switched to the stimulant Vyvanse in the days before the murder (a prescribed pill that is usually used to treat ADHD). The doctor agreed that Vyvanse, which can lead to extreme irritability and even violent outbursts, was not appropriate for a bipolar patient.
Morgan’s erratic behavior, which included hurting his then-girlfriend and jumping off a second-story balcony, began shortly after he began using the medicine in 2008. The defense at Morgan’s trial claimed that the murder was not premeditated but rather the result of an adverse reaction to his medicine.
Morgan, however, entered a plea of guilty but mentally ill to the accusation of first-degree murder against him. In accordance with the terms of his plea agreement, he was given a five-year prison term on February 22, 2009.
On October 17, 2013, after four years of appeals, McHenry County finally handed Morgan a sentence of 30 years in jail. Along with this, he finally apologized to the victim’s loved ones:
“I wish I could change the past, I hope I have the chance to thrive in a positive way.”
Currently, Kyle Morgan, age 38, is incarcerated in Dixon Correctional Center in Illinois.
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